Porter carrying a beam up the valley

Incidents of Travel >   Trekking the Kali Gandaki >    3 - Mukhtinath

As we walked down from Muktinath toward Tukuche, piece by piece most of an entire house came by the other way on someone's back.

In the off season for tourists, Bishnu carries such loads for a living. I had been feeling bad about keeping him away from his wife and young son for so long, but for him getting $8 a day plus meals to carry something as "light" as my pack is comparatively easy work