Nepal: A Long Walk to Pokhara

Binod and David’s plan to revisit the villages to collect follow-up data for the maternal health awareness project came to an abrupt end when David’s not so young Apple Air computer finally decided that it didn’t have enough room for all of the video David had taken… and he had run out of external USB capability. An important part of the plan is to have an edited six minute video re the project completed before David leaves Nepal. Now… there’s no shop nearby to pop down to to buy some more external hard drive space. So…

What do you do when you have such an emergency with your computer? Hop in the car and pop down to the local computer store and buy more external hard drive space… or just use another computer that you happen to have in the house. Right?

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That’s the scenerio for most of us… but not quite the case if you are in a remote village in the mountains of Nepal. The nearest town to them is Pokhara… and that journey began with a THREE HOURS WALK from Ranja Deurali to the road head at Dimuwa.  It had been raining and the switch back type mountainous track was muddy and very slippery… and David had to carry not only the computer but also clothes for an over night stay because there was no way they would get back to the village that day. 

(David was able to send some photos of this remote area once he made it to Pokhara… I’ve added his comments.)


David: Nepali doing Harelo Puja (the Land God).  On this day all the planting has been completed so a puja (prayer) is sent to the Gods to appease for any wrongdoing or damage done to the land during the planting season. 


David: Dividing the goat meat up evenly between 10 families who are going to reap the benefits of the 12kg goat that had been slaughtered just minutes before.


David: An interested recipient watching carefully that everything was done correctly.


David: An equally interested recipient.


David:   Lasiandra sp.  I found this flower with accompanying beetle on the path down from our ‘home village’ of Ramja Deurali to Dimuwa.


David: Another little purple flower found growing on the side of the path.

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Finally, Dimuwa and the road head came into sight! (Image from the web)


David: The river near Dimuwa… we crossed this on a long suspension bridge.

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Dimuwa Temple (Image from the web)

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In the village of Dimuwa (Image from the web).

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The next part of the journey took an hour and a half from Dimuwa (near Tilahar) to Pokhara by road.


David: The view down the valley towards Pokhara… still about 45 minutes drive away.


David: A hairy caterpillar was on the path.  After taking the photo, I lifted it onto a plant at the side of the path… I wouldn’t want somebody slipping on the poor creature!


David: There’s one Roadhouse that Binod can’t pass without stopping for a meal. This is the kitchen. A little different from our kitchens at home!


David: The mortar and pestle that was used in preparing our meal.


David: The meal consisted of boiled rice, a bowl of lentil soup, wok cooked sarg (spinach) and a cucumber stew with spices.  The fresh cucumber refreshed the mouth after the meal.

At least, when they finally got to Pokhara, the internet was a bit better, so David was able to send me the above photos. I’m not sure of the order of the photos but they give us a small glimpse into David’s view of his time in Nepal from behind the lens of his camera.


Another plus in Pokhara for David…there was hot water and a western loo in David’s room at the Adam Hotel… but his computer frustrations were far from over as we will learn from his next email contact.

Jennie (for David and Binod)

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