three gold idols with faces wrapped in cloth

The Great Divide

Posted Posted in Nepal

A month ago I was in Nepal. The month since has been the most tumultuous in my living memory as the world has struggled to come to grips with the coronavirus. But at the same time, for me personally, it has become one of the quietest months as the dear friends who were sharing our […]

Mother and two children in front of Machapuchare, Nepal

Return to Fishtail Mountain

Posted Posted in Mountains, Nepal

My head is still in the Himalayas. Two weeks ago, I shared about my childhood in Ghachok, a village in the mountains of Nepal which is home to the Gurung people. We left it in 1976, and over the years, have made several trips back. This is the story of those returns. The first one […]

Gurung village under Fishtail Mountain in Nepal

Under Fishtail Mountain

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Ghachok village sprawls across a sloping plateau below Machapuchare – Fishtail Mountain – one of the most striking in Nepal. At the centre of the Annapurana range, the peak rises in a sharp triangle that has never been climbed, since a failed attempt in 1957 when it was declared sacred and out of bounds. The […]