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Himalaya

Day 50: Chomrung to Dovan

Chomrung,  Nepal 
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The steep stone steps out of Chomrung. They look helpful, but became slow torture.
Michael Palin - Himalaya'Namaste,' I say cheerfully to everyone we pass.

On one particularly steep section we're overtaken by a mule train, the animals sashaying nimbly past and shoving me sideways into the bushes with their panniers.

'Namaste!'

Wongchu sticks fairly close to me. He's been given the impression that I'm someone of consequence, though he's not absolutely sure why. He's in his late thirties, solidly built with the broad features and high cheekbones of a northern Nepali or a Red Indian chief. He's horrendously over-qualified for this sort of work, having twice summitted Everest. On one of those occasions he arrived at the top at 5.30 in the morning, so far ahead of the rest of the party that he lay down on top of Everest and fell asleep until they arrived. Now that is cool.

He talks in staccato bursts of heavily compressed English, a lot of which I miss.

'Bondo. They call me Bondo.'

I nod and smile, vaguely.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 50: Chomrung to Dovan
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Chomrung
  • Book page no: 112

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