There is this urge for me to stand still on this earth the way I have never done before. As a hiker who enjoys reaching the mountain’s peaks and highest points, I don’t often get the chance to slow down and sit a little while along the way to the end point of the journey.
Nepal’s Himalayas beg to be treated differently. I know that for a fact. After multiple visits to this region via various trekking trails along the high routes of the Great Himalaya Trail, it dawned upon me that I have completely missed out on the main highlight of the endeavor – that of immersing myself in the authentic lives of the locals.
Specifically, I wish to sit and talk with the women of the small villages that dot the trails of the Himalayas. How has life been to them? What fires their soul? What are the challenges of being a woman in a predominantly patriarchal culture? What does it mean to them to live in one of the most remote places on earth?
The beauty of the Himalayas go further than their peaks, you see. The beauty of any mountain lies in the people who cultivate the atmosphere with their connection to the holy peaks within the Himalayan range. There, I intend to find some answers from the women themselves to share to the rest of the world their untold tales of living a mountain life and more.
The Women’s Voices in Nepal’s Himalayas is part of Trails Without Borders’ Great Himalaya Project.