Meg Noble Peterson

Author of Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia

LANGTANG PARADISE…HERE WE COME!

Dzum, Dzum…let’s go! Dzam, Dzam…any time! These were the impatient admonitions of Buddhi, our intrepid guide as we headed into our two-week trek from the little town of Syabru Besi at 4500ft., reached by a perilous journey over a circuitous route of winding roads, many washed out by avalanches and heavy rains. The road was one lane most of the way, defined by tight hairpin turns and endless switchbacks overlooking a lush valley below. Guard rails were non-existent.

Ride, anyone?

Ride, anyone?

Sometimes a bus would get ahead of us...but not for long!

Sometimes a bus would get ahead of us…but not for long!

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We stopped for veggies in a small town

We stopped for veggies in a small town…

We finally arrived in Syabru Besi

And finally arrived in Syabru Besi in mid-afternoon

And settled for a night at the Yala Peak Guest House...Meg-Cary-Christy

The intrepid trekkers, Meg, Cary, and Christy settled for a night at the Yala Peak Guest House…

Lots of children playing games in the road

Lots of children playing games in the road as we took an evening stroll around town….

Chicken, anyone?

Chicken, anyone?

Our first day was very strenuous, reminiscent of the rocky trail in Sikkim two years ago. We climbed for seven hours with 3,500 ft. of gain. There were numerous long skinny swinging bridges and several stops for tea.

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Take your pick!

Take your pick!

I'll take the swinging ones, thank you....

I’ll take the swinging ones, thank you….

typical lunch break


Typical lunch break

Way on a distant cliff were hanging beehives

Way on a distant cliff were hanging beehives

We were never far from a river....

We were never far from the Langtang River….

The mountains are getting closer and closer

The mountains are getting closer and closer

Approaching Lower Rimche

Approaching Lower Rimche

We made it!

We made it!

Erwin and Christine, German friends we met our first and last night in Langtang.

Erwin and Christine, German friends we met our first and last night in Langtang.

A most unusual stove and was the food good!

Our hostess used a most unusual stove, and was the food good!

Day is Dying in the West

Day is Dying in the West

And now for a long winter's nap....

And now for a long winter’s nap….

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4 Comments

  1. Nancy Reed

    Meg, you are amazing! Wolfeboro library wants you for a talk this summer!
    Please email me. Nancy Reed

  2. Christy Korrow

    You are amazing Meg, I could barely make it up those mountains. I was pretty chubby when we started out the trip!

  3. Superb photographs, Meg, you get better all the time and I know you have thousands more.
    Peter

  4. Susan Smith

    Lovely to read and enjoy your latest travel journey. Meg you are just a wonderful and inspiring person. From your New Zealand friend who you met on one of your journeys quite a number of years ago! Susan Smith.

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