Clear thinking at 4500m in the Himalayas

Early morning in Manang, a long day ahead to reach Thorong Phedi
Early morning in Manang, a long day ahead to reach Thorong Phedi
Looking back towards Manang and the Annapurna Himal
Looking back towards Manang and the Annapurna Himal
Seven hours and a 1000m climb to Thorong Phedi
Seven hours and a 1000m climb to Thorong Phedi

This day literally became the high point of the journey for me. At 4500m altitude, in the middle of the Himilayas I met a straight talking Nepali/Tibetan man, Michung Gurung, owner of the Thorong Base Camp Lodge and Manang farmer. I had been told about this person by Bhim, the ACAP ranger in Manang. But it had been a long, hard day, and I was feeling the cold and altitude as well as needing to be with the girls, particularly with Lena who had a bit of a headache (a high altitude effect). While the girls went to bed I noticed this man outside my room, lighting a small fire and beginning a small ceremony for the Gods. This was Michung Gurung, the lodge owner and person Bhim had told me I should talk to. This man spoke good English and had plenty to say. After all the challenges of the last two months, after the incredible challenges since we began trekking… here I was high in the Himalayas talking to a man who was worth listening to. We went into his living quarters, next to my room. It was dark, but there was just enough light from the battery powered fluorescent light to film. I filmed about 8 minutes of interview at 4500m. This is a voice that many people need to hear … a straight talking man who says that the hope for the world lies in people putting an end to greed, an end to spending money on weapons and wars. If we turned this money to reafforestation everywhere then we might have a chance of restoring ecological balance and health to the world and of turning things around. The big problem, says Michung Gurung, is that there is too much talking in the world and not enough doing. His view is that we need to put money and resources into the hands of the doers who can provide real leadership for positive change.

“I think that people who has money, I think they should work from inside, you know, from the heart, not from the mouth then the solution will be solved. From the mouth it doesn’t work.” Michun Gurung
“I think that people who has money, I think they should work from inside, you know, from the heart, not from the mouth then the solution will be solved. From the mouth it doesn’t work.” Michun Gurung

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