Nepal is one of the most contradictory countries in the world. From natural landscape, over culture and habits to people's income, one can't imagine greater discrepancies than occur here in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Lowlands of only 100 meters above sealevel just a hundred kilometers away from the more than 8000 meter high mountains.
Traditional clothing in rural areas versus mini-skirts in the city shoppingcentres.
Tens of thousands have 6 digit incomes while as many are struggling to make two dollars a day.
An enormous inflationary economy caused by the higher incomes and lack of price controling organs, make milions of Nepali work in foreign countries. The average salary-living standard is extremely poor.
On the other hand, the government has recently facilitated many roads into rural areas which boost the local economy, especially agriculture. Hence opportunities in this sector are ample.
Also the tourist industry makes use of transportation on the mountainous roads. We are one of them...
Everything, at any time, is possible in Nepal. There are even a couple of internationally well performing trailrunners, hardly known by anybody.
Like a 3 gold medal winner in Nepali wrestling, who is, by lack of recognition and opportunities, shoveling sand in the south now.
So do not be surprised if the locals won't have a clue what the excitement is all about. Running in the Himalayas is an appeal to your own physical and spiritual needs.
Unfortunately also earthquakes occur ( once in about a 100 years). The last one was in April 2015. As most buildings are absolutely not earthquake proof, hundreds of thousands of people were rendered roofless.
Hence 10% of the total amount you pay will directly be sponsored to the victims.
Tukuche lies aside of the riverbed of the Gali Gandaki Valley in Lower Mustang between the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri ranges.
In early times famous for salttrading, nowadays together with neighbouring Marpha, center of apple farming.
Upper and lower Mustang are one of the least populated areas of Nepal. Compared to the lowlands, one encounters nothing but serenity here.
Around 4000 meters various yak grazing pastures, through one of which the Annapurna Sky Race runs, provide huge territories for the semi wild Yak.
In the summer a parasitic fungus kills a caterpillar dwelling on these plains, mummifies it, and appears as Yarchgumba, the highly valued herb containing antioxidants and other extremely demanded medicine. Hundreds of local collectors search the Himalayan slopes then, while some privileged foreigners enjoy the majestic views on tour with High Plains Ventures.
Come, overcome, dare and explore yourself!