When trekking in Annapurna, particularly at the lower altitudes corn or maize will be stored and dried in racks, with the purpose of grinding for human consumption (bread or porridge) or for the livestock.
Part of the trek will take you through a region inhabited by Nepali or Tibetans that practices Tibetan Buddhism. We crossed several interesting Mani walls, Shortens, Prayer Wheels, and Gompas (temples). All of these hold a deep religious meaning for the locals so please remember to walk on a clockwise path when passing thru any of these (if you see it straight ahead, then go to the left of the object, not the right). The Mani Walls for example are places where lamas (monks) are buried. A Prayer Wheel is a religious item that is used for luck and prayer. If you decide to use it, make sure you spin it clockwise.
"Sherpa’s simple work ethic is as refreshing as the bracing Himalayan wind on a clear spring day….
They are alert for ways in which to be used,yet are never insistent,for less service ; since thy are paid to perform a service, why not do it as well as possible…
They wear their attitude like an amour that shines with remarkable cheerfulness, even in the face of object hardship..
They go about as if optimism were their birthright..
Their dignity is unassailable, for the service rendered for its own sake ; it is the task, not the employer that is served."
Peter Mattiessen ( The Snow Leopard)
My impression of them are a jovial branch of people who takes pride in their work. Arduous it may seem, they carry their load ,step by step, to the destination.
You must get a hiking permit first and then register at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) office at Birethani before you are allowed to hike to the Annapurna Base Camp.