HELP ME WITH MY POLE
At many Buddhists Lodges you will find that it is the custom to erect a pole on which there will be Buddhist prayer flags and the five traditional colors. This photo was taken at Govem on the way up to Lamjura Pass. Some of the trekkers helped raise the pole for the opening of this new Lodge/restaurant
TRY THE CHEESE OR CURD
In the mountains of Nepal the locals make cheese and curd from Yak milk so if you see an opportunity to taste it, stop and buy some. There is even a Nambur Cheese Circuit starting at Shivalaya. I believe that the photo was taken somewhere near Shivalaya, but not sure if the shop is still there.
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Mani walls are a collection of stone tablets with inscriptions carved on them which say "Om mani padme hum", meaning "hail to the jewel of the lotus". You must pass on the left hand side of the wall as Buddhists believe it is the direction that the universe follows (clockwise), and besides it would be considered rude to pass on the wrong side. Respect the local culture
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Buddhist spin their individual prayer wheels clockwise, the same direction the sun moves across the earth and the same way mantras are written, while the holder utters the mantra "Om mani padme hum". By spinning the wheel each circulation is the same as speaking the mantra, while concentrating hard, which in turn would give the owner wisdom, merit and rid of bad karma. i came across this lady on the Everest trek sitting in the corner of the lodge and 2 years later when i repeated the trek she was still in the exact same position. I wonder how many times her wheel had spun round!
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MOUNTAIN PASSES and PRAYER FLAGS
On mountain passes you will find many prayer flags fluttering in the wind, of which there are two types, horizontal and vertical. Horizontal ones are known as Lung ta and the others are known as Darchor, the former meaning wind horse while the latter means good fortune to all. The flags usually come in sets of 5 colours in a specific order. The 5 colours represent the 5 elements. Tibetans believe that as the wind blows the prayers will blow in the wind and spread good fortune to all. Also the Buddhist will drop a stone at the top of the pass, some piles are quite high.
Maybe good to buy some for your dispersal during the trek!
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