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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

March 28, 2002: Thursday, Greetings from Nepal.
This is a quick update since we are about to get on our way on our acclimatization trek. These pictures are from Kathmandu (a monkey) and Jomsom (a landscape).
We are in a small village called Kagbini staying in a tea house. Yesterday was a holiday here called the Festival of Colors where children are throwing paint type substances on any passersby. This represents the coming of spring.

We will email everyone as soon as we work out a few more details.

Ben Clark (aka BC)

Thursday, March 28, 2002: Trekking toward Mustang (moo-stong), we encountered two sardu's, Indian holy men dressed in red and orange robes as they wander, what seems aimlessly, blessing those who cross their path. After their blessing, with a donation of candy bars from the team, we arrived in Mustang to spend the night in a cozy teahouse. The lower village is very impressive with various mazes of stone that weave their way throughout town.

The Nepal national festival Phagu Poornima, or Holi, which signifies the turning of seasons from winter to spring, is underway. Phagu means playing with colors. We all figured that out as children ran through town throwing red dust paint on everyone. The festival is celebrated as a victory of good over evil. It is an occasion for creating friendship, burying the animosity, jealousy, and hatred among each other in the past, and being involved in creating happiness. In the western part of Nepal, the day of Holi serves as a license for a boy to marry a girl. As visitors, we were all intrigued by the fun and excitement.

The team will continue trekking tomorrow. We are enjoying the Nepali culture as we acclimatize. Jeff Justman

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