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Suzi Richer

Pollen Analyst – Environmental Archaeologist – Communicating the environment

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Help with poo…

Monday 11th March Can anyone help identify this poo? A local guide took us up a side valley to a religious rock art site this afternoon. The hour and a half trek to the site followed the river valley closer towards the imposing Annapurna range. We plodded through snow, sometimes a 18 inches deep; passed […]

Wash day

Saturday 9th March ‘Ow! I think I’ve burnt my bum,’ said Hayley jumping out the water. We are at the hot springs in Charme, a village shadowed by the Annapurna 2 range. We’d seen the sign ‘Hot Spring’ when we arrived in Charme on Friday afternoon. Last night we decided to take a rest day […]

A walk in the woods

Friday 8th March ‘Look,’ I said to Hayley bending down and scratching in the earth. ‘It’s an acorn!’ ‘Oh yes!’ she said, grinning. Today we passed through deciduous woodland for the first time. The oak trees here are nothing like our British oaks, the leaves are pointy rather than made up of round lobes. But […]

Meeting the gods

Tuesday 5th March Today was a day for bumping into the gods. Hayley and I were explaining ‘stratigraphy’ to Dil, our guide, as we were walking along a section that had been cut by construction works along the route. There were layers of large and small rocks and fine sediment. We told Dil that this […]

Distance is different in the mountains

6th March Someone told us, it might have been Resham in Besi Sahar, that the Annapurna trekking route was good because it was a gradual climb and not too undulating. We may only be into our third day, but I beg to differ (sorry Resham).Today, we have climbed from Germu which was about 1350m to […]

A single light

Thursday 7th March There is a small orange glow coming from the shelf of a first floor room of the house across the road. The rest of the village is in darkness now (and it’s only 9pm). Tonight we are staying on the edge of Danakyu, at 2300m. The area is forested with fir and […]

Hyulsa Gompa

The candle flickered with the beat of the drum. I could feel a droplet of sweat rolling down my neck. Slowly, my focus shifted to the chanting and music around me. We got up this morning to ‘bed tea’, black tea brought to our tent, at 6am. We were going to a monastery just above […]

A Nepali Nettle?

Darkness falls very quickly here. A flock of birds just came into roost in a tree next to the campsite. I tried to put a recording up as an audio post, but it didn’t work unfortunately! We arrived in Besi Sahar this afternoon after a six hour minibus ride. Roads were surprisingly smooth, although it […]

Rats and monkeys

‘We use just a single rat hair,’ said Tashi, ‘To paint the eyes.’ We are sitting holding mugs of chai tea, as Tashi Lama explains how the beautiful thangka are painted. He is master of his craft. All of the thangkas in front of us are painted in the modern art school in Kathmandu. The […]

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