After a 6 day trek in the Annapurna range we headed to Dubung village, located in the Tanahu district approximately a 7 hour journey from Pokhara and where our guide Min grew up and his brother Jamie and most of his family still live. The journey started an hour or so outside Pokhara where we swapped our taxi for a Jeep (to tackle what felt like one of the worlds most dangerous roads) followed by a 900mtr trek to reach the village up on the hill tops at around 1400mtr.
After our jeep ride just before our trek started we had the pleasure of meeting Mins mother, who at the age of 81 still makes this walk barefoot every couple of weeks. She also walks a 7 day round trip to Pokhara barefoot every three months to collect her pension as she refuses to go be car or bus… Incredible.
On arrival we were greeted by a very warm welcome from the Thapa family and everyone at the Village. This village rarely if ever comes in to contact with westerners – we instantly became the centre of attention. In the evening we were welcomed into the homes of the villagers for some very tasty Dhal Bhat – the staple dish for Nepalese people usually consisting of steamed rice, lentil soup (dhal), veg curry and pickle, we were however honoured to be served up a local chicken killed for us only two hours earlier. Food was accompanied by Raksi Wine a traditional home made Nepalese/Tibetan alcoholic drink. After food we were entertained by a local dancing group who performed a traditional village dance called Maruni. We spent our days in the village getting to know the lovely people (who all wanted us over for food, black tea and raksi) and visiting a local school whom we hope to help in the future. This was a unique experience, we felt very privileged to learn about this stunning village and it’s generous people who made us feel welcomed into their homes.