Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Porters of Nepal

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a group of people whose job I have grown to respect while trekking up in the Himalayas: the Porters of Nepal.)

Porters, Annapurna, Nepal
The porters of Nepal and the backbreaking work that they do

When you go on a trek in the Nepal Himalaya, it is most likely that you will encounter the porters of Nepal. They literally do some of the most backbreaking work in the world, as trekking up and down the mountain trails is hard enough without the extra 40 kilograms on your back, or in their case, foreheads. I've seen some who seemed to carry loads much more than body weight. To think, the porters of Nepal are only paid around 10 USD per day. Now that is hard work that demands respect.


What other respect-demanding jobs have you encountered in your travels?


(Why Travel Tuesdays was inspired by #TTOT - the Travel Talk on Twitter. Started by the awesome folks at Traveldudes.org, #TTOT happens every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and at 9:30 p.m. GMT. Hundreds of travelers meet up online and tweet about various topics relating to travel. This week, the topic is Travel Jobs.)


 
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