Walking for a Living


Here’s another one from my trek to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. On the trail, there are only two sets of people. People who walk to make a living and people who walk to make a meaningful living. I have them both here. A trekker is followed by a Porter on their way back from the base camp.

Actually, porters assisting trekkers – like the one here in this pic – are better off. They only carry about 20kg and earn a decent salary and tip but the other kind of porters, people who carry supplies for teahouses, endure a tough life. Day after day, year after year they haul their cargo up and down mountains, often supported by a strap over their foreheads. Their packs are sometimes heavier than their bodies.

You would often stop to wonder how could they do this. In fact, there’s nothing particularly special about how they walk.

They simply go. And they keep going.

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About Joshi Mukard (86 Articles)
The author is a wandering soul with no place to call his home town. He was born in Kerala, brought up in several parts of Tamil Nadu, and currently living in Bangalore, shifting his base across the city on a yearly basis with fellow (unfortunate) wanderers, his wife (Libena) and little daughter (Tanaya). Despite all these, the author is a happy soul with no complaints on anything. He wakes up in the morning and sleeps at night and in-between he ducks, stumbles and dances through this world.

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