I have been living with a family in Kagbeni, Nepal for over a month–and this village, high in the Himalayas, is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever seen. A few photos to tell it’s story:
Kagbeni, Nepal located at 2800 meters.
The main square. Though located within Nepal the village is almost all Tibetan and prayer flags are hung everywhere.
The nearest bank is a three-hour walk away and nearly the entire village is unbanked. Firewood is something most people need but since the nearest wooded area is a four-hour hike away there is a limited supply. Without a modern way to store wealth (and high inflation of government money) people stack wood on their rooftops which can be easily sold if need be, effectively making it their savings account. [I’m currently writing about how rural unbanked store wealth for Quartz using Kagbeni as an example. Will be published in early July.]
There’s also A LOT of goats.
The view from above the town, looking northward, toward Tibet (China).
The view from summit of a peak across the river from Kagbeni.
It’s very windy. Hurricane force winds whip around the village everyday.
My breakfast table.
And the food is pretty good.
The Thorong-la pass as seen from a Kagbeni rooftop at sunrise. At 5400 meters it’s the highest pass in the world.
A Tibetan birthday party for a boy turning one year. Birthday celebrations are a new tradition here, and while I was told they take after the U.S., there were quite a few differences. Here, after singing, everyone makes a lot of noise by yelling and popping balloons while simultaneously throwing confetti or cream at the child. The child was not happy. Soon after the oldest person in the family smeared butter on his head as a blessing–he also was not happy about that.