Today we had a short walk (about 7 miles) and it might have been the favorite day so far among the group. We started the morning with blue skies, eating breakfast while the sun warmed us as it rose above the mountains. After breakfast we headed up a short hill and continued up to the Lingshi Dzong (fortress). This fortress was damaged in the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and has since been abandoned. It was still quite impressive— a 16th century building perched high on a hill in the middle of the valley. Next we descended into Lingshi village where we visited a school and got to visit with the kids. They all spoke great English and were very welcoming to us. We spent the rest of the day on a pleasant walk high above the valley and river, stopping at another small village where nice people let us come into their beautiful house to eat our lunch. One of my favorites things about these treks is visiting with locals and getting to experience their culture. It’s the best thing about traveling, and in my opinion, the only way to realize that we are all just people trying for the same things. People are good.
We are having fun and enjoying our time here, thanks for following along!