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  1. 1. Himalayan springis a being-there, culture-shock story
  2. 3. Neolithichumans moved into the Himalayas at least 9000 years ago .The first records date back toKirati people , who lived ineastern Nepal .Stories of their exploits beginaround 800BC
  3. 4. Brahmanic Hindu and Buddhist legends relate tales ofancient Nepali rulers : these Tibeto-Burmese peoples feature prominently in ancient Indian classics, suggesting that close ties bound the regionalmost 3000 years ago .
  4. 5. A pivotal moment in Nepal's history was the birth ofprinceSiddhartha Gautama(563-483 B.C.) of Lumbini.He became known asthe Buddha, the enlightened one.
  5. 7. Nepal covers 147181 sq. km (56,827 sq. miles),sandwichedbetweenChina to the north and India to the west, east and south in alocked land . Samelatitude as Floridawith a muchwider range of climate zones :
  6. 8. From the southern Tarai Plain withtropical hot 40C summers ,drenchingmonsoonrains and bamboo-mango-palms fields
  7. 9. through the central hill-lands andsubtropical jungle , full ofrhinos,tigers and elephants, severe thunderstorms,flooding and landslides
  8. 10. through the wild-goats highland, where the large mountain-ape Gigantopithecus (my brotherYeti )was roaming half a million years ago
  9. 11. to the countless extremely cold and increasingly dryHimalaya snowy peaks- spirit and soul for theSherpa
  10. 12. where the braveSnow Leopardshunt their preykilling animals three times their size in rockyregions at an altitude to 6000 m (20000 ft). ...and theblack jumping spider ,living at 6700 meters (22000 ft)is the highest non-microscopicpermanent resident on Earth.
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    • Himalaya MountainsIndias colossal tectonic force
    • Hinduism(86.2%)Buddhism(7.8%)Islam(3.8%)
    • Tibeto-Burmese languageIndo-European groups
    • Central Asian cultureIndian culture
    • DeforestationContamination
    • PridePoverty
    • Bravery Death
    • ChinaIndia
  12. 15. the only country withvoluntarily selected Communist regimeand Maoist guerrilla-based insurgency, where in2001 the Crown Prince massacred 10members of the royal family,king and queenand then took his own life
  13. 17. Diverse population 30,000,000 people , most of them living inextreme poverty 103 castesand ethnic groups(Brahman, Chetri, Newar, Gurung, Tamang, Rai, Sherpa, etc.)107 spoken recognized languages 6500 species of plants and 800 species of birds Awesome nature Best destination for mountaineering, adventurous trekking, rafting,wildlife jungle safaris, cultural and mystical tours and even golf.Himalaya Range, including the world's tallest mountain Mt. Everest - Saragmatha - Chomolungma, standing at 8,848 meters (29,028 feet)Buddhas birthplaceCombined Hindu & Buddhist practice in many temples,sharing two faiths Rice, corn, wheat, sugarcane, root crops, milk, water buffalo meat Tourism, carpet, textile, cigarette, cement and brick production
  14. 19. where thehighest country of the worldis one of thepoorest and least developed you getAltitude sickness oraltitude addictionfrom 70m to 8848.3m where theagriculture economyis providing a livelihoodfor over 82% power potentialis equivalent to the combined installed hydroelectricitycapacity of Canada, USA and Mexico, but less than 1% is developed forest cover droppedfrom 45 to 29 percent in less than 30 years mortality rate is 91 deaths/100 live birthsfor children under 424%of the populationlives on less than one dollar a day! where68.5% Nepali lives on less than 2 dollars a day! 65,000 peoplebetween 15-49have HIV / AIDS! 1 doctoravailable for every18,400 people! only26% of all women are literate! theGDP is only $260 per year!
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    • Fragile economy
    • Technological backwardness
    • Remoteness and land-locked geographic location
    • Severe lack of skilled labor
    • Producer of cannabis for the domestic & international drug markets
    • Transit point for opiates from Southeast Asia to the West
    • Poor telephone, telegraph and mobile cellular telephone network
    • Susceptibility to natural disaster
    • Civil strife with over 40% unemployment rate
    • Self-Castigation
    • Sedimentation flows into the rivers, polluting the water
    • Indoor air is polluted by the burning of wood for fuel, without chimneys!
    • Outdoor air is polluted by automobiles, industry and dust storms
  16. 23. There are morepeople in slaverythan at any other time in human historySlavery is hidden behind many other names, thus disguising it from society.To buy all bonded laborers out of slavery could cost as little as $40 per family (*the Center for Global Education, New York. Kevin Bales ) Womentrafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.A woman from Nepal testified in March thatshe had been drugged,abducted and forced to work at a brothel . (The UN and Madeleine Albright estimate trafficked human cargo generates $7 billion a year.)Childsare abused and beaten by their uneducated alcoholic parentsandliving on the streets is better than living at home, even used by older streetchildren, foreigners and junkies. In the haven for pedophiles , over 40% of child abusers are relatives and Nepal continues to ignore the issue.(Voice of Children VOC and CPCS, 2008) Do you buy slave-free products, marked with theFair Trade certificate ?
  17. 25. Khumbu region , which was opened in the 1950s for trekking, isawesome! Youcan trek with a daypack and spend overa month there at a tight budget .A great holiday offresh air, breath-taking views, great people and culture .
  18. 26. In 1964 only 14 foreigners visited the region. Today they areover 25000 !Independent teahouse trekkingis the most flexible,free and economicalway to enjoy the mountain. You can stop or rush whenever you like
  19. 27. One of the great joys is thatyou meet common-minded people everywhere : - at the airport, hotel, bus, lodge, on the trail. Anothergreat experience isto help orphansand mingle with the localsfor a culture-rich adventure.
  20. 28. temperatures can dip to very low levels, combined with snow-blindness and frostbite of any body part. Death by slipping, falling or high winds are also a potential threat. The atmospheric pressure at the top of Everest is about 1/3 of sea level pressure. Lack of oxygen, exhaustion, extreme cold, injury and the dangers of the climb all contribute to the death zone, since it is often impossible to carry someone out, and impossible to use a helicopter.You are just left behindOver 207 bodies have never been recovered and are visible near the standard climbing routes.A Death Zone , where you die just because of life-threatening supply theft from your high-altitude camp or because of low level of available oxygen, vastly increasing your breathing rate of 80-90 breaths per minute, leading to exhaustion just trying to breathe
  21. 29. Check my HD video about the great world beyondlaptop/ iPhone / facebook horizons and the Nepali-inspiredmusic with western instruments, recorded in my studio back home. Slides, Photos, Video and original Music by Vellyslav Petrov granted towww.SlideShare.net under aCreative CommonsAttribution3.0 June 2009,BrandMover