In photos: Amazing Nepali women who inspired me through my trek
By Mamta Naidu
Jan 15th, 2014
Young or old, happy or sad, rich or poor, working or playing, Nepali women, they are all so beautiful and a few thoroughly inspiring. I met many women and had several enriching conversations during my 12-day Annapurna Circuit trek.
Nepal being a Patriarchal society, I always thought women lead a very difficult life. However, some of the wonderful women I met along the trail changed the idea for good. Women in Nepal have a very strong hold in their family lives and fend for their families working alongside men. Except for the porter job, I’ve seen women doing all kinds of jobs: from selling souvenirs to rowing boats to managing teahouses to working in government/private sectors.
While I brag for several weeks about walking 4km around pretty looking parks in a big city, 60 yr old women walking 20km, not to mention, steep uphill climb in freezing temperatures, for work every weekend, was a common ritual. And what’s commendable is that they have absolutely no complaints.
While the grandeur of the mighty Himalayas kept me under its spell, I was equally fascinated by the beautiful Nepali women for their positive attitude towards life.
These beautiful Nepali women and their inspiring stories made my trip all the more enjoyable.