Imagine being on a hike along a seemingly pristine mountain trail, feeling light years away from the noise and smog of the city. Why did you go there? Well, not because you had to reach the market in town or the healthpost to see the doctor or buy medicine. No, you went there longing precisely for the pristine and isolated, hoping to connect with the silence of the mountains and feeling back in time to how Nepal once was. Then, unforgivingly, the roar of a truck breaks the silence and you are left in a cloud of warm dust and fumes as the heavy vehicle climbs on to the next bend. So much for pristine and isolated!
The lines above were inspired by the contrast between the scenery of mule drivers making their way up to Jomsom – like they have done for centuries – and the noisy mountain road. Indeed, even the celebrated and longed-for Annapurna trail on the Jomsom side has not been spared in the drive for roads. Good or bad? Well, it’s supposed to help the local economy. Ask tourist trekkers, though, and many our not entirely without concerns. But it’s probably true: also this road is good for many things. In either case, watch the short video for a minute of nostalgia:)