Great Big Walk Day 5: To Mitlung (1542m)

Walk To Mitlung (1542m)
Today we will begin our Great Big Walk!  We will walk approximately four hours to Mitlung.  The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys that typically produce up to three crops per year. We pass by crops of rice, millet, potatoes, cauliflower and green vegetables. Gradually heading in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 metres on a muddy trail to Mitlung.

Quote for the Day

But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.
Gwyn Thomas

Did You Know?

Nepal has 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world.

Find Your Fit Fact

During the Canadian winters, it can be easy to slip into hibernation mode but it can be a fun time to start walking. If you layer your clothing properly, you might find that walking during this time of year isn’t so bad and can be quite fun. Traction devices for your shoes can help maintain your footing.

Activity Suggestion: Avalanche tag

Outcome: Activity is used to get students warmed up while also teaching them about avalanches that can in the mountainous regions of Nepal.

Materials: None

Setup: This activity will use one half of the basketball court. Have students all standing on one side of the half basketball court along the boundary, and then pick three taggers.

Rules and procedures: Inform students about the possibility of an avalanche when climbing a mountain or crossing a glacier. Explain that an avalanche can be caused by nature, or by the climber’s own movements. In this case, tell them that the way they move can cause them to get stuck in an avalanche if they are not careful! Have three students standing across the center-line of the half court. These students are trapped in an “avalanche” and can only move along the centre line. On the signal, every student runs from one side of the court to the other. If anyone gets tagged by one of the people stuck in the avalanche, they have also been trapped, and have to try and tag the other people in subsequent rounds. When everyone is standing on the centre line, the game is over.

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