To Ghunsa (3595m)
The stage to Ghunsa marks a change in the scenery with rhododendron, camellias and azaleas along the trail. We pass by the village of Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from the locals. The final approaches to Ghunsa travel along pretty trails through conifer and pine forest. Ghunsa sits within the valley in a striking setting of steep cliffs and waterfalls above. The walk will take approximately six hours.
Quote for the Day
When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.
― Michael Patrick King
Did You Know?
Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha which makes it a great place for followers of the religion to do a pilgrimage.
Find Your Fit Fact
One mistake people make when they are walking is that they try to overstride. The natural inclination is to increase your stride but this is the wrong way to look at things since it makes your walking clumsy. Instead, you should be looking to maintain your stride length but simply be moving faster (increasing your cadence).
Activity Suggestion: Walk Across Nepal
Objective: To get students physically active in a short amount of time.
Materials needed: individual jump ropes for roughly 1/2-2/3 of class, 10-20 hula hoops, 4-8 long jump ropes, 6-10 small (6-10″) hurdles, 15-20 poly spots, 8-10 cones/domes, cones to mark challenges & course, music to motivate!
– Start by telling the students they get to hike across Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail. On their way across the high Himalaya, they will encounter several obstacles, (modify the story based on grade level.)
– At the beginning of their hike they perform 10 push-ups (traditional or modified) to scare the yetis off the mountain. The students then hike to the hot springs.
– Hot springs are set up as a jump rope area. Students jump rope 15 times near the hot springs, then jog to the swamp.
– The swamp consists of hula hoops set up in a line of two rows. Students run through the hoops with high knees (so they don’t get stuck in the swamp). Then they jog to the rivers area.
– The students leap over the rivers, which are two long jump ropes running parallel to each other, use any number of rivers. Then students hike or jog to the creek.
– Students cross the creek by hopping from rock to rock (polyspot to polyspot). Then then continue to the caves.
– The caves are picnic tables with benches. Children perform 10 bench push ups or 10 crunches to scare away the trolls that live under in the caves (under the tables).
– Then they run over to the boulders. Students jump or leap over the boulders (hurdles), then continue to the switchback path. Since switchback paths are used for very steep places in a trail, mark a zigzag pathway using cones.
– Then onto the rocky ledge at the top of a mountain. Students have reached the top of the mountain when balanced on the rocky ledge (a bench or curb).
– Students then take a different pathway down the mountain, to the beginning.
– Students continue hiking up and down the mountain until time is up. (usually 5-8 minutes – a few songs when playing music).