Great Big Walk Day 20: In Olangchun Gola (3191m)

A Rest Day for us in Olangchun Gola

Quote for the Day

A lone peak of high point is a natural focal point in the landscape, something by which both travelers and local orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are discontinuity — culminating in high points, natural barriers, unearthly earth.
Rebecca Solnit

Did You Know?

The Himalayas cover about 75% of the whole country of Nepal.

Find Your Fit Fact

When walking at night it is best to wear some reflective clothing. This allows you to be seen by drivers from all kinds of angles.

Activity Suggestion: Nepali Freeze Tag

Objective: The basis of this lesson is to introduce an aspect of Nepali culture and language. Students will understand that if they were to travel to Nepal to walk the Great Himalaya Trail, they would have to understand the basic greetings of Nepal. They need to understand that hello will not always be understood in other countries.

Activity Description: Ask the children what they would do if they ran into a friend of the street (you will get answers like hello, hi, a handshake, a high-five or hug), once the children have answered the question, ask them if they know how to greet someone in another language (you might get a bonjour or a greeting in another language). Explain to the children how the people of Nepal would greet each other with Namaste.

The concept of this game is the same as freeze tag. There will be 2-3 taggers depending on the size of the class. The children will spread out around the gym and the taggers will be up front. On the word go, the taggers will go out and chase the children. If a child is tagged they must freeze on the spot where they were tagged. The only way for a child to become unfrozen is when another child comes up and they greet each other in the traditional Nepali way. They must stand in front of each other, put their palms together, bow their heads and say “Namaste”. Children who are un-freezing another child may not be tagged. The game will run for 2-3 minutes and then you switch taggers for another round.

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