Great Big Walk Day 30: To Molun Pokhari (3954m)

To Molun Pokhari (3954m/5hrs)
For five further days we continue towards the Makalu Barun National Park. At times the trail will be steep and rocky with some scrambling sections and challenging climbs. We will skirt around the picturesque Molun Pokhari (lake) and head south and south east crossing rivers, sometimes via logs, and penetrating thick rhododendron forest. These days on the trail are challenging as this area is not often travelled and there may be very limited space for camp sites.

Quote for the Day

Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented society, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking.
Rebecca Solnit

Did You Know?

Geologists have performed tests on the Himalayan mountain ranges and they have said that they are actually geologically active and are moving at a rate of about 20mm every single year.

Find Your Fit Fact

Some people find that walking for 30 minutes to an hour straight may be too much to fit into their day.  If so, you may want to break up your walks into three to six 10 minute sessions–the benefits are the same.

Activity Suggestion: Yeti, Gorak, Snow Leopard

Today we’re going to play a game that helps us get familiar with some Nepal critters that live at high elevations.  These creatures have thrived in an environment that most animals would perish in.  The first creature is going to be a Yeti, the second, a Gorak, and the third is a Snow Leopard.  The Yeti eats the Gorak but gets chased by the Snow Leopard.  The Gorak dive bombs the Snow Leopard but gets eaten by the Yeti.  And finally, the Snow Leopard chases the Yeti, but gets dive bombed by the Gorak.  Each group will be asked to act out their creature: the Yeti has arms spread and high up in “attack mode”, the Gorak has arms frantically moving, and a Snow Leopard is up in a cat stance with claws up.

Activity Description:

  • Have the class split in half on opposite sides of the gym.  While on the opposite sides, have each group collectively select an animal to be for that round.
  • Have both sides approach each other taking large steps repeating the phrase “Yeti, Gorak, Snow Leopard” three times loudly as they approach each other.
  • After both sides are a desired distance away from each other have the different groups act out their creature.
  • Whichever side “wins” has to chase the other group back to the starting point, whoever is tagged joins the other team.  This is repeated until everyone is on one team
  • This can be repeated if the game is over quickly or you can choose other animals that live at high elevations and have the students create another version of the game.  Animals that can be used include: Deer, Yak, Marmot, Pika, Mountain Goat.
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