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Trekking Adventure in Post-Quake Nepal

A trek in Nepal only a year after its devastating earthquake may seem like an unlikely choice for

a family vacation, but the Himalayan kingdom is as mysterious and rewarding as ever.WE WERE trekking above Eastern Nepal’s valleys, their slopes sculpted into terraced fields, when we hit a half-mile-long run of stone steps. They lead up from a holy lake, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, that sits at 9,840 feet in Solukhumbu, a region of the Himalayas also home to Everest. Our expedition party was led by local guides, many of them Sherpas, who are among the dominant ethnic group in this area, originally migrating across the Himalayan passes from neighboring Tibet centuries ago. But despite this deep history in the region, the Sherpa porter I walked with couldn’t tell me how old the steps were, who put them there, or where exactly into the clouds they led. In some parts, the stones were scattered, the paving slippery with fog. Blood-red rhododendrons had spread their roots like gnarled fingers trying to find a better grip.
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