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The Snowman Trek,” I repeated, gazing up at the trail winding up through the radiant rocks. I loved the way the words “Snowman Trek” swirled honey-sweet in my mouth. Khandu explained that the Snowman Trek skirted the border between Bhutan and Tibet, passing never-to-be-named mountains and plunged into a region beyond the mapped world. Then he picked up my backpack. ” I looked at the trail again. ” “Sir, you are very sick,” Khandu said, with a hand on my shoulder. ” “Next time,” I said in a broken-hearted murmur.
Instead of parents naming the child, babies are often named by an astrologer or monk, who picks a name with religious meaning. 18 The horsemen were a bunch of guys of varying age who wore a mish-mash collection of clothes they’d inherited from past expeditions � jeans, sweatpants, wickable trekking pants, sweaters, fleece jackets, wool caps, and baseball caps. ” When I asked if there was any significance to the names, Norbu told me indeed there was. “My name means valuable treasure,” he replied, laughing.
For my Druk Air flight to Bhutan. I eased myself onto my back and took a deep breath, imagining I was at the end of a yoga class in corpse pose. “Breathe,” I told myself. ” I started to settle in, but as a wave of relaxation dropped over me like a warm, wonderful blanket, my inner critic reminded me that doing corpse pose on the Snowman Trek may not be an auspicious omen. I was quickly learning the toughest part of the toughest trek in the world may not be the trail but rather the mind games I would play with myself.