Eman and I survived our 5-day trek in the Himalayan foothills. It was so gorgeous. Mountains are tall. The tallest we say was about 22,000 ft, though we didn't get above 10,000. I still managed to get miserably altitude sick for one evening, but quickly recovered. Strangely enough, it's still green and 60 degrees in the day at that elevation in January. There were really pretty terraced fields everywhere at the lower elevations and a really wide variety of vegitation wherever we went. We walked for a few days with a nice Vancouverite girl who grew up in Victoria, and all three of us liked to talk about food. Our guide was great and really sweet. We were glad to not have gone thru a travel agent. Probably could have gotten by on our own, but was way easier with someone who knew the language and how to get around. And we stopped in interesting places. Like today in some random people's home (a one room mud building with corrogated steel roofing and three walls) for some fresh hot buffalo milk.
Nepal is really great (though bothersome for someone with already loose stools) and I can't believe I've been here a month already. we go to India on the 7th and plan to go to Dehli, Agra (Taj Mahal), Mumbai, and various places in the provinces of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It should be really fun, but I'm not sure what to expect. Maybe a mix of Nepal and China but with something more.