Photographer's Note

There are only a few roads in Himalayas. Porters
carry most of the things.

These men and women supply goods to mountain villages, travelling up and along perilous paths. They carry heavy loads. They're generally not very well equipped and have bad shoes.

*A porter's gear is simple but effective: The load goes into an oversized basket, or doko, which rests against the back. A strap runs underneath the doko and over the crown of the head, which bears most of the weight. Each porter also carries a T-shaped walking stick called a tokma. At each stop, they use their tokma to support their load, which allows a standing rest. *Natianal Geografic

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