Walking through the Himalayas sometimes feels like a step back in time. You see people working as families in fields – ploughing the ground in the traditional way with yaks so they can grow vegetables and fruit – not to be used commercially but to feed their own communities and passing trekkers like myself.
Others build Lodges literally from the ground upwards by digging a plot and removing the stones from the ground to re shape into blocks which then form the walls.
The tools are adapted from trees and rocks to help building and farming. These people are incredibly resourceful – if the world collapses through a Trump approach then its people like the Nepalese who will survive.
I watched a man sat in a field today shaping wire into great square boxes that are then filled with rocks and used to strengthen the track or sides of steep areas. Rocks contained in wire to displace the weight and add stability in any weather.
This man sat and wound the wire like cotton into small circles that were then linked to form the metre square containers.