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Slideshow: Bhutan's Goddess Mountain
Although the growing impact of tourism and creeping modernity can no longer be denied, Bhutan's Jomolhari, or "Goddess Mountain," remains one of the world's great treks.
1. Kado, 26, Mountain Man.
Over the nearly two decades that I have been guiding the trails to Mount Jomolhari (24,038ft), I have fallen in love with the people as much as the landscape. To breathe the rarefied air of these mountains one must pay a price. International trekkers and recreational hikers have to train for months (and save a lot) to get here. The people who are born in these mountains must deal with the extreme cold of the winters, and the lack of creature comforts most people take for granted. The landscape has a way of chiseling out the inessentials. Each time I walk these mountains among my proud Drokpa cousins who live here year-round, like 26-year old Kado, I am reminded of all the things we should let go to live life right: things like pride, vanity, the illusion of “control,” and the worst habit of modern conditioning—the tendency to move on to the next thing without showing up for the present, the precious here and now.
By Karma Dorji
Our Travel Programs Coordinator has been trekking into the lap of Mount Jomolhari for over two decades. Here he shares his insights about the region alongside images he shot during our recent journeys there. Inspired? See dates and prices for our upcoming Bhutan's Jomolhari Trek
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