The landscape changes. Scarcer villagers, fewer rice
paddy fields. Terraces are planted with maize and barley.
Increasing numbers of Tibetan refugee settlements are apparent
as they colonise the Himalayan foothills. The gentle slopes of
hillsides give way to steep-sided mountains. Strangely, there
seem to be fewer foreigners. The tops of the mountains loom
high on either side of the hand-carved pathways and staircases
creeping along this historic route, which traders from Manang
and Tibet have followed for centuries, efficiently expediting
cargoes through apparently impenetrable mountains.
Annapurna Circuit - Himalayan Journey
by Andrew Stevenson.