Day 5 - Chame     Our last warm outdoor luncheon for a long time

'Hearty welcome to Chame.' The banner's message smacks of Nepalese officialdom which must rank in the same league as the notoriously inefficient Indian bureaucracy. The village of Chame, despite its isolated location high in the mountains, is a distant outpost of the Kathmandu-centred government. A cement chorten topped by a corrugated-tin roof straddles the path. The original copper prayer wheels have been stolen, replaced by empty tins inscribed not with prayers but with instructions in Nepali on how to prepare instant powdered milk.

From Annapurna Circuit - Himalayan Journey by Andrew Stevenson.
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Photo by Alistair Adams