This morning Sonam and I hiked up to the top of Gokyo-Ri at 430am at 5300m, to capture some sunrise imagery of the surrounding peaks. To my surprise after asking him a few questions about his life, he shared a very sad story of both of his parents dying far too young. One by ‘disease’, the other a construction accident. He and his older sister take care of their younger sisters who are still in school. Working as a porter is his main source of income. The sad truth: he only does it for the money. To provide for his sisters. Imagine that responsibility at 19 years old.


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