To acclimatise for the 2006 Everest expedition I hiked the trek to Everest BC from Nepal. A friend of a friend recommended me this man, Ang Furba, to be my porter. I carried my gear for 2 weeks as well as all photo gear and laptop, so any help was welcome and I enjoyed the company.
Though his English was limited, we had a great time together and saw many highlights in a short period of time. Only after getting lost on some slopes and passes Ang Furba confessed that he had not been to those places before :-)
He lives near Lukla, the start of the trek and had been harassed by both the Maoists, who beat him up for not joining them and then again by the military police for talking to the maoists. Literally stuck between a rock and a hard place, he was glad to make some money, so he could go on yet another trip to Mt Kailash, the holy buddhist mountain in Tibet.
But first he had to take me up the mountains of the Khumbu Valley, this is near the summit of Chukhung Ri, near Ama Dablam and about 5500m altitude. Normally Ang Furba was all smiles, but when I tried to shoot his portrait, he froze into a serious pose, which maybe covers his hard life better..
One of the best things happened a few days later, when I took my Ipod headphones and let him hear the soundtrack of Himalaya, l’enfant d’un chefthe wonderful movie about the Tibetan yak herders. When Ang Furba heard the Om Mani Padme Hum chants in his ear, he could not believe what happened and started jumping up and down in happiness :-)