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Trek to the Silk Factory - Pokhara

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Hi there today we studied in the morning and then after lunch met our friend from the bus to go to his silk factory in the mountain... We set off at 1 and went to his house to get his daughter, a bag with fruits and some water... We then went off, on a lovely path on the flank of the mountain through the jungle... and went up... and up ... and up... so much so that Hayden started to complain....
The views of the city were fantastic and we finally made it to the "factory".... as the kids said this did not look like a factory as it was barely a mud house... but when you stepped in... you could see layers and layers of newspaper under which thousands of silk cocoon were nested. The smell was strong and the heat was high... we saw some caterpillars which were lazy as they did not want to make a cocoon.. and we saw some cocoons that were already opened which means that the silk thread has been damaged and they are no good.
We sat down with the bus friend and his associate and looked over the mountain to the stunning views of the city... The associate had a welsh man staying with him for months and he had made a swing with which the kids played a lot...
We saw 3 ladies carrying grass on their back in the heat for the buffaloes... we then wanted a drink so went to a little village up in the mountain and had a drink... We then decided to come back tomorrow to help the associate sort out the cocoons to sell them... this will be fun ... so we'll let you know how it all went...
We took a different way down again through the jungle but this time on lakeside side of the mountain.. we passed through lots and lots of vegetation and picked up and ate a lot of nuts from a tree which fruits really look like Spanish chestnuts... it was again a lovely walk...
We stopped at a little cafe for a drink and then we headed off through the rice fields back home.. the sun was setting over the mountains and we got some great shots.. just fancy going for treks in the mountains now!!!

Posted by ealonso 09:38 Archived in Nepal Tagged silk_factory

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