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Friendship in Himalayas

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By Kim Jin-heon

Three years ago I climbed up to the Annapurna base camp in the Himalayas with nine others with the help of one guide and five Sherpas for nine days. Every day we walked for five or six hours, talking about the surrounding landscape and villagers.

Most of the villagers had large families, having only small amounts of land. It looked to be a struggle for their families with limited resources. Thus, adults left their homes to earn money for their families' living expenses or education. Nevertheless, they seemed peaceful and optimistic.

Before leaving Korea, each of us promised to select a subject relating to a personal hobby and discuss the subject every night. I prepared a presentation on cultivating a vegetable garden. After opening our respective subjects, we got to know........

© The Korea Times