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The Snowman Trek
The Snowman Trek involves hiking through some of the
tallest and most isolated mountains in the world. Most of
the passes between the mountain peaks are over 16,000 feet
high. I eased comfortably into the first few days of the Trek,
absorbing the beauty of the environment. On the third day
we were introduced to the extreme elevation -the height
above sea level-that we would experience the rest of the
climb. It was nine hours, all uphill, to 11,800 feet.
We came to our first high mountain pass at Nyile La
(roughly 16,000 feet). 1 This marked the first test for
altitude sickness, a condition caused by a reduced level of
oxygen in the air. As we climbed, the clouds parted to reveal
many snow-topped peaks-the "rooftop of the world."

Life in the Mountains
Later, we hiked to one of the most isolated villages, Thanza,
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with an elevation of 13,700 feet. Only about 300 people
live there. Most are subsistence farmers . They grow food
for their families, but nothing to sell to anyone else.
Food consists of a high-altitude rice, with meat
and cheese from yaks, which are long-haired
Tibetan oxen. Homes are built from what
can be found. Walls are made from
stone, and shingles from wood.
Clay is the mortar that holds
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