“I miss my daughters. If we were rich people I wouldn’t even be here. We had a very beautiful house in Nepal, but after the earthquake everything was gone. I worked there as a trekking guide – there are not many other sources of income in the mountains. After the quake we didn’t have any guests. Times were hard, especially for the guides.

Nepal is totally different. The huts are nothing like the ones here. In Tirol everything happens faster and even up in the mountains you can get everything. I help unload the provisions which are sent up to us by cable car. I help in the kitchen, wash the dishes, clean and prepare breakfast for the guests. In the afternoon I have a few hours to myself, so I go down to the flagpole in front of the hut. I can see everything from there: the valley, the stream, the glacier, the people coming past. After a few minutes I go back up to the hut.

My daughters are seven and four years old. They both go to school in Kathmandu. I talk to them and my wife via the internet every day. I have been hoping for this chance ever since I became a trekking guide – and now I have it. Maybe I can stay here and work for a few seasons. When I have earned some money I will go back home and build a life for my family.”

 

Ram Chandra – trekking guide from Nepal

 

Each year the association Nepalhilfe Tirol gives a number of guides from Nepal the chance to come to Tirol and gain experience working in mountain huts. One of the huts involved is the Taschachhaus in the Pitztal Valley, which also serves as a base for training courses and expeditions into the mountains. The hut can be reached on foot via the Fuldaer Höhenweg trail or through the Taschachtal Valley.

 
Taschachhaus at the end of the Pitztal Valley, © Tirol Werbung/Bert Heinzlmeier
Ram Chandra's version of a traditional "stone man", © Tirol Werbung/Bert Heinzlmeier
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