Helpful Notes: Index above is for quick access to letters by year and month. The index is "sticky" so will stay available as you scroll. The page is quite long, hopefully the index will enable you to return to your place if you leave the page and return.

There are quite a number of letters here. They give a wonderful description of what life was like in a small Nepali village and in Kathmandu. Reading straight through will greatly inform you. However in the index above, I have highlighted months with attached photos, if you look at the letter immediately above the photos, it will likely contain information related to the photos.

Letters written by Nancy and Doug to their parents are archived here: Archived Peace Corps Letters

A collection of picture taken while in Nepal is available here: Doug and Nancy Hatch Nepal Photo Album

Nancy and Doug Hatch Peace Corps Service

Nancy Winter Hatch's Letters from Nepal

In 1966, Doug and Nancy Hatch joined the Peace Corps. Their assignment was Nepal. They did their training in Hilo, Hawaii. Following training they were assigned to Silghari, a small village in the hills below the Himalayas Mountains. Village was at latitude 29 degrees N, however it was at an altitude of 4300 ft. They arrived at the village on October 28, 1966. There was no electricity in the village. They used candles and kerosene lamps. There was a kerosene stove, however since kerosene was brought in by mules or donkeys, it was expensive, Nancy mostly cooked on a wood stove. Wood was purchased from village vendors. It could get very cold at night, so during the winter they would go to bed early, however this meant they woke up very early in the morning, not pleasant. There was no water in the house, a springfed pipe in the wall behind their house was their water source. All water had to be boiled. Iodine was added to any water that they used while away from home. They only ate fruit or vegetables they could peel or cook.

Nancy and Doug taught at the high school. Nancy teaching English and Doug, math.

Nancy and Doug left their post in Silgadhi two months early on June 9, 1968. They were offeredshort term assignments in Kathmandu, Doug helping to develop a math curriculum and Nancy working at Tribhuvan University under Shanti Mishra, who was to become with her husband, Narayan, lifelong friends. They first flew to Pokhara for a three day termination conference. Then on June 13 they flew Royal Nepal Airline to Kathmandu. Following arrival in Kathmandu and being introduced to their work and finding a home, they decided to stay an additional year.

There are a number of spellings of Silghari, the most prevalent one is Silgadhi. You will see both spellings below.

Nancy wrote letters regularly to her sister, Pat. Pat kept most of them and they are included below. To cover missing letters, especially during 1966 when they first arrive in Silgadhi, I have included letters Nancy and Doug wrote to their parents, Merle and Ruby Hatch, and Bob and Lois Winter. The presentation begins with several letter from Hawaii where they received their training and some maps and photographs that will introduce you to Nepal and to their village home.

Nancy Mailing Letter at Post Office in Silgadhi, Nepal

The letters date from August 2, 1966 to April 24, 1972.

Mules on the trail between Mahendranagar (renamed Bhimdatta) and Silgadhi
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Hawaii Letters

August 1966

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Peace Corps Letter from Hiwaii
Peace Corps Letter from Hiwaii-continued.

October 1966

Last letter from the US.
Last letter from US continues.

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Kathmandu Valley, modern photo. The Kathmandu Valley, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of the Indian subcontinent and the broader Asian continent, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley.
Kathmandu Valley seen from Nancy and Doug's arrival from Calcutta.
Bagmati River in Kathmandu Valley seen on flight from Calcutta
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Description of flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Dhangadhi to Silgadhi. Oct 22, 1966
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Description of their home.

Map including Silgadhi,their assigned village, at point of red arrow. Kathmandu off to the right along mountains.

 

Satellite View including Silgadhi
Fokker Friendship airplane at Gaucher-Tribhuvan airport, Kathmandu. October 1966. Flight to Dhangadhi where they would catch
a STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) plane to Silgadhi.
Trail near the STOL field - small washout in one area; typical of trails they walked on .
STOL Landing Field, Dipayal, near Silgadhi. October 1966.
View of Silgadhi on ridge in center from STOL Landing Field, Dipayal. Long walk.
STOL Landing at Dipayal, near Silgadhi. Plane at left of center of photo.
Terraced Fields at bottom of hill, near Silgadhi.
Date: 1968-04-30 Location: Silgadhi, Doti. Village about 1 1/2 miles long. Elevation 4200 ft. About 700 ft ascent between ends of village.
View of the town of Silgadhi taken from a helicopter. The white building at the top of the picture was the hospital (mostly used for grain storage).
Aerial View of Silgadhi

Date: 1968-04-30 Location: Silgadhi, Doti
White building on left was the hospital; U-shaped building in center was the high school.

Primary school and our home on second floor to right of high school with garden and outdoor charpi below.

Doug by a zucchini plant in his terraced garden
Builders building wall between public living area and kitchen
Front room before wall constructed dividing public living area and kitchen

Date: 1968-04-30 Location: Silgadhi, Doti

Aerial view of the tundikhel and hospital (mostly used for grain storage). Picture taken from helicopter as it went from Silgadhi to the STOL airfield at Dipayal to refuel.

Here is a movie of the village today. quite long but worth a quick look. You can skip the interviews.
Silgadhi Movie

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Nancy teaching a class
Nancy teaching a class outside - in winter it was warmer outside than inside the school building
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Two views — one from each end of the room — of our main living quarters — bedroom (Doug built the bed) and private living area. Woven straw mats on the floor; yards of material purchased in the market and sewed together and then stapled to ceiling — helped with dust because ceiling was just wood slats over beams and sealed with mud.

Two views — one from each end of the room — of our main living quarters — bedroom (Doug built the bed) and private living area. Woven straw mats on the floor; yards of material purchased in the market and sewed together and then stapled to ceiling — helped with dust because ceiling was just wood slats over beams and sealed with mud.

Other side of kitchen area - storage space screened in because we had rats that would get in the house; two tall containers on counter are water filters
Cooking area — wood stove built on slate counter; pot on stove was my oven; kerosene tin opened up and flattened out to make smoke /fume hood — hole made in ceiling to allow smoke to go up to attic and out attic window
Front room before wall constructed dividing public living area and kitchen
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Crowd around helicopter. Helicopters owned by Air Ventures based in Coral Gables, Florida!

Fred Bell, helicopter pilot and unknown behind him.

From Edmonds, WA News, October, 2013. "At 87, Fred Bell (seen with wife, Bette) has dedicated more than two decades to the Army, serving in both World War II and Vietnam. He has lived everywhere from Nepal to Laos to Edmonds working as a cowboy, prison interrogator, pilot, aviation teacher and real estate agent. He can speak multiple languages and has earned a degree in gemology. If his globetrotting resume couldn’t get any more diverse, Bell can now say a chapter of his life was turned into an award-winning documentary. The first-prize winner in the Santa Monica Film Festival, “Do Si Do In the Sky” directed by Cameron Tucker, tells the story of Bell’s experience on the U.S. Helicopter Square Dancing team. Raised on a ranch in Arizona, Bell grew up admiring the planes overhead and dreamed about flying them one day. Years later, Bell turned his dreams into reality when he attended flight school and became an Army pilot. In 1953, Bell was one of the few pilots to participate in the Army’s latest aviation promotional strategy: square dancing helicopters." Fred died in December 2013. He is standing at left in photo above with fellow helicopter pilots.

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Bathing Day for Boys Boarding at School.
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Girls from surrounding villages for festival in Silgadhi. Novmber 1966.
Girls from surrounding villages for festival in Silgadhi. Novmber 1966.
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School kids working in the school garden.
Sheep Drinking in front of the library.
Boarding School Foundation
Boarding Dorm for Boys from the countryside.
Stone for School Dorm Construction
School Dorm
School Dorm Construction
School kids working in the school garden.
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Sheep resting on hillside overnight after bringing salt to Silgadhi. Due to poor road conditions, Tibetan salt traders load the collected natural salt from salt flats into woolen bags (30 to 40 lbs), conveying them on the backs of sheep to Tibetan towns and to India and Nepal, bartering with merchants to trade for highland barley, tea bricks, and other necessities. Over time, they pioneered the renowned "Salt and Sheep Road". At left is Tibetan filling salt bags. At right is Drangyer Salt Fields, Drangyer Tsaka, in the high altitude plateau of Changtang, Western Tibet
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View of Silgadhi from up the mountain on New Years Day, January 1, 1967
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Bell at worship site just north of Silgadhi.
Boys at Worship Site north of Silgadhi
Terraced Rice Fields approaching STOL field near Samphe Bagar, Acchem.
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Mules on the trail between Mahendranagar (renamed Bhimdatta) and Silgadhi
Jaraya Valley hay stacks on the trail between Mahendranagar (renamed Bhimdatta) and Silgadhi
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Boys with rhodedendrons, national flower of Nepal
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Overnight thatched hut on walk to Silgadhi.

In Nancy's letter she writes, "we camped-out on our walk back to Silgadhi, Doug says to say we stayed at Howard Johnsons motels— they didn't have a TV in every room. Of the six nights we spent out, three were under some sort of shelter (one night in a small thatched hut, one night in an old horse stable and one night under a tarp: the other three nights were under the stars. We were lucky that it wasn't too cold (about in the low 40s at night) —we only ate twice a day. "

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Rice drop by DC-3 plane seen circling in the distance. It made eight passes, dropping 6-7 bags each time. Everything in the village is disrupted including school classes.
Festival. Students cover each other in red tikka powder.

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Front of Primary School, Peace Corps housing on second floor.
Multi-purpose high school, next to Nancy and Doug's home. Nancy and Doug taught at this high school. Nancy teaching English and Doug, math.
cva. Feb. 1967. Nancy teaching some girls to sing "Do, Re, Mi"; in the room at the top of the stairs in their home in Silghari, Doti.
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Tundikhel, mentioned in letter above. Only flat area in Silgadhi. Just southwest of high school, helicopter landing spot is white circle.
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Bazaar. Silgadhi
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View of Dipayal, Doti across the Seti River where Doug says the carp fish live. Carp are quite bony. Silgadhi is up the hill to left.

Here is a movie of the area today. Beautiful Dipayal Doti

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Shanti Joshi holding Shubhas

May 1967

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Students waiting to come upstairs to Nancy and Doug's second floor home. This hinged door is described in letter above and was their only way in and out of their second floor appartment.
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School Children standing "at ease" in school courtyard waiting for school anniversary celebration to begin.
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Nancy and Doug's water source. Must boil water before using. Cholera shots required. Other end of this pipe is in picture below.
Reservoir. Silgadhi's water source. Water supplied by spring. After water collects in the reservoir, the staff opens the pipes to the village two or three times each day.
View of Silgadhi's water reservoir from up the mountain. Pipe to town is seen running from reservoir to lower right corner of photo.
A new reservoir is under construction. You can see workmen in front of the house at left of current reservoir. Below is close up.
Construction of Silgadhi's new water reservoir. One can see the pipe exiting the ground above the site.
Serious bamboo poles suspend the two pipes. Excavation by hand.
Old Reservoir at top with people. New on under construction immediately below. You can see pipes supported by bamboo.
Competed New Reservoir. Clearly in need of cleaning
STOL Airfield near Seti River where Doug and Nancy went swimming before three hour walk in heat up the hill to Silgadhi.

June 1967

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Nancy Hatch walking with Henry Mattox and US Ambassador Carol Laise as they went through the bazaar to return to Kathmandu. Ambassador Laise spent the night with Doug and Nancy. Her husband was Ellsworth Bunker, ambassador to Vietnam.
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King Mahendra Birthday Celebration. People through Silgadhi.
King Mahendra Birthday Parade
King Mahendra's birthday speeches. 1967.
Local handpowered Ferris wheel.
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Prima, age 16, wedding procession through the town, groom, 35, from India. Indian men come to Nepal seeking light-skinned Nepali girls for marriage.
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Prima's Groom

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Girls and Women at spring, about 30 minutes downhill from village.
Girls carrying water uphill to the village.
Women and Girls carrying water.
Women and Girls carrying water from spring.
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Peace Corps Volunteer, Matt Schmreckar, wearing national dress of Nepal. He was mentioned in the letter above as working at a bridge site that Nancy and Doug visited. Required 6 hours walk to get there and 7.5 hours to return.

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Shop keeper making tea.
Drying Rice, Silgadhi
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Gai Jatra, Cow Festival
Cow Festival
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Cow Festival
Cow Festival Decorations
Cow Festival, Harmonium on back of porter.
Cow Festival
Cow Festival, male dancers. According to Nancy, highly suggestive dancing
Cow Festival, male dancers impersonating women.

September 1967

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Nancy getting her quarterly cholera shot down at the STOL field — spared you the picture of us getting our gamma globulin shots — had to drop our drawers!
 Doug walking over the suspension bridge that crossed the Seti River at the bottom of the hill on our way up to Silghari.
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October 1967. Lois and Bob visited Nepalt. Nancy and Doug. Bob, Lois and Doug, returning from a ride to Balaju, near Kathmandu
 10/1967.  Kakani - on our hike
October 1967.     Lois, Bob, Nancy in Kakani, north of Kathmandu. From Kakani they were able to see the Ganesh Himal rang. Ganesh Himal is a mountain range that lies from Budhi Gandaki River to the Chilime Khola in Rashuwa district. It lies in the north-central part of the Himalayas. Langtang Himal is situated on its east; Budhi Gandaki valley and Shyar Khola Valley lie on the west. Ganesh Himal is 70 km north from Kathmandu.The highest peak in the Ganesh Himal ranges is Yangra (i.e. Gansesh I) which is 7,422 m high from the sea level.
Mom and Dad, Nancy and Doug- view from Kakani on a clear morning
 10/1967  On the way down from Kakani.
 10/1967   Mom and Dad Winter's first visit to see Nancy and Doug in Nepal.  Nancy and Lois on walk back from hill top, Kakani, north of Kathmandu.

Mom and Nancy looking at some of Dr. Robert Leland "Bob" Fleming's birds (famous ornithologist in Nepal)
Left to Right: is Dr. Bethel "Beth" Graves Harris Fleming (1901-1972) , Bob Fleming (1905-1987), Lois Winter, Nancy Hatch.

American Methodist missionary, teacher and ornithologist Robert Fleming spent most of his life working in northern India and Nepal. Fleming was on the staff of Woodstock School, Mussoorie, from about 1930 to 1950. His wife, Bethel, was a doctor and the first western physician permitted to practise in Nepal, where together they founded the United Mission Hospital in Kathmandu. Flemings lived in Kathmandu until retiring October 1972, when they returned to the United States and settled in Arizona. Sadly, Beth died after a fall during a visit with her daughter in Wenhatchee, WA.

In terms of his botanical collecting, Fleming was especially interested in ferns and gathered a number of specimens in Uttarakhand. Following his return to the United States he completed a book on the birds of Nepal, co-authored with his son.

 Lois and Bob in Nepal to visit Nancy and Doug.  Lois and Bob at Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu.
Soaltee Hotel, maybe where Nancy, Doug, Bob and Lois stayed.
Building Construction, cement being passed up by hand on the right. Kathmandu, Oct. 1967
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Nancy and Doug's route from Kathmandu to Silgadhi.
Jeep trip from Kathmandu to Birgunj. About 80 grueling miles with many switchbacks.
A sequence of hairpin turns on the Rajpath road between Kathmandu and India..

Four and one-half day walking trip from Dhangadhi to Silgadhi.

Elevation: Dhangadhi (675 ft), Max enroute (7500 ft), Silgadhi (4300 ft)

Google Earth view of walking trip from Dhangadhi to Sirgadhi.
Some of terrain encountered on walking trip from Dhangadhi to Sirgadhi. Seti River.
Road outside of Dhangadhi beginning walk to Silgadhi.
Walking north from Dhangadhi to Silgadhi.
Along trail from Dhangadhi to Doti — much of the trail was along a stream bed.
Along trail from Dhangadhi to Doti — much of the trail was along a stream bed so we often had to cross from one side to the other; also why we only travelled in the dry season. Nancy on rocks.
Mustard seed being ground for oil along trail from Dhangadhi to Silgadhi. Locally known as 'Kol'. I found it difficult to understand how this thing works. Finally found a remarkable video that helped me. It is very worthwhile watching. The vertical log is the pestle. The mortar is below ground. You can see the head of a person at left who will be removing the products. The pestle is inserted into a stone with a chipped cylindrical and likely beveled opening. It will only come out if lifted straight up vertically. As long as it is tilted it will not fall. The stone support must be very securely anchored to the ground. The side of the pestle rubs against the inside of the stone. The man sitting on the right will drop seeds, grain, etc. mixed with straw around the edge of the opening and the straw and the seeds are crushed together.

Video of working Kol.

Along trail from Dhangadhi to Doti — Tharu women in Kailali district. The Tharu live along the southern border of Nepal. The Tharu are famous for their ability to survive in the malarial parts of the Terai that were deadly to outsiders. Contemporary medical research comparing Tharu with other ethnic groups living nearby found an incidence of malaria nearly seven times lower among Tharu. The researchers believed such a large difference pointed to genetic factors rather than behavioural or dietary differences. This was confirmed by follow-up investigation finding genes for thalassemia in nearly all Tharu studied.
Straw Hut in Dhangadhi
Tea Shop on path from Dhangadhi to Silgadhi
Fruit and Vegetable Stand in Dhangadhi. Figs, bananas, peppers, etc. seen.

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Temple in Dhangadhi

Some of the terrain on the walk to Silgadhi.

 

Above is a frame of a movie shot by a number of motorcyclists who made the trip from Dhangadhi to Silgadhi. So many comforts available to them that were not available to Nancy and Doug on their four "walks", no bridges, no roads, no comfort stations. You can watch the movie, (it will open in a new tab in your browser so you can easily get back), by clicking on the frame above or the link here:
Dhangadhi to Silgadhi

 

Houses in the terai near Mahendranagar (renamed Bhimdatta). Kanchanpur

 

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Water Buffalo in manmade pond between Nancy and Doug’s home and the town library. An antrax outbreak occured in a village 6 hours walk from Silgadhi. Over 2000 cattle died and 40 people. Fortunately the authorities actted quickly providing penicillum shots. Silgadhi escaped unharmed.

Suzanne Smith (Cluett):Died January 3, 2006 at the age of 63 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Suzanne was born September 23, 1942 in Seattle, WA and grew up in Enumclaw, WA. She quickly set out on a life of travel and adventure that began at Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she participated in the Experiment in International Living, with stints in Ghana and India. After majoring in Political Science, and fostering her interest in overseas development, Suzanne joined the Peace Corps in 1964. As one of the early members of the Peace Corps, Suzanne traveled to Nepal with the assignment of teaching English. She quickly identified an opportunity to help women in Nepal and redirected her energies to helping form the early family planning program in that country. She met her husband Christopher, a community development volunteer in Nepal's second Peace Corps group, and together they stayed on in the country to work with the United States Agency for International Development for another three years.

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January 1968

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Nancy and Doug walked several days for meeting with Peace Corps superviors, Will Newman and Bruce Morgan .

Wilber H. "Will" Newman married Sandra J. McCarty on February 19, 1966 in San Raphael, CA. They met while serving in the Peace Corps. they divorced in 1987.

Bruce Morgan: After leaving the Peace Corps, Bruce was executive director of the Center for Research and Education, a nonprofit company in Denver from 1971 until 1976. He also worked on a Treasury Department economic commission in Saudi Arabia. In 1976, Bruce founded Morgan-Newman Associates, which later became Bruce Morgan Associates. His firm provided economic, industrial and technical information and analyses to 106 international clients and private companies. Mr. Morgan was chief executive of the company until his death. Bruce was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Sacramento. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S, Business Administration and Economics) and in 1957 received his L.L.B from the university's law school. He served as a legal officer in the Air Force in Saudi Arabia and Morocco from 1958 to 1961. Bruce was a corporate and tax lawyer in California from 1961 to 1967. Bruce died on October 14, 2007, at Georgetown University Hospital of complications from hip surgery. He lived in Washington DC.

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Caption: Date: 1968-03 Location: Silgadhi: Dr. June Thapa talking with local women about family planning. She was Nancy';s and Doug's doctor.
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Teacher Training School, Pokhara, Annapurna South and Machhapuchchhre "Fish Tail" (22,943 ft) mountains in background.
Main Road in Pokhara bazaar
Pokhara Bazaar

Machhapuchchhre Mountain (22,943 ft), Pokhara

 

Women in field with Machhapuchchhre mountain, Pokhara
School in Pokhara Valley
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October 1971

10/1971. Mom and Dad Wintercame to Nepal to celebrate (a few days late) Shanti's first birthday.
10/1971. Mom and Dad came to Nepal to celebrate (a few days late) Shanti's first birthday. Waiting for the plane to Pokara. Notice the airstrip - dirt!
10/1971. Mom and Dad came to Nepal to celebrate (a few days late) Shanti's first birthday. Waiting for the plane to Pokara. Notice the airstrip - dirt!
10/1971.  Slide dated Nov. 1971.  Picture taken October 1971 when Mom and Dad came to visit in Nepal.  Doug, Dad, Nancy, Shanti and Mom -This was on the road to China.
10/1971. Slide dated Nov. 1971. Picture taken in Pokara during Mom and Dad's visit. There are two ways to carry a baby on your back!
10/1971. Picture taken October 1971 when Mom and Dad came to Nepal. We were in Pokara from Oct. 19-23. Doug, Nancy, Shanti, Mom and Dad - early in the morning in Pokara with Annapurna mountains and Macchapuchre in background.
10/27/1971.  Slide dated Nov.1971.  Picture taken October 1971 when Mom and Dad came to Nepal.  Folks in Nepal from October 16-30.  Flying over the Himalayas - Mount Everest in the background.
10/27/1971.  Picture taken from plane trip to see Mount Everest with Mom and Dad Winter when they were visiting in Nepal.  Mt. Everest is the peak in the back with the snow plume - looks shorter but it is farther away.
10/27/1971.  Picture taken from plane trip to see Mount Everest with Mom and Dad Winter when they were visiting in Nepal
10/27/1971.  Picture taken from plane trip to see Mount Everest with Mom and Dad Winter when they were visiting in Nepal.  Mt. Everest is the peak with the snow 
10/27/1971.  Picture taken from plane trip to see Mount Everest, shown here, with Mom and Dad Winter when they were visiting in Nepal.n Nepal, it’s known as Sagarmāthā. The Tibetans call it Chomolungma (“Holy Mother”). But in any language, Mount Everest is the roof of our planet, the highest place on Earth. Its peak is 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) above sea level—which includes a 4-meter snowcap.
10/27/1971.  Picture taken from plane trip to see Mount Everest with Mom and Dad Winter when they were visiting in Nepal.  Mt. Everest is the peak with the snow plume.
10/27/1971.  Poster which we received after our Mt. Everest flight with Mom and Dad Winter who were visiting in Nepal.  We had poster put on wood to keep for posterity.
10/27/1971.  Poster which we received after our Mt. Everest flight with Mom and Dad Winter who were visiting in Nepal.  We had poster put on wood to keep for posterity.
Chobhar area south of Kathmandu

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