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In Nepal private transportation is not common and paved roads can be counted on the fingers of one hand. That's why humans still do most of the work, carrying weights even in difficult situations. In the cities or in the Himalaya it makes no difference, "porters" are always seen around with the weirdest loads  in the back. For transportation they usually use locally made wicker baskets, that are anchored to the head to better sustain the heavy load, sometimes close to 100 kg. In the following gallery, some of the most impressive porters seen in Kathmandu and in the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.

Porters in Annapurna Circuit through photos

Even kids are not exempt from the common destiny of carrying loads on their backs: they are taught since they are child to carry weights , or as in this case seen while trekking in the Annapurna Circuit, the younger sister.

Even kids are not exempt from this common destiny: they are taught since they are child to carry "loads" on their backs, or in this case the younger sister. 009Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Also this old man is carrying a baby on his back, in a village of the Nepali Himalaya.

Also this old man is carrying a baby on his back, in a village of the Nepali Himalaya. 010Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

 And when not even donkeys are able to climb anymore...
 
 And when not even donkeys are able to climb anymore... 011Porters-Nepal-donkey-transportation
...humans are still taking the weight. A group of porters in the Himalaya along the Annapurna Circuit, carrying the camping equipment of a group of excursionists. It is a custom for people going to do long trekkings, to hire private porters to carry their luggages, so that they can enjoy the hike and accomplish the challenge more easily. In a poor State as it is Nepal, this is an important source of income for the porters. But at the same time it is a question mark about the ethic of this practice.
 
A group of porters in the Himalaya along the Annapurna Circuit, carrying the camping equipment of a group of excursionists. 012Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
Outdistanced on the back, a man is carrying a rucksack and the sleeping bags of a group of hikers.
Outdistanced on the back, a man is carrying a rucksack and the sleeping bags of a group of hikers. 013Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
Along the Annapurna Circuit trail, there is still no cartable road. Unfortunetely one is being built, and it will change completely the environment and the habits of the people here. Since there is no road, the material needed for the construction is brought by people, that are walking for days or even for weeks in steep and unconfortable trails, often wearing only slippers.
 
the material needed for the construction is brought by people, that are walking for days or even for weeks in steep and unconfortable trails, often wearing only slippers. 014Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
Even if it doesn't look heavy, we asked this young guy the weight of the metal sheets he was carrying, and we were impressed: 70 kg, probably more than his own weight.
Even if it doesn't look heavy, we asked this young guy the weight of the metal sheets he was carrying, and we were impressed: 70 kg, probably more than his own weight. 015Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
Also food for locals and trekkers along the Annapurna Circuit and most of the Himalaya has to be brought on top by people. It's not uncommon to see porters carrying a cage full of hens still alive. It's incredible how can they adapt to stay so many days with these animals "living" on their backs.
 porters carrying a cage full of hens still alive. 016Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
Four young girls collecting and carrying weeds in a local village in Nepal.
Four young girls collecting and carrying weeds in a local village in Nepal. 017Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
A huge load of straw brought uphill by another young girl.
A huge load of straw brought uphill by another young girl. 018Porters-Nepal-human-transportation
The wicker basket is so big that is not even possible to see the woman that is carrying it. Village of Dhital, Annapurna conservation Area, Himalaya.
The wicker basket is so big that is not even possible to see the woman that is carrying it. Village of Dhital, Himalaya. 019Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Human transportation in urban Nepal through photos

A young woman carrying a wicker basket on the back. It is really common to see porters even in urban Nepal

A woman carrying a wicker basket on the back as it is usual in Nepal.

A man in the very center of Kathmandu, Durbar Square, in Nepal. The main square is a perfect spot to sit in one of the pagoda like temple's stairs and enjoy humanity passing by.

A man in the very center of Kathmandu, Durbar Square, in Nepal 001Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Another porter in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, carrying bottled water to supply tourist shops.

Another porter in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, carrying bottled water to supply tourist shops. 002Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

When human transportation is not enough, there is always a  way to load the impossible over an old bicycle.

When human transportation is not enough, there is always a  way to load the impossible over an old bicycle. 003Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Back on the steps of Durbar Square, Kathmandu, a men is carrying a fridge with a bicycle-rickshaw.

Back on the steps of Durbar Square, Kathmandu, a men is carrying a fridge with a bicycle-rickshaw. 004Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

The load is carrying this man is big that surpassing his size by several times.

The load is carrying this man is big that surpassing his size by several times. 005Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

A woman charging heavy bricks that she will carry on her back. It's not uncommon to see women working in building yards in Nepal and in India.

A woman charging heavy bricks that she will carry on her back. 006Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

In another local building yard, instead of machines and bulldozers, men are carrying out the excavation and one of them is acting as a "human-bucket" with a wicker basket being loaded on his back.

In another local building yard, instead of machines and bulldozers, men are carrying out the excavation and one of them is acting as a "human-bucket" with a wicker basket being loaded on his back. 007Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Some people are so poor that they cannot afford any shoes. This man is working barefoot on the hot asphalt, carrying two heavy packages on the back.

This man is working barefoot on the hot asphalt, carrying two heavy packages on the back. 008Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

Still in Kathmandu, a  woman transporting a basket full of grass on the back.

Still in Kathmandu, a  woman transporting a basket full of grass on the back. 020Porters-Nepal-human-transportation

 
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