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Happy Losar

4th of October, 2005. I was guiding for anΒ American couple who had just gotten married. We were on the Laya Lingshi trek, camped at Chebisa, a small beautiful village 5 hours from Lingshi. That day we were supposed to cross the Goku La (4350m), but when we woke up in the morning, we were covered in snow. It had been a wet trek since we crossed Chomolhari 3 days back, and to wake up again with snow falling heavy was not something all of us were looking forward to. Our boots were wet, sleeping bags were damp, and we were running out of dry clothes. It was so tempting that day to call for a break, and somehow make up for the lost day along our trek. We still had 7 days to hit the road. No one was in a hurry that morning, and as the lead guide, everyone was waiting for me to announce the halt.

Happy girl in Chebisa

Happy girl in Chebisa

Happy girl in Chebisa

Just then, this young girl peeped into our kitchen tent where we were having breakfast. She was wet, having walked in the snow, but she had a the most beautiful smile. She was dressed in a short kira, and quite a thin tego, and on her feet, she had red gum boots. No socks. This beautiful girl, oblivious of the cold, with a smiling and very happy face totally lifted our spirit that day. We trekked on.

I have looked at these pictures of this girl many many times, and she always manages to make me feel happy. On this Losar, I would like to share these pictures with you, and it would be nice if you could spare a thought to all those people who live in our small villages like Chebisa.

Happy Year of the Ox.

On the Laya Lingshi trek


#1 Kuenga on 02.24.09 at 10:20 am

I have seen this picture many times but never relized such beautiful emotions are attached to it…HAPPY LOSAR AU.

#2 js on 02.24.09 at 10:52 am

” Whoever is happy will make others happy too ”
Happy Losar Day m.d G….

#3 Soul shadow on 02.24.09 at 11:25 am

Happy Losar for all those who visits this bolg.. may our new year bring all us of a good fortune..


#4 PALDEN (Peace-Co) on 02.24.09 at 12:48 pm

Kind-heartedness is better than religiosity;
Religiosity is an ornament of the mouth;
A good mind is the path to heaven.

“Happy Losar”

#5 dorji on 02.24.09 at 1:22 pm

happy losar for all the visiter.

#6 Ann O'Keefe on 02.24.09 at 2:21 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures and time in Bhutan. We were deeply honored to attend the first meeting of Parliament, thanks to the kindness of Gelay Jamsuto…….we admire and love your country and it’s people. I speak for all my family. Happy Losar and thank you. Ann, Jim and Courtney

#7 Tsering on 02.24.09 at 6:41 pm

Thanks a lot for the message!!
HAPPY LOSAR to everyone!!!!

#8 Tshetem on 02.24.09 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for the Losar Greetings……Same goes to you.
Happy Losar and Have Fun.

#9 Karma on 02.24.09 at 11:35 pm


#10 sonam on 02.25.09 at 12:29 am

“Losar Tashi Delek” 2 u 2………..i have really loved this picture n today when i saw this again,felt like m seeing it for the 1st time………she brings in smiles indeed!
Thanks for sharing it with everyone.Take care!

#11 Tshering on 02.25.09 at 12:40 am

Happy Losar Gelay

#12 Tashi on 02.25.09 at 3:39 am

Beautiful! Happy Losar Gelay, keep up the good work at VAST.

#13 Aku on 02.26.09 at 10:42 pm

Happy Losar Tashi Delek

May the Female Earth Ox year bring lots of success, art and funds to VAST.


#14 keza on 02.27.09 at 12:08 am

happy losar :O)

#15 maiyesh on 02.27.09 at 4:27 am

happy losar tooo au

#16 passang on 03.04.09 at 11:53 pm

Happy Losar!!!
(…late…but never too late for good wishes…)
Aue, thank you…for inspiring me to be an independent person in the tech field. I will always remain thankful to you for helping me unconditionally when I first started my career.
Happy Belated Losar…one and all…. πŸ™‚

* I will remember the smile when I am going through the hard times.

#17 Kesang on 05.28.09 at 8:40 am

I have to be honest – It made me sad & smile for some reason. Maybe coz she looks happy despite being in the freezing cold & soaking wet from the snow, maybe because my little boy & I have it so much better and we still complain, maybe because we can only appreciate but can’t do more? That picture is a winner though. It tugs at your heart…. it sure tugged at mine!! Its almost June 2009 so I’m a bit late for Losar and too early for the next. So happy next half!!