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ITAHARI: On October 17, Ujjwal Basnet from Dharmadevi Municipality of Sankhuwasabha was in Yangle Kharka. He was there after making a trip to Makalu Base Camp, the base camp of 5th tallest mountain in the earth.
A day before on October 16, he spent his night in the local unnamed teahouse. In Yangle Kharka, no teahouses are named. He woke up at 6 am in the morning and headed out for Shiva Dhara shrine.
Shiva Dhara is the very famous nearby religious destination, which takes around 5 to 6 hours to make a complete trip.
Basnet came back to Yangle Kharka after making his 6 hour long religious trip to the famed shrine of Sankhuwasabha. ”I had ordered meal in the morning as we have to visit religious shrine with fasting”, Basnet said, ”But, when I came back after 6 hours of extremely stressing journey, the teahouse operator said there is no meal for me.’
The repeated request by Basnet fell into deaf ears of the teahouse operators, who simply said he was ‘busy.’ Basnet said the same teahouse operator had cooked meal just a couple of days ago while he was coming from Fematang, a nearby camp. But that day, the same service was not offered.
”Previously, there were no foreigners and he cooked meal for me and I paid Rs 400 for a vegetarian meal”, said Basnet, ”But, on October 17, there were some foreigners and he did not give attention to my request.”
Ujjwal basnet is not only one to complain about Makalu Base Camp route’s teahouses operators’ inferior treatment compared to their foreign counterparts.
”The price is not that much different for Nepali and foreign trekkers”, said Kamal Magar, a trekker from Chitwan. ”They give utmost priority to foreigners and give least, if not no priority to Nepali trekkers.”
Meanwhile, Dawa Chhiring Sherpa, a local teahouse operator at Dobato of Makalu Base Camp trail, said there are some complaints from Nepali trekkers in other teahouses. ”I have heard some complaints. This is owing to unprofessional practices but all are not the same”, said Sherpa.