The hamlet of Luza, at 4,390 meters, overlooks the Khumbu Valley. It is little more than a few stone houses used as summer retreats by yak drivers. At this elevation little grows. Potatoes, rice and tsampa flower must be brought up from lower villages.
As soon as the sun rises, smoke appears from the chimneys of the two inhabited lodges. Ang Chamzy keeps one lodge and raises her two years old son Dawa Tsering. Her husband lives a day’s walk away down in Khumjung. He grows potatoes, drives yaks and keeps the two older children who are going to school. About twice a month, the family meets in Luza during the tourist season. In winter, they all live together in Khumjung.
The young boy, like all small Nepali children, don't use diapers. They wear pants with an open-seamed crotch that parts when they squat, and closes when they stand up. Children learn at a young age that when nature calls, all they have to do is run outside and bend their knees.
Luza, Gokyo valley, Nepal
© Jean-Philippe Soule 1993