Alex Billington

Dogs of Nepal

कुकुर 'kukur'

All photos taken on iPhone or 1D by Alex Billington [@abillington] in March 2016.
Nepal is an amazing and beautiful country. While visiting in March of 2016 to trek to Everest Base Camp, I noticed that the country is full of dogs everywhere - on the streets, in the mountains. Along the way I started to photograph more and more of them as we encountered them. Apparently a few of them are house dogs, but most are strays that wander from town to town, or survive on the street any way they can. We even ran into some dogs living up near Lobuche, at an altitude of 4,940 m (16,210 ft), and found the most variety of pooches in the airport mountain town of Lukla at 2,860 m (9,380 ft). I present this gallery of various Dogs of Nepal we encountered along the way. I don't know their names, but I do remember meeting all of them as they each had their own personality.
Trekking from Pangboche to Tengboche, this dog (below) followed us along the trail for almost two hours. My friend didn't like him, but he made me happy.
Back at Namche Bazaar there were quite a few dogs roaming around.
Most dogs were sleeping, or roaming, but occasionally there was some action. On our way back, just below Namche, two dogs got into a fight on the trail.
Meanwhile, back in Kathmandu...
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."
-Milan Kundera