Our third day was a rest day, or down day. We climbed four hundred metres to the town of Laya. The path was well used; after all, it provided the only access in or out of the village. Shaggy yaks stood off-duty and watched us walk past. They barely moved, raising questions about their reputation as skittish creatures. Cattle grazed in fields closer to town. For such an isolated community, there was a surprising number of new homes under construction. We soon learned that not only was the royal family coming for a visit, but the residents of Laya were also building new homes for themselves. Local entrepreneurs had mastered a rather unique livelihood—they harvested caterpillar fungus—and business was booming.
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