More than 150,000 people from all over Nepal have been in the mountains of Dolpo for the past two months, scouring the high meadows for yarsagumba. They had no time to enjoy the unearthly beauty of Phoksundo Lake (above), and many wondered which federal province they would belong to when they got back home. Others didn't care. Their much more pressing concern was that they would have to return heavily indebted because of slim yarsa pickings this year.
Yarsa land, DEWAN RAI in DOLPO
Over-harvesting and lack of regulation have ruined the cash crop on which Nepal's Himalayan dwellers depend for survival
Despair and hope in Dolpo, DEWAN RAI
"Politics is only for the leaders. We never expected anything from the constitution."