Durga Dhakal (pic, above), 48, is the principal and an English teacher at the Janabal Secondary School in Marpha of Mustang district. Surrounded by the Annapurnas on one side and Dhaulagiri on the other, he often walks along the Kali Gandaki to avoid waiting for a bus that may never show up.
He's been based in this region for years and lives in the school hostel along with his colleagues. Besides sharing a room to live in, a stove to cook on, and the same jobs, they share another commonality, their wives and children live away, far enough that visits are rather rare.
Himalayan Teacher, JANA ASENBRENNEROVA in MARPHA
Durga Dhakal overcomes the rugged landscape of Mustang and devotes his life to a job he loves