May 8, 2008 2:10 PM

In the Himalayas, an isolated Sherpa village offers a cosmopolitan touch

It's not easy sharing a suspended cable bridge over a Himalayan gorge with a yak caravan. The bridge undulates and bucks, and one tends to freeze up and grasp the cable handrail. But the experience is worth it to reach Namche Bazaar, a historic Sherpa trading center that is the gateway to countless Himalayan climbing expeditions, including those that go to Mount Everest.

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