'With regards to Sheridan in Nepal in a mud hut, my friends that trecked and climed in Nepal in those day say they saw no mud huts or knew of anyone that lived in mud huts...'
Mudbrick huts with thatched roofs in Nepal were in common use years ago, and are still used today in many places. In Nepal, there is Bardia Adventure Resort for example, near the outskirts of Royal Bardia National Park. This is one of many privately-run 'hotels' (a rather generous term) in the area. From a recent review by a foreign traveler who stayed there:
'Neighbourhood: Royal Bardia National Park
With its prime location looking out to the buffer zone, this resort has simple thatched mud huts and a large rustic dining hall. The highlight here is the resortís own animal watchtower...'
This was taken from a review on a travel website. There are many like it, where people mention mudbrick cottages with thatched roofs, although today the majority are using more modern construction. A picture of a typical Nepali mud hut is here: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/3200908 Additional picture attached below.
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More RobertMBlevins miss-information.
You guys need to learn something about Nepal! Note the palm tress in Blevins' "mud hut" photo taken from the southern Chitawan rainy district. That is not the area Peterson lived in or describes. Peterson lived far north of the Chitawan in the arid Annapurna Diustrict (a different climate zone!)
The Chitawan where Blevin's socalled mud-hut photo comes from flanks northen India's tropical zone!
There are five or more distinct climate zones in Nepal, from the monsoon jungles of southern Nepal to the arid high mountains of the north, with steps in-between. Housing construction varies from zone to zone. Thatch has to be imported into the northern arid zone!
Peterson presumably lived in the Pokhara Annapurna district. Attached are typical housing photos from that region ... no mud huts. Housing there is constructed from mud and straw bricks, or stone often with an outer white plaster. White is a holy colour.
Moreover there is no single Annapurna but the Annapurna Range! Five+ distinct peaks depending on how you count. [a typical mistake of arm chair experts]. There is a series of vallies that runs east- west, south of the Annapurna range; each valley dotted with villages since ancient times. (the socalled original urban zone of Nepal). Which area in this vast area did Peterson live in ?
(This post was edited by georger on Oct 6, 2012, 2:57 PM)