377 Talked to two people today. One a former Peace Corps Manager who spent time in India, Nepal, and Tibet beginning in '63 through the 80s.. He gave me several leads to call ..
He says there was only one main road to Pokhara well into the 70s.. from Kathmandu, a bus traveled that road, then only foot paths into and out of the Annapurna area, the main foot trail connected to Pokhara. No vehicular roads into the Annapurna area at all. He says the socalled hospital at Pokhara consisted of several (cold) WWII metal quonsets so it made sense to take the bus to Kathmandu for any major medical issues.
He says the whole period of the late sixties to mid seventies was a busy time in this area, with lots of tourists (including the Beatles) coming there to trek to the Annapurna area. Thousands of tourists, he says. He says a European or American would not have been noticed except if one took residence and was there a year or more.
He says there were several Peace Corps volunteers living in the Annapurna area from about 1968-71 who might have known of Petey if he lived there. He's going to check reunion lists to see if they can be located..
He says not to worry too much about the term "mud hut" because all construction in this region has stone and earth in one form or another, as an "adobe" form of construction. He says some people just pile up stones and then glob wet 'earth' around the stones, let that dry and set, and then build up another layer with a thatch roof. Once dry they usually white-coat everything with a kind of clay plaster which is trowled on with a board. So maybe those comments add further clarification.
He is going to try and contact a few people tomorrow and get back to me - I explained to him what this is about.
(This post was edited by georger on Oct 6, 2012, 9:57 PM)