Note on Beggars. We think we are motivated by our sincere hearts, but the sad truth is it is usually our ego that is motivating us. It felt really good to give the old man 500 rupees because I got to feel rich for a few moments. The sad truth is a few rupees tossed into a cup will not solve anyone's problem.
Not hiring a guide or porter for trekking. This is a dangerous thing to do in any country, but who is going to climb down the mountain for you if you fall? You will be asking for free advice when your guide would take care of things for you. How do we feel about foreigners in our own country that take advantage of the system? They feel the same way.
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