Gurkhas Wash In River
For their daily river washing ritual, young Nepali boys bathe in the river Seti Gandaki in a valley side near the British Gurkha Regiments army camp at Pokhara during their recruitment selection held ever year, 16th January 1997, in Pokhara, Nepal.
After a gruelling series of physical tests to eliminate the weaker and less able candidates. 60,000 boys aged between 17-22 or 25 for those educated enough to become clerks or communications specialists report to designated recruiting stations in the hills each November, most living from altitudes ranging from 4,000-12,000 feet. After initial selection, 7,000 are accepted for further tests from which 700 are sent down here to Pokhara in the shadow of the Himalayas. Only 160 of the best boys succeed in the journey to the UK. The Gurkhas have been supplying youth for the British army since the Indian Mutiny of 1857.