Travel Challenge Day Eight: Nepal
January 17th, 2021
Travel Challenge Day Eight takes us deep into the low-resolution archives of my photography from Nepal.
In the photo above, this view of Ama Dablam (the peak in the middle) greeted me when I finally crested Cho La Pass on my trekking route from Gokyo Ri to Gorak Shep. I was standing at about 17,500 feet/5,300 m, enjoying the downhill view of the trail and lake ahead of me — turn left past that lake and you’re on your way to Mount Everest. The sun, the peak, the colors, the grandeur of it all still sticks with me as a moment of a lifetime in this remote part of the world.
From my second trek in Nepal, this photo of J and the Khumbu Valley is a favorite for its wide view of the Himalayas and the lasting impression it makes seeing this mountain range up close and from within it.
Lastly, this photo is a favorite for its unfamiliar elements including a character from the Sherpa’s Mani Rimdu ceremony and the massive snowy peak in the background. This was a “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” moment.
If these photos have piqued your interest in Nepal, you can read my story about trekking the Khumbu Valley which I re-shared in my pandemic daily posts last year:
Revisiting Nepal, Part 1
Revisiting Nepal, Part 2
Revisiting Nepal, Part 3
Revisiting Nepal, Part 4
Outtakes from Nepal
More tomorrow from… France.
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.
That looks cool 😎 did you go up on K-2 ❓
Thanks! No, these trips were just trekking — not mountaineering. K2 would be way too difficult for me!! 🙂
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I understand how such trips can create great memories. It is wonderful to be in such a remote corner of the world in the middle of the highest mountains on earth. I have high expectations for tomorrow’s selection, but no pressure though 🙂
Omg! The pressure, LOL!! I hope my choice lives up to your expectations. 🙂 Thanks, as always, for your comment.
I’ll always go back to Nepal with you here! I have a special affection for Ama Dablam – such a beautiful peak and one of the high points of my own Khumbu trek. I love that you went back with J; I’m still waiting to get my J there!
Yay! Nice to hear from you! Agreed — Ama Dablam is inescapably beautiful, dramatic, ever-present. A very special peak, like a beacon in the valley. So hoping you and J go together!!
Incredibly beautiful… and challenging 🙂 🙂
Yes, indeed! A tough hike but inspiring with its beauty. 🙂
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This post is so intriguing. Love your photo at the top of Ama Dablam, but also the last photo of the man in dress. Oh, my. I loved our time in Nepal, but we never saw anything like this!
Most people would not see that as an inviting trail. It begs to be walked. Thanks, Kelly. –Curt