The Himalayas, Nepal Gallery

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Gokyo Lake

Sitting around at twilight offered some of the best viewings of the Himalayan Mountains. I certainly didnít have to worry about other people walking in front of the view. Apart from some wooly yaks, everyone else was stuck in their sleeping bags or in front of the burning fuel stove trying to stay warm.


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Ama Dablam

This mountain is considered one of the most impressive in the world, not for its height but, its stand alone beauty. It is worshipped not only by the Nepalese people, but foreigners alike. The heavy snow dump during the night added to the atmosphere for this image. I set my camera up pointing in the direction of Ama Dablam hoping for something special. I waited hours past sunrise talking to the fog, asking it to please move aside to reveal the mountain before me. To add to the difficulty was watching the scene through my camera dealing with snow blindness to compete with any bag of freshly cut onions! A special thanks to www.climbhighhimalaya.com for all there knowledge and support for getting me safely through this difficult, beautiful environment.


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Mt. Everest


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Reno La Pass

This was undoubtably one of the toughest days I experienced on the trek. I had an early morning start (4am) to cross this pass on my way to Gokyo Lakes. I hiked in the shadow of the mountain for hours at well below zero degrees, resisting the urge to rest so I didnít have to sit in the freezing conditions. This spot really stood out to me with the lake being surrounded by beach like sand and the dominating mountains. The sun was a welcome sight as it cast its warming rays across the frozen lake and put much needed energy back into my tired body.


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Ngozumba Glacier


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Namche Bazar

This is the first acclimatisation village familiar to all those on the way to Everest. Its the first place thats lends itself to views of the huge peaks in the Himalayan Range. What I really failed to get was the sense of scale of how big these mountains really are. What looks like an hour away is more likely to be a day. I sat back for hours watching the view imagining what way I would hike up to the summit of different peaks if I ever had the opportunity in this lifetime. What appears to be an achievable goal with an early start to the day is way beyond the reach of most people. These peeks literally take days upon days of trekking, climbing and careful planning, not to mention the weather. All this in mind still doesnít guarantee you a shot of making it to the top or back down for that matter.


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Thokla Pass, Base Camp Trek


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Thonknak, Gokyo

The light in the Everest Range was some of the most difficult I have faced in a long time. I found the best time was mid afternoon when the sun had a chance to expose all the shadows creating a more balanced image. I waited for sunsets on many occasions but was disappointed frequently as the Himalayan fog rolled in like clockwork late afternoon on most days losing sight of all the mountains. I sat this image out waiting for the sun rays to dance across the frozen lake adding to the depth of this image.


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Cho La Pass

I took this image as the weather began to roll in. A blizzard hit the region that night stopping many trekkers access up and over this pass. It was certainly a very harsh and forbidding landscape to both exist in and photograph. I sat immersed in the eerie, silent landscape waiting for the last light of day to strike the distant mountain before the heavy fog drowned my vision.


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Gates To Everest