About a week later than I hoped to post it - I got distracted by being on an island in Thailand - here's Nepal Album 3 of 4. These pictures were taken between November 25th and December 24th, 2011.
In this time, I climbed to the highest elevation I've ever reached - 5546 m (18,191 feet!) - and in all likelihood will ever reach, at Kala Patthar, a peak famous for it's views of Mt. Everest. I spent 3 nights at Gorak Shep, which at 5416 m is way too high to spend so much time, including one night during which Katie got lost on the Khumbu Glacier and an impromptu rescue-party had to be formed to get her off the glacier and back to our lodge. A really terrifying experience for me, I can't imagine what was going through the poor girl's head, and I won't even try to get into it in this post.
I also went across Cho La Pass. This was undoubtedly the most difficult single day of the 5-week Everest Base Camp / Gokyo trek for an undernourished and underweight lumberjack (by appearance only) carrying more weight than anyone but most of the Nepali porters and guides we encountered. And then there was Katie's unexpected departure. This explains the sudden lack of photos of myself, Katie, or people in general. So I hope any and everyone reading this likes pictures of mountains, because that makes up 90% of this post's content. The last section consists of pictures taken in Kathmandu before my departure to the more jungly (yup, made-up word) Southwest.
Again, these pictures are a mix of artistic, story-related, and interesting shots. Enjoy!
I'll try (but will in all likelihood fail) to keep caption-length readably (apparently another made-up word) short. Did I mention that there's an overabundance of mountains in this post ... and in Nepal?
|Is that the Louvre? In the Himalayas? Nope, it's the "Italian Pyramid," a high-altitude joint Nepali - Italian research station. The station is manned by 11 Nepali researchers and 4 cooks! Good god they must eat well.|
|Why would anyone live way up here? Ask this bird, because I couldn't tell you. The views are incredible, but the air isn't.|
|Everest (in the middle) is made even uglier by the juxtaposition of such beautiful people as these. Glenn and Katie at a lung-crushing 5,546 m above sea level. I'm out of breath just typing this.|
|This is a mountain. There's snow on it and it is made of rocks. There are some clouds, too.|
|From left to right: Crazy rock 'n' roll lumberjack Glenn, Everest Base Camp sign, Mt. Everest, prayer flags.|
|I miss Nepal.|
|5 minutes later. I still miss Nepal.|
|Dusk at Gorak Shep.|
|Dusk at Gorak Shep.|
|Another shot that could have been great if I had any idea how to take star-trail shots.|
|Bet you never knew CU's colors were blue and white. As a CU alum, I felt obligated to post this.|
|Gokyo and the Ngozumpa Glacier, as seen from the hike to Gokyo Ri.|
|Prayer flags and posted elevations. What else is necessary?|
|Sadly, I don't know the names of these mountains. Gonna have to figure this out someday. Dusk at Gokyo Ri.|
|The next two pictures are from the same file. This is actually more what the sunset looked like, but I thought it'd be worth including a desaturated version too. Which is better?|
|It's weird when night shots look like day shots. This is a 21-minute exposure of the third of the six sacred lakes that form the "Gokyo Lakes," and lies just outside the village of Gokyo.|
|A mountain and the moon.|
|I had to throw in one last yak picture.|
|Trekking above the clouds.|
|Namche Bazaar from above.|
|Cute or frightening?|
|I've mentioned repeatedly how badass porters and guides are in Nepal. Here's a guy carrying a stove. Makes my bag look like something a kindergartener would take to and from school every day.|
|Porters crossing a 99.9 meter-long suspension bridge.|
|If this donkey is a dude, W.T. Fuck was his owner doing emasculating him like this? If it was a lady, aww! Cute!|
|High-elevation Nepal. One place where farming is still done like this.|
|I guess I'm a red commie. I hope I can get back into the States eventually, but I don't like my chances after this post.|
|An example of how unplanned photos can sometimes turn out to be the best. This philosophy, of course, doesn't hold true for children.|
|I don't know what to put in this caption.|
|WHAT. THE. FUCK?! Really? Even if this is filled with packing peanuts...|
|Lots of kids wanted their pictures taken, and I obliged many of them, including this girl, who upon my taking her picture, gave me the flower she's holding here. Look carefully at the next photo.|
|All done trekking. Back in Kathmandu, this is Kathmandu Durbar Square at night. Looking at this picture, I'm missing the food (Lumbini restaurant) and cake (Snowman Cafe) available here. WTF? That's what I remember from Kathmandu?|
|Kathmandu Durbar Square again.|
|I mentioned a chickens-in-the-street correlation to any country's wealth earlier. I think there's also a direct correlation to the number of electrical (and other) cables held up by the average light post.|
|Kathesimbu Stupa, a small Buddhist stupa in the middle of Kathmandu.|
|I've only seen clouds like this a couple times. Pretty crazy.|
|Light bulb with crazy clouds.|
|Sunset in Kathmandu.|
|Sunset in Kathmandu. Every evening at dusk, thousands and thousands of birds - crows and egrets mostly - would fly across the city. No idea why, or where they were going, but it afforded some good pictures.|
|If you look really carefully in the smoggy background, you can barely make out the Himalayas that lie north of Kathmandu.|
|Boudhanath, one of the largest and holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, it's well-deserving of it's UNESCO World Heritage status. And it's only 11km from the middle of Kathmandu.|
|Them eyes ain't gonna keep themselves bright and shiny.|
That's it. I've got one more post that I'll get to when I get to it. Could be a while, because I'm leaving Bangkok for Cambodia (Ankgor Wat, hooray!) and will probably not be spending much of the next month in front of a computer.