Nepal 2008:

Across Annapurna

 

 

Below Mesokanto Pass

 

 

 

  Prayer Wheels at Swayhambunath

 

 

 

  Annapurna Himal from Kang La Pass

  (All four Annapurnas, plus Gangapurna are visible; Annapurna I is 26,545 ft.)

 

 

  Gordon Nicholson on ridge above Tilicho Lake

 

 

 

  View of Annapurna IV from Circuit Track, near Braga

 

 

 

  Porter between Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass

 

 

 

 

  Approach, across scree, to Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

 

  Sifting barley in Nar

 

 

 

 

  Last stretch between Tilicho and Mesokanto Pass

 

 

 

 

  Camp at Hotel Telicho

 

 

 

 

  Dhauligiri (on left, 26,795 ft.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Heading down from Kang La Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Mesokanto Pass overlook

 

 

 

 

  At Muktinath

 

 

 

 

  Heading toward Lupra from main track in Kali Gandaki

 

 

 

 

  On the Kali Gandaki Plain

 

 

 

 

  From Kagbeni Village, Kali Gandaki Plain

 

 

 

 

 Panorama looking toward Mesokanto Pass

 

 

 

  Kagbeni

 

 

 

 

  Last steps toward Mesokanto Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

  At Phu Village, Gompa

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Pisang Peak

 

 

 

 

  Panorama of Telicho Lak

 

 

  Three students at school near Ngarwal

 

 

 

 

 

 

  From near Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Annapurna II and Pisang by moonlight

 

 

 

 

  Scree traverse, heading toward Tilicho

 

 

 

 

  Rice farm house, above Syange

 

 

 

 

  Camp below Kang Guru base

 

 

 

 

  Panorama of Tilicho.  Another party's tents are visible in the distance.

 

 

 

  Tibetan clothing.  Man in Phu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Porter from Iranian climbing team, passing chorten

 

 

 

 

 

  Yak caravan in front of Kang Guru

 

 

 

 

  Setting prayer flags at a pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

  In Manang, carrying firewood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Sunrise at Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Above Tilicho

 

 

 

 

 Swayambunath Temple, Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Toward Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Looking back toward Nar during approach to Kang La Pass

 

 

 

 

  Porters breaking camp, Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

 

  Sher Gompa from near the Hotel Tilicho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Leaving Nar

 

 

 

 

  Manaslu and Peak 29 at sunset

 

 

 

 

  Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

  Gorge of the Marsyandi

 

 

 

 

  Arriving at Tilicho

 

 

 

 

  Drying chilis, Koto village

 

 

 

  Panorama in the snow, toward Mesokanto

 

 

 

  Kargyu Gompa, Braga

 

 

 

 

  Vista from Lupra, acros Kali Gandaki Gorge

 

 

 

 

  Last steps toward Tilicho High Camp

 

 

 

 

 

  Chorten on rock pinacle, Lupra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Looking east from approach to Tilicho

 

 

 

The Trek

 

All photographs were taken on a trek organized by Wilderness Travel, Berkeley, California.  The trek, "Ultimate Annapurna" spanned 21 days on trail, went through three passes over 17,000 ft., and dwelled in two infrequently traveled trail segments (Nar-Phu, and past Tilicho Lake through Mesokanto Pass).  See www.wildernesstravel.com for itinerary details.

 

Trekkers

 

Carl and Victoria Thune

Thomas Shima and Diane Gaheen

Fran Gordon

Cheri Yousem

Nancy Green

Carl Herzog

Jessica Langsam

Gordon and Lay Chin Nicholson

Harvey Weisberg

Patricia Foran

Jeff Kleiman

B. K. Richard

Leila Thompson, Trek Leader

 

 

The Photographer

 

 

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

  

Photographs were taken with a Canon 40D or a Canon Rebel XT and processed with Photoshop CS3.  

No  hue or saturation adjustments have been made.