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









  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 for itinerary details.




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.