Across The Khumbu (2009)

 

 

Above: Panoramic view from Gokyo Ri (17,500 ft.).  Mount Everest and

Lhotse are left of center.  Makalu (background, light brown, very small here) is in the center. 

The outpost village of Gokyo is adjacent to the foreground lake.  Below: on way to Cho La.

 

 

 

  Click this button to go to a PBS website to learn more

  about the Sherpa people and the Khumbu region (Everest).

 

Order of Photographs is random.  It is intended as a display of photographs

and not as a travelogue.  Obvious "city photos" were taken in Kathmandu.

 

 

  View from approach to Renjo La (17,717).  Mount Everest is in the center,

  with lenticular cloud.

 

 

 

  Ama Dablam at night from Kongma La high camp

 

 

 

  Trekkers crossing bridge on way back to Lukla airstrip.

 

 

 

 

  Detailed view from Gokyo Ri (10/2009 on left, 11/1988). 

  Color difference is because the 1988 photo is scanned film.

  Notice the large lakes on top of the moraine in 2009. 

 

 

 

 

 

  Buddhist boy with cucumber, Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Runway through windscreen, Lukla landing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

  Girl with Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chili/spice seller, Namche Bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Ama Dablam with Rhododendron forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Schoolgirl, studying outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Ama Dablam Base Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Yaks, on way to Renjo La

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gokyo Lake and Everest, from path to Renjo La

 

 

 

 

 Nearing Renjo La

 

 

 

 

 Vista across Renjo La

 

 

 

 

 Toward High Camp West of Renjo La

 

 

 

 

  Mount Everest From Tengbouche Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

  Pheriche and Khumbu Glacier

 

 

 

 

 

  High Camp below Kongma La

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Namche Bazaar Panorama in the morning.

 

 

 

 

  Tibetan Snowcocks west of Cho La

 

 

 

 

  Poster seller, Kathmandu.

 

 

 

 

  Crossing the Khumbu Glacier

 

 

 

 

  Fifth Gokyo Lake

 

 

 

 

  Breakfast Tea

 

 

 

 

  Gokyo Village

 

 

 

 

 

  Sherpas and Gokyo Lake

 

 

 

  Everest from Gokyo Ri

 

 

 

 

  At Kongma La

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Crossing the Khumbu Glacier

 

 

 

 

  From Lobuche

 

 

 

     

  Trekking Toward Cho La

 

 

 

 

  Porter heading toward Cho La

 

 

 

 

  Near pass summit, Cho La

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cho Oyo from Gokyo

 

 

 

 

 

 

  High camp after crossing Renjo La, moonlight

 

 

 

 

  High camp after crossing Renjo La

 

 

 

 

  Valley on way to Thame

 

 

 

 

  Thame gompa

 

 

 

 

  Thame village

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Puja at Thame Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Puja at Thame Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Nun practicing Tibetan script

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Porters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chorten in Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Spice seller, Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

  From Renjo La, near pass summit (of Gokyo Village, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu).

 

 

 

 

Boudhanath in Kathmandu, Panorama

 

The Travelers

 

Trish Foran

Lisba Fowler

Peter Gilmore

Gene Hall

Rand Hammond

Steve Pastor

B. K. Richard

Leila Thompson (Trek Leader)

 

... these people were supported by a host of incredible guides, cooks, and porters, who made the trip possible.

 

 

 

The Photographs

 

All photographs were taken with a Canon 40D or a Canon Rebel XT.  They were processed with Photoshop, but no changes were made to hue or saturation (color).  Night photographs came from the 40D with exposures up to 2 minutes at ISO 1600.

 

The Trek

 

The trek was put together by Wilderness Travel, of Berkeley, California.  See www.wildernesstravel.com for information about this trek and others in their catalog.  This trek is referred to as "Ultimate Everest, with Renjo La Extension".  The trek was 22 days long, spent 11 days over 15,000 feet (see trek profile), and crossed three passes over 17,000 feet.