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.




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  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



















  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 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.