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Beyond Gokyo Ri

I hiked out to Gokyo’s 6th Lake because, after over two weeks of hard hiking, I was confident I could go there and backed where others scoffed at the audacity of the idea. For Gokyo’s Other Mountain, though, the motivation was different. I just knew. You could see, from the lines of sight and the … Continue reading »

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Monks, Masks, and Mountain Men: Tengboche’s Mani Rimdu Monastery Festival

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Monastery at the Top of the World

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Gokyo Lakes – the Mythical 6th Lake

Gokyo Lakes – The Mythical 6th You’ll never make it there and back in one day! The glacier will eat you alive! Tibetan Snowcocks will claw out your eyes and use your body for warmth like a Tauntaun! The valley to the immediate west of the path to Everest Base Camp, at the bottom of … Continue reading »

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See me at EBC!

So, here’s the question that nobody happened to ask me when I decided to trek all the way up to Everest Base Camp: “Stephen, why are you going outside of the two months every year when there are actually expeditions climbing Everest?” Hmm. Good point, nonexistent stranger. The hike, especially having started in the foothills … Continue reading »

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Salpa Pokhari: Holy Lake in the Mountains of Nepal

 Salpa Pokhari: The Holy Lake of High Nepal I once heard a story, of a time long ago…. The lake, at the top of the Bhanjyang Pass into the Solu Khumbu region, is still a pilgrimage site for several of the religions that inhabit the Nepalese hills.  The Rai people, whose history defines the legend … Continue reading »

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Phortse in Pics

Despite assurances to the contrary I received on the way towards the village of Phortse, at first view from across a river gorge it looked like… well, like a dusty wasteland at the foot of a desolate mountain.  On the first pass up the valley towards higher altitude, I couldn’t even be bothered to make … Continue reading »

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Shooting Wildlife in Nepal

Oh, calm down.  Shooting with a camera, of course. Beyond being just a colorful chaotic embracing cultural destination for travelers, Nepal is also an excellent place to spend time looking for wildlife.  Some of these would have been difficult not to spot (Tibetan snow-cocks and black ravens seemed to follow me around for days at … Continue reading »

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