my diary of Nepal
An evening on Gokyo Peak
It was late afternoon when we arrived on Gokyo Peak, a lookout point some 10 kilometers from Everest. A group of trekkers gathered to watch the sunset. In front of us was Everest, juxtaposed against a deep ultramarine sky. To the west. the peaks of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhoste and Makalu, glowed brightly in the orange sunset. I took out my watercolors and started sketching the scene. The temperature was dropping and the paint froze on the paper leaving an intricate patchwork of ice crystals behind. My friend Terry set up his tripod for night shots. The other trekkers left for the village below. We relaxed as night set in with a full moon rising over Everest .
Gokyo Peak is at the end of the Gokyo valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Peak is a 2 hour climb from from the summer grazing village of Gokyo (15,720 ft). to the look out point at 18000 ft. From here, at a distance of 10 kilometers from Mount Everest, one has a panorama of the entire Everest Range. The views from here are spectacular possibly surpassing those from Base Camp.
" I was introduced to Asia in 1980 when I took my first trek in Nepal and spent two months exploring central India. Since thenI keep returning to the labyrinth of Asian cultures! And the reason is simple, because each trip is as fresh and exciting as the first."
"A sense of "mystery" permeates the culture that can only be experienced first hand."
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Pashupati, the festival
Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Pilgrims, Pashupatinath Thamel, Kathmandu Sadhu, Pashupatinath
The man on the Moped
A man and his son drove up and stopped. The large stalk of bananas they carried, looked awkwardly out of proportion to the small red motorbike they were riding. As if on cue, a group of monkeys appeared and surrounded them. The man would break off bananas and toss them to the screaming monkeys. For a moment it was sheer chaos, and then, when all the bananas were gone, they all disappeared.
They knew the man, he had been doing this for years. They would gather each day and wait for his motorbike with the bananas to appear.
Kathmandu Patan Bhaktapur Boudhanath Pokhara
As we approached the bridge - Upper Mustang
Work as play
The Exhibition (click on the links below to view the images)