View of Durbar Square, from one of it's temples.
Visiting the Bhuddist temple of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupa.
The trek through Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park.
First day of the trek. After flying from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), we had an easy walk to Phakding.
This was a cloudy day, after which many sunny days would follow.
Image at right: mani stones, which are positioned at many places along the trail.
Lunch break in the forest near Monjo (ca. 2800m), just before the steep climb to Namche Bazar (2nd day).
Namche Bazar (3440m) and mountains Thamserku (6623m) and Kusum Kanguru (6367m, in the center).
The summit of Everest is visible above the Nuptse-Lhotse ridge (left). Ama Dablam (right).
Namche Bazar and mountain Kongde (6187m) under the Milky Way (evening of the 3rd day).
In the forest below Tengboche (4th day). Mount Kantega (6780m) in the background.
Mani wall near Dingboche (4400m; 6th day). Mountains Taboche and Lhotse in the background.
On the beach below Ama Dablam, ca. 300m above Dingboche (8th day).
Two dzos (a cross between a yak and a cow) near Dingboche (8th day).
Dingboche under the Milky Way.
View from Kala Pattar.
We reached the summit of Kala Pattar (ca. 5600m) on the 10th day of the trek.
This famous viewpoint is encircled by well-known mountains like Everest (image at right), Nuptse and Pumori.
Evening at Lobuche (4910m).
Sunrise at Lobuche (11th day). Pumori and Nuptse are visible in the distance.
On our way from Lobuche to Leisyasa, we passed by the great walls of Taboche and Cholatse.
The ascent of Cho La pass.
After a steep climb we approached the glacier of Cho La (12th day).
On the glacier of Cho La, approaching the pass.
On the pass of Cho La (5400m).
On the 13th day we reached the town of Gokyo (4790m).
View from the summit of Gokyo Ri (5357m), from where four 8000-ers are visible:
Everest (image at right), Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu.
Note the state of the Ngozumpa glacier, with it's debris covered surface and several glacial lakes.
Does climate change (especially global warming) play a role here? See e.g. this research project.
Glaciers are retreating in several places of the Himalya, see e.g. here and here.
View accross the lake of Gokyo (14th day).
Under the stars near Machherma (4500m).
Both the Milky Way and the Zodiacal Light (light emanating from the ecliptic plane) are visible.
The image at right is a 'little planet' projection of the same panorama.
The group takes a lunch break at Dole (15th day).
They who did the hard work: the trekking crew (people and animals).
Under the moon and above the clouds at Mong La (15th day). Ama Dablam is visible in the distance.
Prayer wheel at Lukla.
Back in Kathmandu. Visiting Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Taumadhi square.
[This is a HDR pano, created from 3 panos shot in parallel, through -2Ev, 0, +2Ev bracketing]
Drying rice (or grain?) on a street in Bhaktapur.
Street in Bhaktapur.
Inside the Golden Temple at Patan.
Temple on Durbar Square, Patan.
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