The following posts have been tagged with "Himalayas". Browse through these Himalayas articles to gain insight into what you may or may not want to do on your trip if it includes Himalayas.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Annapurna Circuit in the Nepali Himalayas
I just stumbled upon this amazing timelapse video of the Himalayas in Nepal. Some cool shots demonstrating how quickly the weather can change, and an overall high quality video worth checking out. Filmed on the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in Nepal.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Looking back up towards Everest from the memorial area above Dughla
The Himalayas, which in Sanskrit means “abode of snow,” is a mountain system in Asia that rises sharply from the Gangetic Plain, in many parts over 8000 meters high. It forms a broad, continuous arc for nearly 2,600 kilometers along the northern fringes of the Indian subcontinent and the south of the Tibetan Plateau (Qing Zang Gaoyuan). It extends from the bend of the Indus River in the northwest to the Brahmaputra River in the east, averaging 320 to 400 kilometers in width.
Monday, November 14, 2011
A view of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas
There are a lot of videos out there both climber made and commercial of Everest, Everest Base Camp, and the entire Himalaya Region. I spent a lot of time searching online and these were the highlights I came up with. Sadly there has been a lot of tragedy on the mountain over the years, so some of the videos are quite sad, but there is also some amazing scenery, interesting facts, and heart warming stories portrayed in these videos. If you know of other good Everest videos please post links in the comments and I'll add them to the collection.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Stopping for a breather with great views of Ama Dablam in the background
Ama Dablam is the first large peak you see on the Everest Base Camp Trek, and it stays in sight for several days. We woke up one morning on our EBC Trek in the village of Dingboche to find the clouds had cleared, the sun was shining, and we were left with spectacular views of the entire mountain. Ama Dablam (meaning Mother's Necklace) is a beautiful peak because of it's steep icy faces, and sometimes called the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas" for the same reason.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Our porters said they didn't do the Everest Basecamp trek often, and we also happy to reach the top
Everest Base Camp in Nepal, also known as South Base Camp, is a lot different than the Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side. To start with, you can drive most of the way to EBC Tibet. To get to EBC Nepal, you have to take a (sketchy) 40 minute flight from Kathmandu, then hike 6 days (plus 2 acclimation days) through the Himalayan mountains. South Base Camp is located at 5,364 meters, just short of 18,000 ft. Depending on your source, EBC Tibet (North Everest Base Camp) is either a little higher or a little lower, but regardless they're not more than a few hundred feet different. South Base Camp in Tibet is a lot quicker and easier to reach, because roads run much closer to camp than they do in Nepal.
The airport in Lukla, Nepal
The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal is without a doubt the scariest airport I've ever flown into and/or out of. The History Channel ranked the Lukla Airport the most extreme airport in the world. Sadly it has had it's fair share of deadly accidents, as you can see from the video below. Bad visibility, tall mountains surrounding it, a short runway, and an abrupt cliff edge start to this runway make for some nervous take-offs and landings. Unless you want to trek for 4 days, you have no choice but to fly in here when embarking on an Everest Base Camp Trek.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The airport in Lukla, Nepal
There are a lot of sketchy airports acround the world, but according to the History Channel, none as dangerous as the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. But if you've already climbed to Everest Base Camp or trekked anywhere in the surrounding Himalayas, you probably already know this. Nestled deep in the mountains, perched on the edge of a cliff with a tiny little uphill runway, you're crashing into a steep hill if the pilot can't stop the plane fast enough upon landing. That is of course assuming that the clouds aren't too thick and he gets the unassisted landing right so you don't crash into the mountain.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The start of the Everest Base Camp Trail in Lukla
The Himalayas are one of the most picturesque and dynamic environments in the world. The photos in this image gallery were taken on a 12 day trek, starting from the Kathmandu airport, along the flight to the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, up to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar, and back. Most were taken using a Canon Rebel T2i with the Canon 15-85mm lens, and there are a few which were taken using my friends cell phone. The photos are not in exact sequence, but pretty close, at least on a daily basis. Our Everest trek place in mid to late September, during the tail end of monsoon season, so we got our fair share of temperamental weather.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Damage from the earthquake on 09/18/2011, luckily this was about the worst of it that we saw
There are a lot of hazards you think of when you imagine the Everest region and the elements that come with it, but we never saw this coming. While waiting for dinner on the second floor of our Namche Bazaar tea house, on the evening of September 18 (2 days into our trek to Everest Base Camp), a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the mountainous region diving India and Nepal. All of us coming from California, our first thought was "Oh, it's just a little earthquake"; and then it clicked. We were in a small village in the Himalayas, we had seen first hand how these buildings were constructed, they stack bricks and seal them with mud.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The last photo of our group as we arrive back in Lukla having completed the trek
The ATM was down in Namche so it took us a little while to get going in the morning, and we needed to pay the remainder of our tab with Boo. It's been surprisingly difficult to get cash since I've gotten to Nepal, but we got it all sorted. We finally got moving around 9:15 AM, and it was bright and sunny. We even got one more peek of Everest. Yesterday I tried to eat a normal meal, and my battered stomach didn't like that at all. I started to feel sick about an hour and a half into the hike, and I had to slow our pace way down.