Threading The Needle
The skilled aircrew line up on the infamous Lukla airport in the Everest region of Nepal
A Tara Air Twin Otter plane taxis out from Lukla airport, 2800m above sea level
[201710. Outdoor Photography magazine – winning image in 'Essence of Travel']
Typical 'tea house'on the Lukla to Namche leg. The stoves are wood-fired at this elevation (~2800m).
Young bull checks the action on the trail
Thamserku, morning light
Porter heading through Bengkar to Namche market
Monjo village and Khumbila (5761m). This is a sacred peak and has not been climbed.
Dzopkyo train crossing the Dudh Kosi on the way to Namche Bazaar
Saturday market in Namche
Namche Bazaar with morning frost
Namche museum on a fresh Spring morning
View of Namche from Yeti Mountain Home lodge
House above Namche, with Numbur 6986m
Enjoying the view at the top of Namche
Large buddhist prayer wheel, flag and carved mani stone at the top of Namche
Namche Bazaar, 3400m. The red, blue and green colours match the significant Buddhist colours
Prayer wheels outside Namche Gompa (monastery)
Stars in the mist, Yeti Mountain Home lodge, Namche
Namche at night
Light Spring snow dusts Namche overnight. The morning ritual includes burning juniper or fir branches as an offering to the gods. The resident dzopkyo (buffalo-cow-yak hybrid) is let out from the shed to graze.
A local guide and a tourist enjoy the view down to Namche, along the trail to Syangboche
Prayer flags decorate the view down to Namche, along the trail to Syangboche after light Spring snows
Typical scene in Namche
Spring snow in Namche
Proud local, defending his territory in Namche
The Everest Trail
A stupa under snow (left) on the trail to Tengboche monastery (centre). Mt Everest (8850m) is making clouds just left of centre, with Lhotse (8516m) partly obscured just to the right. Far right is Ama Dablam peak.
A stupa on the trail to Tengboche. Mt Everest (8850m) is making clouds just left of centre, with Lhotse (8516m) partly obscured just to the right. Far right is Ama Dablam peak.
Eagle soars above Ama Dablam as two locals walk on to Tengboche
Mt Everest, top left, pokes through the cloud, looming over Tengboche monastery, bottom right
Wild weather on Mt Everest
Mt Ama Dablam
Trekkers rest at a stupa on the way to Tengboche. The monastery is visible top left.
Transient view of high peaks peeking through the clouds