Description: Depending on your direction of travel, this is either the first or last grand view you will likely have of Mount Everest (Sagarmatha).
The trail at this point is mostly a highway of trekkers and climbers heading to/from Everest Basecamp. While other trails to less popular spots dwindle to just a single track, this section is wide enough to allow yak caravans to pass in either direction. But you’ll still want to be on the uphill side if you meet any.
The stupa makes a great foreground subject for an easy composition and it is also a good place to stop and catch your breath as you’re over 11,000′ above sea level. It’s taken you about 2-3 days of trekking to get here.
On our 2019 Nepal Photo Trek, we skipped this view on the way up because there was a lot of weather swirling around and the chances of seeing the peak were slim. So we continued up to Gokyo Ri for our own mesmerizing viewpoints (five days later) and avoided the crowds until our return trip. What a great decision that turned out to be!
Title: First Or Last View Of Everest
Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).
How do you get to incredible viewpoints like today’s photo? With the help of local Nepali Sherpa guides and porters. They are who I rely on for all my local logistics during Far Horizon Photo Tours and I couldn’t teach photography in Nepal without them.
The pandemic has ravaged the tourism industry in Nepal, basically shutting down the Spring 2020 trekking season and, more or less, the Fall 2020 season.
That’s why I started a GoFundMe page to help my friend and lead Sherpa guide, Kami, and the 24 different guides and porters he would normally be hiring to run tours.
It warms my heart and I am extremely thankful for all who have donated as we passed $4000 today!
Take a look at the donor page to place a donation and to be informed about how and when the money is distributed. You’ll be able to see your impact through Kami’s words and photos.
Thank you – pwc