Trekking in the Himalayas (Tell Us Your Story)
The journey was tough and the days were long - between 8 to 12 hour days with ascent and descent for acclimatization. But it was what I could only describe as a life-changing journey. As for the different people we met along the way, from Buddhist Priests to Porters.
In 2007 I embarked on a trek to the Himalayas. Being a keen photographer I had to make the difficult decision of what equipment to take with me. I opted for the pocket-sized camera Lumix FZ7 as I didn't want my chances of reaching my goal jeopardized by heavy, more sophisticated, equipment. It was a wise decision.
We left the airport in Lukla after a bumpy landing and what followed on the trip to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri was exactly as described in the Cicerone Handbook - Everest a Trekker's Guide.
I chose the Cicerone guide because it was light, pocket sized, and had a waterproof cover (I had also previously used one on a summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and currently have one for Aconagua in south America which will be my next big challenge).
The journey was tough and the days were long - between 8 to 12 hour days with ascent and descent for acclimatization. But it was what I could only describe as a life-changing journey.
As for the different people we met along the way, from Buddhist Priests to Porters, from Sherpa’s families and locals to cattle herders, you have to admire their resilience and generosity in this stunning and pristine but harsh landscape that is second to none anywhere in the world. My route included 3 major summits that should not be underestimated: Kala Patar, Nagarstang, and Gok Yo Ri are all over 5000 meters.
The excitement builds all the way, around every corner there is a valley with more and more stunning views: Amadablam, the most photogenic mountain there is and different from every vantage point, the summit of Kalar Patar gives you the most amazing view of the massive of Mt Everest (nearly 8848 meters), then Nagarstang a mere 5000m (approximately) but with just as stunning a view down the valley. These were some of the most stunning, majestic views I have ever seen.
Towards the end of the trip we reached the Gokyo lakes and then the summit later the next day. My advice would be, if you were to take only one picture all trip, it would have to be a shot of this panorama (can be seen in my flickr collection Clayborough Photography) from the summit above the lakes. Your whole trip would be worth it for this picture alone and, as I drew on every last bit of energy to do this final big push before we headed back toward Lukla (3 or 4 days away), I felt thankful.
Andrew Clayborough has spent some considerable time, commitment and patience over a 10-year period taking great photographs of the Lake District. When possible, he takes landscape photographs during the first light or morning and his favourite times of year are Autumn and Winter.View Articles by Andrew Clayborough