A Walk in Nepal

Here are a handful of photographs from our adventure to Nepal. Some are taken in Kathmandu, and most are taken on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Only a few are taken post-earthquake. I do want to stress that we were fortunate to have approximately 20 days in Nepal prior to the earthquake. This experience stands on its own—intense and beautiful with plenty of literal and figurative ups and downs.

Many of the villages on the Manaslu Circuit were severely damaged. As of this writing, the Manaslu Circuit is closed to trekking. We have only vague information about each village after the earthquake. It is devastating to imagine some of these places now. That said, one of the last images is of a woman in Kathmandu. Her shop was entirely destroyed, yet she is again setting up shop amidst the rubble. There is an incredible resilience evident in so many Nepali people that we encountered.

In over 1500 photographs, there is a pattern of swinging bridges, mules with colorful headdresses, stone steps, waterfalls, rhododendron bushes, dark rain clouds, spectacular mountain peaks, mani rock walls, striking blue sky, kite flying, and portraits.

Please note that all portraits are taken with permission, unless taken from a distance as in a market scene. Close-up photos of children are taken with permission from the parents or other relatives. I took far fewer “people photos” than desired, but in many cases it was inappropriate to even ask for a photograph in my mind. I thought to myself, how would I feel if I was doing a regular activity like mowing the lawn and a foreigner asked if they could take a photograph? So, all people photographs included an interaction of some kind.

Some interactions included: kite flying with Tibetan children; a translated trail conversation with a woman who thought it was hilarious I wanted her to smile. She is pointing at her missing teeth in the photo; and daily traveling with our guides Rajbeir and Sune, and porters Khadga and Padum.

This is only a small sample of the whole, but hopefully represents a glimpse into our grand adventure to Nepal.

Enjoy the walk.