Nepal (not Kathmandu), 1978-1988
I first visited Nepal in 1978, joining an expedition to climb Island Peak (6189m; the official name of the peak is Imja Tse, but even the locals know it as Island Peak). We took about 3½ weeks to fly from Kathmandu to Jiri, walk through Namche Bazar (prayer wheels, AR_20), Thangboche, and Dingboche, climb the mountain (summit cone, R_07), walk out to Lukla, and fly back to Kathmandu.
In 1979, we took about 4 weeks to walk east from from Barabise to the Bhote Koshi (village interior, AC_10), and then up the Rolwaling Chhu (view of Gaurisankar, AD_12) through Beding and Na (4180m; camp, AH_13), over the Trasi Labtsa to Namche and finally down to Lukla to fly out. Along the way, we climbed the funny-looking Ramdang Go (5925m; four climbers on ridge, AG_18; approaching the summit dome, AH_02) and attempted Pacharmo (6274m; AL_20).
AC_10 AD12 AG_18 AH_02
In 1985, I joined a commercial trek in a 3½-week clockwise walk on the crowded trails around Annapurna. From Pokhara, we went up the Kali Gandaki (sluice at Ghasa, BM_17; surreal breakfast table at Larjung, BN_12; children of Larjung, BN_15) to Kagbeni, then through Muktinath to the Thorung La (5416m; Chhulu West from the Thorung La, BQ_16), and finally down the Marsyangdi (women carrying hay in Braga, BS_09; Pisang Peak, BT_10) and out to Dhumre.
BM_17 BN_12 BN_15 BQ_16
Images on this page ©1978, 1979, and 1985 by Robert R. Fenichel
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