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Tilicho

Two weeks in Nepal

I hired a guide to take me up to the pass where I could see out over Tilicho lake and we walked for three days in the shadow of the magnificent Tilicho and Nilgiri peaks, both over 7000m. I never made it to the pass, having to give up 15 minutes from it because clouds started coming in and my altitude sickness was getting worse. You can read much more about all of that in my diary: The ascend, the attempt for the top and the descend.

January 1st 2000 to September 26th 2015


Praying wheels at the entrance of a small village we passed shortly after Jomsom
Two farmers collecting hay for storage
Hay is dried on the roof in the village
Jomsom and the dry Gandaki Valley
The view out over the valley of the Gandaki river
Nilgiri above me
Our lunch spot the first day
Fall colors at the treeline
Yak herders were driving the Yak home from the higher pastures
Clouds flowing in from the Gandaki valley in the early evening
Yaks taking a break at a watering hole on their way back to the fold
Nilgiri in the last hours of the day
Someone had put a worn jacket and backpack on a stick so in the dusk the silhuette of a tired hiker could be seen on the hillside
The last light before night time
Our camp taken on the next morning with Nilgiri and Tilicho both in the background
Heavy clouds cover the view of the mountains on the other side of the valley
My guide Thome
The high camp at around 4600m with Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri in the background
View from almost-the-pass-I-wanted-to-go-to
It's hard to see but a herd of deer are running away on the grey rocks
A selfie from the point where I decided to turn around
Dhaulagiri and clouds in the Gandaki valley
Frost covered the small alpine flowers in the morning
A Yak sheperd in his tent with the Dalai Lama in the background
The only kid in the yak camp
The Yak camp
The two yak sheperds collecting yak dung from the fence
The valley and Dhaulagiri as we were heading down
Nilgiri in the clouds
I was flying out of Jomsom on a small propeller plane

Design, code and photos by Jonas Arnfred