Arrival in Kathmandu
Street scenes from Kathmandu
A face in the crowd
Crowded, noisy, chaotic, and colorful Kathmandu
Suddenly I want a Pepsi for some reason
One of many small street markets.
Some markets are the same the world over.
On the plane to Lukla! Time to start trekking!
Our Twin Otter Aircraft that delivered us to the Himalaya
Welcome to the Tenzing Hillary Airport!
The crazy Lukla runway. It runs up the side of the mountain.
Time for a quick lunch in a teahouse before starting the hike.
Leaving Lukla. Have a nice trek!
A small settlement.
The first views of the rushing river. It would become a common, but spectacular sight.
Elements of Buddhism were everywhere.
Phakding, our first stop on the trek.
Looking down the valley.
Yaks on the bridge! Stand back!
There's that river again!
The Yeti Cyber Cafe. Sadly, this is as close as we got to a real Yeti.
A common sight in the Khumbu, porters carrying big loads!
Did I mention that the elements of Buddhism are everywhere?
This looks better in real life than in this crappy picture. ;)
Kids are the same the world over! :)
Free range Himalayan Chickens!
A clear blue, glacier fed river
One of many suspension bridges we'd cross along the way.
I have know idea what he was thinking of doing with that tree.
Looks fun to kayak. Well, except for all those big rocks!
Prayer flags over the water.
The entrance to Sagamartha National Park.
Yep! That's a bridge over that valley. We have to cross that.
Prayer flags in the wind
Yaks carrying supplies. We had an uneasy relationship to say the least.
Arriving in Namche Bazaar at 11,286 feet. The hill climb up was killer.
Day 2 and we're already starting to get spectacular scenery.
A beautiful mountain and some bozo!
A view of Namche Bazaar, the largest town we'd visit in the Khumbu.
More prayer flags. They're everywhere in the Khumbu.
The road ahead, with Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam in the distance.
Mountains over Namche
Gear shopping in Namche Bazaar
Namche is built right on the side of the mountain.
More from Namche
A closer view of Everest, Lhotse in the clouds, Ama Dablam.
Everest and Lhotse still hiding in the clouds.
The trio of mountains again. And there's that bozo! Is that fuzz on his face?
Spectacular view from a mountain top inn
Some of the "smaller" peaks in the area
Snow capped peaks are everywhere in the Himalaya
Prayer flags at a monument
The Road Goes Ever On and On...
The road less traveled
Approaching the monument to Hillary and Norgay
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent of Everest
The monument to Hillary and Norgay
The view back down the valley. We came up from there.
Ama Dablam looms in the distance
Someone leaves a message for the trekkers
Heading into the Buddhist monastery
Entrance to the monastery
Inside the Buddhist temple in Tengboche
The Buddha himself
The view from the monastery
Exiting the monastery
Marissa spins the prayer wheels!
The beautiful Ama Dablam
Whoa! That Yak is giving me the evil eye!
Monument on the Hill
Ama Dablam over Tengboche
Another snow capped peak
Looking down on Dingboche
Peaks in the distance
Prayer flags with a view
And an even better view!
Our view back down the valley
Dingboche is a happenin' place!
More Buddhist sutras painted on a rock
You have to get use to these views while trekking in the Himalaya. It isn't easy.
Just another mountain view. *yawn*
I finally found a mountain cabin for my dad! Elevation? About 14,000 feet.
Lets climb THAT!
Oh! Or maybe THAT!
Yet more prayer flags
The monument to Scott Fischer, who died on Everest in 1996
The plaque on the monument
The monument for Babu Chiri Sherpa, a legend amongst the Sherpa people
On the trek to Base Camp
Going higher. More snow on the mountains.
Clouds drifting by
A frozen glacial lake in the Khumbu
Are you bored of all these mountains yet?
Base Camp At Last! The Tent City!
Prayer flags in BC
The Bozo Made It To Base Camp, Elevation 17,600 feet.
Everest Base Camp
Snow and mist on the mountain
On the way down, the views are still not too bad.
Everest from a distance
A lovely garden with a Buddhist Easter Egg!
Starbucks is Everywhere! Even in Lukla!
Back in Kathmandu
Taking a tour of some local temples
Kathmandu is a mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture
Ornate carvings in the temple roof
A golden guardian
Kathmandu architecture ranges from run down to dilapidated
But it is interesting none the less
You can find just about anything in the street markets of Kathmandu
More interesting architecture and crowded streets
Visiting the Garden of Dreams, a bit of solitude in this crazy city
The Garden of Dreams is like a different world
Flowers in the Garden
More Garden of Dreams
A tranquil pool in the Garden of Dreams
Sunset over Kathmandu
Home, sweet home!