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The Infinite World

The Infinite World

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David Pickford
October 2017 | Read
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Jöttnar photo blog   |   edition 1   |   summer 2017 

- The Himalaya - 


 

 'Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains'


- Jeffrey Rasley

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The dramatic west face of Gumbajaron (5800m) commands the landscape across the watershed of the Tsarap river in the southern Zanskar range, Indian Himalaya 

 

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Mountains of the mind: sunrise over the Zanskar range of the Indian Himalaya seen from a light aircraft en route from Delhi to Ladakh

 

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Prayer flags flying in afternoon light on the Zatra La (4600m), one of the few reliable crossings from Lukla into the remote Hingku valley, Solukhumbu, Nepal

 

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Commanding an awesome position above the glacial water of the Zanskar River, Stongdey Gompa was founded in 1052 by Lama Marpa Lotsawa, and is the second largest monastery in the Zanskar mountains


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A convoy of trucks travels north on India's Manali-Leh highway, one of the world's highest motorable roads, which crosses the barren mountains of the Zanskar range into Ladakh's Indus valley


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One of the presiding spirits of these mountains, a yak makes his way towards distant pastures in the Rombuk valley, Zanskar range, Indian Himalaya


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Pines glisten in early morning light deep in the sparsely-populated Hingku valley, Solukhumbu, Nepal

 
 
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The northwest face of Kang Yatze (6400m) seen from the moraine above basecamp, Stok range, Zanskar, India



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A climber works hard in the thin air ascending a ridge at circa 6000 metres in the Stok range, Zanskar, Indian Himalaya



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Spindrift clouds blown by a strong katabatic wind swirl around the crevasses on the Amphu Laptsa pass (5845m) in the upper Hongku valley, Solukhumbu, Nepal. The pass links the Hongku region with Island Peak and Ama Dablam



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After unexpected late monsoon snowfall, a huge avalanche thunders into Tangnag moraine from the icefields a thousand metres above, Solukhumbu, Nepal


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Moonrise on a perfectly calm evening above a ridge at 5900 metres near Malanphulan (6573m), Solukhumbu, Nepal



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A solitary chortan above the remote village of Lingshed (4200m) awaits an approaching storm, Zanskar range, Indian Himalaya



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A climber takes a pause to watch the sunrise from the huge icefields on the lower slopes of Mentok II (6150m) in the Tso Mori region of southeast Ladakh, Indian Himalaya




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All images copyright David Pickford / Jöttnar

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