Finally we are back from the Khumbu Valley, one of Nepal’s most mountainous areas. We have spent ten days of trekking and meeting great people while shooting the documentary on how climate change is affecting indigenous peoples in the area.
We took a propeller plane from Kathmandu to Lukla, where the trek started. We had a frightening landing in one of the most dangerous runways in the world: it is a short airstrip at 2886 meters of altitude, in a ‘flatted’ hilltop.
Along with Anna (director of the film), Lhakpa (Sherpa guide), two porters and two Nepalese Liaison Officers, we started our 10-day trek that took us through awesome valleys, full of pine tree forests and white water rapids up to the Imja Glacier at 5010 meters of altitude. Once there, we could only see rock, ice, water and the highest peaks in the world, of more than 8.000 metres of altitude, like knives pointing to the sky.
Everest, Lhotse, Makalu… wherever you looked at it was impossible not to feel so small in comparison to these tremendous walls full of snow and ice. AMAZING!
Anna and I were very lucky that we did not suffer the symptoms of high altitude sickness: from headache and lack of appetite to blood coughing. We met a few people on the way that had to be taken down to Kathmandu by helicopter.
Sherpa people are friendly and smiley, with deep traditions and a simple lifestyle: farming potatoes, herding yaks, walking long distances to collect water and rising a healthy family are their every-day tasks… all of this framed in this unique tough, remote but superb landscape.Below are some pictures of our hard days in the Khumbu region. We have not posted pictures or videos of the interviews, since the production rights belong to the NGO Minority Rights Group, who is commissioning the film project and making all of this happen. I really appreciate it and thank them for this opportunity.
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ready with Anna for an exciting fly thru the mountains
Anni and the crazy flight
lukla and its freak airport
safe and sound
hang bridge with prayer flags
lhakpa, our sherpa 'sirdar' (guide)
khumbu valley towards mt. everest
there are many rivers and a lot of hang bridges
above the clouds, chhukung 4730 mts
tengboche monastery 3867 mts
leaving tengboche, mt everest on the far right
sunset on chhukung
my loundry at 5000 mts, almost lost my fingers due to glacial water
dingboche 4260 msnm
anna happy on the snow
yaks on dingboche
lhakpa and lhotse peak (8516) as background
chhukung village (4730) here one can notice how big these mountains are, look at the houses down the picture.
dawn surrounded by mountains 5000 mts.
anna en imja lake
yes...we did it!!
monitoring station at 5000 mts
imja glacial lake 5010 mts
a time ago I explained about the high-tech Japanese WC...well here the opposite!!!