Wednesday, 5 May 2010


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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making off

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kathmandu airport

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)


sherpa woman

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.

imja lake

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!!!