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Pictures 14 Peaks over 8'000 meters

Mount Everest, 
8'848 m

8'611 m

8'586 m

8'516 m

8'485 m

Cho Oyo,
8'201 m

8'167 m

8'163 m

Nanga Parbat,
8'126 m
8'091 m
Gasherbrum I, 8'068m
Broad Peak, 8'047 m
Gasherbrum II, 8'035m

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From south-west: Mountain flight to Everest - an easy way to see Nepal's 8 peaks over 8'000 meter. Here are three: Everest (8'848 m) is the black pyramid on the left, just to the right is Lhotse (8'516m ), Makalu (8'485 m) is the high peak on the horizon on the right. Both peaks tower above countless smaller ones in the Khumbu region. Ama Damblam for example is just below Makalu.

Panorama with 4 peaks over 8'000 meters -  Makalu; Lhotse; Everest; Cho Oyo. Panorama with 4 peaks over 8'000 meters - Makalu; Lhotse; Everest; Cho Oyo.
Late afternoon in Ronguk reveals the north face of Everest; or Chomolungma how it is called by Tibetans. Late afternoon in Ronguk reveals the north face of Everest; or Chomolungma how it is called by Tibetans.
Start of sunset. Start of sunset.
Late sunset on north face. Late sunset on north face.
Sun setting even further. Sun setting even further.
Sun on the summit; dusk has already set in. Sun on the summit; dusk has already set in.

Everest rising over the barren hills of the Tibetan plateau.
From Tingri.
Approaching the Himalayas after half an hour in the air; Cho Oyo; Mount Everest; Lhotse; and Makalu are very close.
During flight to Tibet, 4 of the highest peaks on earth.

Mount Everest, the black pyramid that stands out between all the other white giants of the Nepal Himalaya

Mount Everst from Tingri




From north-west: Everest rises above the flat Tibetan plateau which is itself is already 4'000 meters high.

Mount Everest and Makalu from the north-eastern Tibetan side; a stunning flight.
Everest Kangchung east face on the way to Lhasa.


I've never been to the Karakorums, the closest I got was seeing some huge peaks on the flight to Ladakh. I thought I would go there soon, but the timing never worked out.

We start in Gangtok; from a perfect viewpoint we see the sunrise on Narsing; Pandim; Kangchenjunga and Soniolchu.
Kangchenjunga sunrise from Gangtok in Sikkim.

5.43; the entire face is illuminated.
Sunrise from Dzongri in Sikkim.

Back in Gangtok from Emchi Gompa another view of Kangchenjunga; remembering the wonderful time I spent in western Sikkim and the foot of the
From Emchi gompa in Sikkim.

We rest at the first of the two passes for some pictures.
From Goecha La, a 5'000 m in Western Sikkim.

From the foot of Chombo we enjoy great views of the Kangchenjunga chain; here the south summit.
East face from North Sikkim

We walk up to a viewpoint above Phalung; the entire chain from Narzing; Pandim; Siniolchu; Simvu; Talung; Kabru North; Kangchenjunga; Tent Peak; xxx; xxx; Jonsong Peak rises at the horizon.
Panorama of the range between Nepal and Sikkim, with Kangchenjunga as the highest summit in the long chain.

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South face from Lhasiya Bhanjyang, a low pass in he middle hills in Nepal. The triangular peak in the middle is the true summit.

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South face, the main summit is the pyramid on the left.

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The north face is as impressive as the south side, here the morning sun hits the main peak in the background. Taken in the early morning while climbing, or rather attempting,  Tengkoma peak.

Kangchenjunga from west during the flight from Kathmandu (Nepal)  to Lhasa (Tibet)


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The long ridge in the middle belongs to Lhotse.

Approaching the Himalayas after half an hour in the air; Cho Oyo; Mount Everest; Lhotse; and Makalu are very close.

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South face of Makalu, fifth-highest peak on earth.

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From a pass near Kangchenjunga it's possible to see the east face of Makalu and Everest, both are 50 miles away.

Makalu rises above the late-monsoon clouds that build over the hot plains of India.
Makalu during flight to eastern Nepal.

Approaching the Himalayas after half an hour in the air; Cho Oyo; Mount Everest; Lhotse; and Makalu are very close.
During flight to Tibet.



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Cho Oyo (8'201), one of the technically easier summits on the border between Nepal and Tibet. 

Cho Oyo




The 6th highest peak reflects in a pond between Lhasa and Kathmandu. Usually expeditions climb this northern face.

Through lovely valleys and villages we drive to Tingri and stop on the wide plain where Cho Oyo rises in the background.
From Tingri plain.

Cho Oyo from Tingri village.
Afternoon sun from Tingri village.

Dhaulagiri in the early morning sun
The early catches the worm, getting up early is often rewarded in the Himalayas. From the holy site of Muktinath the views of the north-east face is stunning.

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Sunset on the "White Mountain", view from south.

Mist on the lake and the illuminated peak of Dhaulagiri (8'167 m).
Sunrise from Pokhara.

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Dhaulagiri (8'167 m) is the westernmost high peak of Nepal, this picture was token during the regular flight from Kathmandu to Delhi.

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Flying from Pokhara to Jomsom (for Mustang trek) reveals the stunning peaks of the Dhalagiri and Annapurna massiv.

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The 8'000 meter peak dominates the range to the west, several routes lead up on the steep south face to the summit 8'167 meter.

Dhaulagiri from Muktinath
Dhaulagiri's north-east face from the pass between Tetang and Muktinath

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View of south-face during Annapurna Circuit trek.

The subtle changes of the light on the ice of Manaslu are terrific, turning from grey to pink to orange to yellow and then the 'regular' white.

The valley is already in the shade, but the sun is still setting on the Manaslu massiv. This picture was taken from the north-west at the high camp for Chulu Far East.

The valley still lies in darkness when the sun hits the top of Manaslu and its satellites.

Once again the sunrise is beautiful, Manaslu does not appear to be 8'000 meters high from Sama.

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On the way home from Kathmandu to Delhi: Manaslu 

After climbing a nasty scree slope we break camp on the saddle between the ridges of Chulu East and Chulu Far East. Manaslu (left) rises high above all the other mountains.
Manaslu from air.
Panorama during flight to Pokhara.
We rise early to witness the awakening of the peaks; within minutes they rise from the shade; turn orange and then white. The peak in the middle is Manaslu; a great trekking area which doesn't get many trekkers.
From Nagarkot, Manslu is the pyramid on the right side.

I hope someday I'll visit the Karakorum

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From south: Annapurna south face from the airplane on the way to Delhi. The main peak is covered by mist.

From East: Why do people climb mountains? This picture should answer all questions. View on the Annapurna range while climbing Chulu Far East. Gangapurna is on the left, the very right is Annapurna I (8'091 m)

From East: View from the high camp during the Chulu East climb.

Annapurna range from north
Stunning Annapurna range, a view that opened up unexpectedly while walking to Upper Mustang.

Annapurna I behind Tilicho Peak
From north: The summit of Annapurna I in the left is the highest point of the Annapurna range, but the steep ice flanks of Tilicho that stands in front of it are not any less impressive. 

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Sunset from west during a trek down the Kali Gandaki valley two days after Jomosom.


I hope someday I'll visit the Karakorum





From the pass in the north-east the ice-clad faces of Shishapangma contrast sharply against the barren hills of the Tibetan scenery.

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Prayerflags flatter in the strong on top of the pass.

Shishapangma; 8'046 m; rises high above the plains and barren hills of the Tibeten plateau.
Approaching the pass with Shishapangma rising above the barren hills of the Tibetan plateau.