This April I went on a trip that I will not forget: It took me to Nepal and events should tell that I went exactly at the right time.
I arrived in Kathmandu to stay there for three nights exploring the city and its surroundings. It did not take long for the city, the country and the people to really make me enjoy my journey. Staying close to the Boudhanath Stupa I naturally started my trip to go exploring there and was not disappointed. Just a five minute walk and I was standing right in front of it:
It is just an amazing structure and once you see it during sunrise or sunset with the buddhist devotees praying and walking around it you are already captivated and drawn into the spiritual feel of this place.
Having always focused on taking city- and landscape photos during my trips around the world, I specifically wanted to take more photos of the people in Nepal, especially after buying the Sony 70-200mm F4 lens during my last trip to New York. Armed with my new toy mounted on my Sony A7r I made my way to the old town of Thamal and when walking into a shop selling cashmere I could not resist to take a photograph of this gentlemen:
After exploring Kathmandu i went to Nargarkot, which is approximately four hours east of Kathmandu as you are supposedly have amazing views of the sunrise behind the Himalayas. Unfortunately I was not that lucky and the clouds were blocking the view and it was rainy. I used the time however to explore the ancient town of Bhaktapur, which, similar to its counterpart in Kathmandu was just mind-blowing and is definitely worth visiting.
From Nargarkot I went back to Kathmandu only to take a plane to the lakeside town of Pokhara and start hiking in the Annapurna region.
And what can i say? Even though it was only a short three nights/four days hike it was absolutely fantastic. Staying at beautiful guesthouses and being able to finally witness the sunrise behind mountains higher than 8000 meters. Mindblowing.
This is a panorama I took standing on the roof of one of the guesthouses I visited and I could just not stop taking photos until my memory card was full.
After stretching my legs trekking I took a car back to Kathmandu to continue exploring the buzzing city and take even more photos. This is a photo of a monk I took from a rooftop bar and I just love how the monk together with his colourful umbrella are in contrast with the negative space around him.
Before leaving Nepal again I had to do one more thing though: See Mount Everest up close!
So I took a scenic flight in the morning and thanks to Buddha Air I was able to come Eye to Eye with the worlds highest mountain.
Following the scenic flight in the morning I enjoyed one last day in Kathmandu and flew out back to Germany in the evening. Three days later the terrible news of the earthquake in Nepal reached me and I was and at time of writing this post still am devastated by it. Having been able to stand on the Durhbar Squares of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur taking photos just days before they were badly damaged or possibly destroyed, having been able to walk through the buzzing roads of Thamal and meeting so many awesome people on the way that I was and partly still am worried about is an experience I really would be happy not having to make.
After the first shock and being relieved having been able to contact the guide who took me around while hiking I already contributed to the immediate relief efforts with his support but still would like to do more. So, I have decided that all income I am able to generate with photos of my Nepal gallery in 2015 will be donated to the German Red Cross and/or other reputable international aid organisations supporting the relief and reconstruction efforts in Nepal.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
You can see all photos I took during the trip here. Kindly note, that I will add more and more over the next couple of weeks due to the amount I took, so come back from time to time to explore what is new.