Adventure: Trekking with Giants of the Khumbu

Our second project during our two-month stint in the Himalaya last fall was a backpacking trip across Nepal’s famed Khumbu region. This is the realm of the big 8,000 meter peaks; Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Everest. Our two-week trek would take us from the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar to nearly the foot of Makalu, out across the base of the Everest Massif and then to Cho Oyu before closing the circuit back in Namche. The route is made possible by using three high altitude passes, all above 5,000 meters. On a side trip, we climbed to just shy of 6,000 meters in our trail runners. This coming from Alaska where the summit of Denali is that high. Oh, how latitude will change things.

The Khumbu was an amazing place to do photography work. For this project we we’re shooting catalog and advertising images for a few of our outdoor clients. Just hiking, we would have done the trek in a week. For photo work we usually double the amount of time in the field. Once getting into the Khumbu, logistics are simplified. Every day would end at a lodge or guest house that would put us up for the night and feed us. We didn’t carry any equipment to make a camp and only snacks to get us between villages. This made it easy to spend the entire day out in the mountains working with out having to be concerned with finding a place to bed down.

This month we’ll be posting more from our two months in the Himalaya. If you’d like, follow us with the RSS link on the blog. You’ll get our updates automatically.