It was amazing to return to the beautiful bayeul (sacred valley) of Samagaun, Nubri Valley, Nepal for a third visit. We served there in Nomads Clinic 2013 and returned post-quake in 2015 to see the re-roofing project supported by Beautiful Resilience: The Enduring Spirit of Upper Gurkha, Nepal. This time we came to climb “Mountain of the Spirit,” which soars to 8,163m/26,781ft above Samagaun. Yet, the slopes of Manaslu are deceptive. Though the summit is so much lower and less steep than the 8,586m mountain we summited in May, weather and unstable snow conditions brought almost all expeditions on Manaslu to an end. We made it to Camp III at 23,00ft before choosing to turn around. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the time spent at high altitude, photographing another stunningly beautiful, legendary peak while spending time with fellow mountaineers from around the world.
Tremendous thanks to Passing Lhamu Sherpa Akita and to Pioneer Adventure.
I look forward to sharing black and white images made with the Leica SL2 and Leica Q2, and more reflections on the expedition soon.
In Light ~