Tilman Pass - Nepal Langtang

In October of 2018, we traveled to Nepal to complete the Tillman Pass and Ganjala Pass trek. We approached the Tillman Pass from the south side via the Panch Pokari Ridge. We then descended to the Langtang Valley, explored the Langtang Glacier and exited the Valley via the Ganjala Pass. We also managed to take a helicopter tour of the Langtang Valley north of Kyanjing Gomba. All in all, it was a wild and challenging trek through a wild and remote area of the Langtang Himal.

Thanks again to mountainsunvalley.com for all the support and help with putting this together.

IMG_8415.jpg
IMG_8416 (1).jpg
 The Langtang Range from the air. Langtang Lirung is on the left/centre and Shishapangma is on the left.

The Langtang Range from the air. Langtang Lirung is on the left/centre and Shishapangma is on the left.

 The Langtang Range

The Langtang Range

 The Langtang Range with Mt. Shishapangma dominating the skyline.

The Langtang Range with Mt. Shishapangma dominating the skyline.

 Tilman Pass is on the top right and the Langshisa Glacier is in the middle - our route down from the Tilman Pass.

Tilman Pass is on the top right and the Langshisa Glacier is in the middle - our route down from the Tilman Pass.

 Tilman Pass and the high camp (by the frozen green lake).

Tilman Pass and the high camp (by the frozen green lake).

 Closeup of the Tilman Pass from the helicopter.

Closeup of the Tilman Pass from the helicopter.

 Second day of the approach to the Tilman Pass. We were in thick clouds during the day on this section of the trek.

Second day of the approach to the Tilman Pass. We were in thick clouds during the day on this section of the trek.

 Beautiful sunrise over the foothills of the Himalaya.

Beautiful sunrise over the foothills of the Himalaya.

 Gur Karpo Ri, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal from the south. These mountains are located in China.

Gur Karpo Ri, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal from the south. These mountains are located in China.

 Shishapangma peaking from behind the ridges of the Langtang Himal as seen from the south, still a long way away!

Shishapangma peaking from behind the ridges of the Langtang Himal as seen from the south, still a long way away!

 Langtang Lirung and Ganjala Pass (on the left) from the south.

Langtang Lirung and Ganjala Pass (on the left) from the south.

 Blue hills of Nepal

Blue hills of Nepal

 A funky trail over some steep terrain.

A funky trail over some steep terrain.

 Our final camp before Panch Pokhari.

Our final camp before Panch Pokhari.

 Our Chef in action! It is quite unbelievable what can be made in these conditions.

Our Chef in action! It is quite unbelievable what can be made in these conditions.

 One of many spectacular campsites.

One of many spectacular campsites.

 High on the ridge near Panch Pokari during a spectacular sunsent.

High on the ridge near Panch Pokari during a spectacular sunsent.

 A Mani wall and Buddhist prayer flags.

A Mani wall and Buddhist prayer flags.

IMG_5210.jpg
 Dorje Lakpa in full sunset glory.

Dorje Lakpa in full sunset glory.

 Langtang and Jugal Himals.

Langtang and Jugal Himals.

IMG_5237.jpg
 The view of the Langtang Himal (the high peak is Dorje Lakpa) from far away. We approached the pass on a long ridge with very little water available along the way. The lack of water was a big problem in finding suitable spots for camping.

The view of the Langtang Himal (the high peak is Dorje Lakpa) from far away. We approached the pass on a long ridge with very little water available along the way. The lack of water was a big problem in finding suitable spots for camping.

 The Langtang and Jugal Himals from the south. The ridge we followed offered spectacular views in the morning and evening. During the day, massive clouds obscured all views.

The Langtang and Jugal Himals from the south. The ridge we followed offered spectacular views in the morning and evening. During the day, massive clouds obscured all views.

 Jugal Himal from the south (on the Chinese side).

Jugal Himal from the south (on the Chinese side).

IMG_5339.jpg
IMG_5347.jpg
 Our entire crew in front of the magnificent panorama of the Jugal Himal from Panch Pokari at 4,250m.

Our entire crew in front of the magnificent panorama of the Jugal Himal from Panch Pokari at 4,250m.

IMG_5423.jpg
 Our campsite at Tin Pokhari. We had one but very intense snow storm. Thankfully, it did not extend beyond Tin Pokari.

Our campsite at Tin Pokhari. We had one but very intense snow storm. Thankfully, it did not extend beyond Tin Pokari.

 Cold night! -10C inside the tent.

Cold night! -10C inside the tent.

 The approach glacier to Tilman Pass from Tin Pokari. The pass is hidden behind the mountain in the forefront.

The approach glacier to Tilman Pass from Tin Pokari. The pass is hidden behind the mountain in the forefront.

 The approach glacier to Tilman East Pass from Tin Pokari. It looked like a spectacular route.

The approach glacier to Tilman East Pass from Tin Pokari. It looked like a spectacular route.

 Looking back at Tin Pokhari en route to the Tillman Pass East. We ascended wrong glacier and did not realize our mistake until we were 10km in and at 4,600m! It did however give us an opportunity to explore the approach to the Tilman Pass East. This basically took up the entire day.

Looking back at Tin Pokhari en route to the Tillman Pass East. We ascended wrong glacier and did not realize our mistake until we were 10km in and at 4,600m! It did however give us an opportunity to explore the approach to the Tilman Pass East. This basically took up the entire day.

 The glacier leading to Tilman Pass East. We went all the way to the end of the moraine before we realized our mistake! The flat top mountain is Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m.

The glacier leading to Tilman Pass East. We went all the way to the end of the moraine before we realized our mistake! The flat top mountain is Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m.

 Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m and the Tilman Pass East - close up of the pass. It looks very doable!

Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m and the Tilman Pass East - close up of the pass. It looks very doable!

 The final stretch to the Tilman Pass East from the high point of our sortie. Dorje Lakpa Glacier with Dorje Lakpa on the left.

The final stretch to the Tilman Pass East from the high point of our sortie. Dorje Lakpa Glacier with Dorje Lakpa on the left.

 The glacier leading to the Tilman Pass - now we are on the right path!

The glacier leading to the Tilman Pass - now we are on the right path!

 Ascending the long moraine before gaining the glacier to approach the Tilman Pass.

Ascending the long moraine before gaining the glacier to approach the Tilman Pass.

 Looking back towards the Jugal Himal.

Looking back towards the Jugal Himal.

 We needed to get to the end of this glacier. The pass is the little white speck at the very end.

We needed to get to the end of this glacier. The pass is the little white speck at the very end.

 Half way up the glacier

Half way up the glacier

 Descending from the moraine to the glacier was steep and tricky.

Descending from the moraine to the glacier was steep and tricky.

 Shyam, our guide.

Shyam, our guide.

 Approaching the Tilman Pass high camp

Approaching the Tilman Pass high camp

 Tilman Pass high camp - looking south.

Tilman Pass high camp - looking south.

 Tilman Pass high camp with the pass ahead.

Tilman Pass high camp with the pass ahead.

 The high camp for the Tilman Pass.

The high camp for the Tilman Pass.

 Scouting the route trough the Tilman Pass. We were lucky for the right conditions. For the sense of scale, spot the people on the right above the rock shelf.

Scouting the route trough the Tilman Pass. We were lucky for the right conditions. For the sense of scale, spot the people on the right above the rock shelf.

 Ascending the Tilman Pass at 7am.

Ascending the Tilman Pass at 7am.

tillmnsouthbc.jpg
tillmnsuthbc.jpg
 The Tilman Pass ice fall.

The Tilman Pass ice fall.

 The Tilman Pass ice fall.

The Tilman Pass ice fall.

IMG_5570.jpg
 Almost there, reaching the crest of the Tillman Pass.

Almost there, reaching the crest of the Tillman Pass.

IMG_5586.jpg
 Tilman Pass 5,300m.

Tilman Pass 5,300m.

IMG_5599.jpg
 Tilman Pass 5,300m.

Tilman Pass 5,300m.

 Looking back south from the top of the Tilman Pass.

Looking back south from the top of the Tilman Pass.

IMG_5610.jpg
 Tilman Pass

Tilman Pass

 The Langtang Himal from the pass. The Tilman Pass is not the best for the views of Langtang. However, the area around the high camp is fabulous!

The Langtang Himal from the pass. The Tilman Pass is not the best for the views of Langtang. However, the area around the high camp is fabulous!

 The crevices were visible so it was easy to navigate around them.

The crevices were visible so it was easy to navigate around them.

IMG_5617.jpg
IMG_5652.jpg
 The steeper section had a fixed rope for the porters as they had no crampons. The rope made for an easy and quick descent for everyone.

The steeper section had a fixed rope for the porters as they had no crampons. The rope made for an easy and quick descent for everyone.

 Descending from Tilman Pass glacier to the high camp, this was steep, icy and unstable. Negotiating the endless moraines was the biggest challenge.

Descending from Tilman Pass glacier to the high camp, this was steep, icy and unstable. Negotiating the endless moraines was the biggest challenge.

 The high camp was by the frozen lake. Langshisa Ri and Langshisa Glacier are behind the lake.

The high camp was by the frozen lake. Langshisa Ri and Langshisa Glacier are behind the lake.

 The High camp on the north side of the Tilman Pass

The High camp on the north side of the Tilman Pass

 The High camp on the north side of the Tilman Pass

The High camp on the north side of the Tilman Pass

 Looking towards Langshisa Kharka and the Langtang Valley from the high camp of the Tillman Pass. This was a very beautiful area to explore.

Looking towards Langshisa Kharka and the Langtang Valley from the high camp of the Tillman Pass. This was a very beautiful area to explore.

 Langshisa Glacier - our descent route down to Langtang Valley.

Langshisa Glacier - our descent route down to Langtang Valley.

 The Yala Peak is on the rock ridge on the left - it is hard to believe that it is 5,500m high!

The Yala Peak is on the rock ridge on the left - it is hard to believe that it is 5,500m high!

 Our camp at the north side of the Tilman Pass

Our camp at the north side of the Tilman Pass

IMG_8275.jpg
IMG_8279.jpg
tillmannorthbc.jpg
IMG_5960.jpg
 Langshisa Glacier. On the left is Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m, in the middle is Loempo Gang 6,979m and on the right is Dorje Lakpa 6,966m.

Langshisa Glacier. On the left is Gur Karpo Ri 6,892m, in the middle is Loempo Gang 6,979m and on the right is Dorje Lakpa 6,966m.

 Langshisa Glacier

Langshisa Glacier

 Descending to the Langshisa Glacier on loose, unstable and steep moraine.

Descending to the Langshisa Glacier on loose, unstable and steep moraine.

 Steep and loose; this area is prone to rock fall and turns many people around if they are trying to approach the pass from the north.

Steep and loose; this area is prone to rock fall and turns many people around if they are trying to approach the pass from the north.

 Crazy moraines! After the sun hits this slope, the bombardment starts. Dorje Lakpa 6,966m dominates the valley.

Crazy moraines! After the sun hits this slope, the bombardment starts. Dorje Lakpa 6,966m dominates the valley.

 We descended the crazy moraine on the right! It was like walking through a giant rock quarry.

We descended the crazy moraine on the right! It was like walking through a giant rock quarry.

 The snout of the Langshisa Glacier with an impressive ice cave.

The snout of the Langshisa Glacier with an impressive ice cave.

 Lower part of the Langshisa Glacier. Almost off the rubble! The snout is now in the distance.

Lower part of the Langshisa Glacier. Almost off the rubble! The snout is now in the distance.

 We were ready to ford the Langtang River but to our surprise there was this beautiful bridge. The snout of the Langtang Glacier is in the distance.

We were ready to ford the Langtang River but to our surprise there was this beautiful bridge. The snout of the Langtang Glacier is in the distance.

Ganjala Pass - Nepal Langtang

In October of 2018, we traveled to Nepal to complete the Tilman Pass and Ganjala Pass trek. We approached the Tilman Pass from the south side via the Panch Pokari Ridge. We then descended to the Langtang Valley, explored the Langtang Glacier and exited the Valley via the Ganjala Pass. We also managed to take a helicopter tour of the Langtang Valley north of Kyanjing Gomba. All in all, it was a wild and challenging trek through wild and remote area of the Langtang Himal.

Thanks again to mountainsunvalley.com for all the help with putting this together.

IMG_8415.jpg
IMG_8416 (1).jpg
Map of Langtang valley trek.jpg
 We were lucky again and managed to get on the helicopter in Kynjang Gomba. So it happened that a group of trekkers were taking a helicopter back to Kathmandu while we were there. We hired the helicopter for a tour of the upper Langtang Valley.  Pemthang Karpo Ri’s North-west ridge from 19,000ft!

We were lucky again and managed to get on the helicopter in Kynjang Gomba. So it happened that a group of trekkers were taking a helicopter back to Kathmandu while we were there. We hired the helicopter for a tour of the upper Langtang Valley.

Pemthang Karpo Ri’s North-west ridge from 19,000ft!

 Panoramic view of the Langtang Valley. The Langtang Glacier is in the middle. Shishapangma in Tibet is on the horizon. Penthang Karpo Ri is on the right.

Panoramic view of the Langtang Valley. The Langtang Glacier is in the middle. Shishapangma in Tibet is on the horizon. Penthang Karpo Ri is on the right.

 On the left is Shalbachum Glacier, and the right is the Langtang Glacier with Shishapangma in the centre.

On the left is Shalbachum Glacier, and the right is the Langtang Glacier with Shishapangma in the centre.

 Langtang Himal from the helicopter. Kyunggari 6,599m on the left and Shaishapangma 8,013 on the right. The Shalbachum Glacier is in the middle.

Langtang Himal from the helicopter. Kyunggari 6,599m on the left and Shaishapangma 8,013 on the right. The Shalbachum Glacier is in the middle.

 The Langtang Himal from the helicopter. The high mountain on the left/centre is Shalbachum 6,707m and the pointy peak on the right is Kyunggari 6,599m.

The Langtang Himal from the helicopter. The high mountain on the left/centre is Shalbachum 6,707m and the pointy peak on the right is Kyunggari 6,599m.

 The point peak is Kyunggari 6,599 and the one on the horizon is Lantang Ri.

The point peak is Kyunggari 6,599 and the one on the horizon is Lantang Ri.

IMG_6325.jpg
 Pempthang Karpo Ri on the left.

Pempthang Karpo Ri on the left.

 Langshisa Ri

Langshisa Ri

 Kyungari 6,599m

Kyungari 6,599m

 Langtang Ri

Langtang Ri

 Langtang Ri and the end of the Langtang Glacier. The langtang Glacier is 35 km Long. It is actually a multi day hike to get to the base of the Langtang Ri. Although the glacier is in Nepal, all the surrounding mountains are in Tibet.

Langtang Ri and the end of the Langtang Glacier. The langtang Glacier is 35 km Long. It is actually a multi day hike to get to the base of the Langtang Ri. Although the glacier is in Nepal, all the surrounding mountains are in Tibet.

 Shishapangma 8,013m

Shishapangma 8,013m

 Shishapangma south face 8,013m

Shishapangma south face 8,013m

 Langshisa Glacier and Ganchempo Peak.

Langshisa Glacier and Ganchempo Peak.

 Lanshisa Glacier in the middle and the Tilman Pass in the right upper corner.

Lanshisa Glacier in the middle and the Tilman Pass in the right upper corner.

 A close up of the Tilman Pass and the high camp by the green lake.

A close up of the Tilman Pass and the high camp by the green lake.

IMG_6404.jpg
 Yala Peak and the Langtang Lirung group

Yala Peak and the Langtang Lirung group

IMG_6444.jpg
 Exploring the Langtang Glacier. It is deceptively long and apparently it takes 3 days to get to the end of it from Langshisa Kharka.

Exploring the Langtang Glacier. It is deceptively long and apparently it takes 3 days to get to the end of it from Langshisa Kharka.

 The Langtang Glacier. I am standing across from Langshisa Ri.

The Langtang Glacier. I am standing across from Langshisa Ri.

 Langshisa Ri and the Langtang Glacier.

Langshisa Ri and the Langtang Glacier.

IMG_6137.jpg
 The wall along the Langtang Glacier.

The wall along the Langtang Glacier.

 The mountains on the border between Nepal and China along the Langtang Glacier.

The mountains on the border between Nepal and China along the Langtang Glacier.

 Langtang Lirung (LL) Glacier from the LL BC

Langtang Lirung (LL) Glacier from the LL BC

 Langtang Lirung

Langtang Lirung

 Langtang Lirung BC - looking south

Langtang Lirung BC - looking south

 Langtang Lirung Glacier - Looking at the Langtang Valley 5 km away.

Langtang Lirung Glacier - Looking at the Langtang Valley 5 km away.

 Langtang Valley, Langtang Lirung (left) and Shishapagma (in the distance) from the climb to Ganjala Pass.

Langtang Valley, Langtang Lirung (left) and Shishapagma (in the distance) from the climb to Ganjala Pass.

 Langtang Lirung from the basecamp for Ganjala Pass at 4,300m

Langtang Lirung from the basecamp for Ganjala Pass at 4,300m

 Morimoto 6,150m and Dragmarpori 6,578m.

Morimoto 6,150m and Dragmarpori 6,578m.

 Kyungari 6,599m

Kyungari 6,599m

 Shishapangma 8,013m

Shishapangma 8,013m

 Shishapangma 8,013m is the only 8000m mountain located entirely in China’s Tibet

Shishapangma 8,013m is the only 8000m mountain located entirely in China’s Tibet

 Looking back at the Langtang Himal from near the Ganjala Pass. Shishapangma dominates the view. We hiked from 4,300 to 5,130m in 4 hours.

Looking back at the Langtang Himal from near the Ganjala Pass. Shishapangma dominates the view. We hiked from 4,300 to 5,130m in 4 hours.

 Rocky approach to the Gajala Pass. It was dry but wobbly and steep.

Rocky approach to the Gajala Pass. It was dry but wobbly and steep.

 Dragmarpori 6,578m

Dragmarpori 6,578m

 Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,865m.

Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,865m.

 Shishapangma 8,013m

Shishapangma 8,013m

 The steep approach to the Ganjala Pass.

The steep approach to the Ganjala Pass.

 Ganjala Pass, the approach is via the snow covered shelf on the upper right. Chains have been installed for safety and a ladder for the porters.

Ganjala Pass, the approach is via the snow covered shelf on the upper right. Chains have been installed for safety and a ladder for the porters.

 The steep and exposed Ganjala Pass 5,150m

The steep and exposed Ganjala Pass 5,150m

 The narrow crest of the Ganjala Pass.

The narrow crest of the Ganjala Pass.

IMG_6681.jpg
 This was our 20th major trip! A true milestone for David and me. I am lucky to have a good friend in David to share the interest and passion for travel to wild places.

This was our 20th major trip! A true milestone for David and me. I am lucky to have a good friend in David to share the interest and passion for travel to wild places.

 Ganjala Pass 5,150m.

Ganjala Pass 5,150m.

 Looking down at the approach route to the Ganjala Pass from the now distant Langtang Valley.

Looking down at the approach route to the Ganjala Pass from the now distant Langtang Valley.

 Ganjala Pass 5,130m. It is surprisingly beautiful pass and yet not very popular! It is so close to Kathmandu and near such popular trekking route. It did remind me of Renjo La a little.

Ganjala Pass 5,130m. It is surprisingly beautiful pass and yet not very popular! It is so close to Kathmandu and near such popular trekking route. It did remind me of Renjo La a little.

 Ganjala Pass and back side of Naya Kanga.

Ganjala Pass and back side of Naya Kanga.

 Looking south from Ganjala Pass. The south high camp is located by the two small lakes below at an altitude of approx 5,000m.

Looking south from Ganjala Pass. The south high camp is located by the two small lakes below at an altitude of approx 5,000m.

 Looking south from Ganjala Pass.

Looking south from Ganjala Pass.

 The view from the pass. The Yala Peak is the rocky ridge on the right. It was sad to see how the glacier retreated in the last decade. We went there in 2009 (see the post) and most of our hiking was on ice.

The view from the pass. The Yala Peak is the rocky ridge on the right. It was sad to see how the glacier retreated in the last decade. We went there in 2009 (see the post) and most of our hiking was on ice.

 Morimoto 6,150m from the Pass.

Morimoto 6,150m from the Pass.

 Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,865m.

Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,865m.

 Pemthang Karpo Ri and Langshisa Ri.

Pemthang Karpo Ri and Langshisa Ri.

 Shishapangma 8,013m.

Shishapangma 8,013m.

 The rocky ridge extending from Ganjala Pass

The rocky ridge extending from Ganjala Pass

 Coning down the steep south side of the pass.

Coning down the steep south side of the pass.

 The rocky descent from Ganjala Pass. You can spot our porters on the left!

The rocky descent from Ganjala Pass. You can spot our porters on the left!

 Distant view of Ganjala Pass from the south

Distant view of Ganjala Pass from the south

 The Jugal Himal in Tibet right before the sunrise.

The Jugal Himal in Tibet right before the sunrise.

 Packed and ready for our 75 km 10 hour drive back to Kathmandu and home. What a FANTASTIC trip it was!

Packed and ready for our 75 km 10 hour drive back to Kathmandu and home. What a FANTASTIC trip it was!

Paria River Wilderness - USA, Utah

In September of 2018 we did a short trip to the Paria River Canyon. Since September is considered a “monsoon season” in Southern Utah, we had the Canyon to ourselves (not counting snakes). The area is absolutely spectacular and the feel of remoteness adds to the sense of adventure. The entire Paria Canyon crossing is 34 miles long. Since we had limited amount of time, we hiked to the Paria River and Buckskin Gulch confluence from the Whitehouse campground (12 miles) and back. It really gave us a sense of what the entire crossing would be like. Since the river is very silty, water is a major concern. We carried 5 litres each. Since it is very hot, 5 lites is good for max 2 days. The nearest spring is 13 to 14 miles from the start. Because of the massive flooding in the summer of 2018, parts of the Canyon were completely submerged and dotted with deep water holes. This forced us to swim across long stretches in some spots. In other places, the water was up to our armpits but walkable. After the hike, everything was covered in filmy mud that required serious scrubbing with soap to wash off. Thankfully, we did not get caught in any quick sand.

Greater-So-Utah-Zion-Map.jpg
paria map 2.gif
IMG_4599.jpg
 The Whitehouse campground area

The Whitehouse campground area

IMG_4588.jpg
 The entrance to the canyon proper

The entrance to the canyon proper

IMG_4253.jpg
 We encountered MUD and a lot of it!

We encountered MUD and a lot of it!

 constantly sliding through pools of liquid mud

constantly sliding through pools of liquid mud

IMG_4271.jpg
IMG_4283.jpg
 Spectacular scenery of the Paria River Canyon

Spectacular scenery of the Paria River Canyon

IMG_4396.jpg
IMG_4300.jpg
 Caverns made by rushing Paria River. When we were there, the river was running at 2 cubic feet per second. We encountered a small flash flood and the river flow increased to 9 cubic feet per second. It was already hard to swim against the current and our packs got washed away. During the severe flooding in July of 2018, the river was punching 10,000 cubic feet per second!!!! Wow!

Caverns made by rushing Paria River. When we were there, the river was running at 2 cubic feet per second. We encountered a small flash flood and the river flow increased to 9 cubic feet per second. It was already hard to swim against the current and our packs got washed away. During the severe flooding in July of 2018, the river was punching 10,000 cubic feet per second!!!! Wow!

 Small side slot canyon along the Paria River Canyon

Small side slot canyon along the Paria River Canyon

 The gift from nature

The gift from nature

IMG_4544.jpg
IMG_4542.jpg
IMG_4522.jpg
 The sun bakes the soil. It was very hot in the sun.

The sun bakes the soil. It was very hot in the sun.

 Our campsite on the banks of the Paria River.

Our campsite on the banks of the Paria River.

 Drying out in the blazing sun - it was at least 40C

Drying out in the blazing sun - it was at least 40C

IMG_7747.jpg
 Preparing to swim through a deep pool of liquid mud. I did not realize that there were snakes in the water! One got logged inside the pack after it was washed away by the river during a small flash flood.

Preparing to swim through a deep pool of liquid mud. I did not realize that there were snakes in the water! One got logged inside the pack after it was washed away by the river during a small flash flood.

IMG_4288.jpg
 Exploring the Paria Canyon. We left our packs behind and during our exploration the river flow quadrupled. The packs got washed away. We found them downstream from where we left them. One of them had a snake stuck in it. When the river is flowing high, the snakes flow with it :-). After our hike, we received a lecture from a local on the types of snakes in the canyon. Apparently, the bad one has eyes of a cat. It is hard to check when you are freaking out after finding one in your pack!

Exploring the Paria Canyon. We left our packs behind and during our exploration the river flow quadrupled. The packs got washed away. We found them downstream from where we left them. One of them had a snake stuck in it. When the river is flowing high, the snakes flow with it :-). After our hike, we received a lecture from a local on the types of snakes in the canyon. Apparently, the bad one has eyes of a cat. It is hard to check when you are freaking out after finding one in your pack!

 In the Paria River, crossing one of the deeper sections

In the Paria River, crossing one of the deeper sections

IMG_4418.jpg
IMG_4423.jpg
IMG_4427.jpg
IMG_4320.jpg
IMG_4389.jpg
IMG_4414.jpg
IMG_4241.jpg
IMG_4441.jpg
IMG_4476.jpg
IMG_4446.jpg
 Near the confluence of the Paria Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch

Near the confluence of the Paria Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch

IMG_4402.jpg
IMG_4405.jpg
IMG_4566.jpg
IMG_4482.jpg
IMG_4515.jpg
 The Whitehouse campsite run by the BLM

The Whitehouse campsite run by the BLM

 Escalante NP/Paria Wilderness

Escalante NP/Paria Wilderness

 The badlands of the Paria Wilderness/Escalante

The badlands of the Paria Wilderness/Escalante

IMG_3876.jpg

Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks - USA, Utah

Greater-So-Utah-Zion-Map.jpg
ZBCB.jpg
zion 1.jpg
 The Zion main valley of the Virgin River from the trail to the Observation Point

The Zion main valley of the Virgin River from the trail to the Observation Point

IMG_3182.jpg
 Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

IMG_3186.jpg
IMG_3195.jpg
IMG_3201.jpg
IMG_3233.jpg
 Cedar Breaks at 10,000 ft elevation

Cedar Breaks at 10,000 ft elevation

 Cedar Breaks Canyon

Cedar Breaks Canyon

 Cedar Breaks Canyon

Cedar Breaks Canyon

IMG_3271.jpg
IMG_3277.jpg
 The incredible colours of the Cedar Breaks Canyon

The incredible colours of the Cedar Breaks Canyon

IMG_7169.jpg
 Looking down at the Cedar Breaks Canyon

Looking down at the Cedar Breaks Canyon

 Hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River in the Zion NP

Hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River in the Zion NP

 In the Narrows

In the Narrows

IMG_3347.jpg
IMG_3355.jpg
 One of the tight sections of the Narrows

One of the tight sections of the Narrows

IMG_3368.jpg
 The Narrows

The Narrows

IMG_3381.jpg
IMG_3414.jpg
IMG_3447.jpg
 Virgin River and the Narrows

Virgin River and the Narrows

IMG_3465.jpg
IMG_3473.jpg
IMG_3478.jpg
IMG_3482.jpg
IMG_3488.jpg
IMG_3494.jpg
IMG_3575.jpg
IMG_3599.jpg
IMG_3612.jpg
IMG_3620.jpg
IMG_3624.jpg
IMG_3630.jpg
IMG_3631.jpg
IMG_3642.jpg
IMG_3716.jpg
 Virgin River Valley from the Observation Point

Virgin River Valley from the Observation Point

 The Narrows Canyon from the Observation Mountain

The Narrows Canyon from the Observation Mountain

IMG_3799.jpg
IMG_3805.jpg
IMG_3828.jpg
 The Parks Service Bus negotiating the road up the Virgin River Valley

The Parks Service Bus negotiating the road up the Virgin River Valley

IMG_3850.jpg
IMG_3871.jpg
IMG_7492.jpg
IMG_7432.jpg

Norway

fjords2.gif
fjords of norway.jpg
IMG_0719.jpg
IMG_0752.jpg
 Near Flam

Near Flam

IMG_0931.jpg
 Kayaking near Flaam

Kayaking near Flaam

 The Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

The Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

 Sitting at the edge of a 600m drop on top of the Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

Sitting at the edge of a 600m drop on top of the Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

IMG_4358.jpg
 600 m down...

600 m down...

 The Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord near Stavenger

The Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord near Stavenger

IMG_4396.jpg
 AAlesund

AAlesund

 Sugerloaf Mountain in Aalesund

Sugerloaf Mountain in Aalesund

IMG_5054.jpg
 Pretty Allesund

Pretty Allesund

 Allesund

Allesund

IMG_5187.jpg
IMG_5241.jpg
IMG_5330.jpg
 Hinking down from Myrgal to Flam

Hinking down from Myrgal to Flam

IMG_5370.jpg
 Hiking above Bergen

Hiking above Bergen

 Bergen and the oncoming storm. 10 minutes later I was engulfed in a complete fog...

Bergen and the oncoming storm. 10 minutes later I was engulfed in a complete fog...

Iceland

iceland.jpg
 Sejdylsfjordur in the east part of Iceland

Sejdylsfjordur in the east part of Iceland

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Hiking up one of the mountains around Grundarfjordur

Hiking up one of the mountains around Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

IMG_0056.jpg
 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

IMG_0421.jpg
IMG_9531.jpg
IMG_9542.jpg
IMG_9555.jpg
IMG_9570.jpg
IMG_9643.jpg
IMG_9668.jpg
IMG_9669.jpg
IMG_9677.jpg
IMG_9686.jpg
IMG_9705.jpg
IMG_9755.jpg
IMG_9763.jpg
IMG_9811.jpg
IMG_9820.jpg
IMG_9840.jpg
IMG_9846.jpg
IMG_9867.jpg

Cordillera Real and Sajama National Park - Bolivia

Location-of-the-study-area-a-Topographic-map-of-Bolivia-indicating-the-footprint-grey.jpg
Bolivia_0000_map_Cordillera_Real.jpg

Great thanks to the awesome: www.bolivianmountainguides.com.  I was very happy and impressed with their service and professionalism. 

 Photo by Eduardo from the Bolivian Mountain Guides

Photo by Eduardo from the Bolivian Mountain Guides

 Huayna Potosi and an old cemetery of miners

Huayna Potosi and an old cemetery of miners

 Basecamp for Pequeno Alpamayo and Condoriri

Basecamp for Pequeno Alpamayo and Condoriri

IMG_0759.jpg
IMG_6876.jpg
IMG_0924.jpg
IMG_7053.jpg
IMG_7061.jpg
IMG_0813.jpg
 Looking towards Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real from Peak Austria

Looking towards Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real from Peak Austria

IMG_0923.jpg
 The top pf Pico Austria

The top pf Pico Austria

 Huana Potosi

Huana Potosi

 Condoriri

Condoriri

 Condoriri 5,648m from Pico Austria 5,350 also known as the Matterhorn of Bolivia.

Condoriri 5,648m from Pico Austria 5,350 also known as the Matterhorn of Bolivia.

 Our team at BC

Our team at BC

 sunrise on the Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

sunrise on the Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

IMG_0950.jpg
IMG_0820.jpg
 Sunrise from Pequeno Alpamayo

Sunrise from Pequeno Alpamayo

 Pequeno Alpamayo - direct route

Pequeno Alpamayo - direct route

 The summit of Pequeno Alpamayo

The summit of Pequeno Alpamayo

 Summit of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,438m

Summit of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,438m

 Acohuma and Chachacomani from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

Acohuma and Chachacomani from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

 The large bulky mountain is Chachacomani 6,074m fromt the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

The large bulky mountain is Chachacomani 6,074m fromt the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

 Innominado 5,320m seen from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

Innominado 5,320m seen from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

 View of the Cordillera Real looking north from Pequeno Alpamayo.

View of the Cordillera Real looking north from Pequeno Alpamayo.

 Approaching the top!

Approaching the top!

 Gregorio and me on top

Gregorio and me on top

IMG_0866.jpg
 Huana Potosi

Huana Potosi

 Huana Potosi and Ilimani in the distance

Huana Potosi and Ilimani in the distance

 The summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

The summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

 Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m - a fine isolated peak

Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m - a fine isolated peak

IMG_0885.jpg
 En route to Sajama National Park

En route to Sajama National Park

 Volcan Sajama 6,520m

Volcan Sajama 6,520m

IMG_7346.jpg
 Sajama and interesting volcanic formations of the Altiplano

Sajama and interesting volcanic formations of the Altiplano

 Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade on the border between Bolivia and Chile

Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade on the border between Bolivia and Chile

 Sajama - the highest peak in Bolivia

Sajama - the highest peak in Bolivia

 Laguna Atla in Lauca National Park in Chile

Laguna Atla in Lauca National Park in Chile

 Volcan Sajama

Volcan Sajama

IMG_7140.jpg
 Sajama Village with Volcan Sajama in the background

Sajama Village with Volcan Sajama in the background

 Volcan Acotango from Sajama Village and the Bolivian Altiplano

Volcan Acotango from Sajama Village and the Bolivian Altiplano

 The base camp of Volcan Sajama at 4,800m

The base camp of Volcan Sajama at 4,800m

 The road to the trail head on Acotango. The road was built and is maintained by the government owned sulfur mine.

The road to the trail head on Acotango. The road was built and is maintained by the government owned sulfur mine.

 Volcan Sajama and sunrise on Acotango

Volcan Sajama and sunrise on Acotango

 Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade and Chungara Lake in Chile from Acotango

Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade and Chungara Lake in Chile from Acotango

IMG_1419.jpg
 Sajama from Acotango

Sajama from Acotango

IMG_1317.jpg
IMG_1386.jpg
 Volcan Acotango

Volcan Acotango

IMG_1056.jpg
 Sajama

Sajama

 The trail to the BC of Sajama.  I met Cholitas Escaladoras who were climbing Sajama.

The trail to the BC of Sajama. I met Cholitas Escaladoras who were climbing Sajama.

 Cholitas Escaladoras - Bolivian women mountaineers

Cholitas Escaladoras - Bolivian women mountaineers

 On the border of Chile and Bolivia - exploring the Sajama NP

On the border of Chile and Bolivia - exploring the Sajama NP

 Sajama NP

Sajama NP

 Sajama NP - great geothermal formations

Sajama NP - great geothermal formations

 Geothermal formation of the Sajama NP

Geothermal formation of the Sajama NP

 Sajama NP

Sajama NP

 Sajama NP

Sajama NP

 Volcan Sajama

Volcan Sajama

IMG_7115.jpg
 Bienvenidos a Bolivia!

Bienvenidos a Bolivia!

Bolivia - Tiwanaku and La Paz

The ancient ruins of Tiwanaku are  located in Bolivia, near Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of almost 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest urban centers ever constructed.  The city reached its peak between roughly A.D. 500 and A.D. 1000 and had at least 10,000 people living in it.  At this point only a small portion of the city has been excavated. 

Some remarkable artifacts have been discovered and examined at Tiahuanaco, not the least of which was a large monolithic Sun Gate which must have been an important part of the Kalasasaya, the chief temple of the ancient city. Its upper part is covered with an intricate sculpture that has been described as a calendar almost as long as the monolithic gateway. In fact, the Sun Gate has also been called the Calendar Gate. This calendar sculpture depicts a solar year, but not one that fits into the solar year as we know it.

 

IMG_E0692.jpg
IMG_0697.jpg
IMG_0698.jpg
IMG_0670.jpg
IMG_0655.jpg
IMG_0660.jpg
IMG_0667.jpg
IMG_0681.jpg
IMG_0685.jpg
IMG_0704.jpg
IMG_0709.jpg
IMG_0707.jpg
IMG_0713.jpg
IMG_1638.jpg
IMG_1640.jpg
IMG_1646.jpg
IMG_0574.jpg
IMG_0572.jpg
IMG_0961.jpg
IMG_0935.jpg
IMG_0943.jpg
IMG_1515.jpg
IMG_1520.jpg
IMG_1511.jpg
IMG_1513.jpg
IMG_1522.jpg
IMG_1580.jpg
IMG_1581.jpg
IMG_1585.jpg
IMG_1586.jpg
IMG_1590.jpg
IMG_1592.jpg
IMG_1606.jpg
IMG_1711.jpg
IMG_1712.jpg
IMG_1709.jpg
IMG_1649.jpg
IMG_0628.jpg
IMG_1739.jpg
IMG_1781.jpg
IMG_1788.jpg
IMG_1800.jpg
IMG_1801.jpg
IMG_1844.jpg
IMG_1881.jpg

Canada - Alberta

 Mt. Athabasca summit

Mt. Athabasca summit

 Mt. Robson

Mt. Robson

 Valley of 10 peaks

Valley of 10 peaks

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Mt. Lady McDonald and Canmore

Mt. Lady McDonald and Canmore

 Mt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

 Ha Ling, Canmore

Ha Ling, Canmore

 Mt. Nestor

Mt. Nestor

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

2011-08-05 at 13-16-44.jpg
 The basecamp for Mt. Joffre

The basecamp for Mt. Joffre

 Cirque Peak

Cirque Peak

 Wapta Icefield from Cirque Peak

Wapta Icefield from Cirque Peak

 Lake O'Hara from lower slopes of Mt. Huber

Lake O'Hara from lower slopes of Mt. Huber

 Mt. Huber

Mt. Huber

 View from Huber Victoria Col

View from Huber Victoria Col

 Basecamp for Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

Basecamp for Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Huber

Mt. Huber

 The summit of Mt. Victoria

The summit of Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Victoria summit ridge

Mt. Victoria summit ridge

 Lake Louise from the summit of Mt. Victoria

Lake Louise from the summit of Mt. Victoria

 Lake Oesa

Lake Oesa

 The summit of the Tower of Babel

The summit of the Tower of Babel

 Consolation Lakes

Consolation Lakes

 The Valley of 10 Peaks

The Valley of 10 Peaks

 Sentinel Pass

Sentinel Pass

 Kananaskis Country from the summit of Mt. Chester

Kananaskis Country from the summit of Mt. Chester

 Mt. Chester and Chester Lake area

Mt. Chester and Chester Lake area

 Lake Louise and Mt. Victoria

Lake Louise and Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Lefroy and the Death Trap glacier leading to the Abbot Hut

Mt. Lefroy and the Death Trap glacier leading to the Abbot Hut

 The summit of Mt. Joffre

The summit of Mt. Joffre

 Pink snow on the Wapta Icefield

Pink snow on the Wapta Icefield

 Wapita Icefield

Wapita Icefield

 The Iceline trail and the Yoho Valley from Mt. Rhonda

The Iceline trail and the Yoho Valley from Mt. Rhonda

 Wapita Icefield from Mt. Rhonda

Wapita Icefield from Mt. Rhonda

 Peyto Lake from Mt. Rhonda, small blue Peyto hut is visible below

Peyto Lake from Mt. Rhonda, small blue Peyto hut is visible below

 Mt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

 En route to Mt. Woolley

En route to Mt. Woolley

 The Twins Tower from the Woolley Shoulder

The Twins Tower from the Woolley Shoulder

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

2013-08-10 at 12-54-54.jpg
2013-08-10 at 13-54-53.jpg
2013-08-10 at 14-13-17.jpg
 Twins Tower and Mt. Columbia in the distance

Twins Tower and Mt. Columbia in the distance

 Mt. Little Alberta

Mt. Little Alberta

 Mt. Athabasca from Nigel Peak

Mt. Athabasca from Nigel Peak

 View to the north from Nigel Peak

View to the north from Nigel Peak

 Mt. Kitchener and Snowdme

Mt. Kitchener and Snowdme

 Mt. Andromeda and the Athabasca Glacier from Nigel Peak

Mt. Andromeda and the Athabasca Glacier from Nigel Peak

 The pass between Moraine Lake and Lake McArthur

The pass between Moraine Lake and Lake McArthur

IMG_2256.jpg
 At the Abbot Pass

At the Abbot Pass

 The Abbot Hut - Alpine Club of Canada

The Abbot Hut - Alpine Club of Canada

 Lake O'Hara from the slopes of Mt. Lefroy

Lake O'Hara from the slopes of Mt. Lefroy

 Mt. Lefroy

Mt. Lefroy

P1040860.jpg
P1040873.jpg
 Mt. Lefroy - the view of Mt. Victoria

Mt. Lefroy - the view of Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Victoria from Mt. Lefroy

Mt. Victoria from Mt. Lefroy

P1040910.jpg
 The Goodsirs from Mt. Lefroy

The Goodsirs from Mt. Lefroy

P1040916.jpg
P1040919.jpg
P1040922.jpg
 Mt. Athabasca and Mt. Andromeda

Mt. Athabasca and Mt. Andromeda

P1050276.jpg
P1050304.jpg
 Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

 Bow Lake from the Observation PEak

Bow Lake from the Observation PEak

 Ha Lin Peak in winter

Ha Lin Peak in winter

 Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

 Mt. Temple summit in early winter

Mt. Temple summit in early winter

IMG_5851.jpg
 Photo by Tyler Stalman

Photo by Tyler Stalman

 Photo by Tyler Stalman

Photo by Tyler Stalman

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 En route to the Abbot Hut

En route to the Abbot Hut

P1180106.jpg

The Grand Brazeau 

2013-09-15 at 11-27-37.jpg
IMG_2269.jpg
 Bow Lake from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

Bow Lake from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

P1200649.jpg
 Grizly Peak in the Kananaskis Country

Grizly Peak in the Kananaskis Country

IMG_5466.jpg
IMG_5414.jpg
IMG_5510-2.JPG
 Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake