Friday, July 30, 2010
In late March 2010, we decided to make a quick trip to Darjeeling. My wife Paula had not been there for twelve years and I had made a brief visit in 2005. From Siliguri, w
Monday, July 26, 2010
Off limit to trekkers for many years and rigidly controlled by a permit system, few have made it to the north east base camp of Kangchendzonga. In the summer of 1987, supported by an Assam Rifles team who were climbing the peak, I reached the Green Lakes Base Camp in the Zemu Valley. The trek is around 8/9 days from Lachen (up and down) and has some stupendous views, rhododendrons and blue poppies, bharal grazing on the Green Lake plain and Siniolchu, that perfect mountain, visible from the Zemu glacier. The trek needs full support with tents, porters and food to be carried. It is on my agenda to take a South Col Expeditions team to Green Lakes soon!
Kangchendzonga as seen from the Green Lakes Base Camp in North Sikkim on the Zemu Glacier, May 1987
Friday, July 23, 2010
I spent around twelve years photographing in Sikkim and during this time I built up a very large collection of transparencies. Here are some of the photographs which were not published in the Sikkim book. Thanks to latest scanning technology they can be reproduced on the web. I hope to add some more of this work in the next few months.
|The monastery of Ralang in South Sikkim on Guru Padmasambhava's birthday|
|Prayers outside the Tsulakhang chapel on the day of the Queen Mother's funeral - March 1987|
|Women bathe at a hot spring near Legship in south Sikkim known as Tatopani|
Monday, July 19, 2010
One of the unusual rhododendrons found in the Sikkim Himalayas is Rhododendron cinnabarium. Unlike the other varieties of the rhododendron, cinnabarium has bell shaped flowers opening downwards. This was photograph was taken in the month of June near the village of Thangu.
Monday, July 12, 2010
My book on Sikkim which is in it's third reprint in now available on-line with quick delivery times. Flipkart an on line book store which I use quite often has stocks of the book. The link is given below:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Indiahikes, a trekking company which runs guided treks in the Garhwal Himalayas has posted the sad news of the death of one of it's trekkers on 3rd July 2010 at Bedni Bugyal, a high altitude meadow on the trail to Rupkund. I am reproducing their post below and my views below this: