Saturday, March 26, 2016

Moods of Macchapuchhare

One the trekking trail near the village of Dhampus

The Fishtail Mountain of Nepal Macchapuchhare has not been climbed. Attempted in 1962 by a British team led by Jimmy Roberts,  the climbers failed to make the summit. Soon after the Nepal Government put the mountain "out of bounds" and no further expeditions were permitted.

I first saw the mountains of the Nepal Himalaya from the lawns of the Crystal Hotel in Pokhara. It was December 1978 and in the grey light of a chilly dawn with my first and new SLR camera, I attempted to take some photographs. The garden was full of red poinsettia blossoms but in the pre-dawn light they looked dark crimson, almost black. And then behind them in that half light, there was the Fishtail mountain, Machhapuchhare, her razor sharp ridges slicing the inky blue sky.  Next  to her impossibly high were the Annapurnas and to the west peeking over the lower hills was Dhaulagiri. I have seen variations of this Himalayan vision in different incarnations all through the years, and it never fails to arouse a feeling of awe and amazement each and every time.

This essay shows the some of the moods of this iconic mountain:

Winter sunset Pothana

Unexpected spring snowfall Annapurna Base Camp

Telephoto close up near Doban on the ABC trek

On the trail between Upper Sinuwa and Bamboo

Dusk Annapurna Base Camp

Moon rise Macchpaucchare base camp

For views like these join any of our Annapurna, Mustang, Poon Hill trek this year!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Kaule Prototype Project in Nuwakot District Nepal

As many of you know South Col Expeditions Earthquake Support  has been working with a dedicated team on building a prototype house in Kaule  village in Nuwakot district Nepal using eco friendly materials and local labour. The idea is to train the villagers in using local materials and techniques so that they can build their own houses in future.

The upto date  details of this project can be found at

Some recent photographs of the work going on in the village is below:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

South Col | International Womens Day

Happy International Womens Day to all our South Col Trekkers! May you climb from peak to peak and go from strength to strength!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Everest Trek | Peakfinder Screenshots 3 - The Gokyo Valley

In continuance of my Peakfinder series of identification of the peaks of the Everest region here are the Peakfinder screenshots from the Gokyo and Cho La pass. For other peakfinder maps of the Himalaya do visit

From Cho La pass looking east - Everest is marked but we did not see it

From Cho La pass looking south west

Looking north from Gokyo Ri

From Gokyo Ri looking south east

From Gokyo Ri looking west towards Rhenjo La pass

From Gokyo looking south

From Gokyo looking towards Cho Oyu and also Gokyo Ri summit
To visit the Everest region and Gokyo and see these peaks do join South Col Expeditions


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