The last rays of the sun kiss the face of Annapurna South.
The walk from Machapuchare to Annapurna Base Camp had spectacular mountain views in all directions, but I spent a lot of time looking at the ground. An early morning start meant that much of the trail vegetation remained shady and frosty. There’s a surprising amount of flora at this elevation.
This long suspension bridge is used not only by trekkers but also mules carrying goods between villages. If you see mules getting on the bridge it’s best to get out of the way!
I woke up one morning to find these lovely clouds developing around the dual peaks of Machapuchare (“Fishtail Mountain”).
A trail of stone steps divides terraced fields of millet and rice. I lost count of how many steps there were, but yeah, there were a lot. All shapes and sizes, too.
Yes, it’s hard to keep one’s eyes off the mountains when trekking in the Annapurna Himal. But it would be a shame to ignore the lush vegetation in the valleys, where verything seemed to be growing on everything. This density and complexity was a fantastic contrast to the austere geometric beauty of the mountains. I loved experiencing and photographing it all.
Morning sidelight illuminates the long and lovely textures of this Himalayan giant, which appears to be clothed in white silk.