hike of a lifetime; great geology underfoot and high above

Annapurna II from Lower Pisang


potato fields surrounding the village of Upper Pisang


Prayer wheels and Annapurna II

mass flow deposits, Manang


Gangapurna Glacier, Manang


Tilicho Tal--world's highest lake


return toward Manang from Tilicho Tal


prayer flags above Manang



shrine at Muktinath


Kagbeni on the Kali Ghandaki; Mustang and Tibet upriver to right; Jomsom to left


bivalves in Mesozoic limestone, near Marpha

Kali Gandaki Valley near Kagbeni


Ammonites within concretions, Mesozoic black shale


Kali Gandaki near Larjung


world's deepest valley compared to Grand Canyon


Dhauligiri Ice Fall from Larjung


Erosion by rivers like the Marsyandi and Kali Gandaki allowed the High Himalaya

(right) to rise above the Tibetan Plateau (left).


The view from Poon Hill across the Kali Gandaki toward Dhauligiri

porter, guide, and local workers; near Manang