Remembering

I’ve always enjoyed ancient places and civilizations, but there was something very different about this land of high passes. It felt eerily like coming home … to a place I’d never been before.

Entering a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh is like stepping back a thousand years in time. When I first heard of Zanskar Valley, I knew I had to go there. Two months later, looking down one of the main stairways at Stongday monastery in the remote Himalayan Valley, I suddenly had a clear image of myself, a very long time ago. I was wearing burgundy robes, happily bouncing down the steps. I sensed my profound contentment with that life. Before I could shake my head in disbelief, I was back in the present moment. I felt the truth of my experience; I had been down those same stairs before, a very long time ago.

Renjo La Pass, 4th Lake of Gokyo, Gokyo and Everest in the background.

Khumbu, Nepal

Renjo La Pass, 4th Lake of Gokyo, Gokyo and Everest in the background.

Khumbu, Nepal

Descending into Lundgren and remembering.

Khumbu, Nepal

Prayer covered boulder on the way to Nangpa La Pass.

Khumbu, Nepal

Tibetian writing on boulder. Om Mani Padr Om a mantra for Chenrezig.

Khumbu, Nepal

Budddha pictographs on mani wall stone.

Khumbu, Nepal

The Gateway, below Thame Gompa.

Khumbu, Nepal

Stupa near the Gateway, on the way to Tengbo Valley.

Khumbu, Nepal

Tengbo Valley Village.

Khumbu, Nepal

Thame Village near the Gompa.

Khumbu, Nepal

Tengbo Valley looking towards Thame.

Khumbu, Nepal

Tengbo Valley looking towards Tashi Lapsa and Rolwaling Valley.

Khumbu, Nepal

Prayer flags above Namche.

Khumbu, Nepal

New Years day flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then walking to the Kingdom of Mustang

Pokhara, Nepal

Entrance to the Kingdom of Mustang.

Mustang, Nepal

Chenrezig Statue.

Mustang, Nepal

View of the fields below at Jhong Gompa after a dusting of snow.

Mustang, Nepal

Stupa with yak horns.

Mustang, Nepal

Early morning view from Jhong Village after a dusting of snow.

Mustang, Nepal

Early morning view from Jhong Village after a dusting of snow.

Mustang, Nepal

Entance to the courtyard of Jhong Gompa.

Mustang, Nepal

View of the fields below at Jhong Gompa after a dusting of snow.

Mustang, Nepal

Sunset from Jhong Gompa, Kingdom of Mustang.

Mustang, Nepal

View of Dhaulagiri Peak, 8168 m. high returning to Jomsom.

Mustang, Nepal

Return flight to Pokhara.

Jomsom, Nepal

Life in Pokhara

Pokhara, Nepal

Gryphon protecting Nyatapole Temple in Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Bronze Buddha statue at a Gompa outside of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Guesthouse in Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu, Nepal

After Lunac,heading towards China and desolate.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Lunac.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Cutting a trail to Nangpa La Pass.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Camp at first light after a very long night.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Camp below Nangpa La Pass from very far away.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Footprints on the journey.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Dzos in their "corral" at camp. A hybrid of yak and domestic cattle.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Camp and Dzo at Lunac.

Nang pa La Pass, Nepal

Raven after snowstorm below Nangpala Pass near the border of China.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

Returninging to Thame.

Nangpa La Pass, Nepal

One night in Singati and then to Rolwaling Valley.

Singati, Nepal

Na Village at Sunset.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Heading towards Tashi Lapsa Pass and Tengbo Valley on the other side.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Tsho Rolpa, glacier and Tashi Lapsa Pass

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Omai Tsho, stupas and mountains on the border of China.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Ever changing ice formations along the trail.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Snow Leopard footprint heading leaving Na.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Flowers in the fields of Rolwaling Valley.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

More flowers along the trail nearing Peding.

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

Many crossings on the way to Lamabagar.

Lamabagar, Nepal

Stupa ceremony with life growing out of an older earthen stupa.

Bigu Gompa, Nepal

Bus stop on the way to Padum.

Zanskar, India

Bus full of Zanskaris.

Zanskar, India

View from the bus along the Suru River on the way to Padum.

Zanskar, India

Glacier and road leading down into Zanskar Valley.

Zanskar, India

Stupa consctuction along the road near Rangdum, Suru Valley

Zanskar, India

Entrance to Phuktahl Gompa

Zanskar, India

Phukthal Gompa.

Zanskar, India

Pune Gompa along the Suru River.

Zanskar, India

Early morning stillness at Ichar.

Zanskar, India

Stupas and homes in Ichar.

Zanskar, India

Zanzkar Valley near Padum.

Zanskar, India

View from the roof of Stongday Gompa.

Zanskar, India