Thame Valley

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Kaji Sherpa on the trail to Thame w/ the sacred, and unclimbed, Khumbi La mountain looming 7,000 ft above Kaji Sherpa on the trail to Thame w/ the sacred, and unclimbed, Khumbi La mountain looming 7,000 ft above The black mountain in the foreground is Sumdur Peak, rising above the Thame monastery . . . it's a long, adventurous day hike from Thame The black mountain in the foreground is Sumdur Peak, rising above the Thame monastery . . . it's a long, adventurous day hike from Thame The view up towards Lawudo Gompa, sister monastery of Kopan in the Kathmandu Valley The view up towards Lawudo Gompa, sister monastery of Kopan in the Kathmandu Valley Dawa Sherpa, an old family friend working in the high luxury lodge at Mende . . . Jerry's wife, Mary Ellen, first met Dawa's family in 1992 Dawa Sherpa, an old family friend working in the high luxury lodge at Mende . . . Jerry's wife, Mary Ellen, first met Dawa's family in 1992 Dawa giving a kata blessing to Jerry, a traditional sendoff Dawa giving a kata blessing to Jerry, a traditional sendoff Lawudo Gompa is getting ready for a major construction project Lawudo Gompa is getting ready for a major construction project Kaji Sherpa and Pemba Tensing, the lama of Lawudo Kaji Sherpa and Pemba Tensing, the lama of Lawudo Pemba Tenzing blessing prayer flags that will later be strung across high points Pemba Tenzing blessing prayer flags that will later be strung across high points Pemba Tenzing and the blessing of the prayer flags overseen by the Dalai Lama Pemba Tenzing and the blessing of the prayer flags overseen by the  Dalai Lama The library of Lawudo Gompa with a grand view! The library of Lawudo Gompa with a grand view! Entrance to Lawudo Gompa's meditation cave Entrance to Lawudo Gompa's meditation cave Inside the meditation cave . . . many high lamas have spent months or years here in solitude Inside the meditation cave . . . many high lamas have spent months or years here in solitude Just a few of Lawudo Gompa's many Buddha statues Just a few of Lawudo Gompa's many Buddha statues Everything's high in this picture Everything's high in this picture Pemba Tenzing lending a hand across a landslide near the monastery Pemba Tenzing lending a hand across a landslide near the monastery Kaji & Pemba Kaji & Pemba Pemba showing his sure footing on the landslide Pemba showing his sure footing on the landslide Buddhist paintings enroute to Thame Buddhist paintings enroute to Thame The village of Thame after a dusting of fresh, overnight snow The village of Thame after a dusting of fresh, overnight snow Thame, on a bright and sunny morning after snowfall . . . Thame is home to a disproportionate number of Everest superstars Thame, on a bright and sunny morning after snowfall . . . Thame is home to a disproportionate number of Everest superstars Taking rest by the monument on the steep hill to the Thame Monastery Taking rest by the monument on the steep hill to the Thame Monastery Kaji trekking to the Thame Monastery Kaji trekking to the Thame Monastery The hanging village surrounding the Thame Monastery The hanging village surrounding the Thame Monastery The twin peaks of Kangtega & Tham Serku The twin peaks of Kangtega & Tham Serku Thame Monastery and its courtyard Thame Monastery and its courtyard Kaji Sherpa watching the backpacks at Thame Monastery Kaji Sherpa watching the backpacks at Thame Monastery Kangtega Kangtega A monk finishing off his morning rituals . . . high points are sacred to Tibetan Buddhists A monk finishing off his morning rituals . . . high points are sacred to Tibetan Buddhists Thame Monastery Thame Monastery Jagged Kyashar Himal! Jagged Kyashar Himal! The village of Thame, half an hour below the Monastery . . . the pond in the upper right is part of the very successful Thame micro-hydro power project which has supplied the Thame Valley with reliable electricity for many years The village of Thame, half an hour below the Monastery . . . the pond in the upper right is part of the very successful Thame micro-hydro power project which has supplied the Thame Valley with reliable electricity for many years Snowy peaks and mountain meadows above Thame Snowy peaks and mountain meadows above Thame The twin peaks of Kangtega & Thamserku, each with its own set of multiple summits The twin peaks of Kangtega & Thamserku, each with its own set of multiple summits A chorten between mountains A chorten between mountains A mini stupa along the trail above Thame A mini stupa along the trail above Thame The caretakers of one of the monasteries high above the Thame Valley The caretakers of one of the monasteries high above the Thame Valley A porter on the isolated trail north of Thame A porter on the isolated trail north of Thame Looking northward and upward through the Thame Valley Looking northward and upward through the Thame Valley Angry clouds showing the way into Tibet, upvalley on right Angry clouds showing the way into Tibet, upvalley on right Walking up the Thame Valley towards the high trading route with Tibet, the Nangpa La Pass Walking up the Thame Valley towards the high trading route with Tibet, the Nangpa La Pass
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