Langtang National Park A gnarly old forest A gnarly old man, reliving the glory days by pointing out the climber's patch on his gortex pants Lunchtime in Syerpagaon A herd of yaks grazing on the rocks of a massive landslide in the Langtang Valley Ponies of Langtang, heading up the valley to deliver supplies to the higher villages Taking a look inside this house, there's a prayer wheel powered by the waterfall, so it spins constantly sending out blessings to the world Altitude Warning! This seems to be the Hill-Top Guest House . . . Tserko Ri, left, and a small Stupa near Kyanjin Gompa Jerry near Kyanjin Gompa The Langtang Glacier tumbles down into the Valley just north of Kyanjin Gompa, the last settlement The mischievous kids of the Dorje Bakery Kyanjin Gompa morning, after fresh snow The tallest mountain in the area, Langtang Lirung, left, seen from Kyanjin Gompa An icy morning start to a hike up the Langtang Valley to Langsisha Kharka Yak! Sudan loves snow . . . even though his home village is only 10 or 15 air miles from here, it's more than 10,000 ft lower, so it never snows The Upper Langtang Valley lit up with fresh morning snow Gangchempo, the Fluted Peak with snow pleats, center The challenging Ganja La Pass Sudan and the monster of Langshisa Ri . . . "Ri" means "hill" in Nepali, really Approaching the Black Widow of Kyanjin Gompa First steps up to the overlook of Kyanjin Ri, directly behind Kyanjin Gompa Naya Kanga, classified as a "trekker's peak", ie, a mountain that doesn't require huge amounts of technical mountaineering skills . . . it dominates the skyline to the south of Kyanjin Gompa Final upward traverse to the summit of Kyanjin Ri The summits of Tserko Ri, foreground, and Gangchempo, as seen from Kyanjin Ri The route up the Ganja La high pass, at the low spot in the ridge . . . the Ganja La leads to the Helambu town of Tarke Ghyang on a remote four day trek Kyanjin Ri Summit! Hanging prayer flags on the summit Quick stop to put on crampons/rope up to begin ascent of glacier on Yala Peak Jerry ice climbing Yala glacier near Kyanjin Gompa, Langtang Kul Sherpa, friend of a friend who showed us the way up Yala Peak . . . Gang Chempo in background is across the Langtang Valley Jerry and a snow cave high on Yala Peak The Yala Glacier shows the way to the summit of Yala Peak Tserko Ri, center right, from the lower slopes of the Ganja La Snowed out on the lower slopes of the Ganja La The Ganja La "trail" goes up the chute in the center The sun gains strength at high altitude . . . here above 15,000 ft, it completely melts the sunny side of the hill, while the other side has two or three feet with a mini cornice on top where the two meet Dendi Sherpa and his two speedy assistants, Wangchu and Pasang Ganja La High Camp w/ snow moving in just as I arrive Ganja La High Camp the next morning with a foot of new snow A couple of guides checking out the route on the Ganja La Tashi retreating from the Ganja La!