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A Journey to Mount Everest

Thukla, Mount Everest, Nepal

The picture was taken by Hannah Sherman when she was in Nepal for a research trip this summer.

Hannah says, ” It was taken walking up to Thukla. This is a small stop where many trekkers have lunch on their way to Lobuche, where trekkers stay the night before going to Base Camp. We stopped here for a snack and as we were trekking up to the memorial, it started snowing. It was quite cold at this point – I was trekking in a down jacket and wind pants. We were ┬áreally getting close to Base Camp at this point, so we were all excited and the landscape continued to change as we gained elevation. We were well above tree line, so there is a starkness to the environment, but really quite beautiful and special. The prayer flags flying above are a common site along the entire trek – each individual piece of fabric has a prayer and as the wind blows, the prayers are believed to be carried through the wind onto the valley and the trekkers and Nepalese passing through. While it is incredible and so fortunate to have that experience, there is also the reality that this is also an unforgiving territory in many respects.”