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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Amonite fossils, or Shaligrams
Amonite fossils, or Shaligrams
The Ammonite fossils seen in this picture are called Shaligrams by Hindus in Nepal. These Shaligrams are worshiped by Hindus as an embodiment of Vishnu, the god of protection. Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals of the subclass Ammonoidea...
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Annapurna mountain peak
Annapurna mountain peak
Snow-clad Annapurna peak jutting out from the clouds. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalayas.
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Annapurna peaks
Annapurna peaks
One of the Annapurna peaks seen from Poon Hill. Annapurṇā is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food," but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an incarnation...
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Asia 1892
Asia 1892
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At the summit of Mount Everest
At the summit of Mount Everest
Dawn is breaking as Ciprian “Chip” Popoviciu stands on the snow capped summit of Mount Everest at 29,029ft. Prayer flags are draped in the snow given by climbers in thanks for reaching the summit. Chip is wearing the headlamp he used to climb through the...
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Atop Mount Everest
Atop Mount Everest
Ciprian “Chip” Popoviciu stands atop Mount Everest holding the flag designed for this expedition by the Martin GT Magnet Middle School students. Spread out on the snow in front of him are colorful Buddhist prayer flags offered by climbers in thanks for...
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Avalanche near base camp
Avalanche near base camp
Avalanches are frequent near the Everest Base Camp. This photograph shows an avalanche roaring down a mountainside close to the edge of the sprawling camp. Tents are positioned away from the potential path of avalanches, however the larger ones dust some of...
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A bamboo pot used to churn butter 'tea' in western mountain, Nepal
A bamboo pot used to churn butter 'tea' in western mountain, Nepal
In Tukche, Nepal, a bamboo and brass pot used to churn butter tea. Butter tea is a traditional Tibetan drink in the high mountains in Nepal. Butter tea is made from strong black tea churned with fresh butter and salt.
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Banana tree
Banana tree
A banana with fruit and a dark red flower at the end of the stem of the bunch. The fruit of the banana tree can be cut early or allowed to ripen on the tree. In Nepal the fruit is eaten raw and cooked, and the flower is eaten either pickled or cooked as vegetable....
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Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Trails snake through the flood plains of the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal. The Kali Gandaki is one of the major rivers of Nepal originating in the northern Himalayas and flowing down south through mountain gorges before landing in the plains and joining...
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Birethanti, Nepal
Birethanti, Nepal
Birethanti, both a town and a bazaar in Nepal, lies across the bridge at a foothill. This bazaar is an important point along the trekking route that runs from Pokhara towards the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre base camps and further towards the town of Jomsom....
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Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Brightly colored banners hang on a wall behind the Rinpoche Lama in the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal. The Lama is seated with his legs crossed on a platform covered with a colorful cloth decorated with red and blue flowers. He is wearing the traditional dress...
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Bridge to Birethanti
Bridge to Birethanti
Tourist crossing the suspension bridge into the bazaar at Birethanti. The bazaar is a center of trade and commerce in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
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Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
A buffalo rests on a river bank beneath Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna region of western Nepal. Buffalo provide milk and meat, and are used for plowing farmland. On the far side of the river we can see the terraced fields that are often found in the mountain...
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Buffaloes at the water collection tank
Buffaloes at the water collection tank
Buffalo wallow in a hillside tank while three young children look after them. Water is a very precious resource in the mountains and people harvest it by building collection tanks such as this one. These tanks are often community-owned and villagers contribute...
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Burros carrying goods
Burros carrying goods
In the mountains of Nepal pack animals such as these burros are used to carry goods down the rocky trails. While animals are still the major means of transporting goods across the mountains of Nepal, air-based transportation and road networks have significantly...
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Burros in Nepal
Burros in Nepal
Burros carrying goods down pathways once used as routes for the salt trade that crossed the mountains into Tibet. Today, the people who live in these mountains use salt imported from India. Although salt is no longer transported along these routes, they are...
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Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice terraces in a mountain valley near Phewa Lake, Pokhara in western Nepal. These terraces are an important feature of mountain agriculture in Nepal. They are carved into rice fields over generations.
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Child and pottery in Nepal
Child and pottery in Nepal
In Nepal, a child sits on a stoop near a number of clay pots.
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