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Mountains & Mountaineering

A view of Namgyal Palace in the backdrop of monsoon clouds looming in the sky, in Leh.

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In this aerial photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, vehicles and tents are seen at the base camp at the foot of the peak of Mount Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, in southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region. China sent scientists to climb Mount Everest while the world's highest peak is empty of commercial climbers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mountaineers Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik receive 'Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019' on International Women's Day from President Ram Nath Kovind as Union Minister Smriti Irani looks on, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Center in New Delhi. The Malik sisters became the first twin sister to conquer Mount Everest in 2013 and are holders of 6 Guinness World Record.

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Kaamya Karthikeyan, a class 7 student of Navy Children School from Mumbai became the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt Aconcagua at 6962 m, the highest peak in South America & outside of Asia. She unfurled the Indian tricolour there on Feb. 1, 2020. Aconcagua is a mountain in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range, in Mendoza Province, Argentina.

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A hiker plays his accordion with view of Wildlake and the Pizol glacier on the sideline of a commemoration for the 'dying' glacier of Pizol mountain, pictured in the background, in Wangs, Switzerland. Various organizations gathered to shine a light on climate change and melting glaciers.

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A climber stops to take pictures of clouds while climbing towards the summit of Mount Fuji to watch the sunrise in Japan.

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This photo released by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) shows Indian paramilitary personnel carry one among seven bodies believed to be from a missing team of international climbers after they were evacuated in helicopters from Himalayan mountain Nanda Devi and brought to Pithoragarh. Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran led three other Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian up Nanda Devi East. Contact was lost after a May 26 avalanche.

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A view of the Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East twin peak as seen from near Pindari Valley in the Bageshwar district, in this photo dated April 2005.

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NCC cadets carry the remains Indian mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh, who died while returning from the Mount Makalu summit, during his funeral, in Howrah.

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In this photo made on May 22, 2019, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest. About half a dozen climbers died on Everest last week most while descending from the congested summit during only a few windows of good weather each May.

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Indian climber Ameesha Chauhan who survived dangerous overcrowding on Mount Everest gets treatment at a hospital after she was rescued in Kathmandu. Seasoned mountaineers say the Nepal government’s failure to limit the number of climbers on Mount Everest has resulted in dangerous overcrowding and a greater number of deaths.

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In this file photo, Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, 48, waves as he arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

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Mountaineer Ramesh Roy greets his family members on reaching the airport in Kolkata.

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A helicopter carrying dead bodies of two Indian mountaineers arrives at Teaching hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Two mountaineers died on Nepal's famous Himalayan peaks, while another two climbers were missing, officials said.

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Kashmiri trekkers in Sonmarg area

Trekkers go past the Tarsar lake in Kashmir

The wreckage debris of a US-WWII warplane C-53 Skytrooper Dakota that crashed in 1946, pictured on the Gauli Glacier in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland. The hot temperatures of the last few weeks have made large parts of the machine visible.

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Adriano Boschetti, Head of Archaeological Service Bern, looks trought the wreckage debris of a US-WWII warplane C-53 Skytrooper Dakota that crashed in 1946, pictured on the Gauli Glacier in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland. The Dakota crash on the Gauli Glacier on 19 November 1946 was a turning point in alpine rescue and an international media event. The aircraft, coming from Austria bound for Italy, collided with the Gauli glacier in poor visibility. On board were four crewmembers and eight passengers; among the eight passengers were high-ranking officers of the U.S. armed forces with some of their relatives. Several people were injured, but there were no fatalities. Already in summer 2012, three young people had found the propeller of the Dakota on the Gauli Glacier. The hot temperatures of the last few weeks have made large parts of the machine visible.

A participant jumps above a water stream on the Tsanfleuron glacier approaching the finish line of the Glacier 3000 run above the alpine resort of Les Diablerets, Switzerland. The 26 kilometer-long course starts at 1050 meters above sea level in the village of Gstaad reaching a final altitude of 2950 meters on the "Glacier 3000" for a total elevation gain of 2015 meters along the course.

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Fans hike up Pulpit Rock where Paramount Pictures organised a special screening of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", in Forsand, Norway. The film's last sequences were shot at this location, where the makers recreated India's Kashmir.

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Lee Evans, of Brooksville, Maine, braces herself between granite walls while climbing The Great Chimney, a rock climbing route at Otter Cliffs at Acadia National Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Mark Warner, a guide with Acadia Mountain Guides, climbs Wonder Wall, a rock climbing route at ocean's edge at Otter Cliffs at Acadia National Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine.

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In this photo released by the Pakistani Inter Services Public Relations Department, a Pakistani soldier holds Russian climber Alexander Gukov, is rescued from Latok peak, near Attock, Pakistan. Pakistan's military says it rescued a Russian climber stranded on the treacherous peak after his fellow mountaineer fell to his death last week. An army statement says a helicopter plucked climber Gukov from Latok, at a height of 6,294 meters (20,650 feet) in a "daring rescue" in extreme weather, after six failed attempts.

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A worker gives the final touch of a glass walkway overlooking the French Pyrenee mountains at the Pic du Midi observatory in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France, before its inauguration by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Guided by farmers, a herd of cows climb the narrow trail from Adelboden to the high plateau at Engstligenalp for their summer stay, in Adelboden, Switzerland. Accompanied by experienced cowherds, around 500 cattle master the 600m altitude difference in a little over one hour.

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Noida-based mountaineer Arjun Vajpai poses for photos after summitting Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

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A local gaddi shepherd carries a rifle to protect the flock of goats and sheep from wild animals as he walks with others up a steep mountain pass in search of better grazing grounds in Dharmsala.

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A woman walks along Pereferica Avenue, past a street stall of popcorn, known as "pipocas," backdropped by the snow-capped Illimani Mountain, at sunset in La Paz, Bolivia. Illimani is part of the Cordillera Real in the Andes of South America.

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Competitors climb the Rosablanche peak during the 21st Glacier Patrol race in the mountains between Zermatt and Verbier, Switzerland. The Glacier Patrol race, organized by the Swiss Army, takes place from April 17 to 21.

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Competitors create light trails in front of the Matterhorn mountain when climbing at the start of the 21st Glacier Patrol race in Stafel outside the ski resort of Zermatt, Switzerland. The Glacier Patrol (Patrouille des Glaciers in French), organized by the Swiss Army, takes place from April 17 to 21. Highly-experienced hiker-skiers trek for over 53km (3994m ascent and 4090m descent) along the Haute Route along the Swiss-Italian border from Zermatt to Verbier.

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View from the gondola station "Trockener Steg", where the last mobile phone signal of the missing German businessman Karl-Erivan Haub, was detected, in Zermatt, Switzerland.

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A helicopter of Air Zermatt is flying towards the Matterhorn mountain covered in fog, in Zermatt, Switzerland. The rescue team was unable to proceed the rescue operations for the missing German businessman Karl-Erivan Haub, due to bad weather conditions. Authorities in Switzerland and Italy were searching in the last days for the German billionaire who has been missing in the Alps since April 7.

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A stand-up paddler makes her way on lake Staffelsee in front of the Alps in Uffing near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

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Clouds fill Tuckerman Ravine below Peter Arthur as he makes the final push to the summit of 6,288-foot Mount Washington near Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. "I saw the weather forecast and knew I had to take the day off from work," said Arthur, who drove 6.5 hours through the night from his home in Remsen, N.Y. A second nor'easter in as many weeks is expected to hit New England on Wednesday.

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Jesse Massucco, of Jackson, N.H. pauses to take in the view after climbing above the clouds on his way to the summit of Mount Washington, near Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Climbers on the northeast's highest peak were treated to a rare day of clear skies, mild temperatures and light winds.

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A Berber village, Tighanmin, is surrounded by snow covered mountains in the Middle Atlas, near Azilal, central Morocco.

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Children enjoy sledging after school on snow covered mountains in Tighanmin, a Middle Atlas village near Azilal, central Morocco..

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Pierre, a member of Team Arnicare, climbs an Ice Cascade during a night-time training session under a stary night near La Lecherette in the Hongrin region, in canton Vaud, Switzerland.

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Shoppers wait for customers in Parwan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A rescue helicopter and ground teams attempt to reach stranded climbers on Mount Hood in Oregon. Rescuers scrambled up Oregon's tallest peak after a climber fell several hundred feet and several others were stranded, authorities said.

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The sun sets behind the silhouettes of Wallberg Mountain near Rottach-Egern, southern Germany.

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Lava continues to cascade down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. Glowing red lava was rolling down the slopes of a Philippine volcano as authorities maintain a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.

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In this handout photo released by Indian Air Force (IAF) is seen a team of IAF mountaineers during ‘Mission Seven Summits’. A team of IAF mountaineers had successfully scaled highest peaks of seven different continents culminating with Mt Vinson in Antarctica.

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A view of the snow-capped Himalaya mountains seen from the top of Taradevi temple in Shimla after fresh winter snowfall at high altitudes of the Himalayan ranges.

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In this image released Nov. 10, 2017, Mammut Pro Team athlete Stephan Siegrist (SUI) scales the 6150m summit of the granite giant Cerro Kishtwar in Kashmir. Siegrist successfully made the climb with Julian Zanker (SUI) and Thomas Huber (GER) on October 14. Their goal was the previously unscaled central north-west face, a newly opened route they named "Har Har Mahadev", an expression from Hindu mythology.

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In this image released Nov. 10, 2017, Mammut Pro Team athlete Stephan Siegrist (SUI) scales the 6150m summit of the granite giant Cerro Kishtwar in Kashmir. Siegrist successfully made the climb with Julian Zanker (SUI) and Thomas Huber (GER) on October 14. Their goal was the previously unscaled central north-west face, a newly opened route they named "Har Har Mahadev", an expression from Hindu mythology.

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Children play at a beach with the Mount Agung volcano seen in the background during the sunset in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. More than 140,000 people have fled from the surrounds of Mount Agung since authorities raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level after a sudden increase in tremors. It last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people.

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IPS officer Aparna Kumar being welcomed on her arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi after summiting Mount Manasalu. Kumar, a UP Cadre IPS officer and mother of two, has become the first woman of the country to scale Mt Manaslu.

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People wait to pay their last respects to the mortal remains of mountaineer Ravi Kumar who lost his life while returning after scaling Mt Everest in Nepal recently, at his native village in Moradabad.

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A Nepalese runs with his national flag during a marathon to mark the first conquest of Mount Everest, at Lobuche, near Everest base camp, Nepal. Nepal's mountaineering community is celebrating the first conquest of Everest and a successful climbing season in which hundreds of climbers scaled the world's highest peak. Monday was the 64th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay.

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For Hillary and Tenzing, climbing Mt Everest was a feat; for Mallory it was an obs­ession. For Arunachal’s Anshu Jam­senpa, her fourth climb was done just to test herself. This is her top-of-the-world moment.

Anti-frost candles burn in a vineyard, in the middle of the Swiss Alps, in Saxon, Canton of Valais, Switzerland. Due to unusually low temperatures wine growers try to protect their grape shoots with anti-frost candles.

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Snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption as the Sicilian village of Pozzillo, Italy, is visible in foreground.

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Snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania, southern Italy.

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Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano spews lava during an eruption as the Sicilian town of Riposto, Italy is visible in foreground.

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Snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption, near the Sicilian town of Catania, southern Italy.

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An view from Ramdevara Betta (Mountain) where the iconic film Sholay's village Ramgadh was picturised, near Bengaluru. A Rs 7.5 crore proposal is on the anvil to establish "Sholay-the-3D Virtual Reality Village' at Ramdevra for cine lovers.

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A view of snow-covered upper reaches of Peer Panchal Range as pictured from Poonch, in Jammu and Kashmir

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Yong boys taking selfie in the back drop of snow clad peaks on the out skirts of Srinagar. A light rainfall was recorded in the plains while upper reaches of the valley witnessed fresh snow fall.

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‘In a thousand ages of the Gods, I could not tell thee of the glories of the Himalaya’

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Taylor VanAllen, 24, makes the FA, or First Across, on a high-line from the Wind Tower rock formation to the Bastille rock formation, 450 feet off the ground, in Boulder, Colorado. VanAllen, an athlete with Slackline Industries, recreated the Ivy Baldwin high line crossing of Eldorado Canyon in a benefit for trail building at the state park.

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Mountaineers of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) pose for group photograph after successfully climbing Mt. Kamet, 7756 mtrs, the third highest peak of the country, recently. 13 mountaineers embarked on this expedition, out of which 9 achieved the remarkable feat.

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In this file photo, Iranian female rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, scales a natural cliff in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran.

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This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, who leads the expedition in the film “Everest." The film debuts in IMAX/3D exclusively on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, and opens wider in theaters the following week.

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A fire burns on a mountain over the town of Neapoli, southern Greece. Firefighters were battling 49 fire fronts, mainly in southern Greece and near the Greek capital.

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Mountaineer Arjun Vajpayee with his parents at his home in Noida after being rescued from earthquake hit Nepal.

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A chopper delivers supplies for trekkers at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

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Mountaineer Bachendri Pal with a BSF officer at the BSF Camel Safari 2015 in Bikaner.

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The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of the book Born Again on the Mountain authoured by first female amputee to climb Mt Everest, Arunima Sinha in New Delhi.

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Video Grab: A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah members stand behind French mountaineer Herve Gourdel just before beheading him. In the video, the men pledge their allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before killing Gourdel, 55, who they abducted on Sunday, Sept. 21.

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For Pakistan Samina Baig on Mt Everest. She now has Mt Elbrus, Russia, on her sights.

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Ice, Ice Poorna and Anand on their visit to New Delhi

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Ice Queen Poorna poses during her summit attempt on Mt Everest

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with the 13 year old girl from Andhra pradesh Poorna, who became the youngest girl to climb the Mount Everest and Master Anand Kumar during their meeting at his residence in New Delhi

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Malavath Poorna, the 13-year-old daughter of poor farmer from Andhra Pradesh has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Poorna says she and a team of Nepalese climbing guides made it to the top on May 25 from the northern side in Tibet.

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Members of Nepal mountaineers association participate in a candle light vigil on the eve of the anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest as they remember the climbers who died in the April 18 avalanche in Katmandu, Nepal.

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A group of trekkers beside the Spanglung Serpa river

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A Changpa lady takes stock of her flock of pashmina goats

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Wild horses graze at Kyamar with the Zanskar range in the background

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Sunlight and shadow play on the surface of Tso Kar

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A mule train makes its way down to the wide waters of Tso Moriri

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Shepherds in Kabul

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In this file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday, April 18, 2014, along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least twelve Nepalese guides and leaving ten more missing, officials said.

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A starlit night over our camp in the Markha valley

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Our ponies approaching the top of the Kongmaru La (5,100 metres)

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Jigme, the daughter of the couple who run the Korphon homestay at Chokdo, chats with a member of the trekking group over a cup of tea in the kitchen

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The lake camp below Nimaling with the peak of Kang Yatse in the background

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An old man leads his donkeys from Hankar to pastures above the valley

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Hanif takes a snooze at our lunch stop after the tea tent in Tahungtze

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Ponies crossing one of many streams before reaching the Hankar campsite

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Barley ready for harvest in the fields below Markha gompa; the brief summer allows Ladakhis to grow just a single crop

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Evening at Hankar village

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Himalayan region: As seen by IRSP4 OCM With the band 568 combination, discriminating vegetation is easy. The band 5 strengthens the distinction between habitations and river bed and improves landcover separability.

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Mount Sinabung during an eruption in Beras Tepu, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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The beautiful spire of Stok Kangri as seen from Leh

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Expedition tents at the picturesque Base Camp

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Expedition guides put up prayer flags on the summit of Stok Kangri

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A trekker heads down to Stok village along the Stok Chu valley

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Trekkers make their way down to Stok village from Mankarmo along the Stok Chu valley.

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