Monthly Archives: January 2014

Junbesi Nepal Monastery and Hoopoe Photos

In Junbesi, at the end of day 4 on a Jiri-Gokyo Everest view trek, a European couple who’d also stayed overnight in Goyom after trekking from Kinja asked their guide/porter to visit the main monastery.

Junbesi, Nepal, Photos

The guide/porter arranged a meeting with the lama, and a rainbow appeared behind him soon after he joined us.

Junbesi was the biggest community since Jiri, and many trekkers were staying two nights there.

Hoopoe Photo

I saw a colourful strange bird on the washing-line from the Apple Garden lodge and made it out to take the third from bottom photo.

I later found out it’s a hoopoe, and there’s a couple of zoomed photos at the end.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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Nepal Everest View Trek Photos

On the fourth day trekking from Jiri to Gokyo for Everest views, walking up to Lamjura La in the morning was enjoyable, with bright forest colours mixed with a fantastic view into the valley below. The sun had been out, but it clouded over entering the village.

Lamjura La to Junbesi Photos

Lamjura La is perched on a 3500 metres (10, 000 feet) peak, 2000 metres (6000 feet) above Kinja. After crossing the peak, adorned with Buddhist icons, the Taktor Khola valley led down to Junbesi. Here’s some photos:

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Nepal Everest View Trek Photos

After an easy second day on the Nepal Jiri-Gokyo trek the third day was as hard as it looked from Kinja, with a long steep climb the only way out of the village in our direction. In the morning, after the previous day’s cloud dissipated, snow-capped mountains were visible. Mule trains passed on the hike.

Kinja to Goyom Everest View Trek

The long incline levelled off entering Sete. After lunch there, the route led upwards again, when the other direction along the valley was flat!

The path was nicely tree-lined, but emerging from cover at Dakchau it was raining. The rain kept up, so a warm fireplace at Goyom was very inviting, and that was the end of the third day. Here’s some photos:

Nepal Himalayas Photos

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Bhandar, Nepal, Everest View Trek Photos

In the morning the mountain of the night before was visible. After breakfast at the friendly family-run lodge the second day was a mostly downhill trek to Kinja. The Buddhist monastery in photos 4 and 5 was in Bhandar. Sherpas carrying massive weights were always awe-inspiring.

Nepal Himalayas Jiri-Gokyo Photos

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Jiri – Gokyo Nepal Trek Shivalaya Photos

The first day of the 100-mile Jiri-Gokyo Everest views trek was a tough three mountains rollercoaster, with lots of steep inclines and declines; I think over the highest peak in the first photo: in the left hand corner as viewed.

Nepal Trek Shivalaya Photos

Shivalaya was reached around lunchtime, and the woman in the fourth photo provided a free tea. The day’s hike ended by torchlight in Bhandar after dark. There were lots of ‘namaste’ greetings along the way. Here’s some photos:

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Kathmandu and Jiri Nepal Photos

It was late September 2009 when I flew into Kathmandu, Nepal. I spent a couple of days in the city before heading down to Jiri to begin a week-long trek to Gokyo Ri for Everest views in the Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park. Here’s some photos from Kathmandu (first 4) and Jiri (last 3):

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Sintra and Faro – Leeds Portugal Photos

After my day in Sintra I left Lisbon and returned to Faro for my return flight to Leeds. I stayed another night in the Faro Lounge, which was nice and friendly, although busy and noisy as Portugal approached peak season. Here’s some more photos from Sintra, and my return flight. Next stop: Nepal in 2009.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Lisbon Sintra Photos

Here’s some more photos from Sintra, on my day out from Lisbon, that weren’t used in my TravelThruHistory Lisbon and Sintra article.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Lisbon Portugal Photos

Not all my Lisbon photos could be included in the TravelThruHistory article of course. Here’s a few from my first couple of days in the city and along the riverfront to Belem.

Lisbon Photos

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Lagos Algarve Photos on Lisbon Journey

I left the Good Feeling hostel for Lisbon, returning east along the Algarve by bus to catch a coach from Lagos. After Lagos, my time was documented in a TravelThruHistory Lisbon and Sintra article. Here’s some photos from my last night at the GF hostel and transit time in Lagos:

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).