A sort of a change in plans...
Well, when I packed my bags and prepared my climbing gears, I was looking forward to climbing the Himalayas, or at least one peak...and not all due to time constraints and reasons.
However, when I reached Tibet, after struggling for quite a while to get a five-days pass, I got kind of ill, because of food, cold and wet climate, an amount of factors contributed to my feeling too lousy to climb. I managed to climb as high as 5,000m and took some wonderful images. I walked around Lhasa, again taking photos and enjoying Tibet as much as possible.
The next group was scheduled to leave on the 1st of October and return from the Ama Dablam on the 29th of October which kind of left me in the air taking into account that my return ticket is due on the 16th. The authorities advised me to join a group rather than exploring on my own and wait as there have been tremendous snowfalls in India and Tibet with one dead and 100 persons missing – details here . Not to mention demonstrations and conflicts at the borders.
I am well, safe and sound but as disappointed as I can be considering the situation. I had planned for one year to get there only to bury my plans under tons of paperwork, documents and unplanned illness. But all can be well when it ends well and there are always alternatives. So, I have decided to follow the course of my first passion, photography, and take advantage of the fact that I am about to visit and roam two very beautiful and picturesque countries, India and China. Hope to return at least loaded with tons of interesting images and adventures. I am positive that this will turn out according to my expectations as globe trotting with your camera can be the most wonderful experience for a photographer. I know most of you will agree, if not envy me :P, on this.
Photo credits: Alexey Bannykh.