Helambu Culture Trail
11 days | Nov 2013
Rather unexpectedly, one of the most important positive points from the trek was a spiritual element. This is not easy to explain. As instances, twice I found myself staring at superb views and doing so for much longer than I would do normally. My thoughts were centred around the awe these inspired. I was asking myself why these particular landscapes generated such thoughts. It was not just the magnificence of the scenery but my interaction with it. I could not answer as to why such a vista made that impression when, for instance, a view of a different valley, or Pashupatinath (which I really enjoyed) did not. I am not in the least concerned that no answer was forthcoming; the value came from the opportunity to sit and reflect which I could not have done other than in those settings. The photo attached was taken just after dawn at Thadepati. It was most certainly not taken to try to picture these thoughts but, on viewing my pictures at home, I realised that it came a little towards putting those reflections into a picture.