Friday, October 21, 2016

Mustang & Lo Manthang Trek | Peakfinder Screenshots

Evening Ghar Gompa
South Col Expeditions trekked to Mustang and Lo  Manthang for the second successive year. In 2015 the South Col team had just come out of the monasteries of Lo Manthang and entered a painters studio when the Nepal earthquake struck. This September 2016 there were no mishaps and the team made the trek without any problems.

These Peakfinder screen shots identify the mountains from different locations on the trek

Pokhara - from the south side of the Annapurnas

Jomsom View

Kagbeni entrance of Mustang

Yamdo La view above Shyanmochen

The view from the Choser Caves north of Lo Manthang

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Langtang Valley Trek | Lodges Reopen after the Earthquake

The Langtang trek has re- opened after the earthquake and the villagers are happy to welcome tourists once again despite the scaling down of facilities due to the devasation in April 2015. The report below gives the list of lodges which are available:

Plenty of lodges available many with wifi, hot showers, attached bathrooms.

Both lodges in Rimche are functioning.

Lama Hotel
All the five lodges are functioning here.

Riverside and Woodlands
Both these locations after Lama Hotel had one lodge each and both the two lodges are functioning.

Ghora Tabela
This used to be a popular lunch stop - one hotel is available for lunch.

Two lodges are running here  - some others are under construction

Gumba before Langtang village
Two lodges have been rebuilt here - two more are in progress.

Langtang Village
Six lodges have been completed. Another four are under progress and will be done soon.

Mundu Village
Two lodges have been rebuilt

Nepali Hard Rock Cafe after Mundu Village
The tea shop is functioning.

Kyanjin Gompa
This was least affected in the earthquake and most of the lodges there are functioning. This is now the biggest settlement in the Langtang valley.

For more links on Langtang after the earthquake please do visit

Do return to the  Langtang valley once again and help to rehabilitate the villagers post earthquake.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Likir to Temisgam | The Sham Trek in Ladakh

Harvesting mustard in Hemis Shukpachen
You won’t find an easier trek than this in Ladakh. The passes are all below 4,000m, and the distances between places are relatively short. Plus, there is the added bonus of the Himalayan Homestays offering accommodation in village homes, which means you don’t have to lug tents and equipment all the way.

The Sham area of Ladakh is quite dry and hot and although you can trek this route anytime from the beginning to end of Ladakh’s tourist season (late May-late September), When I trekked this route around ten years ago , the link road from Likir to Temisgam was just being built. Today, it is a full-fledged ‘pucca’ road, albeit with little traffic. So much of the journey can be done comfortably following the road all the way.


Young lamas at morning prayers at school in Likir Monastery
 We will drive in the morning to Likir from Leh ( 90 min). After visiting  the Likir monastery we will start our trek. Although the distance today is short, the route is hot, without any shade or water and you must traverse two passes, so start early with water bottles filled. For Ladakh, these passes are low, but do not underestimate them. From Likir,, take the road heading west up to Phoebe La (3,580m). The climb is gentle and you will top the pass in an hour. From the pass, you can scramble down the short-cut tracks and meet up with the road below, avoiding the longer loops of the jeep road.
 The road continues west to Sumdo, a small settlement where you can stop for tea. Just before Sumdo, you will need to cross the stream over a bridge. From Sumdo, follow the main road that climbs steadily upwards, winding its way to the west for a little over an hour. From Chagatse La it is another 30 mins down. The village of Yangthang (3,630m) is on your left through the fields.. If you reach early and have the energy, check out the Ridzong Monastery, which lies about an hour south of Yangthang. This quiet, secluded gompa is over a hundred years old and nestles in a narrow gorge.


Descending from the pass of Tsermangchen La
 Today is an easy walk despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. From Yangthang Village, head back through the fields onto the road that brought you here and turn left, or west. The road heads north, descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchen La (3,750m). Take a break at the pass before heading down to Hemis Shukpachen. The village, named after the grove of cedars (shukpa in Ladakhi) is one of Ladakh’s prettiest. There are plenty of sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that add the much needed dash of green to the otherwise desolate, rocky mountains. 


Chortens and statues at Hemis Shukpachen
The car from Leh will come around 11 am to pick us up and we will be back in Leh by lunch time.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Ladakh | After Dusk

Campsite on the first day of the Phyang to Hundar trek

Over the past few years in Ladakh,   I have been shooting a number of locations after dusk mostly using my tripod and sometimes with long time exposure. This post showcases some of the "after dusk" images.

Star trails over Mount Kangyatse

The Stok Kangri range and Leh town at dusk

Moonlight at Hanker on the Markha valley trek

Lamayuru monastery

The tea tents and campsite of Nimaling

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time | Launch Kathmandu

The book launch of Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time will be held at Dwarikas Hotel in Kathmandu on 18th September 2016. Here is a preview from Times of India September 14th 2016.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Apple Iphone 7 and 7plus | New Camera

Image result for iphone 7 and 7s images

One of the most interesting feature for photographers is the introduction of two cameras on the new Iphone 7 plus launched last evening.

Other than the standard camera with the 28 mm F 1.8 wide angle lens, Apple has also introduced a second camera with a  short telephoto lens 56 mm which would be useful for portraits, throwing the background out of focus etc.

Despite the fact that phone cameras would usually lag behind their larger counterparts there is a lot to recommend in Apple's new offerings.

The sensor is now 12 MP with an intelligent image processor - there is also RAW capability using Adobe's DNG format which can be processed in Lightroom. The camera is also capable of 4K video recording.

Other plus points are extended battery life which has always been an issue with Iphones as compared to the competition.

It would be interesting to see how many users upgrade to the 7plus - I am sure many photographers will be interested.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time | Book Launch Kathmandu

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that my  new book Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time with Text by Lisa Choegyal, Drawings by Paula Sengupta and a Foreword by Reinhold Messner will be launched in Kathmandu on Sunday September 18th 2016 at the  historic Dwarikas Hotel at 4 pm.
I would be delighted if some of you who are in Kathmandu could attend the launch. Lisa, Paula and I would be present. I would be making a short 20 minute presentation on the book.

Some of the recommendations of our book  are below:

Sympathetically capturing the majestic scenery and evolving lifestyles of Nepal's mountain landscape, I applaud Sujoy Das’ extraordinary images in this glorious celebration of its resilient inhabitants. Lisa Choegyal’s text and captions add context and a personal perspective of how tourism has contributed to the country that is so much part of my life.’
Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL, British mountaineer, writer and philanthropist

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the mountains of Nepal. Sujoy Das' arresting black and white images capture the essence of my country and its people. Moreover Lisa Choegyal, who has long been involved with conservation and tourism development in Nepal, vibrantly describes how the country that we hold so dear first opened its door to visitors.’
Dr Hemanta R Mishra, Nepali ecologist, wildlife biologist and conservation leader

This captivating book by Sujoy Das and Lisa Choegyal brought back memories of my fifty five years savouring the beautiful mountains and people of Nepal.’ 
Captain M.S. Kohli, Indian mountaineer and author

Some of the photographs from the book are below: 

Ama Dablam from Pangboche at dusk

The large mani wall above Namche Bazaar

The stupa at Bodhnath 

A monastery courtyard in Kagbeni

Mingma Chopel Gurung, a resident of Nar village

Annapurna II and Gangapurna from Ngawal on the Annapurna Circuit
The details of the book is given below:

Photographs by Sujoy Das Text by Lisa Choegyal
Foreword by Reinhold Messner
Published by VAJRA BOOKS, Kathmandu, Nepal.
ISBN NO 978-9937-623-57-5

Available at 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ladakh Flora II

Many people assume that since Ladakh is a barren cold desert nothing grows there. However, if you do visit Ladakh during the summer months and trek in the mountains you will be greeted with a  variety of wild flowers of different colours and textures. This is the second post in the series of Ladakh flora. The first post can  be found at

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