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Shangboche Airstrip

This is one of my favourite photographs from Nepal and I"m not so sure why but it is. This was taken at what may be the highest altitude airstrip in the world (although I'm not certain but it is the highest in Nepal). We happened to be trekking by when we saw a helocopter coming in with supplies for an Everest expedition. This is the highest safest landing point before reaching everest -- another few days treck upwards.

Shyangboche airstrip sits at 3750m or 12300ft above sea level. Everest base-camp is at 17600ft above sea level. This gives you a good sense of scale since the camp is in a valley at the base of the mountain -- you're already that is in a valley at the bottom of the mountain. (No, I didn't do the climb up Everest! lol)

In Perspective the highest Rocky Mountain is Mount Robson which has its PEAK at 13000 ft. I climbed to 18,200ft.

Shot on 35mm with no Photoshop Tweaks -- all done in the nikon scan software.

Shangboche Airstrip

This is one of my favourite photographs from Nepal and I"m not so sure why but it is. This was taken at what may be the highest altitude airstrip in the world (although I'm not certain but it is the highest in Nepal). We happened to be trekking by when we saw a helocopter coming in with supplies for an Everest expedition. This is the highest safest landing point before reaching everest -- another few days treck upwards.

Shyangboche airstrip sits at 3750m or 12300ft above sea level. Everest base-camp is at 17600ft above sea level. This gives you a good sense of scale since the camp is in a valley at the base of the mountain -- you're already that is in a valley at the bottom of the mountain. (No, I didn't do the climb up Everest! lol)

In Perspective the highest Rocky Mountain is Mount Robson which has its PEAK at 13000 ft. I climbed to 18,200ft.

Shot on 35mm with no Photoshop Tweaks -- all done in the nikon scan software.

comments (5)

  • Visual Vault
  • 12300ft! that's one hell of a first step...
  • 26 Mar 2007, 19:36
That's cool... Someone took the time to build an airstrip way the hell up there.. smile Very nice shot too, just watch that first step...

-VV-
WOW, very interesting picture indeed, some how this place looks a bit crowded! But all this small figures give a sense of scale to overwhelming mountains...
  • Ellie
  • 26 Mar 2007, 22:24
Wow! I know why it's your favourite picture. It's because it shows how big everything is, compared to people. What a magnificent sight it is.
  • Mia
  • 28 Mar 2007, 06:29
I'll echo all their comments. It's no doubt it's a favorite of yours smile It's a scene you might see from a photojournalist in that region
This is an amazing shot. I have dreamed about going to Nepal for so long, and this just causes me to dream more. Photojournalism at its best!

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