Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal
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Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

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Night scene from Annarpurna Base Camp (ABC), Nepal

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A: Sunrise over Annapurna Base Camp

by Arroz Marisco, 240 meters away

The sun soon rises behind Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7755m) to cast a golden hue on everyt...

Sunrise over Annapurna Base Camp

B: Annapurna Base Camp at Noon

by Arroz Marisco, 350 meters away

Right in the heart of the Annapurna Range, the base camp is the perfect area to be besieged by mounta...

Annapurna Base Camp at Noon

C: Dawn over Annapurna Base Camp

by Arroz Marisco, 360 meters away

Deserted at this time in the morning the place exudes tranquility - and soon awe takes over when the ...

Dawn over Annapurna Base Camp

D: Annapurna Sanctuary Trail along Modi Khola

by Arroz Marisco, 3.4 km away

After the lodgings at Deorali, the trail opens up and follows along the course of the fast-flowing ri...

Annapurna Sanctuary Trail along Modi Khola

E: Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

by Justin Imhoff, 18.3 km away

The calm after the storm. Most evenings here in April it would storm and the following morning would ...

Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

F: Gangapurna Tal, Manang, Annapurna Conservation Area

by Arroz Marisco, 19.8 km away

The almost obligatory acclimatization stop at the village of Manang(3519m) for most trekkers on the A...

Gangapurna Tal, Manang,  Annapurna Conservation Area

G: Valley of Manang

by Arroz Marisco, 20.1 km away

The trail beyond Gangapurna view point follows naturally on the ledge of a much eroded cliff top befo...

Valley of Manang

H: The Plain of Bhraka

by Arroz Marisco, 21.0 km away

The valley opens up before manang into a vast  golden field. The small hamlet of Bhraka nested into t...

The Plain of Bhraka

I: The Arid Landscape on the Way to Manang

by Arroz Marisco, 23.0 km away

The Airport of Manang which I had just walked past here is in fact located at least an hour's walk fr...

The Arid Landscape on the Way to Manang

J: Sunrise at Poon Hill

by Arroz Marisco, 23.5 km away

At 3210m, Poon Hill would have qualified for a mountain elsewhere but not in Nepal where mountains ab...

Sunrise at Poon Hill

This panorama was taken in Nepal

This is an overview of Nepal

Nepal lies between India and China and it contains Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. The Himalayas here are pretty rugged terrain.

The first civilizations here date to 600 BC in the Kathmandu valley, where the capital is now located. According to Buddhist tenets, the Buddha was born here in 563 BC, incarnating as Prince Siddhartha Gautama and leading the world to enlightenment through liberation from suffering. Many small temples and shrines like this one exist for Buddhists to stop and offer prayers.

Early support of Buddhism gradually gave way to Hinduism and today Nepal is the world's only Hindu monarchy. The kingdom of Nepal was united in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who fled the Moghul invasions of India. Soon after that there was a period of conflict with the British East India Company leading to a treaty recognizing the independence of Nepal -- in 1923!

After WWII Nepal was ruled by monarchy but it arrived at the 1990's split by an official ban on political parties. Intense protest by the pro-democracy movement and the Maoist guerrilla Communist movement led to free elections in 1991, only to be followed by violence between the Nepalese government and Maoist guerillas.

Since the turn of the millennium there have been several important steps taken in the peace process, including a new Constitution for Nepal and a cease fire agreement with the rebels. A compromise government was achieved whereby a Maoist was elected prime minister without his taking control of the armed forces of the country.

At the time of this writing it has been one week since the compromise government has collapsed. We offer our hopes that the citizens and government of this beautiful country will come to a peaceful agreement soon.

Text by Steve Smith.

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