Gandaki River, Annapurna
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Gandaki River, Annapurna

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The Gandaki River, also known as the Kali Gandaki and the Gandak, is a tributary of the Ganges River. It is one of the major rivers of Nepal and is notable for the deep gorge through which it flows and for a large hydroelectric facility.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Nepal


A: Sunrise at Poon Hill

di Arroz Marisco, 10.2 km di distanza

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

Sunrise at Poon Hill

B: Poon Hill Sunrise, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 10.4 km di distanza

At 3200m (10,500ft), Poon Hill lies in the foothills of the Annapurnas in the Himilayas. Whilst it is...

Poon Hill Sunrise, Annapurna

C: Road north from Ghasa, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 15.8 km di distanza

The Gandaki river flows southward through a steep gorge known as the Kali Gandaki Gorge, or Andha Gal...

Road north from Ghasa, Annapurna

D: Kalopani Suspension Bridge, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 16.1 km di distanza

The suspension bridge on the southern side of Kalopani, on the Annapurna Curcuit. The portion of the ...

Kalopani Suspension Bridge, Annapurna

E: Kalopani Village Path, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 17.1 km di distanza

Kalopani is situated nearly between the Daulagiri and Annapurna. Its one of the few places where you ...

Kalopani Village Path, Annapurna

F: Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 19.7 km di distanza

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

Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

G: Donkey Caravan, Gandaki Riverbed, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 20.9 km di distanza

Traversing the first section of the dried up Gandaki river, one of many regular donkey caravans comes...

Donkey Caravan, Gandaki Riverbed, Annapurna

H: Trek from Birethani to Ghandruk

di Justin Imhoff, 21.1 km di distanza

First day trekking on the Annapurna trail to Muktinath. Passed many other trekkers and small villages...

Trek from Birethani to Ghandruk

I: Kalopani Susupension Bridge No.2, Annapurna

di Justin Imhoff, 21.4 km di distanza

Heading north out of Kalopani and past the first section of the dried up Gandaki river bed, another s...

Kalopani Susupension Bridge No.2, Annapurna

J: Dawn over Annapurna Base Camp

di Arroz Marisco, 22.7 km di distanza

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

Dawn over Annapurna Base Camp

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Nepal

Questa è una vista generale di 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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