Photgraphed on an early December morning in 2019. My alarm rang out in the cold dark night. It would have been easy to stay in my warm sleeping bag, but the excitement for the potential sights got me out of bed. A light dusting of snow had fallen overnight and it was well below -10°C / 14°F outside. I was suffering from a mild Acute Mountain Sickness from the cumulative ascent I'd seen the last few days. I trekked up a hill in the light from my headtorch and it wasn't until I reached to top that the coming blue hour started bringing light to the world, signalling the coming sunrice. The sights live with me even today. This image is a frozen moment of a journey that was as much physical as spiritual.
Gokyo Peak (to the right in the image) is a 5,357 m-high peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. The lake, Gokyo Cho has an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres), and has the village of Gokyo on its eastern shore.
The Gokyo Cho is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. The site is worshipped as the residing place of 'Nag Devata' (the Snake God).
Gokyo Cho Morning, 2019
Size: 60.96 cm x 182.88 cm (24'' x 72'')
Limited edition of 10 prints
Paper: Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
The prints are made with archival quality cotton papers and inks. All prints are sensitive to exposure to sun, humidity and other harmful elements. For greatest viewing experience and longevity, have the print professionally framed using archival methods.