When I travel through unknown territories, I often have misconceptions about the place, some kind of biased impressions about landscapes and atmospheres, leading me to a certain disillusion. In order to adapt to novelty and its inherent photographic potential, I then have to go through a ‘mourning’ phase in which I break these misconceptions, opening my mind to a brand new universe. That’s actually what just happened to me in Ireland. Anchored deep inside my mind,
Previously Night is passing without a hitch. We have a quick breakfast and a paracetamol tablet around 4AM then leave the camp in total darkness. Today is The Day and excitement is felt. Everybody is tired but thinking that in a few hours we will be Up There gives us wings. Last climb: Thorong-La pass The climb is tough and carried out in absolute silence. I am cradled by the feeling of my quick but regular heartbeat
After the gorgeous Langtang trek, I kept thinking about a face to face with Himalayan summits again. A few days later I give a call to a new friend I just met, Dan: “What a coincidence, I planned to leave for the same place the exact same day!”. That’s how I am about to begin a whole new adventure, the Annapurna Circuit. And the adventure starts quick enough with a young lady particularly sensitive to
Beyond the spiritual aspect of Nepalese cities with their numerous temples and places of worship, I feel more and more tempted by the transcendental vision for which men dedicated their life, sometimes even sacrificing it. The carriers of this vision are recognized by their massive stature and bad character and called Himalayas. They have become the object of my desire. The trek starts from Saphru Bensi early in the morning. The first steps are the most difficult.
As well as most of Kathmandu inhabitants, Sujan likes to speak about his native village, Mallaj, "among the hills, over the city, between rivers, fields and mountains". So when he proposes me to visit his family I have no other choice but to accept. At this time, I am far from imagining what I will experience there … After many hours on the hazardous roads and bridges that lead us to Beni, the closest city, we