Dhaulagiri Range Views from Khopra Ridge, Annapurna, Nepal

Views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Region, Nepal

Dhaulagiri Range Views from Khopra Ridge, Annapurna, Nepal

Hiking in the Annapurna Dhaulagiri region of Nepal is truly spectacular!

This image was taken up on Khopra Ridge where there’s a simple lodge sitting on a finger of land surrounded by a deep gorge.   Ahead is the magnificent Dhaulagiri range, while to the right is the stunning Annapurna South (just out of the picture).

Had an awesome 10 days hiking in the area, with lots of scrambling and shuffling along what felt like goat tracks on the sides of mountains.   There was also a few hairy moments when we were charged by yaks.

All in all, an incredible experience 🙂

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou is spectacular Chinese alpine scenery, a world heritage site and world biosphere protected area in mountainous northern Sichuan province, China.    The picturesque mountainous landscape is peppered with brilliantly coloured lakes and waterfallls ensconced among dense, verdant forests.

I was totally blown away by this place when I first visited in 1997.   It was early October and the magnificence of fall was in full swing. The trees were all shades of crimson, orange and yellow contrasting beautifully against the jewel coloured lakes.

The images you see here were taken when I returned at the end of May 2002 and were shot using the gorgeous Fuji Velvia slide film.   The impossibly green forests and brilliantly coloured, sparkling water that you see in the images is in my mind exactly how it looked – simply stunning!!!