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.
As one of China’s 4 sacred Buddhist peaks, Wutaishan is actually a collection of five peaks or plateaus that is home to in excess of 50 temples and monasteries.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, Wutaishan is a great place to explore for a couple of days.
One of the things that stood out for me here was the level of decorative elements in the brass-work and exterior paintings/murals. Both symbolic and intricate, they really set some of the temples here apart from the many, many others I have visited in China.