Nepal - Robert Downie
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Nuptse Storm

Massive monsoon thunderheads stretch up to the stratosphere above the already lofty summit of Nuptse at 7861m (25,791 ft). The Himalya have a way of making one feel small and insignificant like nowhere else I have experienced. The mountains just seem impossibly high in the sky, the landscape impossibly big. The wall in front of me here climbs 2.8km (1.73mi) vertically from the valley floor. The shot is taken just before sunrise from Kala Pattar at 5545m (18192 ft). At 5500m you have exactly 50% of the oxygen available at sea level. Nuptse sits two km WSW of Mount Everest. Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, Nepalese Himalayas, Nepal. Taken with Fuji Velvia slide film.


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