Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Danuru Sherpa, friend and climbing partner, checks Facebook at at Camp 1 on Ama Dablam, in Nepal. The reception up here at 20,000 feet is amazing! Danuru has summited #Everest 16 times. He is one of the best of the best here in the #Khumbu (or anywhere for that matter). Follow @argonautphoto for more images from #AmaDablam, #Himalaya, #Nepal.
Photo by @ciriljazbec | I’m on a @natgeo assignment in Ladakh. The Indus River is one of the longest rivers in Asia. It originates in the Tibetan Plateau and later runs through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir in India. It continues to flow through Pakistan and finally merges into the Arabian Sea. Follow @ciriljazbec and see how I explore Ladakh. #Ladakh #India #Himalaya
Photo by @ciriljazbec | I’m on a @natgeo assignment in Ladakh. Mother Tsewang with her two-year-old son, Tsetan, are portrayed in the village of Takmachik. Known as the first eco-village of Ladakh, Takmachik is known for its authentic Ladakhi food and traditional culture. Follow @ciriljazbec and see how I explore Ladakh. #Ladakh #India #Himalaya
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Shivling Starlight: For billions of Hindus in India and beyond, this peak is more than just striking—it’s an extension of the divine. Lord Shiva allowed water to flow through locks of his hair as it fell from the sky to the earth, accumulating as the headwaters of the Ganges River (known to Indians as Ma Ganga, or Mother Ganga). Beginning at the foot of the Gangotri Glacier at 13,200 ft (4,023 m), the Ganges winds 1,500 miles through northern India, supplying water to 500 million people along the way. To learn more #followme @pedromcbride #india #himalaya #nature #starlight
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The view from Mount Everest down the Khumbu Icefall is spectacular, but changing— each year presents a different view. Climbing season on Everest is in full swing, but the Himalaya are experiencing another newsworthy event: Glaciers are shrinking, and experts predict that most of these will be gone by 2100 due to our changing climate. This doesn’t only affect the mountains and climbing, but has rippling consequences downstream, for freshwater and the economies that depend on it. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #Everest #Himalaya #changingclimate #Nepal
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A great hornbill tosses a fig into its beak in Royal Manas National Park, on the border of Bhutan and India. The great hornbill is one of the largest of the hornbill species. I spent weeks tracking these hornbills in late 2018, and saw them foraging on a wide variety of fruits, as well as small mammals, lizards, and even crabs they catch in the local river. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #ManasNationalPark #Himalaya
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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A Himalayan porcupine wanders past a camera trap positioned at an elevation of 3,000 meters in Bhutan. We set up a network of camera traps in Bhutan primarily to capture big cats, but we continue to be surprised by the huge diversity of animals that we’ve photographed, from red pandas to herds of Asian elephants. In collaboration with @uwicer, the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. With Joris van Alphen @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #Himalaya. Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | An endangered Gee’s golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) licks clay from her fingers in the Himalayan foothills. In 2017 and 2018, I spent months in Bhutan tracking and photographing these beautiful primates. I found they regularly visited an exposed clay cliff where they would eat handfuls of mineral-rich clay, which likely helps them to digest leaves and unripe fruits. The Gee’s golden langur is safe in Bhutan, but fewer than 6,500 individuals remain in the wild and it’s locally extinct across parts of its historic range. In collaboration with @uwicer, the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Misty Mountains: Fog settling over the Himalaya creates a beautiful landscape, but the scene it mirrors in northern India’s cities is less idyllic. Delhi’s geographic position worsens its smog problem, which is further spread by winds that pick up dust and sulphur dioxide particles and carry them across the country. Those pollutants then become trapped and accumulate over the northern plains. In the winter, smog levels are 40-80% higher when the winds drop off and are unable to blow air pollutants out of the region. Earlier this year, smog in Delhi reached emergency levels, sounding the alarm to address the unchecked development that has led to India claiming 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities. For more on development around the world, follow @pedromcbride. #pollution #India #Delhi #Himalaya