Poon Hill is one of the most visited spots in Nepal. It's attraction lies in the wide vista of views of the stunning Annapurna mountain range all within an easy day or two hike (depending on your fitness and desire). For some, Poon Hill comes at the end of the epic 2 - 3 week Annapurna Circuit hike for others who are limited by time or desire to tackle what is truly one of the worlds greatest hikes it's a little teaser to what this part of the world offers.
For myself, visiting Poon Hill came at the tail end of the full Annapurna Circuit trek, one that features the worlds highest trekking pass at over 5,400m. Poon Hill was spectacular in the sense that it offered wonderful views of some of the mountains that i had recently been hiking around. What i didn't enjoy as much is that i went from seeing very few tourists for the majority of the trek to being saturated by them. The previous two and a half weeks i virtually had the mountains to myself except for the odd nomadic traveller and locals who called this harsh environment home.
Suddenly even getting up at 4.30am to make the hour hike to the summit before sunrise, im battling queues of day trekkers who have fresh legs and are full of enthusiasm to get a glimpse of what i have been experiencing for weeks.
Anway the views were spectacular even if i had to crop other photographers out of this shot. Feel free to download this high-res wide screen wallpaper if you wish to imagine you were there as well.
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Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the largest Stupas in the world. It's simply a must see for anyone in Kathmandu and attracts hoards of tourists and Nepalese every year. Located just 11km from the central Kathmandu it's location was a result of a popular trade route between Sankhu in Nepal and Tibet during the 1950's.
It's shear size is quite overwhelming and the thousands of colourful prayer flags that flow from each corner of the Stupa to the central point add to it's charm.
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Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.