Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna III East Ridge
       
     
Annapurna South West Ridge
       
     
Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South
       
     
Machapuchare
       
     
Annapurna South
       
     
Dhaulagiri
       
     
Kopra Ridge
       
     
Kopra Ridge
       
     
Swanta
       
     
Upper Phulbari
       
     
Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil
       
     
Ghibrang
       
     
Ghibrang
       
     
Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South

Day 1. Evening. Landruk (1640m).

As we arrived at our campsite in Landruk, clouds obscured the views of Annapurna South, until a small break arrived.

Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South

Day 2. Sunrise. Landruk (1640m).

First light hitting the summit of Annapurna South, as viewed from our campsite in Landruk. I was a wee bit excited when I poked my head out of the tent that morning. My first view of a 7000m mountain!

Annapurna III East Ridge
       
     
Annapurna III East Ridge

Day 3. Afternoon. Tadapani (2650m).

Arriving in Tadapani, the clouds suddenly gave way and let some incredible light through. This is the prominent spiky east ridge of Annapurna III as the light did some funky things with the storm clouds.

Annapurna South West Ridge
       
     
Annapurna South West Ridge

Day 3. Afternoon. Tadapani (2650m).

I tried to focus on interesting aspects of Annapurna South, particularly the ridges. The west ridge in particular looked absolutely terrifying.

Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South

Day 3. Afternoon. Tadapani (2650m).

It was difficult to work out compositions with the clouds and light coming and going so quickly. I particularly liked how the clouds opened up to reveal the might of the mountains.

Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South

Day 3. Afternoon. Tadapani (2650m).

Taken from the exact same spot as the previous image, about 10 minutes later, with the clouds having lifted to reveal more of Annapurna South.

Machapuchare
       
     
Machapuchare

Day 3. Sunset. Tadapani (2650m).

I turned my attentions to Machapuchare, more commonly known as Fishtail due to it’s prominently shaped summit as the sun set. The setting sun casting some lovely light onto the south face.

Annapurna South
       
     
Annapurna South

Day 4. Sunrise. Tadapani (2650m).

The valley was filled with lifting clouds as the sun rose to the east of Annapurna South.

Dhaulagiri
       
     
Dhaulagiri

Day 6. Sunrise. Kopra Ridge (3800m).

Easily one of the best mornings of my life. First light hitting Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world. To see this was extremely humbling.

Kopra Ridge
       
     
Kopra Ridge

Day 6. Morning. Kopra Ridge (3900m).

As we walked higher above the lodge, I noticed these 3 little trees hanging on for dear life to the side of the ridge.

Kopra Ridge
       
     
Kopra Ridge

Day 6. Morning. Kopra Ridge (3900m).

Soon the clouds started to roll in over the ridge. Little gaps appeared and I waited for one to appear in front of the ridge leading up to Annapurna South.

Swanta
       
     
Swanta

Day 7. Sunset. Swanta (2800m).

Day 7 was our rest day which was definitely needed after a 1000m descent the previous day. I loved the hazy sunsets and the outlines of the mountain ridges.

Upper Phulbari
       
     
Upper Phulbari

Day 9. Morning. Upper Phulbari (3300m).

Deciding to ignore the over crowded Poon Hill for sunrise, we instead went to Upper Phulbari, which was deserted apart from us. The clouds sweeped in giving some lovely atmosphere to the ridge lines.

Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil

Day 9. Lunchtime. Jaljala Dil (2600m).

Quite possibly the most amazing lunch location i’ve ever witnessed. We sat on the grass in the middle of a natural amphitheatre, as clouds rolled down the sides.

Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil

Day 9. Lunchtime. Jaljala Dil (2600m).

Sometimes the sun would poke through casting some amazing light onto the clouds and fog. I spent more time taking photos than eating I think!

Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil

Day 9. Lunchtime. Jaljala Dil (2600m).

I tried to focus on different locations, but this one in particular was paying off, and most of my final images came from 1 small spot on the mountain side.

Jaljala Dil
       
     
Jaljala Dil

Day 9. Lunchtime. Jaljala Dil (2600m).

This is from deeper into the forest, as the higher we went the thicker the clouds became, until we couldn’t see 50ft in front of us. The rhododendron trees were incredible.

Ghibrang
       
     
Ghibrang

Day 12. Morning. Ghibrang (2000m).

As we descended back down to lower elevations, the haze from the morning sun lit cast lovely shapes in the distance.

Ghibrang
       
     
Ghibrang

Day 12. Morning. Ghibrang (2000m).

My final image from the final morning of the trek. One that is both happy, and also tinged with a little sadness that it was all over. What an amazing experience.