I think it is obvious why someone whose main artistic material is stone would want to see the highest mountain range in the world. The images don’t do justice, even though I’ve included quite a few. There is much I can say about this trek, and I also have other personal reasons to hike the Himalayas; however, intimidating, humbling, awesome sums it up and I won’t write much more about this publically for now, because this requires more time, reflection and thought. Oh … and yes, that is a stray dog, which followed us up the mountain and back down for two and a half days.
We hiked up to 13,200 ft. to Gomukh and the Gangotri Glacier, the traditional (or, more precisely, primary) source of the Ganga and one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas. The glacier is melting, and it is melting, in part, because of Human induced Climate Change. I saw this occurring, but don’t take my word for it: this receding glacier has been well documented since the late 1700’s. Significantly, the rate of melt has increased dramatically since around 1990’s.