This beautiful mountain is Yungmaijung, a physical manifestation of the bodhisatva of 'Wisdom' in Tibetan Buddhism. After researching the writings of Joseph Rock, I believe this mountain was the inspiration for Karakul Peak and the valley of Shangri La in the famous book 'Lost Horizon'. It is an area mostly unknown to westerners and the peak was unclimbed as of 2008. I double processed a single RAW image to maintain some detail in the shadows.
The secret valley of Shangri La, an unknown mountain paradise hidden in the vast borderlands of Tibet.
This is a single image that I had to double process in RAW to get the detail in the shadows. It's an older image and if I were to shoot this today, I would get different exposures and blend them rather than double process a single image.
Reflections of the high Himalaya. This lake is far off the trail to Everest Base camp in Nepal. When the sun sets in the dusty plains of India, there can be amazing alpenglow but there can also be a spectacular 'tobacco sky' at twilight after the alpenglow fades. I'd seen it before but this was my first successful photo of it.