Off to the Himalayas

This blog has again been abandoned for quite some time. It’s extremely difficult to keep writing and posting when you’re on the road and that’s where I find myself most of these days.

While in the Philippines, I somewhat spontaneously decided to go to the Indian Himalayas for my 30th birthday. I’ve jokingly called it an early mid-life crisis. Part of the reason for this trip is to prove to myself that I can ride to Ladakh on a motorcycle, another part is that I just want to live in the moment to the fullest and, of course I have some photographic ideas too.

I am joined by my wife - Tanya and, Hardik - a fellow who has become one of my best friends in the entire world. He’s put almost as much blood, sweat and tears into some of my photographic projects around India as me. He has translated for me, helped me gain access to some difficult to access subjects and he even took care of me for a month, when I had my motorcycle accident a few years back. The dude’s a trooper and he’s ready for adventure on very short notice, so, when I called him and told him of my plans, he said - “Great!”

A couple of days ago we made it to the first picturesque location of the journey, a small town called Kalpa. You can see the Kailash mountain range from my window and the verandah and I have to say that even though I’ve seen some beautiful places in my life, I mentally still scream “Wow!” every time I glance at this sight.

I’ve included just a few images here from the journey. My internet connection is far from great and it’s damn expensive, courtesy of India’s tough policy for getting a connection.

I might be away from civilization for a couple of weeks after today, but I’ll try to post something worthwhile when I get back.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a Facebook page which gets updated much more regularly than the blog. I’ve been finding it considerably easier to post short updates rather than extended posts, so you’ll likely see quite a bit there.