Snow Leopard Trek
The monsoon rains will hopefully be over by mid-September, and I would like to follow the steps of Peter Matthiessen in his book “The Snow Leopard”. This is fabulous reading for those of you who do not know this writer who just passed away. It is both a description of his travels in the upper Dolpo looking for the snow leopard, as well as a comparison of eastern and western thought and an intimate analysis of himself as he evolves throughout the trek.
There are several companies offering 30 day tours to the upper Dolpo. The highest point of the climb is some 18,000 feet, and the views are sure to be breathtaking. Most of them count some 25 days of camping. We will also be trekking by Phoksundo lake. as seen in the movie Himalaya:
There are few tourists on these treks, so if you have studied Buddhism, and or Zen, you will no doubt be rewarded by the loneliness I am sure we are to encounter. If you are interested in photography, and are knowledgeable about it, perhaps we can also work on a joint project while on the trip.
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