Kathmandu Grayson Schaffer
Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu, serves as the launching point for nearly every Everest expedition.
Hindu Sadhus Grayson Schaffer
To take their photo, pay one of the Hindu Sadhus a dollar at Kathmandu's Pashupatinath, the ancient Hindu temple where bodies are cremated in the open.
The Swayambhunath monastery Grayson Schaffer
The Swayambhunath monastery in Nepal–the city's most likely place to be shaken down by a macaque for snack food.
Boudha Stupa Thanka Grayson Schaffer
A Nepalese girl paints in Kathmandu's Boudha Stupa Thanka Center.
Lukla Grayson Schaffer
Himalayan views flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, the closet "major" airport to Everest.
Stephan Rai Grayson Schaffer
A common sight on the trail: a kid carrying leaves for firewood and incense. Stephan Rai, 15, works near Lukla at the Hilltop Lodge in exchange for schooling at a lower secondary school.