Kathmandu and Beyond

Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu, serves as the launching point for nearly every Everest expedition. (Grayson Schaffer)
Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu, serves as the launching point for nearly every Everest expedition.

Hindu Sadhus

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.

Hindu Sadhus
(Grayson Schaffer)


The Swayambhunath monastery

The Swayambhunath monastery in Nepal–the city's most likely place to be shaken down by a macaque for snack food.

The Swayambhunath monastery
(Grayson Schaffer)


Boudha Stupa Thanka

A Nepalese girl paints in Kathmandu's Boudha Stupa Thanka Center.

Boudha Stupa Thanka
(Grayson Schaffer)


Lukla

Himalayan views flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, the closet "major" airport to Everest.

Lukla
(Grayson Schaffer)


Stephan Rai

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.

Stephan Rai
(Grayson Schaffer)

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