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Kinnauri girls

Chitkul (3450 m), Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Date: 10 September 2000, evening.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 85 mm F2.
Chitkul
Chitkul
Chitkul, the final stop of the road in the Sangla valley.
At 3450 meter it is the highest permanentely inhabited village of
the Sangla valley.
Date: 10 September 2000, evening.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 35 mm F2.
Chitkul
Fighting yaks

Two yak bulls fighting. Chitkul, Sangla valley

Date: 12 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 35-70 mm F3.5-4.5.
Chitkul
Dhankar gompa
Almost 1000 years old, Dhankar gompa (monastry) has one of the
most spectacular settings in the Buddhist world.
At 3890 m, you have a superb view of the Spiti valley.
Date: 23 September 2000, afternoon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 16 mm F3.5.
Dhankar
Pin valley

The bridge to Sangam (3650 m), Pin valley, Himachal Pradesh.

Date: 25 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 28-48 mm F4.
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Jeori

Jeori: a truckstop on the road to the Spiti valley.

Date: 8 September 2000, noon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 16 mm F3.5.
Jeori
Cricket
Even in remote villages, cricket is the number one sport.
This picture is taken in Sangla, the major town of the Sangla valley.
The small village on the rock is Kamru (2680 m).
Date: 9 September 2000, evening.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 85 mm F2.
Kamru
Wake-up call

Nine o'clock is the time for the morning prayers in the temple of Kamru.

Date: 10 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 85 mm F2.
Kamru
Kibber
Kibber claims to be the highest permanentely inhabited village of the world.
At 4205 meters, over 600 meters above the Spiti river, it definitely is high.
Kibber was once part of the overland salt trade.
Date: 22 September 2000, noon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 35-70 mm F3.5-4.5.
Kibber
Kungri gompa
The Kungri gompa, Pin valley, is the only gompa in Spiti dedicated to
Nyingmapa Buddhism. This order of Buddhism is the oldest type of Tibetan
Buddhism. In Spiti the Gelukpa order of the Dalai Lama is more common.
Date: 24 September 2000, noon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 24 mm F2.8.
Kungri
Rakcham

Rakcham (2900 m), Sangla valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Date: 14 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 24 mm F2.8.
Rakcham
Kinnauri boy
The local people of the Sangla valley are called Kinnauris.
Although close to Tibet, the people are Hindu and regard themselves as Aryans.
Typical Kinnauri is the grey woolen dress and the woolen cap with green strip.
Date: 13 September 2000, noon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 28-48 mm F4.
Rakcham
Baspa river

Rakcham (2900 m), Sangla valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Date: 13 September 2000, afternoon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 24 mm F2.8.
Rakcham
Sangla valley

The Baspa river between Sangla and Rakcham.

Date: 14 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 16 mm F3.5.
Sangla valley
Kunzum La
At 4551 meters the Kunzum pass is one of the highest motorable passes
of India. From half October to half June the pass is closed due to heavy
snowfall. All trafic passes the gompa clockwise.
Date: 26 September 2000, morning.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 28-48 mm F4.
Kunzum La
Wangtu
The float of July the 31st 2000 destroyed the main road in the Sutlej valley.
The bridge at Wangtu is the final stop for busses and trucks.
From there on you have to walk. The road will not be repaired within months.
Date: 8 September 2000, afternoon.
Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 85 mm F2.
Wangtu

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