Stirling Schunemann , February 2013
We arranged for a guide to take us to the base of a Himalayan mountain where a small local in (thongs!) led us on a climb through snow to an elevation of 3,000m. This photo is of Shali Peak, our destination at the end of the arduous climb where the thinning air was already affecting us. It was a very small, picture-perfect temple with nothing but the world below it, surrounded by snow. An absolutely amazing sight. Our guide turned out to be a priest, so he opened the temple and invited us inside to perform a ritual on each one of us. I still wear the red string bracelet on my right wrist from that day to remind me of the experience.