October 18, 2022
Clear mornings are a treasure in Nepal. Summer is full of haze, but winter brings clear skies and dry air. Here in Kathmandu Valley the monsoon rains have finally left, and in their wake the morning skies are cool. For the first time in months we have clear views of the mountains that surround the city.
We’ve travelled to a hilltop village to spend a few days researching new locations. Our reward is delicious cooking and stunning clear skies at sunrise. Overnight the moist air falls into the valleys below, filling them with layers of cloud. From our perch higher up, around 2000m of elevation, the air is clear and the peaks from Dorje Lhakpa to Numbur are warmed by the first rays of sunlight.
The light changes everything, and quickly. Those peaks start to glow with light, then start to disappear into the light. Morning sun warms the valley and pushes the mist upwards. The sun is brilliant, then misty, then brilliant again. Waves of mist push past us while we enjoy breakfast in the garden. We breathe it all in.
Sitting quietly with the Himalayas is a favourite pastime for me. I like walking in the forests, and from village to village, but I also enjoy sitting. A cup of tea and a view, and the mist rolling through the valley. When you stare up at the sky it can feel like you are flying. The clouds literally racing past so close you can reach out and touch them.
Finding peaceful places in Nepal to enjoy the landscape is a great joy. That mix of nature, culture and serenity. When it all comes together into a single moment.
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