Red Dune, Wadi Rum, March 2010

Wadi Rum, Jordan, March 2010

A few drops of rain and the desert between the bare sandstone ridges of Wadi Rum is full of blossoming flowers, a welcome fodder for camels. An excursion by jeep and by foot to the majestic mountain ridges raging out of the desert sands on the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan. March 2010.

Larkya La approach, Manaslu Himal, November 2009

Around Manaslu, October/November 2009

Just three backpacks. An extraordinarily rewarding, long and hard trek around the Manaslu Himal with crossing of Larkya La as the key of the route. Simply beautiful, the very essence of a Himalayan trek in Nepal. The contrast of joining for the last walking days the overcrowded trail around Annapurnas could not be larger… However, two soothing days in beautiful Bandipur brought us back to the balance. October/November 2009.

Skyumpatta, Zanskar, August 2006

Ladakh & Zanskar, August 2006

Tempted by a trekking agency in Leh, we have taken a monk(!) as a horseman with two beasts of burden for a trek from Ladakh through Zanskar over a novel route. Ended up joining a larger group from the same agency and trying to realise our (novel) route against all odds — and it was an exceptionally rainy summer in Ladakh & Zanskar. After reaching Phuktal Gompa it was finally all new too us — until the Leh-Manali road. August 2006.