Above the Clouds
Mt. Jomolhari rises 2,700 meters (8,900 feet) above the plains of Bhutan's Thimphu district, and is one of Bhutan's highest peaks. An early morning rise, after a long previous day hiking to Tiger's Nest, we began the drive to Chele Pass. At 3,780 meters (12,402 feet), the Pass can provide incredible vistas of the Paro Valley, Haa Valley, and the Himalya, depending on the weather.
Both times I've been there the weather has been good until shortly after sunrise, when the clouds have come in. In this first visit, I was able to see Mr. Jomolhari, rising above the blanket of clouds covering the valley below. But, shortly after this image was captured, the clouds rose to my level and the view was completely gone.
It was well worth the early rise, the long drive, and the freezing temperatures to hike from the Pass to this vantage point. An experience I will remember and cherish for years to come.