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This is one of the villages on the way to Mt. Everest Base Camp. I'm not sure what the population of Dingboche is, but it's less than 100 (not including yaks). It's a very harsh evironment, as can be seen from the photo. The elevation is about 4000m, which is too high for trees to grow. The houses are made of stone (the one thing which is in almost unlimited supply) and most of the time they don't use mortar or cement, so the wind can come through, making the nights pretty cold. The animals walking by are yaks, which are used to carry goods up and down the trails. There are no roads, only paths, so these yaks are the trucks of the Himalaya.

Shot on Fuji Velvia and scanned at 2000 x 3000 lines.

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 61 N: 5920] (26545)
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