Burning Himalaya Mountains

The Himalaya Mountains at Sunrise


View of the Himalaya Mountains from Nagarkot, Nepal


The first time I have ever seen a glimpse of the Himalayas it was 5:45 am on a brisk morning in Nepal. I had rolled out of bed at 5:30 to rush to the rooftop of the highest hotel in Nagarkot, which I happened to be staying in.

The sun began to peak on the horizon and gradually illuminated the surrounding mountains. For about the first 15 minutes, all the mountains appeared to look the same, until the sun had risen enough to highlight the first bit of white, snow-covered beauty of the Himalayas.

I was not prepared for the allure of this sight. I stood there in awe. As I glanced down below and ahead of me, I could see many groups of people on their hotel rooftops spread across Nagarkot doing the exact same thing. Everybody awakes before dawn to experience this magnificent sight and at that moment I completely understood why.

This particular photo was taken at sunset on the same day. We were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to view the orange and pink glow of the fading sun splashing color on each of the clouds and mountains. It looked almost as if the mountains and clouds had been lit on fire and all that was left were the fading embers.


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  1. Peter Heck says:

    Wow! What an amazing shot, I’m in awe just looking at your photo. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be there. I can’t believe that the hotel is up this high. Stunning.

  2. That is awesome! I can only imagine how fantastic that moment had to be when the clouds cleared and the rising sun illuminated the Himalayas.

  3. Christy @ Technosyncratic says:

    Wow, this is a gorgeous photo! For realz. Wow.

  4. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler says:

    @Pete – Thank you! 🙂 Yea, we had to climb so many flights of stairs to get to the top. lol

    @Ken – Thank you, Ken! I feel very lucky to have gone there myself.

    @Randy – Thanks! I was amazed that I got up at sunrise to witness it! 😉 I actually ended up rising before the sun on most days when I was in Nepal.

    @Christy – Aww… thanks!

  5. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler says:

    @Christy – Wow… that might just be the nicest comment ever! I’m glad I made it out of bed that day toooo! PS… I like your name.

  6. Roy | Cruisesurfingz says:

    Wow, this is stunning!!

  7. Wow!! What altitude were you at?
    I miss the Himalayas…they really are a special place.

  8. Love your story and can’t imagine a better view for your first sighting!

  9. Dave and Deb says:

    Beautiful shot! We found the himalays to be one of the most beautiful places on earth and your photo validates that thought. Gorgeous!

  10. Christy, I just saw this. It is so breathtaking! Nepal is way up there on places I want to visit before I reach my mid-30’s. Look at that view!!

  11. Fantastic photo Christy! You are really talented, chapeau!

  12. Andrew - The Unframed World says:

    This is really nice! Also cool is that I’m looking at Mt.Fuji right now! Similar grand appearance.

  13. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler says:

    @Roy, Jade & NVR Guys – Thank you! 😀

    @Megan – Nagarkot is about 2,200 meters. Not super high.

  14. Gorgeous, I can’t find more than enough words to describe this photo as it is just so incredible! It is just beautiful and peaceful, and glad that you made it out of your bed to capture such a breathtaking shot! I must have been looking at this photo for a few minutes, just love it!!:D

  15. Ken Kaminesky says:

    Sweet! I am really envious of anyone who has had the good fortune to go to Nepal or anywhere in the Himalayas.

    Nice shot indeed 🙂