Panorama photograph of Mount Everest mountain range

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ April 3rd, 2012. Filed under: Nepal, Photography.
Panorama photograph of Mount Everest Base Camp from Kala Patthar

Panorama photograph of Mount Everest Base Camp from Kala Patthar
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Panorama photograph of Mount Everest mountain range

It’s one of those panorama photos that adorns many a trekking agency’s wall in Nepal. For me it was a chance to capture my winter Everest Base Camp trek that nearly never happened.

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Facts about Mount Everest:

  • This photo is actually taken from Kala Patthar across from Everest at around 5643m
  • Mt Everest is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) in height. A measurement officially recognized by both the Nepalese and Chinese governments
  • Mount Everest was named after the Surveyor General of India, George Everest
  • Mount Everest’s real name in Nepal is Sagarmāthā
  • George Mallory made the first expedition to climb Everest in 1921 and failed
  • Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) reached the summit of Mount Everest at 11:30 a.m. local time on 29 May 1953

The story behind this picture of Mount Everest

Back in 2007 I saw a panorama picture of Everest on a hotel wall. It looked impressive. All the names of the highest peaks in the world were laid out. I went on the Annapurna Circuit that year. As part of my winter Everest trek I wondered if it was possible to get this panorama photo?

You can read about climbing Kala Patthar and taking this photograph here. I got the photograph, but the hard follow-up to all this was actually naming the mountains around Mount Everest!

Before you look at the next photo look at the top panorama and take a note of which one you think is Mount Everest!

 

Panorama of Mount Everest with the mountains around it named

Panorama of Mount Everest Named

Panorama of Mount Everest with the mountains around it named
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Naming the Mountains around Mount Everest

I will stand completely corrected if anyone wants to counter either the names or heights of the following mountains. I gathered the data from books and people in Nepal. There’s a debate over at least one name.

  • Lingren (6714m)

  • Khumbutse (6636m)

  • Changtse (7550m)

  • Lho La (6036m)

  • Everest (8848m)

  • Nuptse (7863)

  • Kali Himal (6985)*

  • Ama Dablans (6856)

  • Kangtega (6635)

The winding trail of snow and ice in front of the Mount Everest Range is Khumbu Glacier.

* I have my doubts over Kali Himal. Several guides have said it’s true. But something doesn’t sit right with me about it. I’m open to confirmation or alternatives?

Mount Everest Base Camp is located on the space of white ice (Khumbu glacier) on the ground between Changtse and Lho La where there is a shadow.

Why does Mount Everest Look so small?

Everest Base Camp is not the best place to see Mount Everest! As you can see a mountain called Lho La actually blocks your full view. Especially from Base Camp itself where you can only see the tip of Mount Everest.

Where is the best place to view Mt Everest?

For better views of Mount Everest try climbing Kala Patthar like I did. Trek to the Gokyo region. Or view Everest from the Tibetan side.

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This is an additional photograph feature from my world travel photography gallery, documenting the story behind the picture 

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18 Great responses to Panorama photograph of Mount Everest mountain range

  1. Furio says:

    Hey Dave,

    impressive pic : – )

    I know your blog is more about traveling than photography. However it would be awesome if you tell us how you take this pic. Which lens did you use? Is an HDR? Which lens did you use? Any particular challenge to take such a large panorama up to 5,000 meters?

    • Hi Furio,

      Thank you.

      Good point and thank you for suggesting it. I actually write up photography info in my newsletter. I’m not sure if you subscribe or not so I don’t know if that’s the sort of information you where thinking would be good to write up here?

      But yes, I’ll certainly take what you say on board. Once I finish doing this series I’ll update the gallery and add in more “technical” information.

      Biggest challenge to taking a photo over 5,000m? Keep the the camera steady and stopping batteries from freezing!

  2. Nate says:

    Damn! Great photo, incredible location. The weather and light was good to you at this moment!

  3. Synz says:

    Great shot! I’ve been dreaming on climbing Mt. Everest, but it seems impossible.

  4. Jesse says:

    In this kind of photoshoots, my first impression is that these mountains are easy to hike. But realizing how many you’ll have to struggle is already chillin my bones to fear.

  5. Jason says:

    Dave, with all the hard work and all the effort. Although you have posted this image for others to see (and what a great shot it is to). This image is for you mate. For when you are old and withered and sitting back reminiscing of days gone by. It will be days such as those when you stood on Kala Patthar that made life worth living.

  6. Yeah, a stunner! Jason’s right-on: a great life reaffirmation. So, when you find “a home” it’ll be great to print it large for a wall, for your memories and for visitors to admire …

  7. Kristina says:

    Nice! Beautiful panormama. I can always pick Everest out in a photo because it’s the one with the clouds streaming off the top (and little snow at the top).

  8. Absolutely gorgeous photo. Got my vote! I like that you named the mountains. Without that, I would’ve thought it was all Everest. (sometimes, my lightbulb doesn’t go on)

  9. ps. what kind of lens did you use? Did you really get that in all one shot?

    • The photograph is actually a panorama stitched from four photographs. The reason for this is that by doing it this way you can actually zoom in very close and pick up a lot of detail on the mountains. It’s over 100mb and I did think of using a program that would display it so you could zoom in and out while panning around. But I just don’t have the internet bandwidth in Nepal to work with data that big.