Reuters photographer Gopal Chitrakar has recently filed a few stunning photos from northern Nepal, of a valley that had snow-less winter for the first time in local memory, and a golfer practicing at a very high driving range. (3 photos total)
Villagers walk around in Kyangin Gompa valley at the foothill of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7252m), north of Kathmandu, Nepal on February 24, 2009. The local people say this year is the first time as far as they remember that it did not snow in the valley while they celebrate their New Year which coincides with the Tibetan New Year with whom they share their borders also. (REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar) (click to enlarge)
2: Houses are seen in Kyangin Gompa valley north of Kathmandu February 24, 2009. (REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar) (click to enlarge)
3: Ang Tshring Sherpa plays a shot in Kongde March 5, 2009. Amateur golfer Sherpa, who is the owner of Nepal's largest domestic airlines Yeti Airways, hired a helicopter to reach the place as he wanted to practice his golf in a different location. Sherpa, who has a seven handicap, plans to invite Tiger Woods to play a few shots at this location, which is more than 4,420 meters (14,500 ft) above sea level. Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft), is seen in the background. (REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar) (click to enlarge)
4: Interactive Google map of Langtang Valley in Nepal
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