Sunset over the Cho La Pass, Nepal
(altitude just over 5,000m)

Late April, halfway through a 21 day trek, deep and alone in the Gokyo Valley & Everest region of the Himalayas. Just having crossed the Cho La Pass at 5,420m, famous for its near vertical two hour long climb over snow and ice, we found ourselves trekking down a spectacular glacier with towering snow capped peaks surrounding us in every direction. The scenery was just mind blowing, and within moments of us standing there in awe, the decision had been made. No where else would ever compare. This was the place for us to Elope!! We climbed around to an exposed cliff ledge protruding out from the glacier and overlooking the magical scenery, said our personal vows and slipped on our wedding rings.

After the 9 hour day of trekking (actually more like mountain climbing), we finally settled in for the night, wedged in between some of the highest and most beautiful mountains on the planet. We relaxed that evening with an incredible sense of accomplishment, tackling such a testing pass with only our backpacks, and a paper map to guide us. As we watched the sunset on the evening of our wedding, we were rewarded with this spectacular display of colour bursting through the distant valley peeks. An absolute treat to round off our first night as Mr & Mrs Burkinshaw!

Posting this up for Colby Brown’s competition #Photosof2013 .

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