Prayer ﬂags and tombstones of Thokla Pass 4830m with Himalayan mountain scenery in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. Ama Dablam 6856m dominates the skyline in the centre of the photo with Taboche Peak 6367m to the right and Pokalde 5806m to the left.
It was a five hour climb from Dingboche to Thokla pass and the culmination of happiness at reaching so high up amongst the world’s highest peaks was also filled with the emotion of seeing the rock cairn memorials of the climbers who had died in those mountains. Every step of the two hour walk to Lobuche that afternoon was an effort, walking across a rocky moonscape at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier.
The prayer flags represent the elements of the five pure lights with blue being sky, white air, red fire, green water and yellow earth. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on them produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind across the land. The Wind Horse (Lung-ta) carrying the “Wish Fulfilling Jewel of Enlightenment” is the most prevalent symbol used on prayer flags and represents good luck.