The Faces of Mount Everest

The Faces of Mount Everest


Mt Everest


Today we are in Dram, China on the Nepal boarder. Tomorrow we pass into Nepal and head to Kathmandu. It was a crazy drive from Everest to here. We went dropped around 10,000 ft in an hour and a half. But well worth it. Sleeping at over 16,000 ft was an effort. There is literally half the amount of oxygen at the Everest Base Camp than at sea level in Penang.

Everest Base Camp or EBC if you are hip like us, give the most amazing views of this monster mountain. Here are a few views of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world!

Two children walking by Rongbhu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world at 5000m with Everest in the background.

Sunset at Mt. Everest with Chorten stones (similar to cairn stones) in the foreground.

Everest Base Camp (EBC). With Iceland's Expedition team in the foreground.

Brian Hirschy photographing Mt Everest with prayer flags next to him.

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. DT

    Tahi Delek Matt,

    Fabulous images of Chomulonga (Everest). I am so envious of you getting clear views as when I was there it was covered by cloud.

    I am loving the image your taking from this trip, Tibet and Nepal are close to my heart and this is a virtual journey for me.

    Travel safe and please give us more shots from your trip


  2. heimana

    Matt, thank you for sharing these always beautiful images with us… it’s yet another trip I’d love to do, and maybe even more the Mount Kailash 🙂
    travel safe and enjoy!

  3. Jeff Lynch

    Incredible work Matt. Nice to enjoy some cold weather photography while I’m sweating gumdrops here in the Hill Country.

  4. Andy Wilson

    Nice bit of rock!

    I like the second photo best as, for me it, gives the most interesting story of the selection. Most pictures of Everest I see are of just the mountain or with the intrepid climbers who try to conquer it. Here you catch a feel of the equally tenacious people who will walk in its shadow long after the tents have been packed for home.

  5. CathyTopping

    Pfft! It doesn’t look so high! 🙂

    I agree with Andy’s comment, and this is always a theme in your work. Focusing on the people living their normal, everyday lives in places that – from our Western perspective – seem impossibly exotic or remote.

    It’s a great angle to take, and makes for such interesting imagery.

    How’s the breathing coming along? Have you acclimatised yet?

  6. Annette

    There are no words to describe these amazing pics, except to say WOW!!
    Wish I could be there to take it all in with my own eyes! Such beauty –

  7. Hariman Abd Rahman

    Breathtaking… New perspective in the way you compose the image.

  8. nomadruss

    Back in 1999 I was there in July, not a good time for the view but I was there for other adventures nonetheless. When I arrived people had been waiting for four days for the clouds to depart but they hadn’t and I saw people literally leave the mountain weeping. For us it was the same for three more days and then… she awoke.

  9. Megan

    Beautiful images. Everest has such a commanding presence, even in these photographs. As evening fell over the night I spent at Rongbuk, despite the cold I just didn’t want to go inside and stop looking at it. I’m so grateful I was able to see it in person. My only regret was that tent city had packed up for the season – would have been an amazing atmosphere to see all the tents and climbers!

  10. Jason

    Really nice series of images here Matt. Brings back allot of memories for myself, and I do hope to get back to Nepal sooner rather than later (it’s been to bloody long!)


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