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Please look at WS #3 before you write your critique, because only after I uploaded the main post I noticed that the sharpness could be improved.

Another one from my 1994 trip to Nepal. This is again the Kali Gandaki Valley, a couple of hours walking upwards from the place of my last post of the area. After 4 km (3 miles) or more of totally barren landscape except for an area where there was a reflorestation plan going on, the area around Kagbeni [te] appears as a mountain oasis.

Following the Kali Gandaki upwards (North) leads to the interior of the fabled Kingdom of Mustang [te, wikipedia] and its capital Lo Manthang. Turning right (East), following the deep valley of a small tributary of the Kali Gandaki leads to the village of Muktinath [te, wikipedia], a sacred place and pilgrimage destination for Buddhists and Hindus. Further up on that direction lies Thorong La, the highest point (5416 meters / 17769 feet) on the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trek of 300 km around the Annapurna Massif.

WS's:

#1 - another POV, shot further up the trek from a higher point. I am not sure which one I prefer, I would like to know your opinion.

#2 - the original image produced by the scanner. I don't consider myself much skilled in PP, so I was quite surprised with the results I achieved, as I would never tell that the original has so much info. I am reasonably satisfied with the colours, but not at all with the sharpness. After posting I noticed that I could have done better, but I am still surprised by the bytes needed to achieve a level of sharpness that isn't so great (the file is very near the 200 Kb limit of TE). That is a phenomenon that I have been noticing in many of my last PP's of scans.

#3 - a sharper version.

Link to all my posts of this area: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.8267,83.778

Note on the location in TE: according to Wikipedia, all this region, from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and Muktinath is part of Dhawalagiri district [te]. I put my posts in the Gandaki district following the others, as almost no one posts their photos of the region in the supposedly right place.

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