Last week, Anup Kaphle, Hugh Blodget, Jr. and I completed a grueling trek along the Annapurna Circuit. We crossed the popular Thorung La Pass, which sits at nearly 18,000 feet, just two days before a devastating storm killed about 40 trekkers, both foreigners as well as Nepalis. Here are some images from our trip through some of the most remote villages in Nepal.

You can read about our journey here.


Buddhist prayer flags fly over the Annapurna mountain range in Upper Yak Kharka, Nepal, on Oct. 9, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A villager, left, our guide Dal Bahadur Gurung, center, and Anup Kaphle, right, wait for a jeep to pick us up on the other side of the landslide on Oct. 5, 2014. When darkness started to fall, we decided to give up on the jeep and find a place to stay in Tal. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

The view of the village Tal, from above, where we spent our first night after leaving Pokhara for our trek, on Oct. 5, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A person carries a load across a bridge, as seen during our drive from Besi Sahar to Tal on Oct. 5, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Villagers ask for a ride on our jeep, but the driver told them the vehicle was reserved, on Oct. 6, 2014. The woman on the right’s forehead has a red dot in celebration of the Nepalese holiday Dashain. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Our guide Dal Bahadur “Daley” Gurung, right, sits in the back of the jeep we rode from Tal to near Chame with other villagers catching a ride. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A mule rolls in the dirt on the road as our jeep approaches, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A woman looks on as we ride on the jeep from Tal to near Chame, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A man’s home along the road between Chame and Humde, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Hugh Blodget, Jr., right, is offered a blessing of good luck from a woman at a monastery, said to be over 500 years old, near Manang village, in Nepal on Oct. 7, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

On the road from Chame to Humdue, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Yaks graze in the Manang valley near Manang village in Nepal on Oct. 7, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

A young girl in Manang village on Oct. 9, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Anup Kaphle poses for a photo during an acclimatization hike from Manang, on Oct. 7, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

The walk from Manang to Upper Yak Kharka includes a breathtaking view of Manang village on the way up, as seen on Oct. 9, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

The ascent from High Camp to Thorung La Pass took about two-and-a-half hours on Oct. 11, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

 


Anup Kaphle, left, and Hugh Blodget, Jr., right, at the Muktinath Temple in Muktinath, Nepal on Oct. 11, 2014 after our group descended from Thorung La Pass. (Photo by Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

Muktinath, with gray skies perhaps indicating the impending storm, on the evening of Oct. 11, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Boys playing a game together in Jomsom, Nepal on Oct. 12, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)

Hugh Blodget, Jr., front right, waits to take off on our Twin Otter airplane from Jomsom to Pokhara on Oct. 13, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)