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A photograph of the famous Nanda Devi peak at sunset. This was taken on the same day as my previous sunset shot.

The summit, at 7816 meters, is the 23rd highest peak in the world and the highest peak entirely in India. The face visible here leads to the western peak, to which the twin Nanda Devi East (7434m) is connected by a ridge behind. The massif rises over 3.3 km above the surrounding glaciers, making it comparable to K2 in terms of steepness. Perhaps more importantly, the mountain is surrounded by a steep rim of peaks, effectively isolating the 'sanctuary' from people. In the 1930s, an English team took the dangerous route along the Rishi Ganga gorge, reaching the glaciers that drain the basin of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

The smaller peak in the shadowed foreground is the top of Auli Bugyal, a popular ski resort in the Himalayas.

Sorry if the image is a bit soft and noisy. I stupidly kept the ISO at 320 after a portrait shoot...

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