A.k.a Sagar Math a.k.a Qoomaloongma. Standing tallest with perfect geometry amidst all the other irregular peaks \u2013 Cho-Oyu, Gauri Shankar\u2026 and others. Rising above a calm sea of clouds. My second opportunity to view the great mountains \u2013 this time from the skies on a mountain flight.\nBarren. Powerful. Ruthless. Dignified. Scary in their silence. Devouring lives that attempt to inhabit them. Covered with snow that is deceptively inviting. The harshness is almost beautiful \u2013 and certainly very very attractive.\nCompelled to pick up \u2018Into Thin Air\u2019 and \u2018Seven Years in Tibet\u2019. Pageturners \u2013 both. Find books on Nomadic Tibetans. Fall in awe with their life, their hardships, their endurance, their braving of unforgiving elements, their simple living, their smiles despite the scarcity, their faith in religion.\nA dream takes seed in my mind. Like many that have come before, this one may fizzle out after the initial burst of consuming my mind. I do what I am driven to do to nurture the seed as it takes hold of my hours, and simultaneously, watch the progress as a detached observer \u2013 patiently awaiting the outcome.\nThe dream \u2013 to spend the winter of 2010 in the Ngari region of Tibet \u2013 living amongst nomads, sharing in their life, learning to live in hardship that I have never seen. Minus 20 degrees. Living on tsampa \u2013 barley flour, tibetan tea and yak meat. ONLY that. No bathing or washing. To go in when the roads are open in end September and then get sealed off from the world within the region after October. No way out until the winter is over.\nTo test my meagre store of endurance. To subject myself to punishing conditions that will either toughen me or kill me. Both outcomes are acceptable. Life, it is for living. And \u2018living\u2019 surely means experiencing a spectrum. Including the unpleasant range of physical conditions. Subjecting myself to the painful difficulty of it all, is the biggest attraction \u2013 the novelty of the physical experience should lead to personal growth\u2026\nThinking, shows me the preparatory challenges \u2013 but at the outset, I am foolish enough to overcome the objections of my mind. If I rekindle the overconfidence of my youth, this dream will become reality \u2013 otherwise it will just die a boring death at the hands of my fears.\nLets wait and watch!\nClick to view slideshow.\njm\nhttp://www.wovensouls.com\u00a0 \u2013 A web Gallery of Antique,\u00a0 Tribal,\u00a0 Nomadic & Ethnic textiles from endangered cultures\n\nhttp://www. jewelsofthepeacock.com \u2013 A web Gallery of Antique Silver Jewellery\nThe post Mountain flight to Mount Everest appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.