Mountain Images - The Photography of Ian Evans

Himalayan Mountain Photography

Ian's narratives showcased in this part of the website represent not only a stunning and perceptive account of travel into some of the world's most magnificent mountain landscapes, but they are also a personal record of one man's search for adventure that reaches out to the very roof of the world.

Between 1964 and 1996, trekking and climbing in the Himalaya was very much the preserve of the determined adventurer. International travel to Himalayan countries such as Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan was difficult at the best of times, and the logistics of travel within the mountains themselves was complex. Local guides were few in number, local support was minimal, the few maps available lacked detail or were simply unreliable and many of the trails were difficult to follow or even non-existent.

High Camp on Mera Peak in 1990

Fully aware of the issues, it was into this environment that I first set foot into the Himalayas in 1979. My early encounters were made with the protective, but what I regarded as suppressive, support of the then embryonic UK commercial trekking companies.

However, by 1986, with the assistance and guidance of trekking pioneers Lt. Col. Jimmy Roberts and Robin Marston I began to plan, organise and lead my own expeditions. Since then I have organised and led more than twenty expeditions to the Himalaya, visiting countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan, widely different not only in their geography, but also in their politics, religion, culture and economics.

Today, many of the trekking routes and climbing expeditions that I organised and ran are now included within the portfolio of most of world's adventure travel companies. But in those early days, before the era of the activity holiday, my trips were ground breaking.

In 1986 few people in the UK had climbed Island Peak, even fewer had even heard of Mera Peak by 1988, and only a handful of trekkers had seen at close hand the Nepalese sides of Kangchenjunga by the time my team pioneered a route there from Phidim in 1989.

An interest in my travels, along with my photography, prompted requests by the walking and climbing magazines of the period forme to produce material for publication. Between 1984 and 1998 I wrote forty-two articles for various magazines of which eleven were on my Himalayan expeditions.

Those articles are reproduced in this section of the website. The text is original with but a few small amendments and additions. Obviously since publication much has changed on the ground in the areas covered but, left as it was originally written, the material reflects the mood of the period. The images have been produced from scans of the original transparencies taken at the time of the expedition, however they are not always the same as those produced in the original publication.

The Expeditions

Alpine Climbing in Nepal
Planning and organising a small expedition to a 20,000ft trekking peak in Nepal

A Circuit of Dhaulagiri
A trek around this great peak, based from Pokhara and crossing two high passes

Close Encounters with Manaslu
A trek deep into the heart of the Gorkha Himal crossing two remote passes en route

Everest Expedition Route
The traditional walk in to Everest Base Camp from the roadhead at Jiri

Everest Revisited
A return to Everest after twenty years to assess the changes made by trekking

The Secret Side of Everest
The long journey into the Kangschung and Rongbuk Valleys of Everest in Tibet

K2 - Into the Throneroom of the Mountain Gods
Trekking to Concordia on the Baltoro Glacier through the dangerous Braldu Gorge

Kangchenjunga - Five Treasures Revealed
A 30-day journey to newly opened Kangchenjunga from foothills to the Glaciers

Towards Makalu
Up the Arun Valley and across the remote Shipton Col to the world's 5th highest peak

Mera Peak by Tilman's Approach
An ascent of Nepal's highest trekking peak using an approach pioneered by Bill Tilman

Snow Lake - Karakoram's Icy Wilderness
Across the high and glacial Hispar La on a remote journey from Baltistan to Hunza