Photo by @renan_ozturk | This year on Everest I had a personal mission to explore the Yak culture. On the China/Tibet side of the mountain yaks make it all possible–carrying hefty loads all the way up to advanced base camp through a labyrinth of ice, steep rock, and snow. And the yak drivers ascend the 26-mile round trip route over and over while singing and wrangling the awkward loads. Over the course of the expedition, I would often sneak out to interact with them at their makeshift nomad camps down valley and walk with them at their pace if we happened to be headed the same way between BC and ABC. I only know 10 words in Tibetan, but it’s remarkable how you can get to know someone and the personality of their yaks after 10 miles on the trail. #onassigment for @natgeo #everest


Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | A gray day out at sea was lit up by this spear fisherman. I've met some remarkable small-scale fisherfolk out here in the islands of the Philippines. For our archipelago, located in the center of the world's marine biodiversity, fishing is a way of life for many coastal communities. They know the language of the sea, they help scientists identify species of fish, they understand weather patterns intimately by looking out into the horizon. They are also among the first to witness the devastation happening in our oceans. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales for more stories from the #Philippines, and beyond. #Surigao #fishing


What an Adventure | Photograph by Hugo Grandcolas (@hugograndcolasphotography)
“I fell in love with this part of the world, this special blue and cold water comes from the highest Slovenian peaks. It contrasts perfectly with the summer landscape,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Hugo Grandcolas. “Admit it, would you like to be in the kayak right now?”

@natgeoyourshot is partnering with @natgeotravel once again to offer one of our photographers the chance for their photo to be on the cover of Traveler magazine! Go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com) to participate in our “Adventures of a Lifetime” assignment, curated by National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar (@afarrar), National Geographic Traveler Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone), and National Geographic Travel Associate Photo Editor Maura Friedman (@maurafriedman). Submission deadline is June 19, 2019.


“I’ve had moments of makeup inspiration that come in the middle of the night. If the urge is strong enough, I’ll paint it at 3 a.m.,” says 22-year-old makeup artist, filmmaker and musician Kiko Nafig (@kikopaint). “I use my face as a canvas because it’s convenient, but the intent is to create something outside of my own self. It’s almost an attempt at an ‘anti-selfie.’”
Photo by @kikopaint


Sunset on the Salar // As the sun dropped below the horizon, the temperatures plummeted from the mid 80’s to the low 20’s. Wrapped up in heavy coats and blankets we watched the stars twinkle into existence over the salt.⁣

Many thanks to the @bolivianamericanchamber & @palaciodesal for arranging this special evening under the stars for us ✨ 🥂


Alacati - Turkey ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
Picture by ✨✨@dotzsoh✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


“Yin and yang. Love the contrast between the dark tulips on the left, and the light ones on the right, but the best part is definitely in the middle" writes @huskiesofpnw


@winnieharlow ✨💎💫🌀☄️💙


When you first arrive to Tibet you expect to see monks everywhere in a day to day life. Unfortunately it is not like that nowadays as urban lifestyle is beginning to dominate the lifestyle of locals and they move to bigger cities. 𝙏𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞 𝙇𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙥𝙤 𝙈𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙎𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙩𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙫𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙨. 𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 1447 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝘿𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙞 𝙇𝙖𝙢𝙖. It acts as a traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, who are Tibet’s second highest incarnation. It was there where we observed Buddhist debates. They can get very heated, and the debaters use expansive and emphatic hand gestures during the debates, often stamping their feet to make a point. #Followmeto Tibet with @natalyosmann ❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖
Когда впервые приезжаешь в Тибет, то ожидаешь увидеть монахов везде в повседневной жизни. К сожалению сейчас это не так, поскольку городской образ жизни начинает доминировать над традиционными у местных жителей и они переезжают в крупные города. Монастырь Ташилунпо в Шигадзе был первым местом, где мы почувствовали древние вибрации - он был основан в 1447г 1-м Далай Ламой. На протяжении всей истории он действует, как традиционное место пребывания Панчен-Лам, которые являются вторыми по рангу ламы после Далай-ламы. Кстати именно там мы наблюдали буддистские дебаты, участники которых используют обширные жесты рукой и хлопок как временной промежуток, за который твой оппонент должен ответить на поставленный тобой вопрос.


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