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First light over Kanchenjunga, West Bengal. India. The apex point is at 28169 ft, third largest on earth. The second largest peak K2 is barely 82 feet higher. Ridge line running left of apex is used by climbers. Hard to believe the deep orange-red color turns to snow white when the sun comes up and stays that way rest of the day. Fleeting moment, that is all you get.

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Beautiful shot.
 

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What altitude are you at when taking this beautiful shot? Also is there a road nearby or have you had to climb to reach this point?
 

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What altitude are you at when taking this beautiful shot? Also is there a road nearby or have you had to climb to reach this point?
Thank you. The location is known as Tiger hills at an altitude of 7200 ft, about 30 km from the town of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. There is a good road which takes you up there. Big issue is the very large crowd assembled there to see the show almost all days. I was constantly worried about my camera getting toppled over by someone standing next to me. Really hard to setup a tripod in this situation. Great thing is the spot offers some spectacular views of Himalayan mountain range. The show itself is over in 15 minutes but people assemble there starting from 3 am in the morning to reserve good spots. The first light over the peaks is something I cannot forget.

I have seen the same crowd issue in popular destinations such as Yosemite national park or Bryce Canyon national park in US. I used to go to Yosemite frequently on weekends since I am from San Fransisco Bay Area.
 
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Interestingly it appears the Brits are more familiar with popular scenic locations in US than other parts of the world (maybe it is because US is a short hop across the pond). This is from the rather enthusiastic response I see in this forum to images presented from there. Just an observation.
 
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Interestingly it appears the Brits are more familiar with popular scenic locations in US than other parts of the world (maybe it is because US is a short hop across the pond). This is from the rather enthusiastic response I see in this forum to images presented from there. Just an observation.
G'day mate

Yep - it does seem that to and fro 'across the pond' is undertaken more frequently than the 'kangaroo hop' from up there to down here

Although we do not have hills as high as yours, we do have heaps of places where the dawn / sunset atmospherics are just as photographically spectacular. Our Downunder problem is the vast distances between places ... it is not uncommon for locals to do / need to do / a 1000km journey to be with or see family or friends or visit places like ones you refer to above... and while locals are used to it, our international visitors freak out at the thought of a 3-day weekend drive of 1000km

Phil
 

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G'day mate

Yep - it does seem that to and fro 'across the pond' is undertaken more frequently than the 'kangaroo hop' from up there to down here

Although we do not have hills as high as yours, we do have heaps of places where the dawn / sunset atmospherics are just as photographically spectacular. Our Downunder problem is the vast distances between places ... it is not uncommon for locals to do / need to do / a 1000km journey to be with or see family or friends or visit places like ones you refer to above... and while locals are used to it, our international visitors freak out at the thought of a 3-day weekend drive of 1000km

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It is not so bad here in India Phil. We do have places nearby (I am in the south) with some great scenery (not mountains of the scale shown above). I did make 1900 km flight up north to get to the place where this shot was made. The locals do have the advantage of being in the middle of it all but in general they are more concerned about making a daily living than photography.

My plan is to make that 'kangaroo hop' from US to down under sometime this year. Heard a lot about the great possibilities at your end.
 
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