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Wow! Breathtaking! FYI thapa.birendra and F908X980: That's a majestic view of the Shishapangma massif (as translation of Chinese title) from the Tibetan Plateau i.e. northern side of the Himalayas; shrouded in clouds (main summit is not seen) and with Buddhistic prayer flags at foreground. It's name means in Tibetan "crest rising over meadows" and is, at 8,013 m elevation, the 14. highest mountain at all, i.e. the lowest of the eight-thousanders. Like + Fav this pic.

Thapa: I see some power transmission lines along the left side of your picture. This valley, though, is off the direct line between Thankot Deurali and Hetauda, so I am assuming the ropeway did NOT follow this valley.

Anyway, I can't see any towers in the satellite images.

Did you read the amusing article by Mark Zimmerman riding the ropeway in the Nepali Times?

Max: Yes, I did. There are still some sections prominently sitting atop hill. That actually gives you a sort of pain seeing them quietly looking over you..that was so much a part of our childhood fascination.

The ropeway passses over Kulakhani reservoior, which I did not photograph unfortunately. I shall send you couple of photos of the remaining lines. Nexe week I am biking over Chandragiri hill and follow a trail over to Bajrabarahi before climibing to Daman from Palung. I am sure I shall encounter part of it on the way.

(But, who knows, you may be right..they may have already dismantled it in past years since I visited)

Here is another article discussing the reasons why the 1964-1991 ropeway from Hetauda to Kathmandu failed:

I am guessing now that when I took the picture of the ropeway tower in 1990 it was still in operation, although not running that day.

Erika,molte grazie.Ciao Leo.

Thanks leo1383...this photo is taken from the southern ridge of Kathmandu valley in November. Further east from this point offers a panaromic view of the mountains from Dhaulagiri in the midwest Nepal to Makalu in the east. This must be only among the few points in Kathmandu valley from where a distinct bulk of Mount Everest can be seen in a clear day....greetings from Nepal!!!


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