PHOTO: Magnificent Vista of Mount Everest from Geu La Pass in Tibet

Barbara Weibel taking photo of Mount Everest at Geu La Pass in Tibet China

I take great pride in saying that I have personally taken almost every photo that is featured in this blog. Though it’s uncommon for me to include the work of another photographer, I’m making a rare exception in this case, with good reason. During my recent tour of Tibet, I had the great good fortune to travel with Jeff Overs, a BBC News stills photographer. For years, Jeff has taken still shots of world leaders, news events, and gorgeous landscapes around the world. Though he is semi-retired, he continues to provide material for the BBC stills library.

Imagine my surprise when Jeff sent me this shot he captured of me snapping Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks at the 16,568-foot high Geu La Pass. I was delighted for a couple of reasons. First, I always struggle to get decent photos of myself in the places I visit. I’m obviously cautious about handing my expensive camera to a complete stranger, but even when I do the resulting photo is generally laughable, if not downright horrible. In one such photo the Eiffel Tower looked like it was growing out of my head. Secondly, I’m delighted that I can now say I’ve had my photo taken by one of the world’s most talented photographers! If you’re interested in seeing more of the stunning photographic work of Jeff Overs, visit his online gallery at

Author’s note: After many years of trying to visit Tibet, I was finally successful with the assistance of Himalaya Journey, an absolutely fantastic company that specializes in small group tours of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and India. If you enjoyed this article about Geu La Pass in Tibet, you may also want to read about my experience climbing to the top of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

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