A puja is a Tibetan Bhuddist prayer ritual performed by holy Lamas to bless an expedition before climbing begins. The ceremony is said to keep the expedition safe. Mike Hamill took this photo at Everest base camp during his third Mount Everest expedition where he summited for the second time. Both Sherpa Lamas leading the prayers (in the picture) have become close friends through many Himalayan expeditions. Sherpas don't differentiate between religion and life; their Bhuddist traditions pervade all aspects of daily life including climbing.
Mike's images from Climbing the Seven Summits are available through the gallery as signed prints. "Puja" from page 86 is now available here. Check it out!
Mike is heading to Antarctica in a few days to lead another climb on Mt. Vinson, you guessed it another one of the seven summits that Mike guides. We look forward to more images upon his return.
Safe travels Mike!