Anyone who makes it to the top of Mount Everest is more likely to look below than above. A view of the earth spread out beneath their feet makes the arduous journey to the top of the world worth the effort.
But what if they looked up at the sky instead? That’s what Elia Saikaly did.
On her way to the summit, or as close to it as possible, Saikaly shot videos of the sky above the mountain range, by day and by night, to create the time-lapse video above. It was from the summit of Mount Lobuche East, at a height of over 6,000 metre, that Saikaly glimpsed what lies above Mount Everest. “Around 11pm on the second night, the skies opened up and the top of the world revealed herself in all of her glory,” she wrote while describing her video.
Saikaly has made other time-lapse videos of Mount Everest too. And her climb to the top is documented in its entirety here.