Boddhisatva mural at Amchi, the oldest monastery in Ladakh | Ladakh

ANCIENT ARTWORK | Boddhisatva mural at Amchi, the oldest monastery in Ladakh | Ladakh

Grain fields in Tar village | Ladakh

WHISTLING WHEAT | Grain fields in Tar village | Ladakh

An afternoon laugh with Dorje, a warm-hearted farmer in Tar | Ladakh

VILLAGE SMILES | An afternoon laugh with Dorje, a warm-hearted farmer in Tar | Ladakh

Prayer flags stretch across a the top of a pass in the Ladakhi Himal | Jammu & Kashmir

MANI MOUNTAINS | Prayer flags stretch across a the top of a pass in the Ladakhi Himal | Jammu & Kashmir

Abandoned stone hut on a Himalayan trail | Ladakh

DOORS OF PERCEPTION | Abandoned stone hut on a Himalayan trail | Ladakh

On an morning stroll through the hillsides in Tar | Ladakh

EYE FOR ADVENTURE | On an morning stroll through the hillsides in Tar | Ladakh

Effulgent Boddhisatva in a monastic cave outside of Amchi | Ladakh

THE CENTER OF THINGS | Effulgent Boddhisatva in a monastic cave outside of Amchi | Ladakh

The ethnic and linguistic melting pot Leh, the end-of-the-world feel capital of Ladakh | Jammu & Kashmir

CULTURAL CROSSROADS | The ethnic and linguistic melting pot Leh, the end-of-the-world feel capital of Ladakh | Jammu & Kashmir

Villagers corralling livestock to a river in Ursi | Ladakh

MAN AND MAMMAL | Villagers corralling livestock to a river in Ursi | Ladakh

ALTERNATE DIMENSION |Otherworldly alpine scape on the trail | Ladakh

ALTERNATE DIMENSION | Otherworldly alpine scape on the trail | Ladakh

ODE TO ENLIGHTENMENT | A millennia old painting of a Buddha playing a lute | Ladakh

ODE TO ENLIGHTENMENT | A millennia old painting of a Buddha playing a lute | Ladakh

LENS OF ADVENTURE | Break time during an epic trek through the Himalayas on a cloudy day | Ladakh

LENS OF ADVENTURE | Break time during an epic trek through the Himalayas on a cloudy day | Ladakh

DEMONS AND DEITIES | Supernatural entities battling over good and evil at Amchi Monastery | Ladakh

DEMONS & DEITIES | Supernatural entities battling over good and evil at Amchi Monastery | Ladakh

POPLARS & PEAKS | Trees used to build houses stand proud in front of lofty Himalayan summits in Leh | Ladakh

POPLARS & PEAKS | Trees used to build houses stand proud in front of lofty Himalayan summits in Leh | Ladakh

A THOUSAND LOTUSES | A Buddha of boundless compassion in a cave outside of Saspol | Ladakh

A THOUSAND LOTUSES | A Buddha of boundless compassion in a cave outside of Saspol | Ladakh

SOLAR TRAIL | A spacey solar panel is dwarfed by the foothills of the Himalayas outside Leh | Jammu & Kashmir

SOLAR TRAIL | A spacey solar panel is dwarfed by the foothills of the Himalayas outside Leh | Jammu & Kashmir

CARAVAN OF DREAMS | Storage house crafted out of an old Volkswagen outside of Leh | Ladakh

CARAVAN OF DREAMS | Storage house crafted out of an old Volkswagen outside of Leh | Ladakh

REFRACTED HORIZON | Having some fun with new settings during a clear twilight | Ladakh

REFRACTED HORIZON | Having some fun with new settings during a clear twilight | Ladakh

STATUE SILHOUETTE | Giant effigy of Guru Padmasambava, who transported Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century A.D. | Tso Pema

STATUE SILHOUETTE | Giant effigy of Guru Padmasambava, who transported Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century A.D. | Tso Pema

POLLEN PANE | Stunning sunflowers in full bloom in the middle of summer in the Himalayas | Leh

POLLEN PANE | Stunning sunflowers in full bloom in the middle of summer in the Himalayas | Leh

PORTALS INTO THE PAST | Dome shaped palace openings in Lodi Gardens | New Delhi

PORTALS INTO THE PAST | Dome shaped palace openings in Lodi Gardens | New Delhi

MYSTIC MONTAGE |Amazing artwork by medieval Kashmiri and Ladakhi sages outside Saspol | Ladakh

MYSTIC MONTAGE |Amazing artwork by medieval Kashmiri and Ladakhi sages outside Saspol | Ladakh

MOGHUL MAJESTIC | 16th century Moghul palace in Lodi Gardens | New Delhi

MOGHUL MAJESTIC | 16th century Moghul palace in Lodi Gardens | New Delhi

TOO GOOD | Elated to be in the mountains surrounded by surreal landscapes

TOO GOOD | Elated to be in the mountains surrounded by surreal landscapes on a trek | Ladakh

CATHEDRAL OF HEAVEN | Prayer flags wrap around a pole in a dramatic Himalayan backdrop | Ladakh

CATHEDRAL OF HEAVEN | Prayer flags wrap around a pole in a dramatic Himalayan backdrop | Ladakh

SUPERNATURAL | An unfathomable being emerging between flowing prayer flags | Ladakh

SUPERNATURAL | An unfathomable being emerging between flowing prayer flags | Ladakh

SIMPLE STYLING | Adorable kids happy to pose for a shot in Hemis | Ladakh

SIMPLE STYLING | Adorable kids happy to pose for a shot in Hemis | Ladakh

VALLEY OF A THOUSAND VOICES | Picturesque Ladakhi valley nurturing apricot orchards and field of wheat | Jammu & Kashmir

VALLEY OF A THOUSAND VOICES | Picturesque Ladakhi valley nurturing apricot orchards and field of wheat | Jammu & Kashmir

 

 

 

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Hi, I'm Matthew! I currently live in the southern most African metropolitan, the beautiful Cape Town, the mother city. I've hitchhiked and climbed peaks in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, India and Nepal, studied cultural anthropology in Cape Town, practiced as a Hindu monk, taught English to students from around the world, volunteered for education and sports NGOs and worked as a cross-cultural field instructor Adventures at the World's Edge combines my passions for adventure, travel, humanitarianism, anthropology and writing. My projects focus on fundraising initiatives through community collaboration and adventure challenges. Writings on my shoestring travels and anthropological interests are also included as fuel for motivation for aspiring journeyers and curious wanderers on this globe. It is my sincere hope that I might be able to inspire others to follow the beat of their own hearts and have the courage to make a difference in the world. Adventure...Awareness...Aliveness

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