The narrative has many phrases to describe the scenic beauty of the mountainside like:

A flawless half-moon floated in a perfect blue sky. Scan the text to locate other such picturesque phrases.

- gently rolling hills

- plumes of dust billowed into the crisp, thin air

- shaggy monsters, blacker than the darkest nights

- trail hugged its bank

- hunks of snow clung on in the near permanent shade

- a large cairn of rocks festooned with white silk scarves and ragged prayer flags