This summer I ended up on a rather unusual 2-week trip to Kyrgyzstan, with 10 days of trekking in the mountains close to the southern border of the country. Needless to say, my Olympus OM-D E-M5 came along, and I have to admit that the camera fared better than me. The tour operator's description said that "moderate fitness" is required for the trek, which was a huge understatement. Being unaccustomed, the effects of altitude above 3500m were very noticeable, and the daily walks often took 10+ hours. That meant I did not have time to stop for shooting very often, and not even willingness to carry the E-M5 in my backpack to the highest passes (most of our stuff was carried by horses). Of course it was still a great trip, and I'm not too unhappy with the photos either. Gearwise everything worked perfectly and the E-M5 did something unbelievable: low battery warning flashed for the first time after more than 1500 shots! I did not even need to use the second spare battery I had bought for this trip. I guess it's mainly explained by the fact that I did not shoot often, typically fired away dozens of shots in different directions and then put the camera away (also, no chimping to save batteries). The camera and lenses (sealed and filtered, obviously) had no issues with the very dusty environment, occasional rain, and me forgetting them hanging on my bag when tossing it down on whatever surface. I have done very little landscape photography, and don't even own a tripod (not that I would carry one up there anyway!) I also tend to make telephoto compositions even with fairly short focal lengths. The style that you see here is probably closer to my usual "travel-documentary" than typical mountain photography. Throughout the trek I used b&w live view in the camera's EVF, since the mountains are mainly a boring mix of gray and brown, with some ugly bright trekking gear colors tossed in. I'm not used to focusing myself on luminance contrast, so I think it helped a lot. However, during the editing I decided on a mix of color and b&w. Here are the photos - click through to Flickr for larger sizes and enjoy! They are mainly taken with E-M5 and Olympus 12-40/2.8, and a few with Panasonic 35-100, or my backup compact Fujifilm XQ-1 (you can spot them by looking at highlight transitions, or by clicking through to Flickr).