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Published: August 8th 2005
Tibetan Dance Ritual
I took this photo from our cab when we first arrived. Notice the large Land Cruisers in the background...that is the vehicle of choice all throughout Lhasa.
It has been a while since my last post as I have been traveling across Tibet via 4x4 with no access to the net. After a cool couple of days back in Chengdu, I hopped on a flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. On the flight, I met two English blokes (Oliver Tayler....aka OLLIE; Dominic...aka Junior). It took us a few days to get used to the altitude of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet (at 3500 meters above sea level), so we spent the first few days napping, eating and drinking. I was a bit taken back by the "progress" which the Chinese have brought to Tibet which, for the Chinese, means billboards, shops, and alot of "Western"-esque atmosphere. But we managed to take it all in stride. Junior decided to head out on a 12-day journey across Tibet with a return to Lhasa. Ollie and I joined a 6-person group and headed out to Nam Tso lake for a 2-day trip. The lake was beautiful and relaxing but the higher altitude (over 4,000 meters) continued to play havoc with my sleeping abilities (I would only sleep for 4 hours per night). We made it back to Lhasa and
Tibetan Meat Market
These meat stands pepper the narrow alleys around Lhasa.
had solidfied a good group of 7-people who would head out to Nepal just 3 days later. The group is as follows: Lily & Javier, Marc, David "Gypo", and Patrick "Patti". Truly an international group with one Spaniard, one American, one German and 4 from the UK. Before leaving Lhasa, Ollie and I visited the Potala Palace (previous home of the Dali Lamas) and a few monasteries as well as two bike rides around Lhasa.
The 6-day journey via Toyata Land Cruiser from Lhasa to Nepal border started with an auspicous beginning as Ollie and I overslept and were 30 minutes late to the meeting place at 6am. But luckily, that was the only major problem for the entire 6-days. Our 4x4 did break down a few times but the drivers were able to fix the vehicles. The journey took us from Lhasa - Shigatse - New Tingri - Everest Base Camp (2 days) - Old Tingri - Nepal border. The highlight for all of us was Mt. Everest. My insomnia kicked into high gear at the Everest Base Camp (5200 meters up) as I did not sleep for 48 hours.
The sights and sounds of the 6-day
The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
trip are sometimes undescribable...I guess that is why the 7 of us did the trip to experience it first-hand. But hopefully the photos below will help you back home get a feel for my two weeks in Tibet. I may add more photos in a few days once I get the photos from the other people in the group. When I do, I will re-publish this entry.
Hope everyone back home is good. Shout out to Rich and Amy who are getting married on Aug 6th out in the Hamptons! Sorry I could not make it guys. Best of luck!
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