After 8 hours of driving and walking, we were finally here at the highest point of the overland route from Lhasa to Kathmandu. 5,220 meters is the highest altitude at which I've ever stood. Just for comparison, the average elevation in NYC is 24 meters (87 ft) above the sea level and that in Lhasa is around 3,650 meters. The North Base Camp of the Everest is in Tibet at 5,150 meters (16,900 ft).
When I stood there without supplemental oxygen, my heart was pounding so hard and my brain literally vibrating inside my head, but the view was spectacular! The entire sky was full of stars, which, unfortunately, were not captured by the photos.