After finishing Lhasa we came down to Gyantse which was a Full day picturesque drive along the turquoise lake Yamadrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahma Putra river (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight we stayed in Gyantse Hotel which was categories like 3 star but the facility were like 5 stars hotel in Kathmandu. afternoon we make a stop to visit the Pelke Chode Monastery visiting the 35m high Khumbum Stupa to appreciate the traditional architecture and beautiful intricate sculpting of the ancient Tibetans. The streets were so nice that small things pulled me till the late night and compel to walk and walk taking pictures and do little shopping .
Similarly 5th day we made another 90 KM APPROX 2 HRS Drive and reach the Tibet’s biggest Agricultural field Xigatse, sightseeing at Panchen Lama’s Tashilumpu Monastery was one of the another nice job here. Stayed in Manasarovar Hotel. Our Guide Rinji pointed the nearby village and informed that they were the villages where the polyandry still is alive. We passed lots of sheep herds, caravan of yaks and ancient villages all full of quest every second which now are like dreams.
6th day April 17th XIGATSE – SHAKYA - RONBUK. (5050m) 08-09 hrs drive was very interesting when we were more and more close to the top of the world passing Scenic drive through the highest point, Gyatchu La pass (5,220m . we stayed in the normal tea houses like hotels located in 5220 m. evening we visited Shakya Monastery . and saw the views of the Everest which was playing hide and seek with clouds . overnight night I was fear of altitude sickness to my group but nothing happened to all these great peoples. just I had little headache in the morning which didn’t remained longer too.
7th day we drive to base camp from Robuk and take the pictures of these great mountains breathtaking views. But same time the avalanche that came in Nepal side made us very nervous when we came to know killing dozens of Sherpa's climbing Everest and due to this the expedition of 2014 spring were canceled. After that we continued our drive to Nyalma , crossing over the 5,050 meters LALUNGA pass, from where you can view the breathtaking mountain range from Mt.Cho Oyu (8,201m) Mt.Xishapagma ( 8,012m) .
To get the faster entry next day we spend the night at the Chinese border town of Khasa instead of Nyalam before continuing to the Nepalese border, through the beautiful Nepali country side before arriving back in Kathmandu to celebrate the end of our trip. Khasa is an overall a place to stay a night to see the hustle and bustle of night life, business or trade of different kind . It is at same point introduction to china if you are going Tibet from Kathmandu or introduction to Nepal if you are coming from main line china. An amazing place just in the Rocky Mountains furnished with waterfalls of natural kind. It stands as a identity of multiple culture and life style. It has played important role as a trade route to Lhasa Kathmandu from ancient time to modern days.
Finally we all landed safely in the land of Gods again on 8th day which was April 19th of 2014. Overall Tibet was full of nice things to remember. if you are planning your trip to Tibet You can simply land in Kathmandu and take help of Good karma Trekking or any other outfitter in Kathmandu who will arrange your visa ,flights, tours etc . but for the travel permit you have to contact at least 3 weeks ago which is issued from Tibet travel bureau. If you are planning for your journey to this land of Peace and Spiritual science We had also developed the video which you can see and share with friends which is under this link.
before crossing the border and arriving Nepal , I concluded that this is not my last visit. It is just a introduction to Tibet . I will again travel to Potala , I will again Travel to Mt Kailas, I will again visit the settlements of Himalayan nomads . When i looked Nepal side from China immigration office, a red and blue mixed Nepali flag sign of victory peace was dancing in the border and welcoming us. Happy to back in Nepal (Never Ending Peace and Love).
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Thanks to all the members of the group, Ross and Valerie, Ema and her sister Lourie , German photographer Susanne , Guide Rinji and his driver for making this trip such sucessful .
On the way to kathmandu , crossing Khasa Border immigration. Everest ( TOP OF THE WORLD) Our group taking pic for memory in lap of Everest BC 1st glimpse of MT Everest from north ridge. 4WD for the comfortable transfer Tibetan lifestyle captured in Pic for fun. Blue water of Lake . want to touch??? smooth highway turquoise lake Yamadrok herds of yak grazing another pass Beautiful Peak on the way Pelkor Chode Monastery Car passing with add of Car Buddhist flags Tibetean Dog XIGATSE and monastery around the city Good Morning Tibet Buddhist flags all around the highway & passes Prayer wheels YAK couple in work of art .
Great pictures and impressive write up. It is truly inspiring me to visit Tibet soon.
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