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The day to set of on the 24hr train journey into Tibet had come. Having met up with the 3 other people I'd be sharing the trek with the day before, we were already acquainted. We'd met through a message board on the lonely planet website a couple of months earlier. It's not possible to simply get a visa and wonder around Tibet on your own, unless you are Chinese. All foreign visitors can only do so as part of an organised tour group ...
... and slight nausea. Some people vomited and you could have access to oxygen from outlets in the compartment. So most of this day was spent moving as little as possible! No food really. Only a bit more fruit and a couple of biscuits. Time passed though and the train arrived on time at 19.20 and after police check we were taken to a guide who was to take us to our hotel. And a really nice hotel just next to the old town. ...
... hit a second security station, where they scrutinized our permits and passports.
We began walking up the steps--320 of them to be exact. No, I didn't count, but our guide was a bit obsessive about that number. While that's not much of a workout, I must admit being fully winded a few times with the serious altitude, trying to suck in more oxygen.
The two colors of the palace differentiate the Dalai Lama's political rule ...
... to see sunset on Everest its a stunning mountain and we can take our hats off to those who climbed it with or without oxygen and those whos souls remain on the mountain it is calosal!!! a beautifull monistary at Rongpuk and guest house, great food great fire an amazing haven for climbers and tourists alike mega vibe from all around you truly sensational evening. though gen had the scairyst night she couldnt breath enough!! and was so scaired of falling ...
... was humbling. People prostrating themselves hour after hour, or circum-ambulation - walking round and round a holy site, while praying, often for hours at a time. Our guide DAWA was an amazing resource as we explored the culture and history of Tibet. We had a wonderful time. People were so nice everywhere.
The last picture is of our guide, Dawa and driver, Doyje on our last day together.
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