Travel Blogs from Xigaze
Today was the start of a 3 day trip in which I would visit some of the other major towns in Tibet as well as Everest Base Camp (EBC), China side. Once again I got up early this morning, to meet my tour buddies for the next 3 days. This time there was only 4 of us plus a driver, travelling in a Toyota land cruiser. Of my new travel companions there was Rui Jin, from Yunan and Nana and Hong from Shenzhen. Our driver was Tibetan but I can't remember his name, we just called him Sze ...
... a good lesson. Climbing so far at such a great altitude showed us how excruciating this country can be. It also showed us some of the tricks our minds can play, and how important it is to stay focused on the summit. Panic breathing struck almost everyone. The "why on earth am I here?" As well. At times, when one rounded a corner only to see yet another set of switchbacks above, the question arose, "can I actually do that?". Strangely (or not) some of the folks ...
... exchanged a few dollars, needing to keep the rest for visas later down the road. Most of Tibet does not have ATM's and the first one we found didn't work for anyone the second one did after we were advised it was a short taxi drive away, and upon review Alex and Jay agreed it was easily walkable. We retuned to the restaurant where our food had already been ordered, I wanted a Yak Steak. It came with some veg and fries on a hot plate sizzling and covered ...
... rest of China the electrical
system to each building etc really has something to be desired. Some buildings
just have wires stretched from house to house, from window to window. The main
power supply at the main entrance looks more like spaghetti
After a good walk around the old Monastery Zander and I
left and headed back towards the hotel. Again it was shop looking all the way
and my main goal was to find some chocolate!! Sure enough there in ...
... really realise what route this
road is taking but much of the time its simply climbing leg after leg above
Finally after a few photo stops on the pass itself we
reach the summit and looking down at what we have just come up is simply
amazing. There must have been well over 40 hairpin bends on that pass
Here at the summit I walked around trying to take photos
but just did not have the energy!! On asking ????? how high up we were ...