Shigatse - Lhaste - Shegar / Tingri
Trip Start May 03, 2010
16Trip End May 21, 2010
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In Shigatse, John visited the Tashi Lumpo Monastery which was Built in1447 by the first Dalai Lama, while Lex stayed outside watching and photographing the local goings on.
The Monastery was quite large and as it was a special day for them, there were lots of locals, and monks praying and chanting, luckily we were there quite early so missed the big crowd. Were only in there ¾ hour as opposed to the 3 hours on the schedule, we had said that was too long and we were not that interested in the monastery.
Walked through the street market then left Shigatse for Tingri. Another spectacular drive through mountain ranges; strangely for much of the way the ranges on either side of us were different to each other
We asked the driver to pull over a couple of times so we could photograph the yaks at work in the fields, it is a sight hard to describe, humble, simple yet hard work, almost romantic in an old world sort of way, such beautiful creatures.
A little before 3pm the car pulled over to the side of the road and the guide, whose English is not good, mumbled something which we understood to be 'take photo'. Seeing nothing out of our side windows except what we had seen for the last x-kilometres we said ‘take photo? What of? He said ‘no this way’ and pointed out the front windscreen, ‘Mt Everest’.
WOW!! How cool is that, we could see the top of Mt Everest! The ‘cloud’ on the side is the wind blowing the snow off the mountain. Unreal. This mountain we have heard about all our lives and there it is.
We arrived in Tingri for a late 3:30 lunch
Some John "Yak" jokes!
If a yak has heart failure, what do you do?
How do you stop a Yak getting fat?
Keep him Yaktive
What do you call a yak who gives off power in the sun?
A solar Reyaktor.
What does a yak wear in the rain?
Name a famous Tibetan actor?
What did Elvis say to the Tibetan farmer?
"A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Yaktion"
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