Shigatse - Lhaste - Shegar / Tingri

Trip Start May 03, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Travel to Shegar/Tingri via Lhaste

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   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. On the right they were plain brown and lower mountains, on the right they were much larger and in hues of reds, purples, green and browns. Quite extraordinary, and shows the diversity of God in His creation.

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! and here overnight. When we got to the hotel we found we were booked into a dodgy looking room, no washing facilities, an a single outside loo. We went for a walk and found a better hotel, went to our tour guide and said we were moving, after which the hotel said they had better rooms and we got upgraded to one much better, shower facilities with hot water, and a western toilet. Supposed to be a 3 star hotel which usually are usually fine, but this one is battling to make 1star! Still, only one night.

Some John "Yak" jokes!

If a yak has heart failure, what do you do?
Reyaktivate him

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?
A Yakintosh.

Lexie's turn………..

Name a famous Tibetan actor?
Dan Yakroyd

What did Elvis say to the Tibetan farmer?
"A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Yaktion"

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Em Blythe on

Well.... cant you just see me now. Looking at you two like you are from out of space! Your not funny you two! hehe

nickandspence on

Oh my actually see Mt Everest "In real life" like that must have raised the hairs on the back of your neck...FANTASTIC. Really enjoying the blogs guys.

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