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Sep 14, 2015 - We made it to Lhasa!

No picture can ever do the Potala Palace justice. Admittedly, after 8 full days of driving through mud and over crumbling roads, camping at altitude in all kinds of weather, shivering with all my clothes on at night, and and struggling to catch my breath when doing any kind of activity, I was desperate for just a tiny glimpse. But I must admit, even after all the impressive buildings I have seen all over the world, I truly think the Potala is the most impressive. The Potala was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Monks

This morning we went to the Drepung Monastery. Aafter going through security there was an elderly ethnic lady that asked the guide if we would give her a ride up the hill. We of course agreed to do it. This is the largest and richest monastery in Tibet. It was founded in 1416 by Tsong Khapa under the patronage of the noble family and enlarged by the 5th Dalai Lama. Drepung means rice heap. It covers a floor space of 200 thousand square meters. It was an eduction center which housed 10,000 monks at one time, now there are about 400. We...

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Apr 6, 2015 - Lhasa

Tibet has a population of about 5 million. Tibet is the capital and the largest city with a population of 400,000. Lhasa means Holy Land or Buddha Land. It is located in the south central region on the north bank of the Lhasa River, surrounded by mountains. It was settled over 1,300 years ago and covers over 11,583 square miles and is at an altitude of almost 12,000 feet. Our guide lives in the city for 4 months to work as a tour guide. The rest of the year she lives a nomadic life with her family. They raise sheep and yak. In the summer...

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Apr 5, 2015 - The Roof of the World

Up early for the plane to Tibet. FreeIng cold n the airport. I've got 4 layers plus gloves on! On the plane and again flight delay due to Air Traffic Control! The Chinese lady next to me said it was probably military related! You know it's going to be awhile when they serve snacks and beverages before you take off! At least we have a direct flight! Had to show passports and Tibet permit when we arrived. Met by our guide, Guo Guo (pronounced Go Go), or we can call her by her English name, Amy.mshe gave us Each a khala, a white, long silk...

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May 31, 2014 - Day 2 Khamba La pass

Sat 31 May Day 2 75ks. Over 20k hill Ride time 5hr 30, Rode over Khamba La pass. Steady climb from 3600m to 4794m over 20k. Sun blazing. Temperature 13degc first thing but soon warmed up to 30s. The climb was steady gearing at 1-2 or 1-3 with no flat ground. Multiple switchbacks. Views awesome , stopped every few kms for photos and to get our breath back, Nickie is feeling strong and powers ahead. The altitude hasn’t affected us like some of the others, as we get higher the views just get better and better. Coca Cola vendor on the hill, and...

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May 30, 2014 - Lhasa to Camp 1

Friday 30 May Lhasa to camp Day 1 85ks 4hrs 10 ride time. Departed hotel 9:15. Light drizzle. 4 lane streets, some with cycle paths for about 8kms to the industrial centre. Group stopped outside the Potala Palace and we were moved on by the police. High police presence, 3 check points for vehicles, but we rode through. Armoured trucks with teargas cannons, armed guards in the city streets. Mixed bunch of riders, about 6 guys and 1 lady , Julia who are super athletes, iron eventers and marathoners, 2 young Danes, then our group of 5, Maria...

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Apr 20, 2014 - Miraculous you call it babe….

You ain’t seen nothing yet They got Pepsi in the Andes They got McDonalds in Tibet…. Well, actually they have the Chinese equivalent of McDonalds - Dico’s. Which for all intents and purposes is the same same. It’s all plastic and fast food. Tibet is China no matter how you see it. It is totally modern with new roads, stores, a mall, and fast food. We took a flight from Xi’an to Lhasa which is the second largest city on the Tibetan Plateau and the administrative capital of the TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region). Lhasa is also one of the highest...

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Apr 14, 2014 - Day Lhasa

Monday14th April It was a 9:00am start again today, however I went down to breakfast at 7:15, hoping to do some emails etc as wifi is only available in the public areas. A group of four of us did the Age crossword at breakfast before it was time to head to the Summer Palace of the Dali Lama, which for some strange reason is only a few kilometres away from the main residence, Potala Palace. For me this palace was much more pleasant, only two levels and set in large gardens. This building was completed in the 1950's and is well preserved with...

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Apr 13, 2014 - April 12 & 13

Saturday April 12th Not a lot to report today. The wake up call was 5:30am as we had a flight to catch from Shangri La to Lhasa. The view from the plane was spectacular:flying over snow capped peaks or barren mountains that are way above the tree line. Lhasa sit sits in a very long valley with many rivers flowing along it. The barren mountains have eroded to create large areas so sand. Lhasa is a very large and urban city, much more developed than Shangri La. The roads, bridges and tunnels all seem relatively new. Jack, you will be pleased...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Mt. Everest journey

Since the last blog so much has happened. We have met some great people along our journey but the five people beside us two in our Tibet tour have become very special to us. There is something to be said about sharing significant events, good and bad, that makes fast friends. We now have five good friends... Dugald from Belfast, Maureen from Glascow, Allesandro from Milan, Michael and Hanna from Dever, Co. Four of us are grandparents and the other three younger than thirty. So my story this blog includes our five new friends. Our guide Chou...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Shigatze, Tibet to EBC

Two more temples and Monasteries today and then we set off across the Himalayas. To tell you the truth we are all about templed out so when we arrived at our destination this evening and the tour guides pulled into another monastery at 7:30pm after all of us getting up at the crack of dawn to begin today's ride we all almost died. Well, the monastery was closing so we just had to go on to our hotel in Shigatze. The four of us in our land cruiser cheered and clapped with the news as did the other vehicles. We will however go to the monastery...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

Up early to start the journey to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). Tonight we stay in a small village and tomorrow afternoon arrive at EBC. Our guide keeps telling us to be prepared as it is very primitive up there. Dick and I are much better prepared then the rest of the group. We are the only ones with food for example. Most of the members of the group never got altitude sickness meds. Not smart as one couple has already had to leave because the woman was very ill at the Lhasa altitude level. Three people we know who are going to go trekking...

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