On our last day in Lhasa I went with three others to visit a monastery out of town. It is situated at 4750 meters above sea level. The highlight of the day for me wasn’t the monastery but the climb we did to the top of the mountain beside it. We each bought some prayer flags and wrote our family name and the date on it and tied it to others atop the hill. The view was stunning and we felt like we were above all the mountains. The same day Leanne had a more relaxing time walking the city with some of the other travellers. She was back in the hotel room when a girl knocked on the door. She let her in and she sat on one of the beds and motioned for a photo. I had the camera with me so Leanne couldn’t take one of her, but she was probably showing Leanne how she wanted her to pose. Leanne sat on the bed, the girl took her photo, and then she left. It was such an unusual interaction. There is something about Leanne that really fascinates the people here.
The following day we took a stunning drive through the mountains to the small town of Gyantse. The views along the way were incredible and we stopped numerous times. One of the passes was over 5000 meters and we wandered around looking at the snow capped mountains that rose above 7000 meters. We also saw a glacial lake that was coloured so brightly the colour did not look real. In the evening a few of us went for a great dinner at a tiny restaurant with the friendliest most likable cook imaginable. He put on an impressive display with a flaming wok.
Yesterday we drove to Shigatse. We wandered through the local markets and explored the town. This morning we are off to see another monastery before heading to the town of Sakya. We are on our way to the Mount Everest base camp and will likely be out of touch until we reach Kathmandu in four days.