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 Alpine Ascents Cho Oyu Autumn 2006: Exploring Lhasa and more


Exploring Lhasa: Vern Tejas here, reporting for team “We’ll Cho-oyu” on location in ancient Lhasa. Today was great for touring as we acclimatized. Early this morning we trekked to the Drepung Monastery along with thousands of devote Buddhist. At one time this rambling collection of colleges was the largest monastery in the world, housing over 10,000 monks. We were swept up in a sea of humanity as pilgrims stained to get a glimpse inside of a rarely opened temple.

The awe inspiring Potala palace filled our afternoon with delight. Architecturally impressive, it dominates the skyline with its sheer mass and aesthetic lines. We enjoyed the workout the numerous stairs provided and got a bit of insight to this amazing culture. It is hard to imagine just one of the many jewel encrusted tombs within was made of over 3.5 tons of gold. The Tibetans do respect their Dalai Lamas.

Everybody is in good health and most slept well considering it was our first night at this new altitude. We will feel even better after a few more nights at this elevation. See you tomorrow.

Kale Pa

Team arrives in Lhasa, Tibet 8/31/2006    

Hello friends, family and loved ones,

The longest journey begins with a single flight. We are truly on our way today with a short hop across the “Hump”. Our flight took us took us over the mighty Himalayan range from Katmandu to the historic city of Lhasa. We were treated to a wonderful view of Everest and Lhotse en route. We can feel the thinness of the air here at 12,000 ft. But that didn’t affect our appetites as we dined on fine Tibetan fare. With dinner there was traditional Tibetan dancing which left Lawdon and Amy being kissed by a Yak. Fun was had by all.

Sweet Dreams, Vern

 

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