We explore historic Gyanste
Shigatse Hello Friends, family and loved ones,
We walked from our hotel across the main street of Shigatse to the glorious
Tashilhunpo Monastery. This active religious center survived the Cultural
Revolution relatively unscathed. It is surrounded by a castle like wall and
houses the tombs of many of the Panchen Lamas. Then we were off to Gyanste to
view the truly unique Kumbum Chorten. This fourteenth century monastery and
its accompanying Dzong (fort) filled our afternoon with exploration and photo
Team is enjoying this overland part so far as there is lots
of interesting scenery. Everyone is in good health, knock on wood….it’s one of
our goals to arrive at base camp well. The dusty road to Gyanste wasn’t so
good for lungs or eyes; however that seems to be a temporary condition. We are
redoubling our effort to stay hygienic as we move further from civilization.
So keep sending those best wishes our way and stay tuned for the further
adventures of “Team We’ll Cho-oyu”.
Kale Pa and sweet dreams,
Overland to Shigatse: Greetings friends, family and loved
We are on the road again. We drove 250km Southwest to Tibet’s second largest
city, Shigatse. Both Mustafa and I have passed this way before and were
impressed with the new highway running up the river valley of the mighty
Yarlung Tsangpo. Irrigation has turned this arid land into a veritable
cornucopia of produce. The wheat harvest is underway with farmers cutting and
thrashing the grain by hand. Serious work!
We are excited to be moving and having fun meeting the locals. Each few
kilometers we see something strange and new. The Panchen Lama, the Tibetan
leader of Buddhism, is also visiting Shigatse today so there is a bit
celebration in the air. Speaking of air, we are now at 12,800ft., but everyone
is breathing, eating and sleeping well. We must be doing something right.
Kale Pa! (goodbye) Vern
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