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  Alpine Ascents Cho Oyu 2005: Gyantse, Tibet  Tashi Delek everyone!


Gyantse, Tibet  Tashi Delek everyone!

We are here at just under 13,000 ft. in the town of Gyantse. This morning we are heading out to see yet another monastery as well as the Gyantse Dzong - or fortress. It was here that Younghusband had advanced the British in the early part of the century and encountered a strong resistance from the Tibetans.

Our team is all healthy and doing well. The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse took about 7 1/2 hours thanks to the newly paved roads that nearly span the entire distance of around 280 km. In years past this route has taken up to 14 hours. Everyone was impressed by the beautiful scenery and high passes. One of these photos is taken at around 16,000 ft. at the base of one of the many 7,000 meter peaks in Tibet. Gorgeous lakes as well as old Tibetan villages with only subsitence based communities were all part of the journey. Everyone got a bit of sleep plus some time to zone out with some music on the headphones.

Last night we had a nice dinner and then the first of our "DVD entertainment" evenings. We made it through the first 3 episodes of 'Arrested Development' which no one had seen but we all loved. Quite a contrast to the world we are traveling through.

This afternoon we're off to Shigatse- the historic seat of the Panchen Lama. It's only a 90 km drive on good roads so today is sort of our day off of the long driving. Tomorrow we'll make the long trip to Tingri which is nearly all dirt roads.

For those family and friends emailing our computer it looks as though we won't be able to access those until ABC around the first of September. We'll update that info as things change- it could be earlier.

We'll be in touch.

All the best,
Dave

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