Entering Nepal at Zhangmu-Kodari border
Today we left Tibet and went to Nepal. What a huge difference: from the high, dry and oxigen poor plain to the green, humid and narrow valleys. Valley near Kodari and Tatopani From the Tibetan border to the Nepal border in the back side of a truck. Valley a bit further (down) en route towards Kathmandu
Tingri to Nyalam
Our last leg on the way to Nepal: from Tingri to Nyalam, a town at the Tibet-Nepal border We managed to get a lift from a jeep that was on its way back to the Nepalese border after it brought tourists to Lhasa. Empty landscape in Tibet Empty plateau in Tibet.
Mount Everest and Cho Oyu from Tingri in Tibet
The north face of Mount Everest as seen from Old-Tingri in Tibet in the evening hours. As we were hitchhiking from Lhasa to the border between Tibet and Nepal we were not able to easily reach the base camp of Mount Everest since there was hardly any traffic on the route between the “highway” and the direction of base camp. We spent few nights in Tingri before heading on towards Kathmandu. Below a photo of the Cho Oyu mountain as seen from Tingri. Cho Oyu is a mountain on the border of Tibet and Nepal. It’s peak is 8.188 m.
Surroundings of old Tingri
Some photos of the surroundings of old Tingri in Tibet Tibetan houses and water spout Man driving home the harvest on his horse cart while two foals accompany them. People working in/near barley fields near Old Tingri in Tibet.
Gyantse Dzong, Tibet
Pelkhor Chode Monastery Gyantse
The stupa of Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse Inside the monastery we saw several ruined painting.
Gyantse, street in old town
Scenic street in the old town of Gyantse. Walking this dirt road in Gyantse was like going back in time or walking on a movie set. The beautiful Tibetan houses, cows everywhere and a horse cart that comes straight at us. On the walls of the Tibetan house on the right side of the photo you can clearly see the plaques of cow dung and straw. They are dried this way and later those the plaques serve as fuel.
Gyantse old town
Some houses and a couple of children in the old town of Gyantse Cow in front of a Tibetan house with prayer flags. Children posing with the famous Pelkhor Chode in the background. Tibetan house in the old town of Gyantse.
Shigatse, houses, street, horse cart
Some pictures of Tibetan houses in the old town of Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Man and woman with a horse cart Tibetan houses near the kora of Shigatse Street in the old town of Shigatse.
Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse
Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse The Tashilhunpo Monastery (built in 15th century) in Shigatse used to be the traditional seat of the panchen lama, the second most important lama within the gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Tashilhunpo is an important destination for pilgrims in Tibet. Tashilhunpo means “all fortune and happiness gathered here” in Tibetan.