Our 2014 Trip Lhasa Tibet to Kathmandu travel blog

on the kara la pass

kara la pass

leaving camp

interesting sign

looking back to the lake, gentle climb

decorative pillars

looking back , about 7ks into climb

spinning shepherd..

high peaks

Karo la glacier

kids charge to get photo taken

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descent from pass

looking back at Kara La

policeman statue..weird

about 12ks from Kara la

villages in the distance

2 yaks with plough

huge trucks

camp at river


Sun 1 June Day 3 48ks. 3hr 45 ride time.

Once again enjoyed “bed tea” at 7am. Pack up then breakfast @ 8. Very gradual climb from lake for about 15 ks. Passed through small town, little girls dressed in national costume. See photo, the Catering Department of Peace, whatever that could be ?? . Rode between 2 pillars to begin climb over Karo La pass. Next 5ks a little steeper. Shepherd spinning wool. Snow- capped mountains, signs of avalanche. Wind mod strong against us for the steep 5ks to the top of pass 5015m Prayer flags . Here Marie and HL got out of van and onto bikes to do the downhill. Stopped a few mins to enjoy the glacier views and warmth out of the wind. Marg and Dave speed down the switchbacks. We took our time to enjoy the views and be safe on the roads badly potholed and strewn with rock fall. Waited for Marie and HL to join us for photos. This is the Tibet we came to see. Breathtakingly beautiful and no words really capable of explaining the massive scale of the landscape, colours and textures. Smal l villages many kms in the distance are just brown dots. Nickie poses with a statue. From the distance it had looked like a policeman waving us down, weird Clusters of mud brick farm houses. Farmers use 2 Yaks to pull the plough. Dry earth, where is the irrigation ? In another field red trucks do the work. Groups of young people standing on roadside selling large lumps of crystals and turquoise. Around 2.30pm we roll into camp on the flat beside the river. Do hand washing at the river , hang on the barbwire fence to dry. 5 kids from nearby village crowd around us they want chocolate, drinks and biros!! Very cold and windy til about 8pm. Another delicious curry meal. Nickie and Pete are awarded the yellow shirt because pete has been doing lots of bike mechanics for others, Nickie has given out antibiotics and electrolytes for the guys suffering with tummy troubles..and we let Andrew come into camp before us !! Had very comfortable night using 2 sleeping bags each. Incredible number of stars, very clear night sky.



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