Mel and Sandra's Retirement Travels travel blog

Tibetan monestry

Tibetan monestry


Sunday 23rd. April Day 55

Up early again and breakfast across the road, well it was shut at first! Crossed he river in town and then up, up and up an it was very icy! After about two hours we reached our first pass- Lahlungha La at 5050 metres the drove down the other side into a valley where we sopped for lunch in a one street town at the turn off for the northern Everest base camp. Unfortunately we could not see the mountain due to cloud cover but did get stunning views of ho Oyu. We then had three hours drive to the next pass, you could not believe that this was the main road from KTM to Lhasa, it is however being upgraded all the way but with Chinese technology like JCB's and Caterpillar trucks, but still with many local workers doing the usual manual tasks. At 5200 metres we reached the Gyatso La pass looking like the tops of rolling hills but at altitude with many prayer flags. We are on the plateau now but its not flat as I expected but a series of lower hills with perfectly flat wide valleys between them. From here the road improves for a while until it enters a steep gorge where it regains it's quarry road status again. Steeply dropping into the valley and then along it for thirty km. we reached Lhatse (4095m) This is a major town by Tibetan standards and reputably the third largest. We booked into a rather nice Tibetan Farmers Hotel, beautifully decorated with furniture in the rooms, clean toilets and even TV (even if it was all in Chinese!). This was one of the best places we had stopped and we ordered apple pancakes and beer (Lhasa beer at 60p) - it tasted quite sweet!



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