Roof of the World (Crossing the Tibetian Plaeau) October 21-22, 2014
This third album of our "Roof of the World" trip covers much of our drive across the Tibetan plateau, from northeast to southwest, seeing nothing but incredibly high mountains, valleys and plains. It’s called the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and is the highest plateau in the world, with an average elevation of around 4,500 meters, an amazing13,500 feet (about twice as high as Mt. LeConte), hence the name “roof of the world'. Indeed we drove over three high passes, 14,282 feet, 14,480 feet and 15,660 feet. Highlights included crossing those high passes, Yamdrok Lake, a spectacular high mountain turquoise lake, the Pagoda of 100,000 Buddhas in Gynaste, wildlife including cranes and wild sheep, and Tashilumpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. And in the isolated and small town of Nagarze some of the best soups we’ve ever had (tomato and potato).
Oct 21, 2014