Lhasa to Kathmandu overland
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We set out towards Gyantse through the valleys before heading out onto a very bumpy dirt track towards the village. We visited Pelkhor chode monastery in Gyantse, it was very beautiful although our driver only allowed us forty minutes before we had to set off for Shigatse where we spent our first night.
The following morning started off with a minor problem in that our permits and guide had not been arranged and it was a national holiday. Luckly by lunchtime this was sorted out and we arrived in Shegar by late afternoon.
We left Shegar early on Friday morning to head towards Everest base camp. We stopped on top of a high pass for some breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding mountains. After lunch we walked to the base camp (5200m) which took about one and a half hours.
That night we slept in a tent at the base camp which had a nice cozy stove fueled by yak poo!
In the morning we headed towards the border town of Zhangmu via the spectacular Tongla pass, one of the highest in the world before travelling along the friendship highway. This is a mainly dirt road with huge sheer drops and no barriers. Although the views were breathtaking it was also the scariest road we have ever witnessed.
We spent the night in Zhangmu before getting a lift across the border to Kodari in Nepal the following morning. From here we took a crowded local bus (luckily we got a seat and didn't have to join the locals on the roof) to Kathmandu through the wonderful valleys.