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Pelkhor chode monastery

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.

Pelkhor chode monastery
  It was a bit cloudy but we did get close glimpses of the summit. 

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. 

 

portia says:
hi, it seemed we were on the same route almost the same time! that was an incredible journey. happy traveling around the world.
Posted on: Dec 29, 2008
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Pelkhor chode monastery
Pelkhor chode monastery
Pelkhor chode monastery
Pelkhor chode monastery
Shigatse
Shigatse
Tashilhunpo monastery
Tashilhunpo monastery
On the road to EBC
On the road to EBC
Shegar
Shegar
Everest national park
Everest national park
Scenery near Mount Everest
Scenery near Mount Everest
Everest in background
Everest in background
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Walking to base camp
Walking to base camp
Base camp
Base camp
Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Summit
Summit
Locals farming
Locals farming
Dodgy suspension & no tool kit
Dodgy suspension & no tool kit
Local roads
Local roads
Road to Zhangmu
Road to Zhangmu
Tongla pass
Tongla pass
Friendship highway
Friendship highway
Roadworks, friendship highway
Roadworks, friendship highway
Zhangmu
Zhangmu
Kathmandu
photo by: sharonburgher