Prayer flags horizonal at Lalunga Pass Tibet
The next day was 8 hours of more of the same. We had to go back to the second immigration point and line up for check in. Some 7 hours later we were processed and allowed entry into Tibet.
Our group was comprised of 8, 2 x Australia, 2 x Belgium, 2x English, 2 x US. The group dynamic was fantastic and we all got along like a house on fire, which was a relief. Following immigration we boarded our 1990 Toyota Landcruiser with the distinguished medal of never having received a vehicle service. We drove for 6 hours to our evening destination of Tingri. Finally we started to see some of the spectacular scenery that is Tibet, as we ascended up a narrow winding dirt road some 5050m over the Lalunga Pass, which is starting to get into the nose bleed section of our travels at that height. Along the way we saw water falls that would drop for hundreds of meters to the next drop and then drop again and again, from snow topped mountains. From the Pass you can view a number of mountains that are between 8000m and 8850m, one being Mt Everest. We dropped in altitude for the night at New Tingri to around 4300m. But Paul and I contracted AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) because of the speed at which we had ascended and this was due to the fact that we had missed a day of acclimatization at the border, due to the Guide and drivers turning up late. It was pretty cold here.