10 days in Lhasa
01.10.2011 - 10.10.2011 25 °C
Sadly enough, my ten days in Lhasa with Marjorie are almost finished now. The flight Kathmandu - Lhasa was good, we had a lovely view on the Himalayas with the highest peaks piercing through the clouds.
Of course there was the south face of Everest
We had a lovely time visiting a lot of monasteries in and around Lhasa by car, bicycle and on foot, climbing a lot.
Drak Yerpa Monastery, we visited by bicycle, first passing a baby-pass (300 meters of climbing) and then the serious work: 1200 meters climbing over 16 kms, not easy on a bicycle for an eight-year-old The reward we got at an altitude of 4885m, once again, made up for it and the downhill was nice, it was snowing lightly.
Drak Yerpa monastery is beautifully set in the mountains about 28 kms outside Lhasa. Guru Rinpoche, who introduced buddhism into Tibet is said to have meditated seven years in a cave there but, then again, he is said to have meditated in every possible Tibetan monastery you visit.
Next day, we visited Tsurpu Monastery, a two and a half hour drive outside Lhasa, mostly over dirtroad, not very comfortable sitting in the back of the car, bumping around.
On Friday, we took bus 14 out of Lhasa and started climbing on foot, up to Ketsang Monastery (not sure about the spelling), towering high above Lhasa. Further up, there was another monastery with just one old monk who showed us around a bit. After that, we still had to climb a lot to get to the summit of the mountain, covered in prayer flags.
We descended on the other side of the mountain, which was very steep and there was no path to be found, not easy for somebody with a fear of heights!
We got down to Sera Outze Monastery (again, not sure of the spelling), the yellow monastery you can see high above the famous Sera Monastery.
Then after descending further, we finally got down to Sera Monastery, I was so happy to have solid ground under my feet again!
To end with, here's a picture of a delicacy sold at Lhasa supermarkets
Tomorrow morning, I will fly back to Kathmandu and probably start the Annapurna trekking on Wednesday, so, once again, I will probably have limited internet access from Wednesday on. Will write all about the trekking in about two weeks.