What with wrestling with roads that were barely rutted trails, endless
dust, the high elevation, beggars, intrusive peddlers, lousy plumbing, and
the other pains involved with traveling in a third world country, I can't
say my three weeks in Tibet were fun. But my trip was definitely
highly rewarding. I got to see the mountains and Buddhist culture that I'd
been dreaming about visiting for years. And for every clinging beggar that
I encountered, I met a friendly and helpful Tibetan. For every physical
hardship, there was a spiritually uplifting experience. For every daunting
hassle that made me want never to return, there was some great joy that
made me vow to return. Not fun, no, but very fulfilling. I'd love to go
back some day.
I spent much of my time in the environs of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
The area contains many of the holiest places in the country. I made two
major trips outside of Lhasa; one to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base
Camp to the south, and the other to the great lake Nam-tso to the north.
Tibet is a large country, so with the limited time I had in country I stuck
to these travels in the south central region of Tibet. The eastern and western
regions will have to wait for my return.
I hope you enjoy my photographs!