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On Pilgrimage in the Land of Snows: Visiting the Sacred Sites of Tibet

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Monks crossing the Bramaputra river by local ferry.
Monks crossing the Brahmaputra river by local ferry.

Even cars are transported on these locally made boats.
Even cars are transported on these locally made boats.

Our first night was spent at Dorje Drak monastery at the foot of the hill.
Our first night was spent at Dorje Drak monastery at the foot of the hill.

Empty ferry boat on the banks of Brahmaputra.
Empty ferry boat on the banks of Brahmaputra.

A nomad tent with solar electric power.
A nomad tent with solar electric power.

Christine and Kerry setting our their tent.
Christine and Kerry setting our their tent.

One of the big peaks on the Tibet-Butan border.
One of the big peaks on the Tibet-Butan border.

On top of the Kurkula Pass, at 17,000ft (5200m).
On top of the Kurkula Pass, at 17,000ft (5200m).

The main cave at DrakYongDzong, the main destination of the trek.
The main cave at Drak Yong Dzong, the main destination of the trek.

Climbing down into the main cave.
Climbing down into the main cave.

Sections of the cave are so small that you have pull yourself through on a yak hid rope.
Sections of the cave are so small that you have pull yourself through on a yak hid rope.

Looking out of the cave.
Looking out of the cave.

Paintings on stone just outside the cave.
Paintings on stone just outside the cave.

The view from DrakYongDzong a place where Guru Rinpoche spent 3 years in retreat.
The view from Drak Yong Dzong a place where Guru Rinpoche spent 3 years in retreat.

Water powered prayer wheel.
Water powered prayer wheel.

Tibetan house.
Tibetan house.

Stupa and temple inside the place of Yeshe Tsogyal.
Stupa and temple inside the place of Yeshe Tsogyal.

Ray piloting a ferry across the Brahmaputra, near Samye, Tibet.
Ray piloting a ferry across the Brahmaputra, near Samye, Tibet.

 

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