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

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Big snow mountains on the Tibet-Nepal border. Pelkhu Tso, Western Tibet.
Big snow mountains on the Tibet-Nepal border. Pelkhu Tso, Western Tibet.

 

More big Himalayan snow mountains. Pelkhu Tso, Western Tibet.
More big Himalayan snow mountains. Pelkhu Tso, Western Tibet.

 

Crossing the Himalaya on the way to the Nepal border. La Lung la, Tibet.
Crossing the Himalaya on the way to the Nepal border. La Lung la, Tibet.

 

Mt. Shishapangma 26279 ft. (8012m). Nyalam, Tibet.
Mt. Shishapangma 26,279 ft. (8012m). Nyalam, Tibet.

 

Ray starting the trek to Lapchi. Nyalam, Tibet.
Ray starting the trek to Lapchi. Nyalam, Tibet.

 

The trail to Lapchi is used by pilgrims and traders. Nyalam, Tibet.
The trail to Lapchi is used by pilgrims and traders. Nyalam, Tibet.

 

Looking into the Lapchi Kang mountain range from the Jamgang la pass 17,302 ft. (5275m). Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Looking into the Lapchi Kang mountain range from the Jamgang la pass 17,302 ft. (5275m). Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Frozen feet after about 12 hours of walking. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Frozen feet after about 12 hours of walking. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Some of the peaks of the Lapchi Kang mountain range. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Some of the peaks of the Lapchi Kang mountain range. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Lapchi is located on the Nepal-Tibet border. South Central Tibet.
Lapchi is located on the Nepal-Tibet border. South Central Tibet.

 

The trail to Lapchi. South Central Tibet.
The trail to Lapchi. South Central Tibet.

 

The village and monastery of Lapchi is located just at the foot of this snow mountain at the end of the valley. South Central Tibet.
The village and monastery of Lapchi is located just at the foot of this snow mountain at the end of the valley. South Central Tibet.

 

Warm moist clouds of Nepal coming up the valley in the late afternoon. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Warm moist clouds of Nepal coming up the valley in the late afternoon. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Himalayan big horn sheep. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Himalayan big horn sheep. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Mani stones. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Mani stones. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Ray walking the last couples miles to Lapchi. South Central Tibet.
Ray walking the last couples miles to Lapchi. South Central Tibet.

 

These prayer flags mark the first place from where you can see the village of Lapchi. South Central Tibet.
These prayer flags mark the first place from where you can see the village of Lapchi. South Central Tibet.

 

Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.
Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.

 

The people of Lapchi are from the Tamang ethic group. South Central Tibet.
The people of Lapchi are from the Tamang ethnic group. South Central Tibet.

 

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Lapchi monastery is situated on this small point, between two rivers. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

 

A good number of Milarepa's meditation caves are located on the side of this hill. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
A good number of Milarepa's meditation caves are located on the side of this hill. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

The main temple building of Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.
The main temple building of Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.

 

Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.
Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.

 

Looking south down the valley into Nepal. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Looking south down the valley into Nepal. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

 

Ray and Konchok Gyaltsen, one of the monks from Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.
Ray and Konchok Gyaltsen, one of the monks from Lapchi monastery. South Central Tibet.

 

A small retreat cave with Om Mani Padme Hum written on the rock in front. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
A small retreat cave with Om Mani Padme Hum written on the rock in front. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

A house for meditators in long term retreat. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
A house for meditators in long term retreat. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

Houses in Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.
Houses in Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.

 

Prayer flags. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Prayer flags. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

A small temple outside Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.
A small temple outside Lapchi village. South Central Tibet.

 

Ray camping out at Jamgang, the place where Milarepa meditated on compassion. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.
Ray camping out at Jamgang, the place where Milarepa meditated on compassion. Lapchi, South Central Tibet.

 

One of the meditation caves of the 11th century Tibetan meditator Milarepa. Nyalam, South Central Tibet.
One of the meditation caves of the 11th century Tibetan meditator Milarepa. Nyalam, South Central Tibet.

 

On the way back to Lhasa. Central Tibet.
On the way back to Lhasa. Central Tibet.

 

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