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2004 Ray Kreisel
The peak of Dakpa Shelri (The Pure Crystal Mountain). This is
the main mountain that the Tsari circuit goes around.
The evening clouds come into the cover the border region of India
and Tibet. The left side of the photo is India and the right
side is Tibet.
There are a number of basic stone pilgrim huts like this one
on the circuit around Dakpa Shelri.
This area is the wettest place in Tibet. The monsoon from India
dumps endless amount of rain into the valleys of the Tsari region.
The circuit around Tsari consist of more than 7 passes that are
in the range of 15,000ft to 17,000ft (4570m to 5200m).
This area is known for being the home of a number of plants that
are not found anywhere else in the world.
Even when it would stop raining there was always a mist from
the fog and the clouds. This made it almost impossible to ever
If you are not climbing a high mountain pass then you are descending
from one. There was almost no flat ground during the walk.
The lake Potrang Yum Tso, (The Mother Palace Lake). One of the
most sacred lakes on the circuit around Tsari.
Many places on the circuit have piles of offering stones that
also help to mark where the trail is.
Tsari is home to many varieties of Rhododendrons and is famous
for a type that grows no where else in the world.
A typical part of the mud circuit around Tsari. The mud, rain
and cold temperatures and high mountain passes made this a really
A small pile of offering stones on the trail side.
A good part of the trail around Dakpa Shelri.
Rain forest on the southern part of the Tsari circuit.
Cooking on a wood fire in a pilgrim hut on the Tsari circuit.
The white water just poured out of these small valleys.
Looking down on to the small settle of Yume near the end of the
After days and nights of rain everything I had was soaked including
my sleeping bag. I took me a long time to make a fire with the
wet wood and get some of my things dried out, so that I would
not freeze in a wet sleeping bag.
A Tibetan house from the Tsari region.
Ray with a Tibetan friend.
There is a little timber that is being taken out of the Tsari
region, but because it so inaccessible most of the entire area
is still virgin old grown forest.
Two Tibetan girls from my truck ride back to Lhasa.
A young Tibetan girl that came to Tsari with her family.
The road sometimes degenerated into a endless mud pit which did
not make it easy for driving. We would often have to get out
and push the truck out of the mud.
Friends I shared the truck ride back to Lhasa with.
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