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 Sometimes there was no other choice but to push the bikes. North of Ali, Tibet.
  Sometimes there was no other choice but to push the bikes. North of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

This bridge was only about three or four inches wide. The bikes were to heavy to carry, so we rolled them over the bridge slowly and carefully. By the time that John got out the river, his legs were numb from the icy waters. North of Ali, Tibet.
This bridge was only about three or four inches wide. The bikes were to heavy to carry, so we rolled them over the bridge slowly and carefully. By the time that John got out the river, his legs were numb from the icy waters. North of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

This nomad family hosted us for the afternoon. The fresh yogurt and tea was a welcome treat. We will always remember their great kindness and hospitality. South of Ali, Tibet.
This nomad family hosted us for the afternoon. The fresh yogurt and tea was a welcome treat. We will always remember their great kindness and hospitality. South of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

Most of these tents are only about 10 feet across and house an entire family, which will usually consist of three  generations. South of Ali, Tibet.
Most of these tents are only about 10 feet across and house an entire family, which will usually consist of three  generations. South of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

This young woman is making a fresh batch of yogurt by churning it in a sheep skin. South of Ali, Tibet.

This young woman is making a fresh batch of yogurt by churning it in a sheep skin. South of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

Liyang trying to get across the river without getting her feet wet. South of Ali, Tibet.
Liyang trying to get across the river without getting her feet wet. South of Ali, Tibet.



 
 

These "mani walls" are often found in towns and on the trail side. The walls are made of hundreds of rocks that have been carved with "Om mani padme hum." or similar mantras. "Om mani padme hung", is the mantra of the Bodhisattva Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Boundless Compassion, of which the Dalai Lama is said to be an incarnation. Tholing, Tibet.
These "mani walls" are often found in towns and on the trail side. The walls are made of hundreds of rocks that have been carved with "Om mani padme hum." or similar mantras. "Om mani padme hung", is the mantra of the Bodhisattva Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Boundless Compassion, of which the Dalai Lama is said to be an incarnation. Tholing, Tibet.



 
 

A prayer flag flying amidst the ruble of old ruins and new building. Toling, Western Tibet.
A prayer flag flying amidst the ruble of old ruins and new building. Toling, Western Tibet.



 
 

From this region the King Yeshe O, ruled most of Western Tibet in the 11th century. Tholing, Tibet.
From this region the King Yeshe O, ruled most of Western Tibet in the 11th century. Tholing, Tibet.



 
 

The foreground shows the canyon lands of Western Tibet, the ancient kingdom of Guge, and distant horizon is India. Near Tholing, Tibet.
The foreground shows the canyon lands of Western Tibet, the ancient kingdom of Guge, and distant horizon is India. Near Tholing, Tibet.


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