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 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.
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.
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.
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.