The North Tibetan Highway (Part 5) : ShíQú (石渠)

Maandag, 23 september 2013

Na laaaaaaaaang onderhandelen vertrekken we uiteindelijk uit MaNiGanGo naar Serchu. In het busje worden we getrakteerd op koekjes en kippepootjes. Dat laatste wijzen we vriendelijk af, maar het eerste smullen we naar binnen.
De tocht gaat terug over humpie-bumpie-roads. Opeens…STOP… Wat gebeurt er? Blijkbaar zijn ze de baan aan het asfalteren. Geen doorgang…tot 18u. Wat? Nog 5 uur wachten.

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The People of Tibet

Ilse, the paparazzi, took some stunning pictures from Tibetan people.

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The North Tibetan Highway (Part 4) : DéGé (德格)

It is time to continue our trip… The weather feels like us, sad that we have to leave this beautiful oasis. The rain pours down.
Luckily we don’t have to wait a long time for a minivan to MaNiGanGe, a dirty place full of roadworks. We want to leave this place as soon as possible, so we just eat a delicious thukpa (noodles and yak meat) and search then for a minivan to DeGe… After some discussing about prices – here they really try to lure us – we take a van to DeGe, over the famous Chola pas on 5050m, guarded by the majestic Chola Shan (6168m).

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The North Tibetan Highway (Part 3) : Darjay Gompa (大金寺)

When we arrive there, we head to the guesthouse, a little further uphill… We are greeted by an oasis of rest, a very friendly monk and a quit, nice sleeping room.
Hmmm, this gives another feeling. We love this place at first sight.
The monk offers to prepare a meal for us, just a pair of instant noodles. We were hoping on some vegetables, but not this time.

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The North Tibetan Highway (Part 2) : GanZi (甘孜)

GanZi itself is another dirty, dusty and extremely noisy town… We take a small hostel a little off the main road, securing a more quiet rest. For dinner we find a small Tibetan restaurant, away from the crowds and horn blowing cars, exploited by friendly locals. We plan to leave this town as soon as possible, but an old monastery asks our attention.

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The North Tibetan Highway (Part 1) : TaGong (塔公)

From DanBa we take a minivan to BaMei. The views into the valley stays stunning, so we really enjoy the scenery along the road. In our guesthouse they informed us well how to arrive in TaGong, which makes things much easier.
In BaMei Ilse helps making some dumplings in a local restaurant, while we wait on our own fresh portion… Delicious.

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