The beauty of lunar landscapes, roads and mountain passes of Tibet
• The beauty of lunar landscapes, roads and mountain passes of Tibet
This edition is entirely dedicated to lunar landscapes, roads and mountain passes of Tibet, deserves special attention.
No objects are able to pass this cosmic scale and tranquility that reigns around. The roads throughout are very good, all concrete blocks or barriers, in some cities, the roads are made of concrete slabs. These good roads, as there is, especially between the cities, we do not.
The Tibetan plateau is situated at a height of 3600-3900 m above sea level without acclimatization stay there very difficult. And even more difficult in the passes, the height of which is typically 5200-5300 m above sea level. All passes have their own names, and the gates of the Tibetan tradition there are numerous flags hang lungta with protective mantras.
On each pass, you can buy souvenirs and lungta. Flags can hang where your heart desires. Sometimes they hang in such high points on the cliffs of the skin covered with goose bumps just from a single species.
, we saw a lot of old clothes on some passes. The Tibetan people have a tradition - to leave the clothes of dead relatives in a special place. A passes just such - a special, filled with the power of place.
Where there is nothing to catch the boxes, put huge pillars - tarchangi.
flags to communicate with each other and get multimeter tape. It looks fantastic.
Skulls yak, Tibetan most popular pet is also found in the passes and in other places. Often, they cut mantra.
It should be noted that the passes be very hard. We got to the first pass at 5300 meters a day after the entry into Tibet. To say that we were bad - to say nothing. Very dizzy, pounding heart, shortness of breath mad, it is very difficult to bend, much less go fast.
The only flowers that we've seen on the pass.
When you go down into the valley, it becomes easier to breathe, there are pieces of greenery, and you realize that after all is the Earth.
This is not a lake as it may seem, and the reservoir. But in any case - one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Tibet. Its length - a few tens of kilometers.
On the road along the reservoir. At the mountain serpentines have a very sharp turns, and all drivers will always beep served beforehand. There were some areas where our driver beeping constantly. It is interesting that they do so even on deserted highways, where there is no rotation of the mountains and is easily visible, but those local rules.
Gift township on the viewing platform at the reservoir. For many Tibetans, it is the only income.
It is a fun place, apparently built for local collect money from tourists for photos from this point. You can move a few meters to the side and remove the charge.
View from the free point.
Across Tibet, you can see numerous towers of stone - it is symbolic of the stupa, which embody our body, speech and mind, to build them any person. They add up to savdakov (spirits) - patrons of the area. As told to us by our guide, do they have to be small and read at the same time a certain mantra, but it will be our secret.
A view of one of the ancient glaciers.
The ice thickness is a few meters. He is a huge influx in the mountain under a blazing sun. The sensation is indescribable.
The glacial water - clean and tasty.
Our wonderful guide Tenzin.
Yamdrok-tso, Turquoise lake. One of the three greatest holy lakes in Tibet. The lake is a few tens of kilometers. Water salty as the sea. Actually, this is the rest of the ocean, which existed here millennia ago. All the Tibetan plateau was once the bottom of the ocean.
According to legend, in the lake live snakes - naked. Locals never here bathe and swim across the lake, because, as they say themselves, Tibetans, many such attempts end in the collapse of the boat.
We got to the lake in the rain.
It was very cold, the wind, the waves and the stories of the conductor of the nagas living in the lake, have imposed a little thrill. Especially because of the thousands of lakes in Tibet locals worship only three.
That such beauty made a polarizing filter.
Valley near Lhasa. Decreases very steep serpentine from 5200 to 3600 meters above sea level.
Another pass, Kamba-la
Mantra on the stone - om mani Peme Hung. This mantra of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, the most popular in Tibet, and perhaps in the whole world. Tibetans are constantly recite it, his beads, carved into the rocks and yak skulls, write on all sorts of amulets.
On the pass lives a huge Tibetan mastiff, which can be photographed for the coin. When you see these dogs live, it becomes a little scary on their size and power. A couple of times we saw mastiffs in front of the stores. Despite this, this breed of dogs are quite rare in Tibet.
the Yarlung River, aka Brahmaputra. Dirty and smelly. With Tibetan mountains it flows to India.
We fly home.
The roof of the world - Mount Everest or Qomolangma. Although the Tibetan sounds more correct Dzhomolagnma. Translated this name as the Divine Mother, in honor of the goddess Bon Sherab Chamma. The highest point on earth. Above - only by plane