Expedition Dispatch :
Tashi Delek from Lhasa!
Thanks to all for following our expedition thus far in the very early days. We
are receiving loads of supportive and extremely kind e-mails from many and
they are so appreciated.
Some may think that we are
merely on a holiday traveling the roof of the World but there is a reason for
this start of the journey to the top of the World's Sixth Highest Mountain. We
felt as a team that traveling to Lhasa was well worth the extra expense. This
will provide a slower acclimatization schedule prior to reaching the base camp
in 7 days. Whilst we acclimate to the altitude, we are getting as much as the
fresh higher altitude air as possible. It would be foolish not to take in the
great wonders that all of Tibet has to offer in our route to base camp. The
Jokhang, the Barkhor, the Potala, and the Drepung - embracing every moment of
time as possible whilst visiting this country. We are so appreciative of our
loved ones back home, our friends and family, being supportive of the time we
are away. Thank you.
Yesterday, 01 September we
visited the famous Drepung Monastery, once the largest of its kind in the
world, with over 7000 monks living in this beautiful monastery. Unfortunately
today, there are less than a 1000. Only time will tell if the life will return
to the inner walls of the Drepung. We can only hope. The Drepung is one of the
three great monasteries of the Gelupa Sect here in Lhasa.
The rest of the day was spent
in and around the Jokhang and the surrounding Tibetan area of Lhasa - enjoying
the kindness of the locals and of course, the culinary delights of this far
Our morning today, 02
September started bright and early with a tour of the Potala Palace, former
residence of the Dali Lama dating back to the 7th century. Its so hard to take
everything in at such a quick pace, but our minds will never forget all that
we have seen. We will share to you on our return.
As a team we are getting
along very well, enjoying each other's company but allowing the space for each
of us to take our time experiencing Lhasa at our own pace. Our day will be
spent wondering, observing and listening. Its so much nicer having some
freedoms then just being hoarded around.
A big huge Happy Birthday to
Emma from us all, but especially Ben Woodbeck and Diana Finkel. A big hello to
young Willian Sellier on his first day at school - enjoy, your papa is proud.
Phillip's eyes beam when we ask of his son. Darrell, Phillip, and Jocelyn all
send big greetings to friends and family back home. To Mrs Bradshaw - Darrell
found the OREOS very quickly. :).
I wish to thank my friends at
my friend Dave, his family and all the folks at DC for their support, Dan at
Printglobe.com - you are the dude. :),
and finally, to all the folks headed to Rain Man, I'll make it one day. I
Headed to Gyantse tomorrow,
speak with you all soon.
for Arun Expeditions.
(USA & England), Brook A.(USA),
Phillip G.(Swiss), Jocelyn M(Swiss), Ben W.USA), Diana F.(USA), Philippe S.
(France), Darrell B.(USA), Jens V. (Germany), Claire D.(France)
veteran expedition leader, Everest summiter, author and motivational
speaker. To book Gary
the world's 6th highest mountain at 8,201m
- Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain at 8,201m, is located just west
of Everest and Lhotse along the Nepali-Tibetan border. Cho Oyu is a
straightforward climb and not technically demanding, an excellent mountain for
climbers wanting to scale their first 8,000m peak.
Flying from Kathmandu
(1,280m) over the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain, we'll arrive just
outside Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibetan Buddhism, at almost 3,600m. We'll
spend our first night in Tibet relaxing and acclimatizing to the significant
increase in altitude. While in Lhasa, we'll tour the former winter residence
of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace, and his summer residence, Norbulingka
Palace. We'll visit other notable sites such as Jokhang Monastery, barter for
goods at Barkhor Market, and travel just beyond the city limits to watch the
scriptural debates at Sera Monastery.
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