map Himalaya routeThis was a great trip, traveling all the way from Beijing into the Himalayan mountains of Tibet, Nepal and India.

Here are the posts for each country:





The Top Ten places I went:

EverestEverest Base Camp in Tibet
homestay with Tibetan nomads

pilgrim stempede in Jokhang Temple

Tianamen Square and Beijing

Labrang Yellow Hat Monkschanting monks at Kirti Gompa in Langmusi

Mao’s underground tunnel

talking with Tibetan guides about their life, culture and religion

Arti Ganga at Haridwar

walk in Dhulikhel fields

Chinese construction projects

…and the Runner-ups
+ Himalayan mountain passes
+ Potala Palace
+ hot pot in Cheng Du
+ alleys of Lhasa

… and what didn’t happen:
+ never robbed or felt that my security was threatened
+ never lacked adequate food, clothing or shelter
+ the classic Chinese tourist sites of the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracota Warriors are certainly must see attractions. However, the hordes of tourists and the Chinese tourism system keeps them off my top list.
+ I gained some understanding of Tibetan Buddhism but did not find it personally motivating.
+ I needed more time to explore India and went when it was very hot.

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