Long before the sun rises we are up. Behind the mountains it begins to dawn, we are engulfed by the beauty of the morning.
The night had been noisy, with Tibetan rodents rummaging overhead in the double wooden ceiling, sleeping was difficult. Where we sleep, kitchen, hall and bedroom in one, the typical Tibetan house.
Throughout the night I held a flashlight to spot the noisy little creatures who were after the Chambar.
The breakfast is painstakingly prepared with Chambar, salted tea and yak butter, yak cheese, mingled in a cup with bare hands.
of Tibetan people has no equivalent, we are honored guests in their
house, and dare not to refuse their persuasive welcome.
Red, hand-painted Tibetan furniture all around us, wooden tables, an open kitchen furnace, we sit on our bed eating and drinking salted Lapsang, planning for the day.
soon will ascend to the mountains staying overnight , where wolves and
bears still roam freely. As a result, every Tibetan - male and female -
carries a dagger ,
richly decorated with Silver and gemstones, according to his or her
A car takes us to the Tibetan Primary school where Mr. Chen's wife is teaching, an idyllic location 30 miles outside the city of Dege.
visit the school, its basic facilities and see only smiling, curious
Horses were called in the day before to carry me to the mountain, an almost impossible thought to bear. The means of communication is by word to mouth, as no transport other than by foot or horse can reach to this remote parts in 4000 m altitude.ege
We visit the school, its basic facilities and see only smiling, friendly faces filled with curiosity.
start our ascent at 0900 AM and the breathtaking beauty of the
valley immediately takes me into a trance. My guide's steps are fast,
it is difficult to follow pace, I grasp for air in such high altitude.
Alpine meadows on our way, tall yellow and purple cowslips along the trails. These meadows make me remember my own heritage. So similar is the vegetation here, I almost forget I am 8000 Miles from home in a far away location.
Our trail is steep, the first plateau reached we stare at the mountains around us, the valley below, fields of rye in golden yellow.
The main route to Chamdo and to Lhasa, a 5 days journey from here by car. So vast are the distances here, one needs to shut down his sensing of time entirely for the duration of this journey. Time has no meaning, we are only temporary on this Earth.. Tibetan wisdom comes in many shapes.
and half hour ride
on horseback till she reaches her mountain home.
Astonishing endurance, strength, people here are robust like no other. I encounter the first Edelweiss on my trip, it makes me forget the strain on my body, for too long I was out of practice since leaving my home country.
Recalling my Military training - again - Hauptmann Lukesch 50 Miles we marched in Alpine regions, I think back and realize how time has passed so quickly...
Here in this region I find a variety of plants, wild fruits, gooseberries, wild strawberries, raspberries in deep red growing nearby. Reminding me of my youth and the Alpine world I grew up with, where we would roam in the meadows after school, using the mountains as a playground.
We set off at 2000
ascent was exhausting. It takes full 8 hours to reach the foots of the
summit. Here in the
mountains everyone knows each other, so our arrival had been heralded,
and we are invited to the first dwelling we see.
Sitting in the dark kitchen with only basic amenities, the lady of the house and her grandson invites me with the same hospitality I am so used to since coming to these parts. All I take is some fresh mountain spring water, trying hard to recover from the climb.
Dege dream - Heinz Rainer