Tibet country world in 3000 m height
Today we will climb up the steep mountains around our place of abode in the center of Tibet Gharze province.
We enjoy a typical Tibetan style breakfast.
Chambar, salted tea and yak butter with grated yak cheese
Chambar, salted tea and yak butter, yak cheese, mixed in a cup with bare hands. We can’t find any tiktok coffee here.
Long before the sun rises we woke up.
Behind the mountains it begins to dawn, we are engulfed by the beauty of the morning.
Tibet night fall in 3000 m with mountains
The night had been noisy, with Tibetan rodents rummaging overhead.
The cabin had a double wooden ceiling, this is where the rodent built their nests.
Prayer flags at auspicious locations
Thus sleeping at night was difficult.
Where we sleep, kitchen, hall, and bedroom in one, the typical Tibetan house.
Arriving after 8 hours steep climbing
Throughout the night I held a flashlight. I could not spot the noisy little rodents who were after the Chambar.
The hospitality of Tibetan people has no equal.
They honor us as their guests in their house, and we dare not to refuse their persuasive welcome.
Tibetan furniture hand-painted
Our room has red, hand-painted Tibetan furniture everywhere.
The rooms are decorated with sturdy, hand-painted wooden furniture.
An open kitchen furnace is in the room where we sit on our bed.
Lapsang Tibetan salted tea
We drink salted Lapsang, and we plan for the climb.
Ascent to the high mountains
We begin to climb the mountains where we will stay overnight.
In this mountain wilderness wolves and bears still roam free.
Horses are sent to carry us up the mountain
As a result, most Tibetans – male and female – carry a dagger, rich decorated with silver and gemstones.
I reflect on my earlier days in Austria.
Beautiful mountain scenery all around
With every step I climb these trails comes a vision as clear as the Tibetan springs gushing out here and there.
We zigzag along the rocky paths, it takes all my strength for its steepness.
The higher we reach the more spectacular the views, the more you feel free.
Only a mountaineer can understand this feeling.
The only other place I felt a similar sensation was during a night I found myself in Beyla, Guinea.
The serpentine paths become more steep, walking close near to cliffs
Edelweiss grows here
Horses know the steep and risky trails
I realize I made a good choice not to move on horseback.
Not being a good rider it would have been too risky.
Well into the afternoon, long overdue we reach the first house on a long stretch of green, rye growing area.
Rye grows up on the mountain slopes
Exhausting climb up the mountains
We set off at 2000 meters, the ascent was exhausting.
It takes full 8 hours to reach the feet of the summit.
Zetandru leading his horse
Here in the mountains everyone knows each other.
They knew about our arrival by a messenger who comes here each day.
A simple abode
The owners invite us into the first dwelling we see.
We sit in the dark kitchen with only basic amenities.
Grandfather prepares own bio grown meals
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 first part of climbing.
Tibetan night in 3000 m altitude
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