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monastery : Bruce Peck Adventures

Barley Wine Break

After our time in Lhasa, we spent 4 days driving to Tibet’s southern border with Nepal, stopping at monasteries along the way. Tibet is a land of extremes. It has an average altitude of 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) – the highest in the world. Our bodies were particularly aware of this fact on the high mountain passes where a short walk from the car to the lookout point was a workout. The landscape itself could easily be lifted from the photos... Read More

The Big Top: Everest Base Camp

Okay, so braving base camp on the Tibetan side isn’t as hard as it sounds. No week of climbing in the freezing cold needed. The Tibetan plateau is so high that the country is practically already on the snow level of Everest. To compare, if you’re on the Nepal side you’ll spend a week hiking to get to the snow line. We pretty much drove in. But is was cold, if that counts. The ribbon road to base camp with Everest in the distance. The... Read More

Never Argue with a Monk

Monk asking a question. When our guide said we should go watch the monks debate, we thought he was using the wrong word. But it turns out monks are the liveliest and most compelling debaters I’ve ever seen, even though I didn’t understand a word. As we approached the courtyard of the Sera Monastery, we could hear yelling and slapping in the distance. Entering the courtyard doors brought into view about 75 monks in small groups ranging... Read More