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Day 12 Lhatse to Old Tingri

Our route continued along the Nepal China Friendship Highway, through the dry central regions.  Today’s starts with a bang, as we climb to Lappa La, the highest point on our tour at 5220 meters.  But the reward is 60 kilometers of continuous downhill to our hotel in Old Tingri.

Cresting Lappa La

Cresting Lappa La

The pass also marks entry into the National Park

The pass also marks entry into the National Park

Thousands of prayers flags adorn the pass

Thousands of prayers flags adorn the pass

Village along the descent

Village along the descent

Dry landscapes

Dry landscapes

There are some 6000 monasteries in Tibet ranging from small to gigantic

There are some 6000 monasteries in Tibet ranging from small to gigantic

Glimpse of the wonderful mountains to come

Glimpse of the wonderful mountains to come

Tingri Monastery, at its peak held 1500 monks, but was mostly destroyed during the cultural revolution

Tingri Monastery, at its peak held 1500 monks, but was mostly destroyed during the cultural revolution

Prayer wheels at Tingri

Prayer wheels at Tingri