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Day 4 – Ganden Monastery & Hot Springs

Our first full ride is a warm up trip to Ganden Monastery and then onto Dezhong Hot Springs.  The ride follows the Yellow River up a wide valley home the many vegetable and potato farms.  Tree lined roads and very little traffic.  The side trip to Ganden Monastery was our first big climb, up to 4200 meters through a series of switchbacks.

Typical roads ways outside Lhasa

Typical roads ways outside Lhasa

Tibetan housing today, traditionally Tibetans were nomads, but in recent years have been setting up villages.

Tibetan housing today, traditionally Tibetans were nomads, but in recent years have been setting up villages.

Prayer flags across Yellow River

Prayer flags across Yellow River

Traditional energy source for cooking & heat - yak dung

Traditional energy source for cooking & heat - yak dung

More modern energy source for cooking - solar

More modern energy source for cooking - solar

Ganden Monastery, considered the mother of all monasteries in Tibet, founding spot of the Yellow Hat Sect

Ganden Monastery, considered the mother of all monasteries in Tibet, founding spot of the Yellow Hat Sect

Stupha at Ganden Monastery

Stupha in front of Red Temple at Ganden Monastery

The White Temple at Ganden Monastery

The White Temple at Ganden Monastery