© 2009 Pedalers Pub & Grille Fortress ruins, used by Tibetans to defend against British Colonial Forces

Day 9 – Nangartse to Gyantse

One of the more spectacular rides of the tour, rolling through both alpine terrain and high mountain desert.  Two climbs take us past glaciers, turquoise reservoirs, old towns and monasteries.  The day starts with a visit to Samdeng Monastery, home to the only female incarnate of Buddha and ends with the Baijung Monastery with its mandala shaped temple structure.

Morning at Yamdrok Lake

Morning at Yamdrok Lake

Samdeng Monastery

Samdeng Monastery

temple murals

temple murals

Temple murals

Temple murals

landscapes along the way

landscapes along the way

Landscapes along the way

Landscapes along the way

Kharo La Glacier

Kharo La Glacier

Ruins above the reservior

Ruins above the reservior

Baijung Monastery, with fortification walls in the background

Baijung Monastery, with fortification walls in the background

Mandala shaped stupha at Baijung Monastery

Mandala shaped stupha at Baijung Monastery

Fortress ruins, used by Tibetans to defend against British Colonial Forces

Fortress ruins, used by Tibetans to defend against British Colonial Forces