La Ang Cuo, Barga,  Tibet, China Week 129 September 19th - 20th 2013
Things always look better in the morning.

Still not quite sure we have the mountain name right.

But its definitely in the right place for the Himalayas.

Even the Yak knows that.
Not sure about his mates though.
The yak herders residence.
This is one of several speeding tickets we've been given.

We get them at the beginning of a section.

If we arrive at the next section before the appointed time we must have been speeding.

We're not sure what the prize is.

There are also licence (vehicle and us) checks, and registration checks.

Mt Kailash.

Sacred mountain. Its never been climbed.

There's a sacred circuit for pilgrims.

Lots from India and Nepal.

For the Hindus its the seat of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion.

Tantric Buddhists believe its the home of the Buddha Demchok who represents supreme bliss.

There's the tourist town of Darchen below Mt Kailash from where walking begins.

There's a three day (52km) circuit.

Entrance fee RMB150 per person (about A$25).

Lake Manasarovara is the sacred source of a couple of big Indian rivers (Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Karnali)..

Its another tourist area.

We drove down a track past a monastery looking for a campsite.

We were rounded up by the gatekeepers. We apologised profusely for missing their ticket office (RMB150 each) and headed for the nearby Ghost Lake. They used to be one lake.

Camped beside Ghost Lake (La Ang Cuo) with Rob and Clary.

In the background is Namunani, otherwise known in English as Gurla Mandhata (7,727m).

A visit by the police, lots of smiles, and we are left to admire the scenery.

We watched the sunset.

While we were overwhelmingly weary in Kazakhstan the effect of altitude is quite different, an overwhelming sleepiness.

We have to take more than usual care with driving.

I also notice I'm a bit slower of thought ... though popular opinion is I'm always like that.

So we have a rest day.

And watch the sunrise.

Plus a bit of maintenance.

The next two days are long (450km) drives.

The moon cakes are to help celebrate a "harvest festival" and full moon.

A two day holiday.

Not a good day after all. The diesel cooker wouldn't light and the flashing diagnostic lights weren't any help. I think that after the broken diesel pipe I ran the level in the good tank too low, air in the feed to the cooker, and the pump wouldn't prime. No fumes from exhaust and a noisy pump were the clues.

Then fixed one water leak, sliced thumb when knife slipped cutting pipe (a rare accident for me). Not easy working underneath the drips plus cold and altitude! Then discovered second leak hidden by first, but cold wind prevented repair.

Camera reports "system error (zoom)" and will be disposed of after repair attempt failed.

And so on. Like the intermittent indicator fault.

But the moon cakes (filled with various flavour jellies) were good.

Sorry, the iodined and plastered thumb is sore, but not quite bad enough to stop me typing! Just don't complain if there are no spaces. I'll live! 

To Saga, Tibet, China Week 129 September 21st 2013

Ian & Jan Thu, 26 Sep 13 20:59:17 +1000
Hi Folks! While we thought the scenery looked fantastic, we did wonder what would happen when given one of the 'speeding tickets' you then stopped off for the night before you got to the next 'checkpoint'? Would you still have to pay a fine for going to slow, or is there a nicer 'prize'?

Moon cakes looked delicious, but were they as good as the Brits Mince Pies?

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