May – June 2013

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Intro

Tibet. Nepal. Bhutan.  Another epic trip that I’ve dreamed of for years!

Tibet, I’ve wanted to see ever since I was a kid, hooked on Tintin comic books (especially ‘Tintin in Tibet’!).  Nepal — thanks to ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego’, I’ve always wanted to go to Kathmandu, as it seemed like she was always hiding there!  Bhutan had fascinated me as well, ever since I’d learned that it was a ‘forbidden country’, and closed to the outside world.  

The time had finally come to see them all for myself.  Tibet‘s status had been in flux in recent years, changing from closed to open to closed again.  I took a chance and was lucky to find it just barely open again when I was hoping to visit.  Even still, I would only know if I’d been granted a Tibet travel permit upon arrival in Chengdu where I would (or would not) catch a flight to Lhasa the next morning!  Nepal has been open and welcoming for years, and wasn’t a problem.  Even Bhutan, relatively new to tourism, was wide open after decades of isolation – its tourism industry strictly controlled but highly promoted as a model of sustainable tourism — and proud to showcase its philosophy of Gross National Happiness to the rest of the world.

The Potala Palace in Lhasa is an absolute wonder, towering over the city – and seeing it

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Hong Kong, Hong KongMay 18, 2013May 18, 2013
    2Chengdu, ChinaMay 18, 2013May 19, 2013
    3Lhasa, TibetMay 19, 2013May 22, 2013
    4Yamdrok Lake, TibetMay 22, 2013May 22, 2013
    5Nagartse, TibetMay 22, 2013May 22, 2013
    6Gyantse, TibetMay 22, 2013May 22, 2013
    7Shigatse, TibetMay 22, 2013May 23, 2013
    8Lhatse, TibetMay 23, 2013May 23, 2013
    9Tingri, TibetMay 23, 2013May 23, 2013
    10Everest Base Camp, TibetMay 23, 2013May 24, 2013
    11Tashi Dzom, TibetMay 24, 2013May 24, 2013
    12Tingri, TibetMay 24, 2013May 24, 2013
    13Nyalam, TibetMay 24, 2013May 24, 2013
    14Zhangmu, TibetMay 24, 2013May 25, 2013
    15Kodari, NepalMay 25, 2013May 25, 2013
    16Dolalghat, NepalMay 25, 2013May 25, 2013
    17Dhulikhel, NepalMay 25, 2013May 25, 2013
    18Kathmandu, NepalMay 25, 2013May 29, 2013
    19Patan, NepalMay 27, 2013May 27, 2013
    20Bhaktapur, NepalMay 28, 2013May 28, 2013
    21Changunarayan, NepalMay 28, 2013May 28, 2013
    22Bandipur, NepalMay 29, 2013May 29, 2013
    23Gorkha, NepalMay 29, 2013May 29, 2013
    24Manakamana, NepalMay 29, 2013May 29, 2013
    25Kathmandu, NepalMay 29, 2013May 30, 2013
    26Paro, BhutanMay 30, 2013May 31, 2013
    27Thimphu, BhutanMay 31, 2013June 2, 2013
    28Metshina, BhutanJune 1, 2013June 1, 2013
    29Punakha, BhutanJune 1, 2013June 1, 2013
    30Paro, BhutanJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    31Kathmandu, NepalJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    32Bhadrapur, NepalJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    33Kakarvitta, NepalJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    34Panitanki, IndiaJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    35Bagdogra, IndiaJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    36Siliguri, IndiaJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    37Sevoke, IndiaJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    38Rangpo, SikkimJune 2, 2013June 2, 2013
    39Gangtok, SikkimJune 2, 2013June 3, 2013
    40Rumtek, SikkimJune 3, 2013June 3, 2013
    41Temi, SikkimJune 3, 2013June 3, 2013
    42Namchi, SikkimJune 3, 2013June 3, 2013
    43Jorethang, SikkimJune 3, 2013June 3, 2013
    44Darjeeling, IndiaJune 3, 2013June 5, 2013
    45Ghum, IndiaJune 4, 2013June 4, 2013
    46Sonada, IndiaJune 5, 2013June 5, 2013
    47Kurseong, IndiaJune 5, 2013June 5, 2013
    48Bagdogra, IndiaJune 5, 2013June 5, 2013
    49Kolkata, IndiaJune 5, 2013June 5, 2013
    50Dhaka, BangladeshJune 5, 2013June 7, 2013
    51Sonargaon, BangladeshJune 7, 2013June 7, 2013
    52Dhaka, BangladeshJune 7, 2013June 7, 2013
    53Kolkata, IndiaJune 7, 2013June 9, 2013
    54Hong Kong, Hong KongJune 9, 2013June 9, 2013
    55Taipei, TaiwanJune 9, 2013June 10, 2013
    56Hong Kong, Hong KongJune 10, 2013June 10, 2013
    57Shenzhen, ChinaJune 10, 2013June 10, 2013
    58Guangzhou, ChinaJune 10, 2013June 10, 2013
    59Hong Kong, Hong KongJune 10, 2013June 10, 2013

    Featured Image

    Yamdrok Yumtso, Tibet

    Yamdrok Yumtso, or Yamdrok Lake, is a gorgeous freshwater lake 100 kilometers from Lhasa, with incredibly sparkling blue water and a claim to fame as one of Tibet’s four divine lakes. The air here is so clean and fresh, and the views are magnificent. Oh, right, and I’m riding a yak.

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