From Gyantse, we drove for several hours through rolling hills and desolate landscape until we crossed a 5,200 meter high pass, turned a corner and saw a beautiful site. In the distance was a tall snow covered peak, Mt. Everest. The weather was amazing and there were no clouds covering the summit. We drove for another 30 minutes until we reached the town of Shegar where we would spend the night.
|Our First View of Mt. Everst|
Inside the monastery, I was standing in front of a massive Buddha statue, when taking off my prayer beads they snapped into many pieces and fell to the ground. We all thought this was very auspicious. A monk placed the beads on the alter and told me that I was blessed by Buddha. We finished touring the monastery and then headed back down the hill. On the walk down, I had a big group of Tibetan children following me and laughing and running. They were super nice, and I even taught them some English words.
We arrived at the hotel to soft beds and a short night’s rest. In the morning, we will wake at five o’clock to see sunrise over Mt. Everest. I am excited to visit Everest Base Camp tomorrow and complete another long day of the journey.
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