Living life in Tibet
After 45 hours on the most exciting train ride I've ever taken, I'm finally on the Roof Of The World!! I left Chengdu Wednesday night and arrived in Lhasa, Tibet Friday afternoon. This particular train route is the highest in the world. They actually have oxygen masks in the compartments for those who end up getting sick from the altitude. The funny thing is that the oxygen in my compartment didn't work...lol. The highest point we hit on the journey was 5,300 meters. It was a long train ride, but it was the most breath taking scenery I've ever seen in my life. Once the train hit the Tibetan Plateau my eyes were glued to the windows. It was absolutely amazing.
I'll be in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, for two more days and then will make my way to the base camp of Mt. Everest!! It's cold as shit here in Lhasa, which is about 3600 meter elevation, so I can't imagine how cold it is going to be at base camp. The base camp of Everest is over 8400 meters high. It gonna be damn cold. I really hope I have enough clothes for this trip.
The last stop on the Tibet tour is the Nepal border. I will be going onwards to Kathmandu, Nepal with some people in my Tibet tour group. I have to be in a tour group for Tibet because foreigners aren't allowed to travel in Tibet alone. Tibet is a very unstable autonomous region of China and has caused lots of political problems in the past. So, the Chinese government makes it as hard as possible for foreigners to enter the territory. Anyways, I will be going to Kathmandu and will try and apply for an India visa. I'm not sure how long I will be in Nepal but a couple of the friends that I've been traveling with will be trekking the Annapurna circuit for three weeks and I may tag along with them. We will see how I feel about the decision once I get to Kathmandu. If I successfully land a visa to India I will head that way. That's the plan right now and could very easily change within the next week or two.
The bottom line is that I finally made it to Tibet and I'm loving every minute of it!