Although I had trekked from the India border with Nepal to the Tibetan border in 1964 I had never officially been to Tibet.
In 2007 I was fortunate to be part of a small party escourted by Tashi Tenzing, the grandson of Norguay Tenzing, the first man (with Ed Hilary) to get to the top of Everest, on a less touristy excursion to some of the not-so-visited places in Tibet.
I had been to the base of Everest three times but always on the Nepalese south side. This time we wanted to trace the birthplace of Tashi's grandfather in the remote Kharta valley and get up close to some of the famous and not so famous Buddhist monasteries and holy places.
We flew from Kathmandu to Lhasa, toured for two weeks and drove back over the Friendship Highway into Nepal.
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