Hydro Dam and Kharola Glacier

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Driving from Gyantse to Lhasa

At breakfast we met three Australian ladies who were headed in the opposite direction to us so they had come from Lhasa the night before. They told us the ride ahead of us would be nothing less than spectacular and they were dead right.

 

The Hydro Dam

The colour of the water in the dam was very blue The Hydro Dam
The old fort was visible on one of the islands in the dam Old fort on the "island"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tibetans sleep out here with their tourist goodies for sale Little beds were in the tent

The first wondrous site was the Hydro Dam. At first we thought it was Lake Yamdrok because it was so blue but we were wrong. There was even a picturesque island in the middle with a ruined fort on it. This is a top tourist stop off point so Tibetans gather there to sell the sorts of items tourist often want to buy. It seemed such an isolated place to drive to and from each day that I wondered how anyone could be bothered packing and unpacking all the gear and traipsing back and forth. Then I noticed the little tents behind the stalls. There were beds in them! These folk don’t travel back and forth – they stay there at night! How cold would this place be at night?

Whilst there, the “Americans” arrived behind us. As always, we stopped and had a chat about everything we’ve seen.

 

Kharola Glacier lookout

Kharola Glacier sign Kharola Glacier as seen from the car park
Kharola Glacier Kharola Glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nest stop was the Kharola Glacier lookout. It was 5560 metres above sea level. Again there were sellers of tourist items. Jeremy took interest in a large piece of amber with scorpions in it. The seller wanted 250 Yuan to start with but settled for 80 Yuan instead. Jeremy gave him 100 Yuan which is roughly $16 AUD. Heaven knows if it really is amber. We have no idea of the real value of it.

 

Lunch at the Lhasa Restaurant

We stopped for lunch at the Lhasa Restaurant. Lo and behold the “Americans” arrived a few minutes after us. They chose to eat the buffet but we chose to eat off the menu. I think some of their food wasn’t all that warm from the bain maries - why doesn't that surprise me?. Ian and I had yak fried rice and Jeremy had braised pork and mushrooms. Jeremy said his food was delicious. It came to a total of 80 Yuan which represents about $12.50 AUD.

 

 

Next page - Yamdrok Lake and Kampala Pass

 

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