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Tibetan Prayer Flags

I just got back from an eight day trip through Tibet and it was awesome! I am still waiting for the dust to settle before collecting my thoughts, but it is clear that there are no easy answers. I planned out the trip with the help of a local guide and when I arrived I was essentially escorted through the country at all times. There are strict rules to follow and a lot of paper work to fill out, but for anyone interested in visiting the Land of Snows, I highly recommend it.

This photo was taken on my way down from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp. This is just one of the many amazing natural beauties you will find sprinkled throughout the Tibetan Plateau. Although it looks more like a river, this is actually a lake. Yamdrok Yumtso is one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet and is said to me the transformation of a goddess into physical form. The lake water is an amazing emerald color (which unfortunately was hidden by the cloud cover in this photo.) This lake runs for many many miles and there are a lot of great vantage points, but I found this great place with the help of my guide.

High up on a ridge we saw a cluster of prayer flags flapping furiously in the wind. Prayer Flags are supposed to be hung in clean, high up places where there is a lot of wind so that each time the wind flaps the flag, the owner will receive the merit of the mantra written on it. It is a beautiful custom and these flags can be found all over Tibet. Some mountains are so densely covered with them that from a distance, they look like spider webs. It was a great experience to be able to travel across such a rich landscape.

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