Met Jane in my travel group on the airport since we were registered on the same Tibet permit, witout the permit its not even allowed to board the plane. The flight was nice and had a great view over the Himlaya and dreamed about the coming week’s travel.

When we arrived at Lhasa airport there were noone to meet us and we had to call, later on they blaimed a road block but since it took about 1.5 hours for them to arrive i think they had just forgotten that we were coming. We talked to the guide about the trip and noticed that she had no idea what was planned for the week so she had to copy our iternery and i explained that we are supposed to hike the last kilometers to the base camp. Had to make sure we got what we were paying for.

After leaving the bags and resting for a short while i met Jane for dinner, we walked about 2-300 meters and got really tired. Back at the hotel we struggeled to climb the stairs. I have to say that i didnt believe that the altitude would affect me that much for that little of exercise. So it was just to relax to get prepared for the coming day’s challenge the Potala Palace.

The following morning we went to Potala and i have to say it has a lot of stairs. When we approached it we saw a lot of people walking in the same direction. Since the guide started to walk in the other direction i had to ask her where we were going. She hadnt got a clue about nothing before so couldnt really trust her to know where to go. She explained that all the tibetans where just walking around the temple and will not enter and that the entrence was on the side we where heading for, this time she was actually correct.

To walk around in a temple should be done clockwise the same way as all the people was circulationg the palace so every room we visited it was always to turn left and follow the wall…

It was a lot of stairs to go to the top of Potala but since we were walking slowly and stopped to breath it wasnt a too big problem. It went a lot much better than the day before when i got tired of walking to the restaurant. The palace was kind of boring and didnt live up to my expectations, i was thinking it should have some really big halls with huge buddas but it was mostly dark and a lot of rooms with not more than 2.50 meters to the floor. As a summary i can say that Potala is best from the outside…

After having a kind of bad lunch with some tibetan dishes we went to the Jokhang temple that is one of the holiest in Tibet. Here its alot of people walking clockwise and its also a big market around so the best way is just to follow the crowd around and stop if you see something interesting. Now was not the time for shopping so after looking at some extreme prayers (they go from standing to laying flat to standing and laying flat over and over again. I thought that i wouldnt be able to do more than two before i cant stand up anymore dure to the altitude so its probably a good exercise) we walked into the temple. It was very similar to the Potala so not too exciting but the roof gave a nice view over downtown Lhasa and the Potala Palace in the distance.

The next day we visited two more temples and it was the same as the others but at one of them we had a monk following us since he was a friend of the guide. He was very friendly and i also noticed that it seams to be easier to be a monk now than before. As the most people he had his own cellphone…

Later on in the evening we had dinner in a nice hotel to get some western food before we were going to start our journey to Mount Everest, the top of the world.