Trek to: Hilsa & cross the Nepalese border into Tibet
Internal Transfer: Landcruiser to Purang (aka Taklakot)
Visa required: Yes if British plus an Aliens' Travel Permit
Currency:Chinese Renminbi (RMB)
Time Zone:+8hrs GMT
Day 8, 28/06/10 - Mt Kailash, Tibet
Drove for about 9hrs across the plateau today, in places the scenery looked very similar to that of the English Lake District. It would seem that Humla (Western Nepal) exists as the only place where I have experienced tradional nomadic people. Here the sight of nomads wandering the vast Tibetan plateau are a thing of the past & motorbike-nomads appear to be the in-thing.
The road build is quite incredible, a desperately uncomfortable thing to witness but incredible none-the-less. Hundreds of Tibetan people working in harsh, intolerable conditions to manually build a road across the entire distance of Tibet.
We arrived at 5:30pm in Saga and quickly discovered there were no available rooms. The guys checked every Guesthouse but there seemed absolutely no-where to stay. A huge part of me was excited by this prospect as to be perfectly honest I wanted to get back into my tent, after much searching a room was eventually found above a cafe in the main street.
Lovely little room and the proprietor was a warm, friendly lady. I must've gone sound out when at about 2am I was awoken by a pure white flash and an almighty bang. The lady rushed panicking into the room, turns out the power supplies & fuses had blown on the wall - mind you looking at them I'm amazed they ever worked.