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Cold colours on a cold day on my way to Tibet in September 1986.

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My last photo was taken when I left the Ladakh region in northern India in 1985. One year later I made a long journey through China, where one of the highlights was the week I spent in Tibet. I posted a few photos from Tibet already in 2008 and several more in 2013. Last week I had another look at my slides from that journey and was astonished to see how many photos I had previously neglected. So I spent an evening scanning a few dozen photos.

While most of them were taken in the capital city Lhasa, I had also managed to take some during my bus ride to Tibet from Golmud in Qinghai province. I left Golmud at 6 AM a very cold morning and we didn't stop for the night until about 10 PM. In the early evening we crossed the Tanggu La, the mountain pass marking the border between Qinghai and Tibet, at a level of 5,231 meters (17,162 feet), the highest point I have ever reached. Excluding flights. ;-)

Going to Ladakh in 1985 I had been rather sick from the high altitude already at just over 4,000 meters, but this time I had made sure to bring enough food and water and vitamins, so I had no problems at all.

Actually, I was rather disappointed with the views along this road. There were none of the spectacular views from the Ladakh road, since we started at more than 2,800 meters already in Golmud and rose slowly but steadily the whole day. Passing the Tanggu La was such a completely undramatic event that I hardly even noticed it.

Today's photos all look very unspectacular, even though they are theoretically among the most spectacular pictures I have ever taken. The main photo was taken during one of several short stops somewhere in southern Qinghai, one WS also from the long journey slowly climbing towards the Tanggu La. The other WS shows the scenery a short distance before the border pass.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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