Tag Archives: Tibet

2004 Tibet. Up the Gurla Mandhata, down the Sutlej and around Mt. Kailash

A Camp on Sutlej

In a nutshell: Expedition to Western Tibet. Attempt to climb Gurla Mandhata peak (7694 m), first descent of the Sutlej river, pre-tibetan and tibetan cave settlements discovery on the banks of Sutlej. Tibetan pilgrimage routes around Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Links: Lower Sutlej (Xianquan) in Tibet, 2004

Expedition map

All pictures from the map gathered in one album


Gurla Mandhata ascent map

To be updated.

2003 Tibet. Nascence of the Great Rivers

In a nutshell: Expedition to North-Eastern Tibet. Descent of the Yangtze River from its upper course, passing the Russian Geographic Society mountain range (name given to the range by Nikolay Przhevalsky in his Tibetan expedition), first descent of one of the two Mekong river sources. Acquaintance to Tibetan nomads of the North Tibetan Plateau.

Walking down the Yangtze River
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(Русский) А теперь в реале! Рассказ про Тибет на Дебаркадере

/ The Roof of the World

Ships of the Changtang plains – yaks.

Far, far away from the roads of silk and tea, on the very edge of the Roof of the World – on North-Eastern outskirts of Changtang – lies a boundless ginger land. Thousands of blue pads of lakes are scattered in the swash of hills, where dreamy clouds and cloudy yaks graze in peace. Time here is as thick as ripe honey, and air is as brisk as meltwater.

There, on ginger plains beneath the very sky, since the dawn of time live people free like birds. Their tents flutter on the wind like sails and they know not attachment to their place nor to belongings. The name of the highland country is Amdo and it is inhabited by nomads.

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/ Memba

On the Great Bend of Yarlung Tsangpo, in the sacred lands of Pemako, live Memba people – one of those lucky to be officially recognized 56 ethnic groups of China. A very small one, though. Geographically, Memba are also Tibetans, they have a lot in common with the peolple of U-Tsang, and Buddhism is also a fundamental spine of their being. Still this is a different ethnicity. You won’t see the traditional white Tibetan houses with decorated windows, the altitude is too low for the wooly yaks. And they plant banana trees here instead of barley.
Eternal mists raise from river gorges and cloudy forests, and whenever they melt away a Fata Morgana of fantastically beautiful Gyalha Peri and Namcha Barwa levitate in the thin air above the villages.

Gyalha Peri at dawn

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/ To the Land of Lakhs

Only pictures here. Full entry is only available in Russian

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2006 Tibet. Hidden Treasures

Under the North Face of Mount Kailash

In a nutshell: A combination of two expeditions to Western and South-Eastern Tibet. In Western Tibet: investigation into the systems of pilgrimages around Mount Kailash. In East Tibet we reconstructed the route of the greatest tibetan pilgrimage to the sister of Kailash – Mount Tsari. Members of the expedition were the first non-Tibetans to accomplish the pilgrimage route. Epic success. The most increadible of our expeditions.

More info on the expedition will be published soon..