Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet

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This is another panoramic from my trip to Tibet. Yamdrok Lake is located around 100km southeast of Lhasa, and is one of the holy lakes of Tibet. The lake is huge, with a length of about 81 miles. We visited it as a detour on our way to Everest Base Camp. The road leading up to it winds upward through mountains and contains many blind hairpin turns. Evidently accidents are common. We were told after we were safely off the road that two tour buses already this year had plunged off the cliffs, killing about 24 people each time. The panoramic combines 4 (handheld) horizontal shots using my 30D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

Mt. Qomolangma

Mt. Everest

On my trip to Tibet, we completed the hike to Mt. Everest (Mt. Qomolangma) Base camp, and stayed the night in a tent at the hike starting point, what i called tourist base camp. The hike lasted maybe an hour to an hour and half, and wasn’t too stressful, though we had our full bags with us which made it harder than it should have been. We also had the option of taking a horse and cart to the base camp for about 50rmb per person, but i think the hike was a lot more memorable. We read that it was possible to stay at the actual base camp, but when we got there their was no tents set up for rent. I would attribute this due to the fact that it was early October, thus past the peak season. The photo is a panoramic i took combining 7 (handheld) vertical shots using my 30D and Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Click the photo for a larger version.

Tibet

I traveled to Tibet over the Chinese national day holiday in early October as we had the week off from classes. The main highlights of the trip were the visit to Lhasa, Mt. Everest, Namtso lake, and taking the new train from Lhasa back to Shanghai (53 hours). I put up a flickr set of the journey containing 419 of the “better” photos i took. I brought both my 17-40mm and my 28-135mm for the journey and interchanged them often.