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A Backpacker’s View of Tibet

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It had never occurred to me that I would want to visit Tibet, but it’s now on my top 5 list.

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

I was talking to Diana Uribe Nakarmi this weekend at an MMA event and mentioned my upcoming trip to Asia. We started swapping travel stories and I found out she’d visited Tibet in 2008, right before the Chinese government purged many of the monasteries.

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Listening to her stories, it sounded amazing, but when I saw her pictures I was captivated (except for the primitive bathrooms). I hope you enjoy her amazing pictures as much as I did!

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

They took the train from China into Tibet’s capital, Lhasa and then drove through to Nepal.

Train to Ihasa Tibet credit Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Pasture View Tibet credit Diana Uribe Nakarmi

The people were incredibly nice, but anxious about saying anything about what was going on since it would all have to be reported to the police.

Tibetan making shoes credit Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Making Shoes 

Tibetan child credit Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

The tour group got to see Potala Palace and the marketplaces.

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Potala Palace Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Potala Palace

Yak Butter Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Yak Butter

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

I was most struck by the pictures of the more rural towns, monasteries, and amazing road side views.

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Credit: Diana Uribe Nakarmi

Johkang Monastery 

Right now it looks like many of the previous travel restrictions have been lifted and though you still must go with a tour group, it no longer has to be all of the same nationality or have multiple people from the same country.

I hope one day I’ll be able to visit while some of the original Tibetan culture still remains.

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