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Himalaya

Day 60: Tingri to Rongbuk

Rongbuk, Tibet 
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The chorten at Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery. Mount Everest in background with plume of spindrift trailing from the summit.
Michael Palin - HimalayaNone of these things goes through my head as I stand at the top of the pass, unable to take my eyes off this stupendous panorama.

Like K2, the world's second highest mountain, which straddles China and Pakistan, Everest is divided between two countries, China and Nepal. In the 1920s and 1930s Nepal was a closed country and the pioneering expeditions of George Mallory all came in from Tibet and concentrated on the North Face.

When expeditions resumed after the Second World War, it was Tibet's turn to be closed off, after the Chinese Communist invasion of 1949, whilst Nepal opened up around at the same time.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 60: Tingri to Rongbuk
  • Country/sea: Tibet
  • Place: Tingri
  • Book page no: 145

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