The first days, of course, sightseeing in Lhasa has been on my schedule.
In Tibet you often can find empty cardboard boxes just in the middle of a busy crossroad. These are so called "Ghost Traps". They are filled with neat little puppets made of butter and Tsampa, and shall take away evil spirits from sick people.
Daytime temperatures are quite warm (in the sun), while at night temperatures drop down to -20 Centigrade. If the sun is shining, you can burn one foot in the hot sand while freezing the other on an ice shell.
As a result of hundreds of years of animal (goats and yaks) husbandry and disastrous forestry management along the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley this area (and not alone) almost became a desert.
After a few days in Lhasa David and I took a bus to Dedrom Gompa and the nearby hot springs.
Nearby is an important Monastery of the Kagyupa Sect: Drigungtil Gompa. The attached sky burial site is busy almost every early morning. It is famous all over Tibet and people who want to have a good rebirth want their body to be buried here.
The surrounding mountains offer some nice hiking opportunities. A day-hike brings you to frozen waterfalls, windy passes...
My visit to Tibet ended with a ride on the roof-of-the-world railway from Lhasa to Chengdu.