If you are a regular viewer of the Rest of Everest, and have been enjoying the recent episodes of Jon and Scott’s adventures in Tibet, you probably know who their guide Lobsang is. At the beginning of this episode, ROE producer Jon Miller updates us a bit on his friend, who is a victim of the recent unrest in Tibet. Lobsang makes his living as a guide and with the country currently cut off from the rest of the world, and with no visas being issued, he is currently out of work. On top of that, the streets of Lhasa aren’t safe for Tibetan men at the moment, who are under a de facto house arrest. Because of this, Jon has asked us, the loyal viewers of the show, to donate a few dollars to help Lobsang and his family out. He’s not asking for much, just a one or two dollars to help him get by until China opens the borders once more. We’ve all heard about the economic impact of the Chinese crackdown on the local economy. This is our chance to directly help someone there. To donate, simply go to this page and click on the “Donate” button.
In this episode, entitled Gyangtse, we’re treated to some amazing shots of the “Kumbum”, which is the largest stupa or chorten in Tibet. A stupa is a large, usually domed structure, that is built as a Buddhist shrine. In this case, the Kumbum, is quite ornate, and colorful and a feast for the eyes. Regular viewers probalby know that that Jon wasn’t always able to film inside these shrines, but this time, we’re in luck, and we get to share it with he and Scott.
Also, when watching this episode, take a look at the landscapes in the outside shots. You can clearly see that the Tibetan Plateau is beginning to give way to the Himalayan mountain chain. The mountains are looming closer, and that can mean only one things. We’re getting closer to Everest as well, which is certainly a highlight to look forward to it.
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