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The Road To Everest
Leaving Lhasa behind, the road climbs southwards, rounding the shores of Yamdrok-tso, one of Tibet’s holiest lakes, and on to the historic fortress town of Gyantse.
The journey continues across the roof of the world for hundreds of kilometres, the altitude soaring to a suffocating 5,260m at the Gyatso La pass before the road snakes wildly in a fast descent towards the foot of the Great Himalayan Range.
At Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world, the razor outline of Mount Chomolungma, the 'beautiful queen' as Tibetans call her, slowly emerges from the shadow of night. Then, in a moment of pure magic, the majestic north face of Everest is revealed, the looming peak bathed in the first rays of morning sunlight.