Friday Lens Affairs 176

Tibet

Today I’m hosting this beautiful photograph from Tibet taken by Fabian Pfitzinger from TravelPixelz Blog.

Fabian is a Berlin-based architect and photographer with a special focus on travel and landscape photography. So far he had the chance to visit around 40 countries and he hopes his photography to inspire people to travel this world. Check more of his amazing shots on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo Story: Tibet – Best Trip Ever Story

What can I say about Tibet? To me, it always was this mysterious place. The highest region on earth was never considered to be easy to reach and it still isn’t today.

There’s quite a lot of paperwork to do. Not to mention the financial aspect. In a word, I didn’t see myself going there in the near future.

However, in 2013 I used to live and study in Shanghai when my home university launched a research project about architecture in the Himalayan region. They tried to cover everything from Ladakh in India to Bhutan and Tibet.

And suddenly the chance to join this incredible project popped up. Since the university didn’t have financial resources to fly in the whole team all the way from Germany, they were looking for people on the ground.

Well, with a distance of almost 3000 km (as the bird flies) from Lhasa, Shanghai is not really what one would call ‘on the ground’ but hey, it’s at least the same country. Somehow.

So the university organised the visas, the car, the driver and of course the mandatory guide / watchdog and we got to enjoy one of the best trips ever.

If 5ooo m high, snow-covered mountain passes, tiny mountain villages, crystal clear lakes and even rainforest and sand dunes sound appealing to you, then Tibet got you covered.

We witnessed traditional funerals where dead bodies are laid out on mountain tops to be eaten by birds. Visited age old monasteries and spent nights in villages forgotten by time.

It was one of the best travel experiences I ever had. The photo you can see here is one of my favourite shots from that trip. Without a doubt, Tibet is worth every effort one has to undertake to visit it.

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