Tibet is such a culturally fascinating and visually stimulating place and I've always be drawn to this area. I first visited Tibet in 1988 and hitch-hiked across the plateau from east to west. I returned there for a backpacking trip through Amdo (NE Tibet) with Judy in 1990.
My 3 cycling trips were in 2003, 2005 & 2006.
- 2003- with my mate, Rob Cooper as part of the 'Once Were Worriers' team. We sneaked into TAR territory for a week, and then Rob's bike was stolen by bandits. I continued alone in Kham Tibet. 2300kms cycled.
- 2005 - with my partner, Judy, we cycled up the Salween valley and got stuck in deadly mudslides. Back into Kham Tibet from Zhongdian to Kangding. 2250kms cycled
- 2006 - solo ride from Zhongdian, Yunnan to Kathmandu, Nepal. A hard but exhilirating ride. 3580kms cycled.
|Pete at Everest base camp 5350m June 2006|
|Young Tibetan boy trying out 'Jota' for size|
|Mt Makalu (8481m) from the Kangshung Glacier|
|Rhododendrons in the Karma Valley 4500m|
|Himalayan blue poppy, Karma valley|
|Bicycles and Icicles - Climbing Tro La pass (4990m) in spring 2005|
|Mt. Choyu, east of Tingri en route to Nepal 2006|
|Pete in front of the Potala Palace 2006|
|Climbing Tro La pass 2003|
|Track across the fresh spring snow west of Garze, Kham Tibet 2003|
|Cannondale, BOB & Pete Kham Tibet 2005|
|Icy road between Baiyu & Garze, Kham Tibet 2005|
|Frozen bike on the triple pass above Deqin, Yunnan 2006|
|High camp below Zemi La & Minya Konka - trekking 2005|
|7 of the famous 77 bends descending from Gama La into Salween valley|
|Self portrait with altitude sickness - first +5000m pass, 2006. I can't recall taking this photo. The pass is just over those hills thar yonder.|
|Minya Konka and prayer flags from Zemi La 2005|
|Camp in the high Salween valley 2006|
|Cycle shadows on the Tibetan plateau 2006|