We travelled in Western Tibet last month (the bit that belongs to us) - a tiny residuum of an incredibly dense and literate culture, almost, one hears, wiped out in its own land. Fortunately this culture seems to be relatively safe with us, rather than our somewhat more intolerant neighbors.
The utterly fascinating founder of modern Tibetology - Csoma de Koros - learned his Tibetan here, by the banks of this river.
Literally the "Land of High Passes" - the world's highest motorable road at 18380 ft, covered with prayer flags.
Army roads are all very well, but there aren't many.
And the monasteries! Hugely impressive restorations, a tiny fragment of their Tibetan glory. This enormous monastery has over 1000 monks - the main Lhasa monastery had over 20,000.
A little gem - a 1000 year-old largely wooden monastery complex.
The exquisitely restored traditional decorations.
The villages in their mountain fastnesses.