Backpack Full of SunshineA travel blog of a boy following his dream and embarking on a four year backpacking sabbatical around the world

Tibet

In between the sublime hills and mystic lakes, you may just find what you came to seek…

Returning to Lhasa

11/1013 We bid goodbye to our wonderful host family, took one last look at Everest, and started our return journey late morning. After a grueling 10 plus hour bus ride, we were back to Lhasa just in time for dinner. Although first thing first, we took our first shower in 8 days. And damn, it felt epic. Some photos from our jouney back to Lhasa… We still had a...

Mount Everest

11/9/13 Saving the best for last, our final destination was of course Mt. Everest, the highest peak on earth. Measuring at an jaw dropping 8,848 meters above sea level, it rises majestically on the Chinese-Nepali boarder, reigning solemnly over rest of the Himalayas. Known for its unattainable summit and notorious legends of claiming countless climbers, for as long...

Sakya Temple

11/8/13 Today was another pretty easy day. The group was more than happy to sleep in after the lamb feast we devoured the night before. I knew we were in for a treat upon walking into the restaurant, when I saw sheep quarters hung by the rack in open air. Sam negotiated with the owner gaily, and we ordered 3 kilos for the 9 of us. It was served just the locals would...

Into the mystic heartland

11/6/13, Xigaze  Tibet was vast; its sparseness often had an “end of the world” feel to it. For that same reason, it felt eerily comfortable. The openness and silence felt easy on the mind, and soothing on the soul. “Escaping” was probably not the right word, but I did feel that each of us on this trip came here for a reason. There wasn’t nearly as much chatter on...