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Karo-la Pass (4960m)

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Friendship Highway continuing west from Nangartse towards the mountains of the Karo-la Pass
Friendship Highway continuing west from Nangartse towards the mountains of the Karo-la Pass
Kalurong Qu river flowing down from the Karo-la Pass
Kalurong Qu river flowing down from the Karo-la Pass
Friendship Highway heading for the snow covered peaks
Friendship Highway heading for the snow covered peaks
Kalurong Qu valley
Kalurong Qu valley
Our Landcruiser
Our Landcruiser
Friendship Highway leading up to Karo-la Pass
Friendship Highway leading up to Karo-la Pass
Kalurong Qu Valley between Nangartse and the Karo-la Pass
Kalurong Qu Valley between Nangartse and the Karo-la Pass
Snowcapped Kaluxung 6674m (21,896ft)
Snowcapped Kaluxung 6674m (21,896ft)
That looks like serious avalanche danger (N28.862/E090.209), east face of Kaluxung (6674m)
That looks like serious avalanche danger (N28.862/E090.209), east face of Kaluxung (6674m)
Nganyang Valley leading to the north off the Friendship Highway (N28.89/E90.26)
Nganyang Valley leading to the north off the Friendship Highway (N28.89/E90.26)
high point on the ridge leading to Kaluxung South Summit (6536m). Location: 28°50'59N 90°14'01E. Altitude: 6302m
high point on the ridge leading to Kaluxung South Summit (6536m). Location: 28°50'59"N 90°14'01"E. Altitude: 6302m
Kaluxung Icefall (N28.876/E090.225)
Kaluxung Icefall (N28.876/E090.225)
Kaluxung icefall and glacier  (姜桑拉姆冰川)
Kaluxung icefall and glacier (姜桑拉姆冰川)
Good road leading up Karo-la Pass
Good road leading up Karo-la Pass
Yaks grazing near the river on the valley floor
Yaks grazing near the river on the valley floor
Scenery looking south from the road to Karo-la Pass
Scenery looking south from the road to Karo-la Pass
Deep blue sky with snow covered Mount Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Deep blue sky with snow covered Mount Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
The massive glacier on the south face of Mount Nojin Kangtsang
The massive glacier on the south face of Mount Nojin Kangtsang
Detail of the glacier on the south face of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
Detail of the glacier on the south face of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
Karo-la Pass at the foot of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Karo-la Pass at the foot of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Prayer flags and stupa at Karo-la Pass
Prayer flags and stupa at Karo-la Pass
Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Stupa at 5039m in front of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Stupa at 5039m in front of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Primitive shelter at the base of  Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
Primitive shelter at the base of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
High point on the southwest ridge of  Mt. Nojin Kangtsang with an avalanche waiting to happen along the ridge
High point on the southwest ridge of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang with an avalanche waiting to happen along the ridge
Peak on the east side of the Nojin Kangtsang glacier
Peak on the east side of the Nojin Kangtsang glacier
Nojin Kangtsang glacier
Nojin Kangtsang glacier
Nojin Kangtsang Glacier
Nojin Kangtsang Glacier
Stupa (chörten) with prayer flags at the summit of Karo-la Pass
Stupa (chörten) with prayer flags at the summit of Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass summit, around 16,200 ft
Karo-la Pass summit, around 16,200 ft
Stupa (chörten) Karo-la Pass
Stupa (chörten) Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass
Meltwater from the glacier forming a waterfall
Meltwater from the glacier forming a waterfall
Karo-la Pass
Karo-la Pass
Oven for offerings, Karo-la Pass
Oven for offerings, Karo-la Pass
Oven for offerings, Karo-la Pass
Oven for offerings, Karo-la Pass
Sheep grazing, Karo-la Pass
Sheep grazing, Karo-la Pass
Stupa and prayer flags, Karo-la Pass
Stupa and prayer flags, Karo-la Pass
Prayer flag covered stupa beneath Mt Nojin Kangtsang
Prayer flag covered stupa beneath Mt Nojin Kangtsang
Stupa, prayer flags and glacier, Karo-la Pass
Stupa, prayer flags and glacier, Karo-la Pass
Stupa, prayer flags and glacier, Karo-la Pass
Stupa, prayer flags and glacier, Karo-la Pass
Tiny village set up to service tourists stopping at Karo-la Pass
Tiny village set up to service tourists stopping at Karo-la Pass
Mount  Nojin Kangtsang  7191m
Mount Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
Karo-la Pass, no parking
Karo-la Pass, no parking
Mt. Nojin Kangtsang and the village at Karo-la Pass
Mt. Nojin Kangtsang and the village at Karo-la Pass
Continuing the drive west to Gyantse past Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
Continuing the drive west to Gyantse past Mt. Nojin Kangtsang
Odd vegetation near Karo-la Pass
Odd vegetation near Karo-la Pass
The Friendship Highway heading westwards down the other side of Karo-la Pass
The Friendship Highway heading westwards down the other side of Karo-la Pass
We were doing well on time, so I took a short hike towards Mt Nojin Kangtsang starting about 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
We were doing well on time, so I took a short hike towards Mt Nojin Kangtsang starting about 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
A side view of Mt Nojin Kangtsang
A side view of Mt Nojin Kangtsang
Mt Nojin Kangtsang from around 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
Mt Nojin Kangtsang from around 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
Mt Nojin Kangtsang from around 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
Mt Nojin Kangtsang from around 2 km west of Karo-la Pass
A little brown bird foraging among the rocks
A little brown bird foraging among the rocks
West side of Karo-la Pass
West side of Karo-la Pass
High point on the southwest ridge of Mt Nojin Kangtsang
High point on the southwest ridge of Mt Nojin Kangtsang
Headed back to rejoin the Land Cruiser
Headed back to rejoin the Land Cruiser
Crystals I bought from a kid at Karo-la Pass
Crystals I bought from a kid at Karo-la Pass
Tent of nomadic Yak herders west of Karo-la Pass
Tent of nomadic Yak herders west of Karo-la Pass
Yaks
Yaks
Yaks and nomadic yak herder
Yaks and nomadic yak herder
The Friendship highway decending to the next  valley
The Friendship highway decending to the next valley
The water flowing west from Karo-la will pass Gyantse and join the Yarlung Tsampo near Shigatse
The water flowing west from Karo-la will pass Gyantse and join the Yarlung Tsampo near Shigatse
The broad valley between Karo-la Pass and Simi-la, the next pass to the west on the road to Gyantse
The broad valley between Karo-la Pass and Simi-la, the next pass to the west on the road to Gyantse
Small village in the middle of the broad valley (N28.911/E90.079)
Small village in the middle of the broad valley (N28.911/E90.079)
Hills on the west side of the valley between Karo-la and Simi-la
Hills on the west side of the valley between Karo-la and Simi-la
Village of identical Tibetan-style houses on the side of the road
Village of identical Tibetan-style houses on the side of the road
Looking back at Mt. Nojin Kangtsang  7191m
Looking back at Mt. Nojin Kangtsang 7191m
The Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum written in white stone
The Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum written in white stone
A rocky outcropping with prayer flags
A rocky outcropping with prayer flags
Friendship Highway headed west for the third pass on the road to Gyantse, Simi-la
Friendship Highway headed west for the third pass on the road to Gyantse, Simi-la
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