Onward to Tibet (Day 3 or 4)
Second Stop - Tingri (4,300 m / 14,100 feet). Another bus trip toward a two-day stop in a small town allows us to gradually acclimatize further. Below is an awesome shot of Tingri and the surrounding mountains.
The bus travels along the Friendship Highway from Nyalam to Tingri - located just 217 km apart. According to google maps (see picture below), the trip ought to take 5 hours. Let's consider that speed for a moment. A 217 km distance in 5 hours gives you roughly a 27 mph pace (43 km/hr). While it is true that no runner can even approach that pace, I am sure a good off-road cyclist might give that pace a go for the money. Maybe Google's expected time includes breaks, shopping, eating, bathroom stops, etc. I don't know but that sure seems slow. Here is the map as promised:
NOTE 2 RE: Google Maps. Apparently, once we enter into Tibet, Google maps was able to calculate distance and time. Hey google, give us a darn distance between international cities, would you? OK, enough ranting.
Next stop...Chinese Base Camp. See you tomorrow.