Occasional Climber

Gyantse, September 1992 & November 1990

Gyantse Dzong is dwarfed by the surrounding hillsides
A cold misty dawn in the main street of old Gyantse (4,000m)
Looking towards Gyantse Dzong, the ancient fort, from above the Kumbum
Gyantse Dzong
Ascending Gyantse Dzong at sunrise
From Gyantse Dzong, the new part of Gyantse warms in the morning sun while the old part still lies in shadow on the opposite side of the ridge
Looking back to the old Dzong of Gyantse, from above the Kumbum, or Pango Chorten
The beautifully decorated Kumbum – house of 10,000 Buddha images
A detail of the external frescoes of the Kumbum, Gyantse
Warm sunlight penetrates the solitude of the main chamber of Gyantse Gompa
One of reputedly 10,000 Buddhist images housed inside the Kumbum
Prayer flags, frescos and geometric architecture – all packed inside the top level of the Kumbum
A pilgrim prostrates outside the Kumbum in Gyantse
Nomad pilgrims file past prayer wheels outside the Kumbum, Gyantse
Mother and child with Gyantse Kumbum behind

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