Yalbang: Day Four (elevation 2890M / 9481FT)
July 4, 2010, 3:10 pm
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From Kermi we continued to make steady elevation gain, no more losing of feet.  The climb up to Yalbang Monastery was taken slowly as a few of us spent much of the day behind a quaint herd of goats on their way up to collect salt from the border.  The age-old trade is still being practiced.  They were good-natured goats but called for a lot of coaxing to keep from pausing to lunch on trailside bushes.  I think the herder said that they can each carry up to 25 kilos of salt in their little backpacks. 

Our camp was set up on a high meadow just beyond Yalbang Monastery.  Our evening’s visit to the monastery concluded with an invitation to tea with the Abbott.  He was very generous with us, and at the risk of dropping a cliché, wise beyond his years.  Here he is breaking it down for Craig:

And some of the monastery’s youngest residents:

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