By Tony Olejnicki
Thinking Himalayas? Think Tibet, it is so different and unusual but so difficult to explore in genuine way because Tibet is in such a peril due to decades-long struggle for independence.
I was in Tibet few years ago climbing Cho Oyu, close to the pass where previous year many Tibetan refugees were shot by Chinese soldiers while trying to escape to Nepal. It was really sad and poignant being there and speaking to these people still in horror of the event. When I asked the owner of local Tibetan restaurants, set-up in the tent in Chinese Basecamp, why she has a portrait of local Lama and not Dalai Lama, she showed me a gesture of slapping her face and pointing on Chinese soldiers. There were no words necessary.