An overnight trek to Bumdra monastery, descending via the Tiger’s Nest monastery.

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A pack horse with Calor gas for our cook in the camp ahead.

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A pit stop for the ponies and us; lunch time.

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Lawrence rests after lunch and tries to ignore his growing toothache!

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Snow remains enroute as winter was longer than usual this year. Note the furry trees covered in lichen.

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Lawrence on an easy part of the trek (rare!).

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Prayer flags tell us we are almost at our campsite.

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Our campsite and the Bumdra monastery on the mountain side (after 7 hours of walking up and up).

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Herds of yaks descend from the mountains and pass through our camp.
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A monk perches on the hillside.

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Sunset behind a ruined chorten at the edge of our campsite.

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Everyone huddled around a welcome fire; our clothes have burn holes as proof!

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Morning has broken on some very cold campers.

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Our descent through the forrest (with the help of a young man who carries our backbacks and runs up and down the mountain with no effort).

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We descended from behind the monastery on the left and rest whenever we can.

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A short rest; trekking downhill was very hard!

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A novel view of the Tiger's Nest (Taktshang Monastery) in the hills above Paro. We descended from the hill behind the monastery. We opted not to walk to the monastery as our legs were like jelly by this time.

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Just before we collapse at the end of our trek. There is not much of this smooth flat path; a knee-crunching decline preceeded this and more still awaited us!

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