Enroute to Saga [Elevation: 4,600 m (15,091 ft)], a Chinese army outpost on the Tibetan Plateau
After a long drive from Nyalam, past the Sishapangma Base Camp office, we had stopped literally in the middle of nowhere, for a lunch break. Our team of cooks had left a few hours earlier, so they could find a half-way place, pitch tents and cook warm food. At this point of the trip, I had lost my appetite and while the rest ‘enjoyed’ lunch, I sat in the car and munched on ladoos and granola bars.
There was not a human settlement as far as the eye could see on any side. Yet, a family of yak grazers must have spotted our caravan. In a few minutes, a couple of kids approached us. They were not begging, or harassing us, just observing us strangers and our strange ways, trespassing their lands. A woman in our group stuck bindis on the little girl. She loved them. I offered a few pieces of candy and took a few pics of her. As she got more comfortable, she started to make faces at the camera. Here she is (above), sticking her tongue out.
She realized she was being silly and gave this beautiful innocent smile. I wonder what she is up to. School would be a luxury for her. I only hope she is well and happy.
And as she tried to strike a serious pose.