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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Lhasa to Chengdu, via the Tibetean plateau

Photo - Dave on the job, Kongpo river

Finally we broke camp in Lhasa, loaded our rig and began our five week journey across the Tibetean plateau.

Photo JJ, makes the crux move avoiding a large weir like feature, 3700m elevation.

Our first week has been exceptional to say the least, big volume classic whitewater, at perfect flow is how we have had it. So far we have managed to paddle 5 rivers. Its been hard to move on! The kongpo river was paddled four times, two days ago we enjoyed 8km of continous class 4+ on the Drukla river, yesterday we descended 6km of of a tributary of Lake Taisha, we paddled two forks of continous whitewater and joined the main branch enjoying move after move down to a 60m vertical walled canyon that plumeted into a class 5+ gorge downstream.

Peering over the edge we considered having a go but descided it just looked to full on and our ability to escape would have meant pulling out the prussics and climbing out via pre placed ropes.
We have named it "oportunity gorge" for anyone bold enough to get out here in winter and catch a lower flow.

Typical river, clear water, big volume, multiple lines, over looked by jagged rock spires and huge mountains.

Kongpo take out.

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