. Escape from China .
4:30am: Awake for the trip to the Nepali border and happily get into a capable Land Crusier with a competent driver and a couple friends I knew from the train ride to Lhasa. We make our way across the incredibly perilous and bumpy road through the Himalayas before the daytime road construction commences. Fortunately it is pitch-black; although we are missing the amazing vistas in the Himalayan range, we are also oblivious to the extremely lethal four thousand meter drops on either side of the insanely rugged road that our Landcruiser is speedily bouncing along. Our driver turns out to be a pro and navigates us safely to the borer with spare time to kill. [read on]