Travel Photo Tuesday (Ep.40)

Travel Photo Tuesday

Hi There! And welcome to my “Travel Photo Tuesday” Series! Thank you for stopping by!

Travel Photo Tuesday is a place to share some awesome shots from Instagram that have been shared with the hashtag #maketimetoseetheworld. Each week I feature a great  photo + story combination and at the end of the month I share 10 of the best snaps under the hashtag from that month. Sounds like fun, right?

So let’s get started!

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and thought, “man, I need to take that photo”? Well my Travel Photo Tuesday series is here to help! Each week I share an awesome photograph from a fellow travel blogger – and ask them to share  a little about the shot: where it was taken, why it was special and any hidden gems in the area that MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld readers should know about!

If you’d like to be featured on Travel Photo Tuesday, the instructions are at the bottom of the post. And if you want to get an idea of the photo’s I like – check out previous featured posts HERE

TRAVEL PHOTO TUESDAY (EP.40)

Please join me in welcoming MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld’s featured blogger:

Marinel de Jesus @ Brown Gal Trekker

Location: Yading Reserve in Sichuan Province, China

What Made it Great: Of all the travels I have done, nothing will ever compare to Yading. The photo depicts Milk Lake in Yading Nature Reserve in the Sichuan Province of China. For an avid hiker, this place is pure heaven. Yading has yet to be discovered by trekkers from the west. For now, it is an off the beaten path trekking destination as getting there requires significant time and effort. The place is situated in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Chengdu is the biggest city nearby but from the city it would still require at least two days to get to Yading by public bus. One quick option is to fly to Daocheng Yading Airport which happens to be the highest airport in the world at 4411 meters.

Upon arrival, one can easily see and feel the influence of Buddhism as prayer flags abound in the nature reserve. Within the park, there are ancient temples that to this day are still open for monks to utilize. In the small village of Yading, there are a number of guesthouses that are solely run by the local Tibetans. Han Chinese locals are prohibited from owning and running any kind of business in the area to preserve the local Tibetan culture.

Apart from the remoteness of it, Yading is also special because of the three holy mountain peaks within the reserve. Tibetans come yearly to do the 30 kilometer kora or holy pilgrimage trek that circumnavigates the three holy peaks. This trek never goes below 4000 meters in height and requires trekking over two high passes. Milk lake is just one of the many highlights along with a few other lakes and gorgeous mountain scenery to be seen along the way. Visiting the area in the autumn season is ideal as you get to experience the added beauty of the leaves changing colors. You do have to make sure to book your stay ahead of time as autumn is a popular time for the Chinese tourists to visit.

Be forewarned that Yading can be a cold place if you do visit outside the summer season. Hence, you have to be prepared for cold nights and snow during your hikes. You will also need to be prepared to handle the high altitude. Luckily, besides the 30 kilometer kora trek, one can also take it easy and do sightseeing within the park as inside you’ll find golf carts that will transport you to various viewpoints to see the holy peaks and the surrounding landscapes. For any visitor, you have the option to do the more advanced pilgrimage trek or opt for easier day hikes.

Overall, this is a trip for an adventurous traveler who is willing to make the effort to travel to such an off the beaten path destination where you’ll then have to deal with the altitude and the sometimes below freezing weather. However, once there, you’ll be rewarded with world-class trekking experience and a spiritual journey that are guaranteed to last with you for a lifetime.

Love this shot? Love this story? You can follow more of Marinel’s adventures on her blog @ Brown Gal Trekker or if you’re feeling social you can follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Do you have an amazing travel photo that can transport you right back to the moment you took it – and take everyone else along for the ride? Follow the instructions below and you can be featured on MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld:

  1. Follow my Instagram Account  or Twitter Account and tag your *best* travel photos with the hashtag #maketimetoseetheworld
  2. If you think you have a stunning shot and a great story, email me the link to your instagram shot at maketimetoseetheworld(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you instructions to how to submit all your details to be featured in Travel Photo Tuesday
  3. Keep your eye out for my monthly round up posts which will feature the top 10 photographs tagged with #maketimetoseetheworld each month. Psst. sign up to the newsletter below to make sure you don’t miss it!

Happy Travels 🙂

Travel Photo Tuesday

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