This beautiful, unusual photographic journey in Kham and Amdo comes to us from Petri Kaipiainen, a Finnish photojournalist and travel writer who has visited Tibet four times since 1985. Petri’s 16-day journey took place in July and August of 2013, starting with the Repkong Shaman Festival in Amdo and making a large clockwise 3000 kilometer circle which included the giant Buddhist Institutes of Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar (Yachen Gar, alternate spelling) in Kham. Those two institutes have been a well-kept secret until recently, especially Yarchen Gar, hidden in the middle of nowhere at 4000m altitude, and unmarked on any maps.
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