The Nangchen region of Kham, in what is called the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is by all accounts both prodigiously beautiful and culturally alive. Annick Blanc, who you may remember from her first video with us – a vibrant and beautiful record of a 4000 mile journey through Kham and Amdo in 2010 – is back this year with more remarkable work, this time from a 2013 trip focusing on Nangchen which she took with our friend and wonderful photographer Martin Newman. Introduction by Martin Newman
This is Annick Blanc’s video record of a trip taken by us to the remote Nangchen area of Kham, Tibet. The focus of our journey, as it has been in the past, was to explore villages and visit monasteries in the region far away from airports and tour buses.
In this video we spend time at watching people circumambulate the famous Gyanak Mani Temple complex and then travel to Gar, Tsechu, Tarna, Trulshik and Surmang Namgyal Tse monasteries and as well as other monasteries and nunneries. In addition, we camped at Jamar Waka and Tarna hot springs. It was our good fortune to also be present at a dance festival celebrating the recovery of Jyekundo from a devastating earthquake three years ago.
As always. we are grateful to the villagers who put us up in their homes and the monasteries that sheltered us for many cold nights in their guest rooms so that we could experience the wonders of this incredible area.
Video: Annick Blanc’s Exploration of Nangchen
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