Step 3: Shangri-la at Last

January 9, 2016  As previously mentioned, altitude sickness hit Alex and I much harder than we ever expected. We thought that by stopping in Kangding (2,560m/8,400ft) for a couple of days, and Daocheng (3,800m/12,400ft) for one that we would be able to keep it at bay. It was only as I was hurling my brains …

Step 1: Kangding

January 5,2016 Today I reek of woodsmoke and coffee.    Don't worry...it could be worse.   Here at 8,000 feet Alex and I rest our heads in the capital of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Region, Kangding (altitude 8,000 ft). This is the last stop for strong coffee, ATMs, and beautiful strawberries. However it is only the …