Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, catches the fisrt light of the day. It towers steeply above its surrounding landscape near the Tibetan border. The Nyingmapa Monastery (located in Lhogaon) can be seen in the foreground, it is the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese occupation of Tibet and the 1959 uprising caused leaders of the important Nyingmapa lineages to leave Tibet and re-establish themselves elsewhere, like these safer isolated valleys in the Nepalese Himalaya.
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