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This is one of the first passes I went over in 1999. Amazing... in the background you can see little piles of rocks- chotens or stupas. It is to give praise of nature and to ask for safe passage in the journey. The large stove is for burning incense. Incense pleases the god and calms his violent nature as your so close to him in the high altitudes. There are many old Tibetan Khatas (prayer scarfs) that now matted together along the rock wall. The woman has a basket on her back and she is collecting yak dung. The yak is used in every part. The dung burns incredibly well, slow and warm without the odor you may think it would have. The yak dung is also insulation for the exterior of the home and for building walls. Further back you see the horses pulling supplies for the Winter.