After taking the cable car up to the glaciers, we disembark SLOWLY. The altitude is high, about 12,000 feet. But the views of the glaciers, the surrounding clouds and greenery and the serene Buddhist temples and statues counterbalance the lack of oxygen.
Buddhist prayer flags dot the landscape. The flags are used to promote peace, wisdom and compassion. The flags are believed to be blown by the wind to carry prayers and mantras to spread goodwill and compassion. A lovely sentiment that feels real in the presence of nature, with the colorful flags blowing in the wind.
The five colors of the flags represent the elements, which, when balanced, bring health and harmony: blue = sky and space, white = air and wind, red = fire, green = water, and yellow = earth.