Saw a celestial burial, visited Milarepas Cave, cremated a lama who died in an avalanche, extracted a fallen yak from a crevasse at 20,000' then had sherpa yak stew for three weeks at ABC, spent more time in Tibet than I could have hoped for with entry from Nepal, spent time with Messner after his run across the Himal, spent a lot of time with Hillary for an interview, got to visit Tibetan villagers who had never seen westerners, generally had the time of my life each visit, and did some fine climbing too. Too many stories to list but that is why you go.
OK. Maybe the single most memorable thing from my Himalayan trips was spending time with Tibetans who had never seen westerners. It was in the headwaters of the Rongshar before getting into the gorge.
Our exped was only the third ever allowed in the area. The first was Shipton's '53 exploration. The Chinese deemed it politically sensitve because at the other end of the Rongshar Gorge was the Nepali frontier. An easy trip to the dark side. That area is the Rolwaling. We had a permit for Menlungtse, unclimbed and just over the Tibetan border.
So with a closed border and the nearest town, Tingri, two weeks by foot, no wonder they had seen no westerners. The elders that had been to Lhasa of course had western contact but none of the younger villagers we ran across. They were rustically dressed in animal skins and homespun clothing. Almost all had on Chinese sneakers. We spent three days in that village and partied with the locals with liberal amounts Tongba every night. Great memories.