Denyoun Tsering, 80, one of the last remaining muleteers to have plied the Southern Silk Road, wearing his Tibetan clothes at home in Shangri-La, Yunnan. Photo: Paul Mooney

When Shangri-La to Lhasa and back took 6 months: muleteers recall Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail

Men who used to drive mule trains loaded with tea from Yunnan to Lhasa recall the six-month journey and its hazards - a section of which modern-day travellers can now retrace on a guided tour, writes Paul Mooney

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Denyoun Tsering, 80, one of the last remaining muleteers to have plied the Southern Silk Road, wearing his Tibetan clothes at home in Shangri-La, Yunnan. Photo: Paul Mooney
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