Tibet, land of spirit and dream, is always mysterious to trekkers. Lying in the shadow of Himalaya, the breathtaking high plateau landscape of Tibet offers great opportunities for trekker. No matter what your interest is, let’s say climbing majestic towering mountains, circling around holy lakes, visiting sacred monasteries, riding horses across the vast grasslands, or hiking through national parks, Tibet has something for you.
Trekking is a perfect way to explore Tibet and a wonderful experience of a lifetime that you can’t get anywhere else on earth. By trekking in Tibet, you can enjoy the unique landscapes on the roof of the world and have a full insight of Tibetan culture. You can sense the subtle and harmonious relationship of people with nature once you step on the highland.
What to do and see while trekking
Here are several recommended trekking routes in Tibet which offer you breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. Most importantly, the routes are accessible to all levels of skills and experience.
Gandan to Samye trek is the best long trek, which costs you 4 to 5 days. You will traverse two passes over 5000m that are Shuga-La pass and Chitu-La pass. You can see holy lakes, beautiful alpine landscapes, nomads’camps, sacred sites, as well as two of Tibet’s greatest centres of religious culture-Gandan monastery and Samye monastery.
The best short trek is Shalu to Nartang trek with 2 to 3 days. This trek follows the ancient trade route between two great Buddhist monasteries and you can feel the caravans laden with scriptures and treasures that once passed this way. The route passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons, while the trails are easily accessible from Shigatse.
Mount Kailash trek is one of the most demanding and challenging treks for pilgrims in the world, which is widely known as the kora around Asia’s holiest mountain-Mt. Kailash. This trek admirably integrates the spiritual, cultural and physical dimensions of a trip in Tibet. You can see some gorgeous mountain scenery along the way and meet some pilgrims from Tibet and other countries.
Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek begins at Tsurphu Monastery and crosses several high valleys before coming into the broad and windswept Yanpachen valley. It combines alpine tundra, monasteries, hot springs, lots of nomads, and remote nunnery. This trek perfectly balances cultural and wilderness activities. It’s an excellent choice if you want to get a close look at the lifestyle of the herders.
Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek is incredible for you to see ecological diversity of northern Tibet. The route leaves Damxung Valley and wends its way through a rocky alley, and a number of stream crossings aside you. You will pass through gorges, alpine meadows and forested slopes. Fantastic views of sparkling Nam-tso and Tashi Do can be visible from many vantage points on the trail. Some colorful nomad camps dot the way as well.
Everest base camp to Tingri trek provides a complex mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge. It is an excellent alpine trekking in the shadow of the legendary Mt. Everest. On the way to Everest Base Camp, you will have enough time to explore the valleys and glaciers below the massive north-face of Mt. Everest and view the most magnificent scenery on the world's highest mountain. You can also see much wild wildlife in the valleys and pasture along the way.
When to go
All seasons are perfect for trekking except snowy (Nov-March) seasons. Generally, the ideal time for trekking in Tibet is from April to October. April to June and September to October are most highly recommended months without much rain or snowfall. During the snowfall, not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. July and August are the hottest months of the year and the rainy season in Tibet. The roads are in bad conditions which make your trekking messy and hard.
The start point of the trek is 160km from Lhasa, the route leaves the Damxung Valley and wends its way through a rocky defile, Fantastic views of sparkling Nam-tso and Tashi Do are visible from many vantage points on the trail,also, the colo
Known as the most beautiful trek in the world. It is the unique natural wonders and extraordinary ethnic group that truly define Gama Valley. As altitude rises, the subtropical climate at the bottom of the valley changes into typical alpine climate.
Ganden to Samye Trek has much to offer:lakes,Mountais, beautiful alpine landscapes, nomad camps, villages and sacred sites. The route connects two of tibet's greatest monasteries:the Ganden monastery and the Samye Monastery.
This Route begins at Tsurphu Monastery and crosses several high valleys and combines alpine tundra, monasteries, hot springs,a lots nomads,and remote nunnery.This trek is available from mid-April to mid-October.
Not far away from Friend-ship Hwy,Shalu to Nartang trek follows the ancient trade route between two great Buddhist monasteries,the Shalyu and the Nartang.the optional walking season is from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Tingri to Everest Base Camp provides a heady mix of solitude,wildlife sighting and physical challenge,on the way to Everest Base Camp you will have chance to explore the valleys and glaciers below the massive north-face of Mt. Everest.
An expedition across the Tibetan highlands and an adventurous trek to the Advance Base Camp of Mount Everest (North side) which is 6340m high above sea level. it is also the world’s highest trek that takes you as close to the summit of Everest as an
Tour to Lhasa for a feast of the mysterious Tibetan culture and Buddhism by visiting the world famed Potala Palace, holy Jokhang Temple, busy Barkhor street, then exploring "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization" - Tsedang.
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