Tibet Trekking Tour
Why do trekking in Tibet
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.
Most Classic Tibet Trekking Tours
Route: Lhasa - Tsedang - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Trekking for 3 days - Shigatse - Lhasa
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, while you trek through the route, you can feel the caravans laden with scriptures and treasurView Details
Route: Lhasa - Tsurphu Monastery - 4 Days' Trekking - Yangpachen - Lhasa
This Route begins at Tsurphu Monastery and crosses several high valleys before coming into the broad and windswept Yanpachen valley, ends at Yanpanche Monastery. It combines alpine tundra, monasteries, hot springs, a lots nomads, and remote nunnery.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Trek to Samye Monastery - Lhasa
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, it is known as oView Details
Route: Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Damxung - Trekking - Namtso Lake - Yangpachen - Lhasa
The start point of the trek is 160km from Lhasa, the route leaves the Damxung Valley and wends its way through a rocky defile, the gateway to a high-elevation forest in which dwarf willow and rhododendron are dominant species. A number of stream crosView Details
Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Old Tingri - Trekking to EBC - Sakya - Lhasa
Tingri to Everest Base Camp provides a heady mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge, onagers and gazelle around the trail. If you are lucky enough, you may see a Tibetan brown bear rambling in the pastures. You will accomplish 70 kView Details
Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Tingri - Trekking (Chutang Village, Sakytang Base Camp, Orchid Valley, Gama Valley Base Camp, Sakya) - Shigatse - Lhasa
Eastern side of Mount Everest and Gama Valley were praised to be one of the “Top Ten Landscapes in the World”, “the most beautiful valley in theworld” and “one of the top ten classic trekking routes in the world” bView Details
Route: Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash - Zhangmu - Kathmandu
The expedition crosses the Tibetan highlands and ventures into the Advance Base Camp of Mount Everest (North side) via trekking which is 6340m high above sea level. it is also the world’s highest Tibet trekking route that takes you as close toView Details
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