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Bhutan Tibet Tour for Himalayas: best tours to tell you how to enjoy the majestic Himalayas in Bhutan and Tibet

November,18 2019 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

The largest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas lies in Asia, and separates the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the vast Tibetan plateau area. With more than fifty mountain exceeding 7,000 meters, as well as ten of the 14 world’s highest peaks that are more than 8,000 meters high, it is the home of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet.

One of the best places from which to view these huge mountains is Nepal, one of the last Himalayan kingdoms in Asia. With its entire northern frontier lying in the range of the mountains, it is often believed to be the best place to visit for Himalaya views. However, there are other places that have the Himalayas as part of their landscape, and Tibet and Bhutan are two such Himalayan kingdoms that have excellent views of these massive peaks.

In Tibet, the Himalayas run for the entire length of its western and southern borders, and were formed at the same time as the plateau itself. Tibet shares the location of Mount Everest with Nepal, its closest neighbor, and the border runs across the summit of the world’s highest peak. Bhutan, similarly, has its entire northern border with Tibet in the southern Himalayas, with several high peaks along its relatively short length.

How To Enjoy Himalayas in Bhutan

Being what is considered the last true Himalayan kingdom, since they still have a ruling monarch, and one of the most beautiful countries in Asia, Bhutan is unique in that it has strict rules governing tourism and mountaineering in the kingdom. However, if you are looking at visiting a country with great Himalayan views, then you could not go wrong in choosing Bhutan.

Experience Jhomolhari Trek to Enjoy Himalayas

In Bhutan, the Jhomolhari Trek is the local equivalent of the Mount Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Considered to be a pilgrimage for the faithful trekkers of the world, the Jhomolhari Trek is in fact two separate trekking routes, considered by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) as separate trekking routes. One of the most well-trodden treks in Bhutan, around 40 percent of all trekkers in the kingdom have completed one of the two Jhomolhari routes.

Jhomolhari trek in BhutanJoin our Jhomolhari trek to experience the pilgrimage culture and spectacular landscape in Bhutan

A 6-day trek, the first two days are spent in a gentle climb from the Paro Chhu Valley to Jangothong, passing the village of Lingzhi and the Lingzhi Pass before heading towards Thimphu. The last four days require a great deal of walking, and long hours are spent on the trail, under the watchful gaze of the Himalayas to the north. Normally done in spring or early Autumn, the nights can get a little cold in the mountain region, and it is almost impossible to do this trek in summer or winter.

Challenge the Snowman Trek

Widely considered in the trekking community to be Bhutan’s most challenging trek, the Snowman Trek is a 31-day trek in some of the most stunning countryside in the kingdom. Aside from being one of the world’s toughest and longest treks, there is only a small window of opportunity to complete this extensive trail, as Bhutan has a very long rainy season which makes it impossible to trek along this route, and in the winter, the passes close due to heavy snowfall.

The trek includes ten mountain passes at altitudes of more than 4,500 meters, as well as its highest campsite, which is at 5050 meters, just 150 meters short of the Tibetan Everest Base Camp elevation. An epic adventure that involves high mountain lakes, stunning and remote Buddhist monasteries, and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, this is a trek that is a feat of endurance and stamina, which only around 500 people have completed in full since the trek was first laid out in 1982.

How To Enjoy Himalayas in Tibet

With Tibet being home to half of the world’s highest mountain, the northern Everest Base Camp (EBC) has become the most popular tourist attraction in the region. Lying in the far west of Tibet, on the border with Nepal, the mountain stands tall above its siblings, and at 8,848 meters, is the most majestic sight in the world. And getting there can be an adventure of many types.

Though traveling to visit Everest can actually be done at almost any time of year, the best time to enjoy core of majestic Himalayan region in from mid-April to May and Sept. to Oct. You will enjoy the perfect weather, high visibility, deep blue sky, crisp air, entirely free of dense clouds during the monsoon season from mid-June to end of August. Summer is the monsoon season in Tibet, and while there is little rain, the humidity on the mountains is fairly high, producing clouds that often cover the peaks. The worst time to visit is in the depths of winter, from mid-February to the end of March, as this is the time of the most snow in the Plateau Mountains. However, as Tibet is closed to international tourism in those two months for the Tibetan New Year, it is not normally an issue.

Travel from Tingri to EBC by Tour Vehicle

The most popular method of getting to EBC is to travel overland from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, by tour vehicle, which takes you right up to the camp itself. The 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour takes you along the Friendship Highway as far as Old Tingri, in Shigatse Prefecture, where you turn south to head for the mountain. The route along the Friendship Highway to Mount Everest takes you over the Gyatso La Pass, at 5,220 meters, the highest pass in the area for vehicles.

Lhasa Everest Base Camp tourAccompanied by seasoned Tibetan tour guide, our clients have made it to Mt.Everest Base Camp (5,200m)

From Tingri, it is a trip of around 2 hours to get to Mount Everest, and you pass over the Gawu La Pass, one of the highest passes in the region at 5,198 meters above sea level. The views from the top of Gawu La are absolutely stunning, and the vista includes the high 8,000+ meter peaks of Mount Shishapangma, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Cho Oyu.

Over the pass, the snaking, winding road down to the Chomolungma National Park seems to take forever, finally finishing its snaking descent as Rongbuk Monastery comes into view. From Rongbuk it is a short ride of around 8km to the base camp, and many people are tempted to walk this short distance to make the most of the spectacular view of Mount Everest as you approach it from the north.

Trek from Old Tingri to EBC

The trek from Old Tingri to EBC is one of the most popular treks in Tibet, though it is not as easy as you might think. Taking four days to cover the 70 kilometers to the mountain, the trek passes over several high passes, with altitudes ranging from 4,400 meters to as much as 5,150 meters at the highest point, at the Lamna La Pass.

Trekking from Old Tingri to Everest Base CampIt usually takes you four days to complete the challenging trekking from Old Tingri to EBC

A renowned trekking route on the plateau, this world-class trek is a mix of physical exertion and spectacular amazement, as you cross high passes and low valleys, through plains and forests. The trek gives you a unique form of serene solitude, meeting few people along the route, but with plenty of wildlife to gaze upon, from the rare Tibetan gazelle to the beautiful onagers that thrive in this area of Tibet.

The whole trek is done on foot, and rarely passes along the roads in the area, sticking mainly to the grasslands and forests. While the route may be a little arduous in places, it is a unique experience to see the distant peak of Mount Everest getting slowly closer as you progress, and waking up in your tent each morning to the view of Everest in the distance is one of the most amazing experiences in the world.

Travel Overland from Kathmandu to EBC via Gyirong

Another unique way to get to Mount Everest in this unique land is to travel from Nepal, crossing the border and heading south to reach the mountain. This route is one that makes the most of you already being in the area of Mount Everest when you cross the border into Tibet, and is fast becoming a popular tour route for international tourists.

Getting from Nepal to EBC requires you to be on a pre-booked tour, and when you leave Kathmandu, you will take a trip along the narrow roads of Nepal to the border crossing point at Rasuwa Gadhi. Across the Resuo Bridge, which spans the Trishuli River Gorge, lies the Chinese immigration point of Gyirong Port, the new entry point to Tibet from Nepal.

Kathmandu to EBC via GyirongStay overnight at Gyirong Town for the following travel to Everest Base Camp

Once you are through immigration and have met your guide and driver, you will travel to Gyirong town to acclimatize, before heading along the road to Old Tingri, and then south to Mount Everest. As with all trips to Tibet, traveling from mid-April to Oct. would be a preferable time frame to visit EBC in Tibet. The border crossing lies at the southern end of the lush Gyirong Valley, one of the most stunning valleys in Tibet, and is at a low enough altitude not to get snowed over.

You should be prepared to spend at least a day or two in Gyirong Town to acclimatize, as the increase in altitude from Kathmandu to Gyirong is great, and acclimatization is needed before heading to EBC, or you will end up suffering from altitude sickness, and the wonder of this amazing vista will be lost.

Whichever way you want to view the Himalayas, it is good to know that Nepal is not the only place to see them, and that there is so much more of these stunning mountains to see than you can find in any one country. If you have the time and the chance, why not visit the mountains in all three of these ancient Himalayan kingdoms? Here come Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour.

Sonam Tenphel

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Energetic, responsible and reliable, Sonam is a guide with more than seven years experience informing visitors about heritage sites and attractions places in Tibet.

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