Tibet Travel Guide
Tibet is an autonomous country that is a part of modern-day China. It covers a vast expanse of high altitude plateau, averaging 3500m to 5000m above sea level.
A huge, windswept country, Tibet is the worlds’ highest and largest plateau. In the south it rises to form one side of the mighty Himalayan range, and shares the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest, with Nepal. Other notable peaks include Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma, which straddle the Tibet-India-Pakistan border and the Tibet-Myanmar border.
Although modern day Tibet is well connected with road and rail networks, and modernisation has fully developed the major cities and towns, the country retains its ancient glory. Past and present can be seen side by side in the capital city Lhasa, and the two smaller cities of Shigatse and Gyantse.
Travelling in Tibet is guaranteed to be an exciting and fascinating holiday. Every day is a new opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, historical monuments, and places of religious significance. Volunteer Society Treks Nepal offers special cultural and scenic tours, mostly starting and ending in the holy city of Lhasa where the magnificent Potala Palace dominates the landscape.
Besides the Potala Palace, there is plenty to see in Lhasa. The giant monasteries of Drepung and Sera; the Norbulinka with its beautiful garden; the Jokhang Temple around which lies the famous old Barkhor market, where you can observe the daily way of life for Tibetan people.
Additionally, tours from Lhasa lead you outside the city to the famous Ganden Monastery and Namtso Lake. Further away are the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse, and the quaint medieval town of Gyantse. From either of these places it is possible to continue to Everest Base Camp (North Side) in Rongbuk Valley.
Finally, even further afield in Tibet’s wild west are the holy sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. These are famous throughout Tibet, Nepal, and India for their significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
When planning your itinerary with Volunteer Society Treks Nepal, you have a couple of options for the journey. One option is to travel overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa, passing Shigatse, Gyantse, and the stunning Yamdrok Tso lake on the way. Another is to fly from Kathmandu, enjoying the panorama of the Himalayas and Mount Everest at a close distance from your plane.
Whatever your choice of transport and destinations are, we guarantee your Tibet tour will be memorable and enjoyable. Click on our links in the menu for more information about Tibet and our tour packages to take you there.