Treks and Tours
Suggested Tours & Treks
Tibet remains a fascination and lures a large number of tourists
every year. This once forbidden land is easily accessible
by land and by air via Nepal. In fact a combined trip of Nepal
and Tibet can be truly rewarding. Tibet was opened to tourists
as late as the1980’s. Despite the massive destruction
of religious monuments since Chinese rule, there is much left
to see in Tibet making the trip worthwhile. With Tibetan Buddhism
gaining popularity even among the rich and famous in the west,
more and more tourists are pouring into Tibet. Known as the
'Roof of the world', this large country is under-populated
though over the years thousands of ethnic Chinese have moved
in. The Tibetan plateau covers much of the land and the diverse
topography ranges from 1,700m gorges to 8,000m Himalayan peaks.
The early British expeditions to Mt. Everest were launched
from Tibet and the route to the north face of the mountain
remains open today. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet is the obvious
attraction with the famous Potala Palace and its 1000 rooms.
It was the seat of the Dalai Lama who ruled over the Tibetan
people until his exile in 1959. Jhokhang Monastery, the holiest
Buddhist shrine in all of Tibet and Norbulingka, the former
summer retreat of the Dalai Lama are worth a visit. One of
the most popular destinations in western Tibet for tourists
as well as Hindu, Jain and Buddhist pilgrims is holy Mt.Kailash
and lake Manasarovar. Besides flying in to Lhasa, a cheaper
means to get there is by four-wheel drive starting from Kathmandu.
March to October is the recommended time to visit Tibet.
TIBET TRAVEL UPDATE
Chinese authorities have recently imposed a new regulation
that stipulates that groups have to contain a minimum 5 passengers
in order to able to travel in Tibet. Hence all groups of less
than 5 persons will not be able to travel to Tibet until this
rule changes. This may effect some of our published Group
Departures to Tibet. Hence we are offering the 8-Day Tibet
Encounter tour as a 'guaranteed' tour starting every Saturday
from Kathmandu between the months of April and October. This
is the most popular Group Tour to Tibet and there is a high
demand enabling us to 'guarantee' this tour.