Issue 3Tibet

Trekking in Tibet: Some of the basics

The name Tibet conjures up exotic images of mountain passes, traditional villages and a simple, more spiritual way of life.

As a region it has attained almost mythical status among travellers, partly due to the difficulties involved in reaching this remote plateau and partly due to the fantastic experiences that you’ll have if you do.

As a wild and mountainous region, one of the best ways to see Tibet and experience its culture is to get back to basics and head out on foot. So if you’re thinking of trekking in Tibet here’s what you need to know.

Why Tibet?

Staggeringly beautiful and with a unique charm all of its own, anyone that has been to Tibet will know the answer to this one. Though Tibet travel is strictly controlled by the Chinese government, a good tour operator will still be able to give you an authentic and traditional experience of the region.

While Tibet has lots of fascinating and historic attractions including temples, palaces and monasteries, the star attraction has to be the landscape itself, thanks to its altitude and unique geographical position, Tibet is unlike anywhere else on earth.

Planning and equipment

Independent travel in Tibet is not allowed and so your only choice is to travel as part of an organised tour. The benefit of this is that all of your equipment, accommodation and meals are organised, so you can just relax and soak up the experience.

Treks

Tibet trekking tours can last anything from a few days to a few weeks so it’s easy to find a route that will suit your ability and your timescale. Pretty much all of Tibet is good for trekking, with routes crisscrossing much of the country. With so much choice deciding on the route that’s right for you can be difficult, so if you’re unsure speak to your travel organiser for recommendations.

If you want to do more serious climbing during your trip, in Tibet mountaineering trips will take you higher into the Roof of the World, revealing more spectacular views and push your physical capabilities to the maximum.

The most famous route is of course to the Everest Base Camp. This is a fantastic route that leads you through some of Tibet’s most beautiful countryside, and is one not to be missed during your visit to the region.

Inspired to go? Have a look at some of the trips Royal Mountain Travel offers in Tibet:

Trip to Lhasa

Ganden-Samye Trek

Tibet Overland Tour

 

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