No doubt, Tibet is the dreamland for all travelers, including you and me. For most travelers, their Tibet tours start from Lhasa. Here we open Tibet's window and cast first curious glance into the unknown mystery. Ahead await the spectacle and dignity of Potala Palace, the very devout pilgrimage and whispering prayer in the holy Jokhang Temple, the exoticism and hustle-bustle in the Barkhor Street. Why all these seem so surreal? Probably because of the slightly accelerating heartbeats, LOL-trust me, your body gets used to high altitude faster than you think you are. Oh, Genus! Lhasa, here I am, Tibet-the roof of the world, here I come.
Tips: Tibet has its own regulation on foreign travelers. You need a qualified Chinese travel company who help arrange all your tour programs in Tibet and get you a Tibet Travel Permit. For some reasons, Tibet closes its door from time to time, so it’s suggested to plan earlier and find yourself an experienced travel consultant.
Travel ideas about Tibet
Classic TibetA classic Tibet itinerary usually includes visits to the fabled cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, the Rongbuk Monastery. Delve into Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple, wander through the Barkhor Street, watch the tortoise water of Yamdrok Lake or Namtso Lake, and you cover the best that Tibet has to offer.
The Best of Lhasa
If you don't have a plan or time to go deeper in Tibet, 3 nights / 4 days around Lhasa is quite eye-opening already. The Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple , the Drepung Monastery, the Norbulingka Park, the Barkhor Street and beyond, enough for me to swagger about my Tibet journey to everyone, how about you?
Go deeper to Namtso Lake
There are 3 major holy lakes in Tibet and Namtso Lake tops. Viewing from some angles, this majestic lake keeps me wondering: is that a sea? A whole day is requested for a round trip to the Lake, you need go through some rough road; however when the seemingly boundless blue water jump into your view with the purest snow peaks, you congratulate yourself on making the tour.
Discover the Yamdrok Lake
Among the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, Namtso Lake and Yamdrok Lake are easier to access. If the former is as broad as a muscular Tibetan man, the latter is more of a soft young girl. Before you get close to the Yamdrok Lake, ask your driver to stop on a mountain top for the finest view of the lake. Hey buddy, I would only say, bring one more battery for your camera!
Challenge the Mt. Everest Base Camp?
If your physic or time allow, if you can get along well with poor accommodation, if you have luck to evade Tibet’s entry restriction, if…congratulations, plan your trip to the Mt. Everest, even if it’s just a visit around the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Hey, think about it, not everyone could make it to the foot the world's highest peak.
Want to travel across the tallest mountainin the world? An extension tour from Tibet to Nepal will offer you that experience. You will take in the most dramatic landscapesof the Himalaya, from towering peaks to lush foothills of Nepal. 8 days are fairly enough for you to do the trip.