Tibet trekking is an exciting and wonderful experience for every trekker. Along the trekking, you can enjoy the impressive scenery in Tibet. Picturesque landscapes, majestic buildings, quiet lakes, and holy monasteries. By trekking, you can have a full knowledge of Tibetan culture, Tibetan customs, Tibetan manners and Tibetan people.
For most travelers who want to have a special experience for Tibet tour, trekking must be the best choice. However, if you have little information, you may have some difficulties in Tibet trekking. In order to help travelers out of those difficulties, we’d like to show you some suggestions about Tibet trekking.
There are three main kinds of Tibet trekking, Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek. Because the road in Tibet is wriggling and circuitous, travelers have the opportunity to trekking in Tibet.
Tibet Trekking Routes
There are some popular trekking routes in Tibet which will bring an unforgettable experience to tourists, such as Shalu to Nartang trek, Mount Kailash trek, Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek, Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek, Everest Advance Base Camp Trek and so on.
Among these trekking routes, the longest trek is Gandan to Samye trek which will take you 4 to 5 days. In this way, you will go through Shuga-La pass and Chitu-La pass with more than 5000m. Culture-Gandan monastery and Samye monastery, two greatest centers in Tibet, are also on the way.
Shalu to Nartang trek is the shortest one in these trek routes, which will take travelers 2 to 3 days to finish the trek. In the ancient period, this is a route for trade between two great Buddhist monasteries. Trekking on this route can make you feel like tracing back to the past.
The most popular Tibet trekking route for pilgrims is Mount Kailash trek, which is famous for the name of Mt. Kailash Trek. Trekking on this way, you can encounter many pious pilgrims from Tibetan remote areas and other nations.
If you are planning to have a Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek, you will have a visual feast when passing from Tsurphu Monastery to Yanpachen valley. On this route, travelers can enjoy the scenery spots of temples, hot springs, valleys and nunneries. Besides that, you can have a brief knowledge of herders’ lives.
If you hope to witness the ecological diversity of northern Tibet, you'd better have a Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek. Passing by Damxung Valley, then through a rocky alley, you will see a lot of stream murmuring by you. After crossing valleys and slopes, you will enjoy the beautiful views of Nam-tso and Tashi Do.
Everest base camp to Tingri trek is a challenge for most trekkers. Because this route is very hard and complex. It is a route with wildlife, rocks, and high altitude. Trekkers will be astonished by the fantastic landscapes of high mountains, abrupt cliffs, and diverse animals.
Tibet Trekking Time
The best time for Tibet Trekking is from April to October. April to June and September to October. During these time, it does not rain and snow too much, and the daytime in long. From December to March, it is cold and the daytime is short. During this time, there is a lot of snow and rain on these routes, especially on the mountains and highways where may block your trek way. We don’t recommend you to trek in July and August because of the high temperature. What’s more, both of the two months are the rainy seasons of Tibet, thus, the condition of the road is bad. Trekkers couldn’t have a pleasant trip in this period.
Tibet Trekking suggestions
If foreign travelers want to have Tibet trekking, they must have some additional requirements. Before they enter Tibet, they must join tour groups instead of traveling alone. There are two prerequisite permits for international tourists. One is Chinese Visa issued by Chinese Embassy, the other is Tibet Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. For Tibet trekkers, it’s very useful to be accompanied by a professional tour guide who is familiar with the trekking routes. In order to cast off the difficulties, trekkers should have tour guides.
Trekking is more dangerous than other Tibet tours. To ensure your trekking, you must prepare some items well in advance. Here we list some of them.
You should bring some warm clothes, trekking trousers and shoes, rainproof coats and trousers, gloves, sunscreens and sunglasses, moisturizers and lip balms, tissue paper, umbrellas and so on.
Trekking in Tibet is not an easy thing, you should do a lot of preparations. Before you start your trekking, I strongly suggest you reading this article for the purpose of having the best Tibet trekking.