Tibet: The roof of the World

Tibet, known as ‘The Roof of the World’, offers fabulous temples and monasteries, stunning landscape, and one of the most friendly ethnic people on earth. Dreamers of spiritual quest found the Tibet full of magic, mystery, and exoticism for centuries.


Once the spiritual Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet is now the home of some of the world’s most diverse landscapes, turquoise lakes, and tallest mountains. Mount Kailash, at 6,638 meters above sea level, is considered to be one of the most sacred mountains for the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism. For Tibetan, the mountain is Gang Rinpoche meaning ‘precious jewel of snow’. The mountain is located near the famous lake of Manasoravar and Rakshas Tal are the sources to some of the longest river systems in Asia.

The magnet of Lhasa is the glittering winter palace of Dalai Lamas- the Potala Palace. A mesmerizing example of medieval architecture of stone and wood, it was probably built in the 7th Century on the top of the Red Hill of the capital Lhasa. It was rebuilt by the Dalai Lama, the 5th in the 17th Century.

Apart from Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse, there are a number of places to visit. You may choose to explore destinations rarely visited and recently permitted.


When Tibet opened itself for tourism in mid-80s, travelers wanted to see the lost Shangri-La. Tibet has, surprisingly, an extensive variety of experiences and grandeurs to offer. From sightseeing tours of the heritage sites to trekking around Tibet would a lifetime experience many would wish in one’s lifetime.

A traveler needs to have a valid Tibet Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu to enter Tibet. One needs a complete set of documents to apply for a visa in Kathmandu at least two working days beforehand. A multiple entry visa to Nepal is required to reenter Nepal. Deposit of full payment should be made to reserve the arrangements as per the regulation of the Tibet Tourism Bureau a month before. Prices are quoted in US$ and be paid in US$ or Euro. We, the team of Great Himalayan Treks, have a range of local tour operators and good experience in organizing trekking and camping tours in Tibet.

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Like Tibetan people and culture, the food in Tibet is very distinct in character. Their cuisine is dominated by beef, milk, and high protein food to fight off cold. They use yak and mutton for meat.


Tibetans are inspiringly simple people and practice Tibetan Buddhism. They live a basic way of life visiting temples and monasteries, mumbling mantras and swinging prayer wheels and believe in good karma and spend a religious way of life.


Climate and travel season

Despite barren landscape at an average altitude of 13,000 feet, the climate is pleasant in spring (between April and June) and autumn between September and October). Winters can be notoriously cold in Tibet.


The quality of accommodation in Tibet is good. However, in remote areas, it is very basic and simpler. Great Himalayan Trek offers organized tours with tented camps on request.


Major road connections and its conditions are some of the best technology can offer. Off-the-beaten trails are still found in the remote areas


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