Top 5 Trekking Routes in Tibet
The Land of Snows, the roof of the world, as untainted as it is unmissable, Tibet is without doubt one of the most remarkable places to trek in Asia. It's a place that's likely to change the way you see the world and that will remain with you for years to come.
For trekkers, it offers piercing blue skies, fascinating culture, stunning views of the world's highest mountains and one of the most likeable peoples you will ever meet.
When you get accustomed to the altitude, venture to Mt. Kailash or Mt. Everest for a view of scattered multi-colored Buddhist prayer flags against serrated rocks and meet the lone nomadic families living off the land.
Trekking in Tibet is definitely a close way to touch and feel this fascinating land. We would like to recommend some classic trekking routes in Tibet as below:
Everest Base Camp Trek
The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating Tibetan palaces and monasteries as well as continual glimpses of nomadic herdsmen driving yak and sheep to "greener pastures" makes the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trekking one of the most unforgettable in this world. The trek is in a high-elevation region with altitudes ranging from 4400m to 5200m. Aside from the cold, surviving the altitude is also a challenge, so make sure that you don't rush here and take time to get acclimated. Mount Everest Base Camp trek is all about stretching your limits, only when you stretch your limits you know what you are capable of.
Route: Driving from Lhasa to Dingri and start trekking from Tingri to Mount Everest Base Camp for 70 km within 4 days.
Mount Kailash Hiking
Mount Kailas is said to be the centre of the universe. Mount Kailash trekking is associated with mental and physical toughness to trek at 5700 meters high with less oxygen. But the mental and physical challenges are all forgotten once you set sight on Mt. Kailash. The peace you experience on the banks of Lake Mansarovar, the faiths and energy that you witness on the climb up to pass of 5600 meters high. No review can do justice to the beauty and magnificence of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
Route: Driving from Lhasa to Darchen, base camp of Mt. Kailash and start the Mt. Kailash trek. It takes 3 days to finish the 50 km trekking around mount Kailash.
Hiking from Ganden to Sanye Temple
Ganden Sanye trek will take you past rolling valleys and over high passes draped with prayer flags, explore the tranquil Tibetan villages, scattered herders' camp and experience Tibetan Buddhism and religious culture. For centuries, pilgrim works in the undulate valleys between these two important monasteries to reach their faith. Trekkers need to cross two passes over 5000m and valley in high altitude area but all the effort will get paid after accomplishment.
Route: Start from Ganden Monastery, hike 80 km to Sanye Monastery for 4 or 5 days.
Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek
Follow nomad's track through deep valleys and high passes from Tsurphu to Yangpachen in vast, desert-like Tibetan-plateau, visit to monasteries and nunnery and meet one of the most likeable peoples you will ever know, this trekking nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities. Extending from 4400m to even 5300m and crisscrossed by the world's towering mountains, nothing comes easily and careful preparation is all important.
Route: Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery, trek to 55 km to Yangbachen within 4 days.
NamTso Lake Trek
Namtso Lake is 190 km and 4 hours driving from Lhasa. Crystal clear waters, snow-capped mountains, wide grassland dotted with the tents of local nomads, it is an incredible lake. To Tibetan Buddhists, Namtso Lake is a holy place and appeal thousands of Buddhists to pray each year. The trek usually starts and ends at Damzhung valley and requires 6 to 7 days. It is one of the highest lakes in the world, well prepared before one start the trek around Namtso Lake.
Route: Driving from Lhasa to NamTso, start trekking around the lake from Damzhung valley. It takes about 6 days to finish the trekking.