Tibet Trekking Guide
Important tips on Trekking in Tibet
Tibet, the largest and highest plateau on the earth, is surrounded by the most extensive jumble of mountains found on any continent. Stretching for almost 1600 miles (2500km) and forming its entire southern boundary is the Himalaya, and along its western extremity is the equally rugged Karakoram. Between these two ranges are all fourteen of the world’s 8000 meter peaks, including Mount Everest. In Northern Tibet the plateau is a high, arid expanse known as the Changthang, the “Northern Plains”, while Eastern Tibet is bounded by a succession of mountains where three of Asia’s largest rivers cut deep, parallel gorges on their journey from the plateau to sea.
Many people identify Tibet with the Northern Changthang, a desolate, cold windswept desert on the roof of the world, but an unusually diverse and strikingly beautiful landscape of snow-capped summits, lush rhododendron and conifer forests, and fertile agricultural valleys also lies north and east of the Himalaya.
Along with the Tibetan civilization is far younger than both the Hindu society flanking its southern tier and the Chinese empire along tis eastern periphery, the noble Tibetans have developed one of the most diverse and fascinating cultures on the planet. Few other world religions can rival the mental complexity or visual pageantry of the Tibetan Buddhists or their brethren on the Plateau, the Bon.
Tibetans are the descendants of a number of nomadic people who apparently migrated southward and westward from the Central Asian steppes and Chinese borderland before settling down to cultivate the fertile Yarlung Tsangpo valley (currently at Tsedang ).
Despite the natural beauties and astonishing landscapes, crystal blue plateau lakes and mystical Buddhist culture, the diverse topography and high altitude climate made Tibet as the ultimate challenging target for many adventurers or professional trekkers. Tibet is also known as heaven of adventurers on the earth too. So it is very important to get know Tibet better and well prepared for your lifetime experience in Tibet, Explore Tibet is a leading Tibetan tour company that has decades of work experiences for arranging all types of Tibet trekking and adventures.
Best time for trekking in Tibet
Generally speaking, the best time for Tibet trekking is from May through Sept. In these months, it is surprisingly moderate with sunny days and cool to chilly nights in the mountain areas, it is very much similar to most of the mountain ranges of America and Europe. Monsoon in Tibet is from end of June to Aug, more than half of Tibet’s annual precipitation receives in these months, but mostly it rains during the night time and occasionally during the day time. At this time of the year, even most of the barren hills don a fuzzy green coating of grass, and the valleys in the mountain also become lush and speckled with blooming shrubs and wild flowers.
More wildlife animals start breeding and moving around that make the trekking in Tibet more experiencing.
From mid of Oct, it start snowing in mountain areas and chilling down the climate, so most of the trekking routes in mountain areas will snow covered and sometimes become inaccessible. Also when it snowed, it is also difficult for yaks and ponies to find grass, while the Yaks and ponies are main carriers of our trekking gears in Tibet. Then this chilly and snowing season last until April.
How to prepare for the Tibet trekking
Generally, it is essential to be physically fit if you want to take a challenge of Tibet trekking, start your regular exercise program several months before you arrive in Tibet. Regular walk, hike and trekking over rugged terrain are best ways to train your body for the trekking. Any regular regime of strenuous aerobatic exercise is also helpful too, you should aware that the trekking in Tibet is not only the trekking challenges, but also the high altitude and thin air, so those who have a good physical fitness and doing regular exercise are in excellent shape of trekking.
Get to learn little bit about the places where you will travel and its culture.
Knowing more about your travel destination will always enhance your travel experiences, especially, Tibet has a very unique culture and history that is well preserved in some of the places, so knowing more about Tibet not only enrich values for your travel but also help you to understand it better and know how to respect the local culture. We have lots of information pages about Tibet and its culture, religion, people and so on.
Recommended Tibet trekking tours.
1. 10 days Tibet Ganden to Samye Trekking
2. 10 days Tsurpo to Yangpachen Trekking
3. 12 days Tibet Everest Base Camp Trekking
4. 17 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking
5. 20 days Tibet Wilderness Khata Valley Trekking
6. 12 days Tibet Mount Gonka Trekking
7. 15 days Tibet Mount Lhakpa Ri Expedition
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