Tibet Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn

Tibet Things to Do

  • Nalendra Monastery

    Nalendra is a wonderful monastery in the midst of being rebuilt. It has been a long time coming due to money and donations from the infrequent visitors. Nalendra is easy to access from Lhasa for a day trip. Some guides may not know much about the Nalendra but the good guides will look into for you and get you there. The drive is only about an hour...

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  • Visit Yungdrungling Monastery

    This monastery is great to stop by when traveling between Lhasa and Shigatse. It does take a bit more time because of the walk to get there but well worth the visit. Yungdrungling is one of the few Bon Monastery's remaining. More on Yungdrungling can be read here: Yungdrungling Monastery

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  • Dunes of the Yellow Valley

    When I first caught a glimpse of these sand dunes, I immediately had a flash thought I was in Death Valley National Park, U.S. Set back off the road, they are pristine, unlike dunes you may see in Nevada where dune buggies and motorcycles rip up the sand. We did have time to stop but if you do have the time, the setting is different than anything...

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  • Yarlung Tsangpo

    The Yarlung Tsangpo is the primary river in Tibet with it's origin starting near Mt. Kailash, western Tibet. The river is about 3000 meters long and created the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon. This canyon is actually bigger than the Grand Canyon in the United States. The river runs along side the Friendship Highway and has many pull-offs and small...

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  • Zilong Pass

    This pass is located on the road between Tsedang and Samye. This is not a very high pass. This is a make-shift alter at the pass. One thing to note at the pass, the prayer flags hang a little lower than usual. While I was there a pick up truck with a ladder in the back drove thru the pass and got caught up in some of the flags, pulling them down.

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  • Tashi Dzong Village

    Tashi Dzong is the largest town you will encounter when driving from Tingri to Rongpuk. Again, this is a popular stop for tours as it offers some relief from the rough and windy road thus far. The center of the town is a hotel that is very popular Cho Mo Lang Ma Ben Ba Hotel and Restaurant. This is a gathering point for many guides. It is also an...

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  • Pang La Pass

    This pass is reached while driving the road from Tingri to Rongpuk. It is a popular stop for tour guides and offers an amazing panoramic view of Mount Everest and Cho Oyu. The pass has a toilet facility. There is a local Tibetan outside charging 1rmb to use it. While implied, this is not mandatory. However, if you do not pay, some choice words are...

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  • Tingri, do I have to?

    Well, Tingri is a small town that many see on a map when they are planning their trip. And when you arrive, you can stand in the middle of the only intersection in town and say, "is this it." The answer is yes. Tingri is the stop point for most tours. With few hotels and lodging and what seems to be a fixed pricing arrangement at the restaurants,...

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  • Visit Mount Everest

    Visiting Everest is more of an undertaking that going to other places around Tibet. First, you have to get a separate permit for access. This can only be obtained in Shigatse by your guide. This is strictly enforced with a checkpoint after leaving Tingri. Most people sleep the night in Tingri. The road from Tingri to Everest is rough and windy....

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  • Just passing through - Nagartse

    Nagartse is a popular stop when driving from Lhasa to Shigatse. Many tour operators will stop for lunch with their clients. There is not much to see or do here. There a few decent restaurants and places to pick up supplies.

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  • Things change in Lahtse

    Lahtse use to be the town where you had to stop and obtain a permit if you wanted to go to Everest base camp. Now the permit is obtained in Shigatse. Lhatse is not a bad place to stop for lunch when returning from Everest base camp. There are few monasteries here worth making a separate trip.

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  • Explore Shigatse

    Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. Most tours eventually will stop here for two reasons. One is to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is home to the Panchen Lama. The Panchen Lama is the second highest position in Tibetan Buddhism. The second reason is that Shigatse is no the location where guides need to get permits to go to Mount...

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  • Kampa La Pass

    Every pass in Tibet is a big deal. You will always find many prayer flags across the road. The idea is that the wind blowing through the flags will carry the prayers out to the universe. Sometimes it is a very beautiful site, sometimes it looks like a big mess. Kampa La is one of the closest to Lhasa and overlooks Yamdrok Lake. There are many photo...

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  • Gyatso La Pass

    Gyatso La is also known as Maphu La and may appear on some maps as the latter. This is the highest pass I went through on my trip at 5220 meters. I could definitely feel the difference as I walked around to take pictures. It was quite windy and not many people at all. There are locals selling items on the side of the road but even more of a...

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  • Gyatsoshong Village

    The most important thing about this village is that you will have your first chance to see Mount Everest. The best views are just as you leave the village. The locals know this and have set up tables to sell items on the side of the road. If it were cloudy out and couldn't see the mountain, one would wonder why are the Tibetans trying to sell...

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  • Add Tsedang to your trip!

    Tsedang is to the east of Lhasa. It is the third largest city in Tibet. The main point of going to Tsedang these days is access to Samye Monastery. This is because the road from Tsedang to Samye is now paved making it easier to access. But there is more to see in Tsedang than just getting to Samye. There are two other monastery's to note and check...

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  • Changkong Village

    Changkong is a very popular stop when traveling from Shigatse to Lahtse. This is due to the time restrictions when traveling between the two cities. For the locals, having the guides stop with their tourists is a great boost to their economy. Before the restrictions, people would just blow past these small little locations without much...

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  • Pit stop - Gyantse

    Gyantse is a nice size town which is home to Pelkor Chode. This is the main attraction of the town. Many pilgrim will travel to this location.Gyantse is typically is a half day stop when driving from Lhasa to Shigatse or the other way around. To do this you have to take continue past Yamdrok Tso towards Karo La. I have spent the night here once and...

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  • Kora La Pass

    This pass cannot be assigned to any particular town of city. It is usually driving through when going from Lhasa to Gyantse or Shigatse. What is unique about this pass is that you can see a hanging Glacier from Nyichenkangsang, a 7190 meter mountain. The pass is a an elevation of 5065 meters. It is an impressive sight.However, it is the only pass...

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  • Visit Samye Monastery

    Visiting Samye Monastery is an all day event for the time being. With the various road checkpoints, additional permit to enter Shannon Provence and terrible road conditions in the direction of Lhasa, make this an over night trip. Most groups will first drive to Tsedang on the Friendship Highway. Samye happens to be on the other side of Yarlung...

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  • The highest monastery in the world!

    Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. It is also spelled many different ways. It has quite a beautiful backdrop featuring Mount Everest. I did not have time to go inside. The cost to enter was 40rmb but you are permitted to wander around outside or do the kora at no cost. This of course is not the focus of travel to this area. Most people...

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  • Explore Lhasa

    More likely than not, you will arrive in Lhasa either by plane of train. Lhasa is the capitol of Tibet and the largest city. This is a great place to get acclimated to the altitude. Lhasa is at about 12,000 feet above sea level so it can take several days or more to adjust to this altitude. And you really don't adjust completely.The Tibetans in...

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  • trekking

    Tibet is a paradise of trekking enthusiasts. Trekking tour in Tibet gives you the chance to enjoy the amazing natural beauty and explore the history and culture of Tibet.Mt. Kailash trekking is the best one. Tourists planning a trekking tour to Ngari are highly advised to make a good preparation before the trip since the trekking tours might be...

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  • Itinerary in Tibet

    We are a group of 2 Americans who were planning a trip to Mt. Kailash, entering Tibet through Lhasa (from Kathmandu). Our trip is for a total duration of 18 days and has been organized by Tibet Highland Expedition fairly inexpensively. SInce the rules were changed recently we are looking for 3 more US passport holders who would like to do a similar...

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  • Everest Base Camp

    There are really only three ways to see Mt Everest. One of these involves trekking in Nepal, the other requires a flight from Kathmandu and the third way is the one we chose, driving in from Lhasa, TIbet. It's not a short trip, and takes several days (with terrible roads, but beautiful scenery).There are some shots I took while at EBC

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  • Watch the Monks Debate

    In the Gelugpa and Sakya traditions, monastery lamas are required to take part in the debates to further their study of Buddhism and progress to more advanced concepts. For this purpose, debates - both training and actual ones - are held on almost daily basis at the monasteries - some of which the visitors can witness. The debates are usually an...

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  • Sakya Monastery

    What?Sakya Monastery is the main religious centre of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, which dominated the religious life of the country before the rise of the Gelugpa school.Where?Just off the main Friendship Highway leading to Tingri, but very much on the tourist trail. It's about 125km away from Shigatse, and is usually visited on the...

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  • Karo La Pass

    Karo La is one of the mountain passes (ca. 4950m high) you drive through following the Tibet's main tourist circuit, the loop from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (or the road to Kathmandu) - you visit it on your first leg of travelling from Lhasa to Gyantse. Festooned with prayer flags, the pass is pretty much at the foot of the Karo La (or KharoLa,...

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  • Everest Base Camp

    What?The old expedition base camp at the foot of Mt. Everest at the altitude of 5,200m - offering some of the best views of the great mountain (provided the weather cooperates!). This is not where the current expeditions set up main operations, though - that one is more commonly known as the ABC, or Advance Base Camp. The base camp (which you can...

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  • Complete a Kora

    What?Tibet is has scores of pilgrimage routes, or koras, which circle around the sacred locations - lakes, mountains, monasteries. There are even special guidebooks detailing the routes, as well as giving practical advice to the pilgrims. It is believed that circumambulation of certain locations is particularly recommended for given purposes, for...

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  • Shigatse

    What?Shigatse is Tibet's second largest city, and is home to one of Gelugpa's largest and most important monasteries - the Tashilhunpo (which was also the seat of the Panchen Lama). The city is part of Tibet's most popular tourist route, Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and/or Nepal.What to SeeThe Tashilhunpo monastery is the major highlight, together...

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  • Lhasa

    What?Tibet's capital, the home of the world-famous Potala and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. This is where the majority of the first time visitors to Tibet (like me now) spend most of their time. The city rose to prominence in 7th century AD, when Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo started the construction of its most famous buildings - Potala,...

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  • Yamdrok-Tso

    Where?In the area of Tsang, on the southern route between Lhasa and GyantseWhat?One of the 4 Tibetan holy lakes, along with Lhamo-La Tso, Nam-Tso, and Manasarovar. It's also the easiest to access from Lhasa and lies on the most popular tourist route in Tibet (Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and/or Nepal). The lake frequently coils and doubles back on...

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  • Foggy Scenery

    The overland drive across Tibet took us over a 5008-meter pass, over 16500 feet. We are getting use to high elevations so it was no problem.We came to a beautiful, wide, long, flat, green valley. We could see a mountain blocking the clouds with all the clouds were on one side of the mountain. As we got closer, the clouds went over the top and...

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  • The Potalo Palace

    It goes without saying that Nobody will ever visit Lhasa without going to the Potala Palace !!! My wish would be that the next time I go that the Delhi Lama is back in residence once more and that the centre set of steps are back in use !!!

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  • Fascinating Tours to Nepla and Tibet.

    Amazing tour to Tibet and Nepal - the mysterious Himalayan land.NAMASTE & TASHI DELEK! In late Oct 2009, my friend James and I took a three-week tour in Tibet and Nepal. Generally saying, we didn¡¯t get well-preparation neither from books nor from the Internet for some reasons like busy hours and frequent business trips. But finally we did it! This...

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  • Montains and Lakes between Shigatse and...

    The journey back to Lhasa, came to the mountains instead of the main road. Get rid of the speed controls, gain in beauty ...In the mountains the road was really worse, but with magnificent views. We passed a mountain that looked like Everest: the middle of the other dark, there it was...covered with snow. It's called Nyanche Thanglha and is 7280 m....

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  • Gyantse

    We just go through Gyantse, a small town, considered the third largest city in Tibet. It became known as "the heroic city" because it was heavily bombed during the British invasion in 1904. Next to the road, making it easy to visit.

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  • Talishuppo Monastery II

    In the mopnstery live about 300 monks, but in prosperous times they were aorund 3800. Most buildings are closed to the public for enjoyment of the monks. However, it is considered that it would take several days to fully explore. We visited some of the halls and chapels, richly decorated. There are also tombs of Panchen Lamas-. Some of the rooms...

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  • Tashinlupo Monastery

    Monastery Tashinlupo is a huge complex of monastic buildings of golden roofs and cobbled streets in Shigatse. The building rises over a hill, so the entrance is on the plains and we climb up the side streets. Right across the street people still pray facing the monastery. The same scenario we saw in Lhasa. They make a circuit of about one hour to...

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  • From Lhasa to Tingri

    The first part of the journey is punctuated by mountains on both sides of the road, with clouds on their tops, as if to engage them. Between road and mountain a river of brown water fast accompanies us. It seems that the road was constructed using the slope of the mountains to river. The dominant colors are brown, honey-colored and green. Along the...

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  • Shigatse

    This is the last city we’ve seen in Tibet. It is the second largest city after Lhasa. Shigatse is located 250 km southwest of Lhasa. Its population is 80,000 and altitude is 3840 m. The city is built where Nyang chu and Brahmaputra rivers.Most important spot of the city is Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of Panchen Lamas. Panchen Lama...

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  • Gyantse

    Once it was the third largest town in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. Now, it has the same population, 8000 people, as it had in 1952. It is 3977 meters above sea level and is located on the Friendship Highway, 254 km southwest of Lhasa.It is referred as “Hero City”, because it resisted for several days during British Younghusband Expedition with...

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  • Yamdrok Lake

    This lake is a sacred place and has a circumambulation path around like many other mountains, buildings, etc. Tibetan people believe that it is a transformation of a goddess and if this lake will dry, the life in Tibet will end. Yamdrok is one of the 4 holy lakes. The other three are Lhamo La-tso, Namtso and Manasarovar. It is also called as Coral...

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  • Kamba La and Koru La

    After leaving Lhasa we were headed to Gyantse and Shigatse. We were on the long way because we intended to see mountain passes. I still remember the images of the road. We left Lhasa early in the morning. People were already started circumambulation with their prayer wheels. We passed over the Brahmaputra River (or Yarlung Zangbo River), passed in...

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Tibet covers a big area.  The two largest cities are Lhasa and Shigatse.  Lhasa serves as a good base to start.  You must get use to the altitude and there are plenty of things to...

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