Tibet Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn

Tibet Highlights

  • Pro
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    grets says…

     Stunning scenery, fascinating culture 

  • Con
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     Dominant Chinese presence, travelrestrictions, "huge" entrance fees 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Mysterious, Mythical Region 

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Lhasa

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512,1369,65

Gyangze

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68,294,1

Zetang

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13,57,0

Rongpu Si

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13,54,0

Yamzho Yumco

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2,58,0

Xigaze

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45,193,0

Zhigung

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9,52,0

Xegar

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4,4,0

Tingri

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8,33,0

Samyai

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26,52,0

Qamdo

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Nedong

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6,22,0

Nagarze

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7,16,0

Deqen

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Lhasa

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  • Hike to Yungdrungling

    Lhasa Off The Beaten Path

    This is the preferable way to get to Yungdrungling Monastery. Our driving pulled off the Friendship Highway and parked near an awesome stone suspension bridge. Vehicles cannot cross this. The bridge crosses a tributary that feeds into Yarlung Tsangpo. Once across the bridge follow this road to the right. It is mostly used by sheep and carts pulled...

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  • Lhasa Hotel

    Lhasa Hotels

    I would recommend a stay at The Lhasa hotel we did for 4 nights The beds were firm like most beds in...

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  • Yungdrungling Monastery

    Lhasa Off The Beaten Path

    This is a much different monastery than you might think. By just looking at Yungdrungling, it appears as a typical Buddhist Monastery. but it is not! It is a Bon Monastery. Bon is the original religion of the Tibetan people dating back thousands of years. In the past, the two religions were in a type of competition. However, recently, the Dali Lama...

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Gyangze

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  • The Kumbum

    Gyangze Things to Do

    The Kumbum is the main attraction at Pelkor Chode. Kumbum means 0ne hundred thousand holy images. Not quite that many but there a lot. The Kumbum is arranged like a mandala, especially if you were to view it from directly over head. As you ascend, in a clockwise direction, there are small chapels along the way. Each chapel has statues of deities as...

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  • Gyantse Hotel

    Gyangze Hotels

    The hotel's official rating is ***, which did mean it was pretty basic - and so it was (it would not...

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  • Back streets of Gyantse

    Gyangze Things to Do

    Gyantse is small enough to take some time to explore the back streets a bit. It is safe and you can meet some unique individuals along the way. Several have an amazing backdrop of the Gyantse dzord. A good route is to work your way towards the dzord. Pelkor Chode is to the left. Makes for a good side trip excursion if you are walking to the...

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Zetang

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  • Yumbulagang Monastery

    Zetang Things to Do

    When you first see Yumbulagang from a distance, it is quite an impressive sight. Perched atop a craggy hill makes the main tower here seem much larger than it is. Yumbulagang is said to be the first Monastery in Tibet, built by the first Tibetan King.There are only a few monks present and serves more as an attraction now. There are still pilgrims...

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  • Run down but great food!

    Zetang Restaurants

    My guide recommended this place. He said he eats here every time he visits Tsedang. It was a good choice. Although I had my doubts because the place is in serious need of some sprucing up with a fresh coat of paint and more accommodating tables. The wait staff are young and eager to try out there English every chance they can.I ate her for lunch...

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  • Trandruk Monastery

    Zetang Things to Do

    Trandruk is another small Monastery with not many monks remaining. It is right on the outskirts of Tsedang and closer to the city than Yumbulagang. It is right on the road with only a small courtyard in front of the main entrance. Again, this monastery has an inner kora with lots of prayer wheels that is nice to do. Trandruk has some of the nicer...

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Rongpu Si

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  • Mount Everest military outpost

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    Surprise! You are now at what the Chinese call Everest Base Camp. Probably the most misleading part of advertising to see Mount Everest, travel agents and guides will not tell you this is not a base camp. A large part of the people going to see Everest are tourist, not mountain climbers. So they really don't know the difference. A base camp is the...

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  • Mount Everest by night!

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    I brought along a tripod on the trip to get photos of Everest under the stars. Unfortunately it was extremely windy and with a 30 second exposure, the stars are not a crisp as I would have liked.

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  • Rongbuk Monastery

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. 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 stop by on the way to Mount Everest...

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Yamzho Yumco

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  • Kamba La Pass

    Yamzho Yumco Things to Do

    Kamba La Pass, at an altitude of 4,794 metres above sea level, is traditionally the divide between ‘front’ and ‘back’ Tibet. At the top there is a splendid panorama with the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley behind (having just climbed from the river) while in front is a superb vista of the stunning scorpion-shaped turquoise lake of Yanzho Yumco. At the pass,...

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  • Yamzho Yumco Lake

    Yamzho Yumco Things to Do

    Lake Yamzho Yumco is a lake located on the southern Tibetan Plateau (28?‹56?Œ N 90?‹41?Œ E), situated 120 km south of Lhasa, it is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is also known as the Scorpion Lake, due to its unusual shape which can (with a bit of imagination) resemble a scorpion. Other popular names are the Holy Lake or Yamdrok Tso. It is...

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Xigaze

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  • Shalu Monastery

    Xigaze Off The Beaten Path

    The first time I went here was in 2006 when travel was a bit easier. Part of the adventure was taken a beat-up bus from Shigatse to Shalu. This is not very far but back then the bus dropped you off at a dirt road intersection and you had to walk. A nice walk surrounded by the mountains. I think the bus ride was more of an adventure! A unique...

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  • Tashilhunpo Kora

    Xigaze Things to Do

    I never had the time to do the Tashilhunpo Kora when I'm in Shigatse. This time I finally did it. It's a wonderful Kora, long with prayer wheels nearly the entire way. The Kora starts to the left before you enter the main parking entrance. It is easy to find by just following the pilgrims. If not, it is the first alley on the right. The Kora begins...

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  • Sidewalk vendors

    Xigaze Things to Do

    Near the entrance of Tashilhunpo Monastery is a row of vendors selling prayer beads and some Tibetan items. There is not as many as you would find in Lhasa. But my experience is that the vendors in Shigatse will negotiate a little more and move off their price. You can get them pretty low if you try and walk away a few times.

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Zhigung

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  • Medicinal Hot Springs

    Zhigung Things to Do

    The hot springs at the Tidrum nunnery are said to be healing. There are seperate baths for men and women. As the baths are on a pilgrimage route it can be very busy there.We didn't try the baths but some of our group did and liked it. Only the tourleader was too enthousiastic and stayed too long in the hot water, she fainted....

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  • Tidrum nunnery

    Zhigung Things to Do

    Close to the Drigung Til monastery is a nunnery called Tidrum. A pilgrimage route leads from the Drigung Monastery to the Tidrum nunnery and the medicinal hot springs. This path takes about a day to walk (16 km between Tidrum and Drigung), many pilgrims do that.The nunnery is said to have connections to the 8th century Yeshe Tsogyel, wife of...

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  • Buddhism symbols everywhere

    Zhigung Local Customs

    As Tibet is a very religious country you will encounter symbols of Buddhism everywhere.This truck is decorated with some of the colorful symbols.Some of the symbols:- The Swastika is a good-luck symbol from India. In Buddhist tradition, it symbolizes the feet of the Buddha. Modern Tibetan Buddhism uses it as a clothing decoration. - The Eternal...

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Xegar

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  • Sunrise at New Tinggri

    Xegar Favorites

    Clouds often cover up the view of the Himalayas, but we were patient enough to wait until they cleared to see the sunrise on them. This is definitely worth the whole effort of getting to Xegar and sleeping there, however basic and dismal the journey and conditions may seem.

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  • Everest mountain

    Xegar Favorites

    At some 8848 meters above sea level, the Everest is the highest peak in the world. This was the climax of our trip - we caught this glimpse just between two clouds.

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  • View of the Himalayas

    Xegar Favorites

    This is the reason we came all the way to Xegar: to see the Himalayas and the Everest. Some 4500 meters above sea level, this village is also called New Tinggri. Very basic accommodation allowed us to be this close to the highest summit in the world.

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Tingri

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  • Cleanest place in Tingri

    Tingri Restaurants

    Tashi Restaurant is where I had breakfast, which was included with my stay at the hotel in Tingri. I'm not sure if this restaurant is part of the hotel or if they have something worked out work them. By far this is the cleanest restaurant in town. I'm not sure why I didn't go in here for dinner. I checked out most of the others in search of dinner...

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  • Well that's what the sign said

    Tingri Restaurants

    I stopped in every restaurant in Tingri before selecting this one. The only reason I chose this restaurant was because the owner/chef was not smoking. Seemed to be less flies than the other places. All the restaurants look pretty much the same. Nicely painted ceiling in a Tibetan style but the rest is a mess. I ordered pork with red peppers. It...

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  • Last minute supplies or snacks for the...

    Tingri Shopping

    Well what makes this so special is that is the only shop in town. Of that means it is expensive. Plan on paying double what you would pay in Shigatse. I base cost on what I pay for a snickers bar. 5rmb in Shigatse. At Thing Ri it was 10rmb.

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Samyai

See all 26 Samyai Tips
  • Samye inner Kora

    Samyai Things to Do

    When you enter the main building area, its actually an open courtyard and wall surrounding the main hall building. In this surrounding courtyard is a Kora lined with prayer wheels. It is worthwhile to do this kora before entering the main hall. It is not very long. During my kora I came across Monks that were practicing a dance for a festival.As...

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  • Strip Mall at the Monastery?

    Samyai Shopping

    Before you enter the Monastery there is a line of stores on the left that include restaurants, supermarkets and a few stores for buying souvenirs. What is different is that these stores seem to be in a new building and part of the monastery compound. Within the monastery they also sell some souvenirs and they are cheaper but the same thing can be...

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  • Festivals 2007-2008

    Samyai Local Customs

    Tibetan New Year - February 18th 2007 / February 7th 2008Butter Lamp Festival - March 4th 2007 / March 26th 2008Saka Dawa Festival - May 31st 2007 / June 18th 2008Shoton Festival - August 12th-18th 2007 / August 30th-September 5th 2008Bathing Festival - Middle ten days of September 2007 / Last ten days of September 2008Ghost-Exorcising Festival -...

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Nedong

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  • Getting there is half the fun

    Nedong Things to Do

    To reach the top of the fortress from the car park below, you have three options:1. Walk2. Hire a horse3. Hire a yak.Dan, who was not feeling very well, decided the last option was the best for him, and for a charge of 10 Yuan, it seemed a bargain.To everyone's amusement, he rode to the top singing "Rollin', rollin' rollin'...." from Rawhide.

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  • Yumbu Lakhang Tower

    Nedong Things to Do

    The 11m high tower of the fortress appears to be much taller than that when seen from the lower sides. You can climb to the top, from where there is a great view, it is entered from behind the shrines of the chapels.The tower is 4.6m wide by 3.5m and is decorated with kataks and sacred threads. The surrounding countryside can be admired from...

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  • Yumbu Lakhang Chapel

    Nedong Things to Do

    Originally Yumbu Lakhang was built as a chapel, but it now serves as a chapel and a monasteric home for a few monks. The chapel is consecrated to the ancient kings of Tibet and there are images of Nyentri Tsenpo and Songtsen Gampo in the main chapel, as well as other kings and ministers. There are also some beautiful murals depicting the mystical...

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Nagarze

See all 7 Nagarze Tips
  • Well...I didn't get sick!

    Nagarze Restaurants

    This was a lunch stop on my way from Lhasa to Shigatse. I probably would not have chose this place but my guide assured me it was good. The inside was much cleaner than I had expected. The wait staff were friendly. They must see a lot of foreigners. There were some other groups there as well with their tour guides. I had the pork and vermicelli...

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  • Mystery Market

    Nagarze Shopping

    This is an average small size super market. Very convenient and has everything you would need if you forgot something on your visit. The Snickers bars were cheaper here the in the restaurant. Less than any market in the US.

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  • Tibetan child

    Nagarze Things to Do

    This kid shows one of the rare signs of the influence of tourism. His village is along the main road going south-west from Lhasa, so he has obviously learned that it can be worth it trying his luck. The poverty in the villages is nonetheless striking.

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Tibet, also known as The Roof of the World or The Land of Snows, is a magical place.  Rich in a uniques cultural, the local Tibetan people are kind, outgoing and very helpful.  The...