Tibet Travel Guide

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Lhasa

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Xigaze

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Samyai

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Rongpu Si

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Gyangze

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Zetang

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13,57,0

Xegar

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4,4,0

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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  • House of Shambhala

    Lhasa Hotels

    I love House of Shambhala since the moment I stepped in. It is exactly what I had on mind. Rustic,...

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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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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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Samyai

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  • 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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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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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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  • 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 here for lunch...

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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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  • 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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Xegar

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  • Sunrise at New Tinggri

    Xegar General

    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 General

    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 General

    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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