Tibet Trekking information

Trekking information

In general, travel to Tibet represents the sightseeing tours but even the land is situated in average of above 13000 feet, this inaccessible land have lots of possibilities of trekking routes for the adventure seeker. Whether it is a pilgrimage trek or a mountain expedition, Tibet offers trekking trips from short one day to month long as per ones requirement. But the treks are not feasible in the wintertime as the temperature goes very low (-30 to -40ºF) and also the days are much shorter.

Tibet is probably the only destination among the Himalayas that's not as known for its adventure circuits as the rest are. But do not underestimate this destinations as just another trans-Himalayan area of the Himalayas. There's much more to Tibet than Buddhism, monasteries and cold desert-like weather.

Climate & Trekking Season In Tibet
Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity. To protect your eyes and skin, you'd better to bring the sunscreen, which with a sun protection factor of 15 and sunglasses are also useful. And lip creams and balms are also sold with SPF ratings, zinc, oxide creams provide 100% block out. Generally from April to October is the best season for opting a Tibet tour. But it really depends on your route and a normal winter Tibet tour schedule is quite comfortable, because in winter, the tourist rush is not much and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery freely.

Major Trekking Regions In Tibet

Everest Region:
Usually Everest is more known as a part of Nepal and trekkers have explored numeorus trek routes towards this world's highest peak from Nepalese Himalayas. Still, if you like trekking in the unexplored zones then opt the routes to the Everest range from the Tibetan Himalayas side. One Everest trek tour option from Tibet is from Kathmandu drive across beautiful Nepalese countryside to the Chinese boarder town of Zangmu before negotiating the road up through the deep gorges of Sunkoshi River to Tingri. Trek past the ancient village of Tingri to the base camp from where one can see the magnificent and huge dimensions of Mt. Everest.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:
Kailash Mansarovar YatraFor well over a thousand years, pilgrims have journeyed Kailash Mansarovar to pay homage to the mountain’s mystery, circumambulating it is a ancient ritual of devotion that continues to this day. People have been visiting Kailash - Mansarovar for centuries. Almost all the major passes of Uttaranchal Himalayas lead to Kailash - Mansarovar. The important ones in the Kumaon region are Lipulekh, Lampiya Dhura, Nuwe Dhura, Lowe Dhura, Unta Dhura, Jayanti and Kungri Bingri. Under the administration of the Indian ministry of external affairs and with the cooperation of the Chinese government, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has been conducting trips to Kailash - Mansarovar through the Lipulekh pass.

Namchag Barwa Trek:
Namchag Barwa is an excellent short trek for nature lovers and amateur botanists. It includes the delightful Nyima La and the lushly forested Rong Valley. The route begins in Pei, a small village that is also the staging post of treks to the great bend of the Tsangpo via Pelma Kochung and to Metog. Here a ferry crosses to Timpe on the north bank of the river, site of a revered Guru Rinpoche cave and monastery.

A splendid trail leads north to the Nyima La through some of the finest virgin forests and flower gardens in southeastern Tibet. The idyllic walk passes a nomad camp and groves of flowering rhododendrons along the way. Many plant species abound on the open moorlands near the pass. From the pass there are tremendous views of the Assam Himalayas, including nearby Gyala Pelri and Namche Barwa. On the far side of the Nyima La is the Rong Valley, a heavily forested scenic valley that is luxuriantly carpeted with primulas and violet irises from May to July. The best time for this trek is from May to October.

Trekking Permits In Tibet

There are two requirements for foreign tourists tour in Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your place. Another is the Alien' Travel Permit, which issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. There are no independent trek tours allowed in Tibet. You should join an organized group or have the local travel operator arrange a trek tour for you.

Here is a short information about the common trekking routes available in Tibet:

Ganden to Samye Trek
Duration: Total 12 days
Accommodation: hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.
Activities: Sights Seeing, Trekking
Trip Grading: Hard
Trip Type: Popular
Group Size: 2-10 pax

Kharta Valley and Everest Khangshung Face Trek
Duration: 21 Days
Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouse and tented camps.
Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking/Hiking
Trip Grading: Hard
Group Size:2-10 pax
Start From:Lhasa

Lhamo Lha-tso-The Oracle Lake Trekking
Duration: 12 Days
Accommodation: hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.
Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking/Hiking
Trip Grading: Moderate
Trip Type: Non-Touristic
Group Size: 2-10 pax

Nam-Tso, The Heavenly Lake Trekking
Duration:10 Nights
Accommodation:Hotels, guesthouse and tented camps.
Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking/Hiking
Trip Type: Popular
Group Size:2-10 pax

Tibet - Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration: 16 Days
Accommodation:Hotels, guesthouse and tented camps.
Activities:Cultural Touring, 4WD Adventure , Strenuous Trekking
Trip Grading: Hard
Trip Type: Non-Touristic
Group Size:2-10 pax

Tsurpu to Yangpachen and Dorjeling Nunnery Trekking
Duration: 9 Days
Accommodation:hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.
Activities:Sightseeing, Trekking
Trip Grading: Hard
Trip Type: Popular
Group Size:2-10 pax


Weather

 

Weather Average Minimum Temperatures in Lhasa, Tibet, China (°C) Average Maximum Temperature in Lhasa, Tibet, China(°C) Lhasa, Tibet Average Temperature (°C) Average Precipitation/ Rainfall (mm) Wet Days (>0.1 mm) Relative Humidity (%)
January -10 7 -2 0 0 71
February -7 9 1 13 <1 71
March -2 12 5 8 1 72.0
April 1 16 8 5 <1 67
May 5 19 12 25 3 59
June 9 24 17 63 8 64
July 9 23 16 122 13 71
August 9 22 16 89 10 72
September 7 21 14 66 7 71
October 1 17 9 13 2 64
November -5 13 4 2 <1 71
December -9 9 0 0 0 71

Altitude Sickness

 

Adverse reactions to the high altitudes of Tibet are one of the biggest challenges in traveling there. However, if you are properly informed and prepared, high altitude should not be an obstacle to safe and comfortable travel.
What is the definition of High Altitude?

- High Altitude: 1500 - 3500 m (5000 - 11500 ft)
- Very High Altitude: 3500 - 5500 m (11500 - 18000 ft)
- Extreme Altitude: above 5500 m

When acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms occur. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) represents the body's intolerance of the hypoxic (low oxygen) environment at high elevations.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

- Hyperventilation (fast breathing)
- Shortness of breath during exertion
- Increased urination
- Altered breathing patterns at night
- Frequent nighttime awakening
- Strange dreams

Tips to avoid AMS:

- Do exercise to improve your fitness before coming to Tibet.
- Try to avoid catching a cold (frequent hand-washing, etc.).
- Make sure to get a good night's sleep the night before flying to Lhasa.
- Avoid strenuous activity during your first day in Tibet.
- When arriving in the airport in Lhasa, walk slowly, take deep breaths. Take time to acclimatize.
- Ascend to higher altitudes gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you begin feeling ill.
- Prepare AMS medication, in accordance with a doctor's advice.