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Famous Trekking Routes in Tibet amous Trekking Routes in Tibet

  • Source : China Tibet Online Author : Time : 09/20/2012 Editor : Liu Yinan

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    Tibet is probably the only destination among the Himalayas that is not well-known for the adventure circuits as the other regions do.


    But do not underestimate Tibet as just another trans-Himalayan area of the Himalayas. There's much more in Tibet besides the Buddhism, monasteries and cold desert-like weather.


    Climate & trekking season in Tibet 


    The high altitude and atmosphere in Tibet allow the sunshine to strike the earth with unusual intensity. To protect your eyes and skin, you'd better bring a sunscreen with the lowest sun protection factor of 15; and sunglasses are also useful. Lip creams and balms with SPF ratings, zinc, oxide creams provide ideal block-out.


    Generally speaking, the period from April to October is the best season for a tour in Tibet. Howver, a winter tour in Tibet could be comfortable as well, which depends on the route. In winter, Tibet has less tourists, so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery freely.


    Following are some major trekking routes in Tibet.


    Mt. Qomolangma area


    Trekkers have explored numeorus trekking routes towards Mt. Qomolangma, the world's highest peak. Still, if you like trekking in the unexplored zones, then you can opt the routes to the Mt. Qomolangma range from the Tibetan Himalayas side.


    One of the trek tour routes is from Kathmandu to Tibet. You can drive across the beautiful Nepalese countryside to the Chinese boarder town of Zangmu, on which you will negotiate the road up through deep gorges of the Sunkoshi River and pass the Tingri village in Tibet.


    On the trip from the ancient village Tingri to base camp, you can see the magnificent and huge dimensions of Mt. Qomolangma.


    Kailash & Mansarovar  


    For over a thousand years, pilgrims have journeyed the Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar to pay homage to the mountain’s mystery.


    Circulating the two is a ancient ritual of devotion that has been kept to today. People have been visiting the Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar for centuries.


    Mt. Namjiagbarwa trek


    Mt. Namjiabarwa 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 the trekkers to the great bend of the Tsangpo River via Pelma Kochung and to Metog. You can take a ferry to cross the river to Timpe on the north river bank, which is the 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.


    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 travel 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 is 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.


    High altitude sickness


    High altitude sickness could happen to any guest in high altitude.


    The effect of high altitude sickness usually remains 2 days till the body has acclimatized to the climate and the height. Headache, nausea, vomiting and short breath are the common symptoms.


    To avoid the high altitude sickness the tourist could take garlic soup and drink more water frequently.

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