Tibet is always mysterious to trekkers all over the world because the magnificent high plateau landscape of it offers fantastic opportunities for them. It will always have something for you no matter what your interests are such as climbing majestic mountains, visiting holy monasteries, circling around beautiful lakes, riding horses throughout the vast grassland.
It is a wonderful way to explore Tibet and unforgettable experience of a lifetime that you can’t get on this planet. You will have a full sight of Tibetan culture and sense the harmonious and subtle connection of people to nature once you step into the highland. There are several trekking routes we recommended in Tibet which are accessible to all levels of skills and experiences.
The best long trek is Gandan to Samye passes which costs you 5 days more or less. You will travel across Shuga-La pass and Chitu-La passes over 5000m and you can also see the holy lakes, beautiful landscapes, nomads’ camps, as well as Gandan monastery and Samye monastery which are two of Tibet’s greatest centers of religious culture.
Shalu to Nartang is the best short trek which costs you 2-3 days, follows the ancient trade route between two Buddhist monasteries. The caravans laden with goods and treasure passed this way in the past. This route goes through several villages and uninhabited canyons, while the trails are easily accessible from Shigatse.
One of the harshest and most challenging treks for the pilgrims in the world is Mount Kailash trek, which is famous as Asia’s holiest mountain-Mt. Kailash. Admirably, this trek integrates the cultural, physical and spiritual dimensions of a trip in Tibet. You can see fantastic mountain sightseeing all the way and meet many pilgrims from Tibet and other countries.
It’s an excellent choice for you to trek from Tsurphu to Yangpachen if you want to get a close look at the lifestyle of the nomads. This trek begins at Tsurphu Monastery and crosses a few high valleys before entering the broad Yanpachen valley. This trek which combines Alpine tundra, monasteries, hot springs, lots of nomads and distant nunnery balances wilderness and cultural activities perfectly.
It is incredible for you to the see ecological diversity of northern Tibet by Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek. The route leaves Damxung Valley and wends its way through a rocky alley, and a number of stream crossings aside you. You will pass through gorges, alpine meadows and forested slopes. Fantastic views of sparkling Namtso and Tashi Do can be visible from many vantage points on the trail. Some colorful nomad camps dot the way as well.
Everest base camp to Tingri trek provides a complex mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge. It is an excellent alpine trekking in the shadow of the legendary Mt. Everest. On the way to Everest Base Camp, you will have time more than enough to explore the valleys and glaciers below the massive north-face of Mt. Everest and view the most magnificent scenery on the world’s highest mountain. You can also see much wild wildlife in the valleys and pasture along the way.
When is the best time for trekking? All seasons are perfect except snowy seasons(Nov-March). Generally, the ideal time for trekking in Tibet is from April to October. April to June and September to October are most highly recommended months without much rain or snowfall. During the snowfall, not only the high ways that take the trailheads are blocked but also the mountains are inaccessible. July and August are the hottest months of the year and the rainy season in Tibet. The roads are in bad conditions which make your trekking messy and hard.