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Tibet

Tibet

Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Tibet offers exceptional walking and trekking opportunities during the summer months. Trekking in the rarefied air requires excellent acclimatisation so it’s not possible to rush a holiday to Tibet - just as well with so many wonderful sights to see.

Culturally, Tibet still packs an impressive punch. In Lhasa, the Potala Palace is the landmark sight with its towering white walls and prostrating pilgrims. The Jokhang and surrounding streets of the Barkhor Market form both the the spiritual and commercial heart of the old city. Outside of Lhasa, the old towns of Gyantse, Shegar and Shigatse provide a glimpse of life in old Tibet with their monasteries and forts. Our Definitive Cultural Tour of Tibet provides an in-depth exploration of these significant religious and cultural sights. If you’d like to combine time in Lhasa with a short yet varied trek to discover more of Tibet’s sacred and rural heritage, then look no further than our Ganden to Samye Trek.

Away from the cultural centres, the landscape of Tibet is its crowning glory. The sacred mountain of Kailash is one of Tibet’s most impressive natural sights attracting both trekkers and pilgrims alike – particularly at the time of the Saga Dawa Festival. But it is probably the endless, high-altitude plateau of brown rolling hills, pierced occasionally by enormous peaks, that best characterises Tibet and leaves an indelible impression on all visitors.

You can combine the key sights of Tibet with those in the equally fascinating Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on our Cultural Highlights of Bhutan & Tibet tour.

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