To stand at the foot of Everest is naturally an attraction itself. Watching its mass rise into the sky from the valley floor at the mythical Rongbuk Monastery amidst awe-inspiring surroundings. But of course, there is much more on this trip. Travelling along part of the route that has linked Lhasa and Kathmandu for centuries of trade and cultural and economic exchange.
14 days / 13 nights full travel (10 days/9 nights in Tibet + 4 days/4 nights in Nepal)
Local guide English-speaking
Highest altitude overnight 4980m
Accommodation in hotels (some basic in Tibet) and Rongbuk Monastery
Transfers in private vehicle. Long drive journeys in relatively good roads
Recommended from March to November, in winter the temperatures are freezing
Tibet has always filled our minds with Buddhist monks reciting mantras, caravans of yaks across frozen lands, prayer flags waving in the wind, wide windswept horizons and the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the background. Tibet is a vast territory situated in one of the harshest places on earth to live. However, or perhaps because of this, it generated and expanded a very particular millenary culture and, deep down, a way of seeing and understanding the world. It is in Tibet that Buddhism achieves a degree of integration into society, mysticism and expression not found in other places.
Lhasa, the capital of Tibet not only administratively but also religious, is worth a trip in itself. With Potala temple dominating its streets, buildings and temples, one feels absorbed by its spiritual power. It is also here that the conflict and clash of the Tibetan personality with the Chinese authorities, present in Tibet since their invasion in 1950, is most vividly experienced. Tibet’s integration into China has brought economic, technological, modern and infrastructural advantages, but has not been respectful of its culture and way of life, and certainly, not of its basic freedoms.
With the end of the Mao era and the “unofficial” revision of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, China gradually began to “normalise” and the Tibet region was opened to international tourism in 1980, although it is not possible to travel independently in Tibet.
In recent years, coinciding with the opening and increase in tourism, they have rushed to rebuild what had been destroyed and to “normalise” the situation. Normalised in inverted commas, because although there is a relative understanding and adaptation between the two communities, the Chinese authorities maintain an unpredictable policy in this territory, always susceptible to any hint of rebellion on the part of the Tibetan community.
Nepal remains the most logical gateway to Tibet for Europeans, as an airport connection in China means a long flight from Europe. However, it should be noted that the Chinese embassy takes three working days to process the visa and entry permit for Tibet, making it necessary to stay in Nepal for at least three days before leaving for Lhasa. A good excuse to visit, albeit briefly, the towns of Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu.
We have designed this route in such a way that the road distances are not too long, bearing in mind that Tibet is a vast territory and the distances are long. But you will have time to visit the most important places at your leisure, without rushing, and to be able to walk around the cities and surroundings so that you can get a better idea of what life is like in this territory, where we will always be above 3500 metres above sea level.
We are sure that the wide-open spaces, the mountains, the monasteries, the banners waving in the wind, the windmills rolling eternally and above all the people who live in this harsh place, will forever occupy your memory.
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