Top travel locations to visit in Tibet
Tibet is an extraordinary travel place, so much history and mystery. Samye Monastery was the first monastery built in Tibet, and the place where Tibetan Buddhism was established. Inside the monastery there are numerous frescos, sculptures, and prayer wheels. The monastery is set in a valley surrounded by barren mountains and sand dunes. The scenery around is austerely striking.
Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by Tibetan people.They are believed to be the dwelling places for protective deities. This is also believed to give these sacred places a spiritual power. There are many sacred lakes in Tibet, and some of these are very important religious focal points. One such sacred lake is Namtso Lake. This is the largest lake in the Tibet. Namtso means “Heavenly Lake” and has a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains over its turquoise waters and especially offers fantastic sunrise and sunset view. Namtso is one of the holy lakes and one of the four “Great Wrathful Lakes” guarded by the goddess DorjeGegkyi Tso. The scenery of Namtso Lake is very surreal. Its crystal-clear waters reflect the snow-capped mountains, open grassland and the clouds in the sky. The grassland is dotted with yak herds and local nomads. Namtso Lake has five uninhabited islands of reasonable size. Like the hills around the lake, these islands have been used spiritual retreat by pilgrims who walk over the lake’s frozen surface at the end of winter.
Tibet trekking top places : Ganden to Samye Trek: This is one of the most popular treks in Tibet connecting the famed Ganden and Samye monasteries. Its one of the closest trekking routes to Lhasa and also one of the shorter treks at 4 days so it the best option for those with less time. Despite the relative ease of logistics it has great mountain views and is a challenging trek that includes crossing over Chitu La and Shug La, both these passes exceed 5000m (The word “La” means pass in Tibetan). The ruins of Ganden at the start are built high on a cliff and are attraction for many on day trips from Lhasa. One reaches the Samye Monastery at the end of the trek which is significant as the first Buddhist monastery to be built in Tibet and many Buddhists make a pilgrimage from across Tibet to visit this site.
Yarlung Zangbo River, the world highest river, turns south suddenly in Mainling County and cuts the Himalayas Mountain into two sections. Then the river runs through a narrow passage between the two 7,000-meter high peaks of Namjagbarwa and Jialabailei, forming the deepest, narrowest and longest canyon in the world- the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon which stretches 496 km long and averages over 5,000 m deep. The diversified climatic zones distributed vertically in the canyon determine its vertical distribution of diversified vegetation and numerous wild animals. Nearly 5,000 species of vegetation have already been found here. The diversified climatic zones distributed vertically in the Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon determined its vertical distribution of diversified vegetation and numerous wild animals. Nearly 5,000 species of vegetation have already been found here. Embracing all representative animals of the south and north as well the Grand Canyon has won the reputation as Natural arboretum, natural zoo, Plant Gene Bank and so on, a typical ‘Xishuangbanna in Tibet’. At the deepest of the Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon, Menba and Luoba people live their primitive life on the purified land on the earth.
Our knowledge of the land is an accumulation of countless generations passed down from our village elders. With our ancestors’ guidance and first-hand knowledge of the Sino-Tibetan political landscape, rest assured that you are in good hands. All of our Tibetan tour guides speak English, Chinese and Tibetan, have years of experience in guiding tours and high-altitude trekking and are well-versed in Tibetan Buddhism and history. They hail from every region of Tibet and are intimately familiar with the lands, its stories and people. Read more details at Tibet Tour.