Facts of Tibet
Tibet, an autonomous region of China, reflects the peaceful atmosphere and classic style of living; you get to have that once-in-a-lifetime experience. The vast tracts of this country are protected to give you the perfect, unspoiled wilderness of crystal-clear lakes, high mountains, and beautiful valleys, making for an ideal Tour of Tibet.
Although Tibet is one of the most ancient, mysterious, and fascinating must-visit destinations, it was only recently introduced to the Western world and tourists. Tibet is located in the southwest frontier of China. Tibet covers a total land area of 1.22 million square kilometers. With an average elevation of 4500m and housing the overwhelming beauty of the world’s highest mountains, Tibet is the world’s roof.
Entering Tibet from Nepal
Tibet tour from Nepal to Indians and people of other countries is preferred due to Tibet’s long and difficult paper works. So, instead of direct booking with a Tibetan tour agency, one can first come to Nepal with MyEverestTrip and then travel to Tibet from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you can enter Tibet from Gyirong Port (Lhasa) or take a plane to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 1 hour long.
Geography of Tibet
Tibet is divided into three geographical regions, the East, North, and South. The Eastern region is mainly forest, occupying approximately one-fourth of the total land. The Northern part is an open pasture where nomads, sheep, and yak inhabit. This region occupies about half of Tibet. The Southern and central region is mainly agricultural, occupying about one-fourth of the total area. The Geography of Tibet looks similar to that of the Upper Mustang.
People in Tibet
The majority of the Tibetan population is Tibetans. These people of the trans-Himalaya also have their language called Tibetan and Zhang Zhung.
During your visit, your heart will be warmed and touched by the Tibetan people’s big smiles and strong spiritual faith. The principal occupation of Tibetans is farming and husbandry. Farmers produce barley, wheat, peas, and grape seeds. As the Northern half of Tibet is covered by grasslands, it is the home of nomads, yak, and sheep.
Culture & Religion
Religion and spirituality are vital to Tibetans, influence all aspects of their lives, and are deeply ingrained into their cultural heritages. Bon is the ancient traditional religion of Tibet. The most important heritage of Tibet is Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. They are equally crucial for Hindus, Buddhists (Mostly Bon), and the Jain community. While Hindus attach this region to Lord Shiva, Buddhists think Kailash is home to the Buddha Demchok. When you travel from Kathmandu to Tibet, you can see all these cultural changes.
Festivals in Tibet
In Tibet, there are festivals such as Saga Dawa. Tibetan New Year is celebrated in February, and there’s also a Peach Blossom Festival. In July, Tibetan people celebrate Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival around the lower area. Also, there’s Gyantse Horse Racing Festival, celebrated with great excitement. Also, there’s the Harvest Festival.
The Climate in Tibet
Despite the high altitude of the Tibetan Plateau, the daytime temperatures are relatively mild. Between April and November, the average temperature can range from 14-25 degrees Celsius, and the skies are generally clear and blue. There can be an odd shower during the day from July to August. The nights, however, can be freezing, and temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius. There’s not much change in weather while going to Tibet from Kathmandu for Indians.
Spring (April-May): The ice melts, and the weather warms up during spring.
Summer (June- August): The weather is excellent in the summer, and it is the best travel season of the year.
Fall (September-October): The weather and the sky are clear during fall. It is a pleasant time to hike and trek in Tibet. You can also capture beautiful mountain peaks in this season.
Winter (November- March): Tibet experiences heavy snow in winter, especially in February and March. Due to the heavy snow and blocked roads, entry for foreigners is usually closed.
The best time to travel to Tibet is from May to October, when the weather is not very cold, averaging above 10 degrees Celsius. This is naturally the busiest travel time in Tibet tour when people come for warmer weather and higher oxygen content.
Our Tibet tours will take you to explore the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain views and beautiful culture in this high land of mystery. However, travel in Tibet comes with some complex permit requirements. My Everest Trip will guide you throughout the application process.
If you are interested in joining us on a Tibetan Tour, here are the tours we can offer you. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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