Tibet Trekking Tours
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Tibet Trekking Tours

Travel Tibet China will work out the Tibet trekking tours program for you, you will experience trekking tours together with the local Tibetan tour guide. We help you get acclimatized to the high altitude. Professional guidance is available throughout your trip, especially when you trek in sparsely-populated regions.

Tibet Trekking Tours is a hiking trip that you will never forget, the famous holy mountains and lakes of Tibet offer great opportunities for trekking tours. Every year many tourists come here for trekking tours to enjoy an uplifting spiritual experience at the roof of the world. Through trekking in Tibet, you will avoid the mass tourism annoyance and merge into the peaceful Tibetan nomadic life. You can also enjoy the unique landscapes of Tibet.

Here below let's recommend some of the most famous Tibet trekking packages.

The short treks which suit especially for trekking beginners, like Ganden to Samye trek, Shalu to Nartang trek, as well as Namtso Lake trek.

The trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp is the most popular one for tourists in Tibet. You can explore the local valleys and glaciers below the north face of Mount Everest and appreciate the amazing view of the most magnificent scenery on the world’s highest mountain.

Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage trek is widely known as the kora around Asia’s holiest mountain - Mount Kailash.

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Top-rated Tibet Trekking(Hiking) & Camping Tours

Tibet is the perfect place for an outdoors person, with majestic Everest to climb, nomads' footstep to follow, and the cleanest rivers in the world to explore. It is no surprise that our hiking tours below have a high rate of returning visitors. One hiking trip to the "land of snow" just isn't enough.

10 Days Shalu to Nartang Trek

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Shalu to Nartang trek follows the old trade route between the great Buddhist centers, this 10 day trek tour will visit Shalu Monastery and Nartang Monastery.

9 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek Tour

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During the 9 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek tour, you will visit the Tsurphu Monastery, and take you for a relaxing visit the hot springs at Yangpachen.

8 Days Ganden to Samye Trek

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Ganden to Samye Trek has much to offer, lakes, Mountais, beautiful alpine landscapes, nomad camps, villages and sacred sites. The route connects two of tibet’s greatest monasteries: the Gan...

Top 10 Classic Trekking Routes in Tibet

For world-wide travel enthusiasts, Tibet is an attractive holy land for exploring. Its stunning natural wonders and vibrant Buddhist culture echo irresistible magnetism. Among dozens of ways of experiencing true Tibet trekking, the following routes are universally taken as the best choices for ardent travelers. Ready to hit the road? Here are top 10 classic trekking routes in Tibet.

Gama Valley Trekking, Shigatse( 10-15 Days)

Situated in Tingri County, Shigatse, Gama Valley is a lush valley formed by erosion of freezing snowmelt rivers and countless towering mountains nearby. As early as 20th century, Gama Valley was credited as “the most beautiful valley on the planet and one of the classic trekking routes in the world.”

Mt. Kailash Kora Trek, Ngari (2 Days)

Speaking of trekking or Kora (circling around religious mountains or sites) in Tibet, Mt. Kailash Kora definitely pops uppermost in one’s mind. Believed to be the “center of the world”, Mt. Kailash is also worshipped in Hinduism, Jainism and Bonismo. Tibetan Buddhists are deeply convinced that circling Mt. Kailash can remove one’s evil and circling Mt. Kailash for 108 times even makes you a Buddha.

Namtso Lake trekking, Damxung (7-10 Days)

Circling holy mountains and lakes in Tibet is considered as a way to express pilgrims’ loyalty and worship to Tibetan gods as well as a distinct means of practicing Buddhism. Namtso Lake, celebrated as the most sacred lake in Tibet, draws a sizable number of tourists and pilgrims each year.

Lhasa--Tsurphu Monastery--Yangpachen (2-3 Days)

This trekking route is a well-developed one and run for years. It enjoys a great reputation amid 20 classic trekking routes in China.

Lhasa--Ganden Monastery--Chimpuk--Samye Monatery (4-5 Days)

This trekking route is truly a route of religion. After finishing the trekking, you can have a basic understanding of the development of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden Monastery, one of the great monasteries of Gelug sect, was founded by Je Tsongkhapa. It is believed to be the source of Gelug sect.

Xiazayü (Chawalong Town)--Gongshan, Yunnan (Bingzhongluo Town) (20-25 Days)

This trekking route covers part of the famous ancient tea horse road (ancient business trail).
Highlights: You can enjoy the natural scenery and find out the delicate interconnection between economic development and cultural prosperity.

Motuo Trekking (5-7 Days)

Motuo, which used to be the only county that can’t be accessed through highway, has now been available for trekkers since 2013. It takes around a week to trek in Motuo. Sadly, currently it is not open to foreign tourists.

Sai Town (Lhozhag County, Shannan prefecture)--Baimalin tso (1-2 Days)

Sai town, Lhozhag County, is famous for its Saika Gutuo monastery from which Kagyu sect originates. You can find the nine-story watchtower which is said to be built by Buddha Milarepa.

Dezhong Hot Spring(Maizhokunggar county)--Drigung Thil Monastery (1 Day)

Motuo, which used to be the only county that can’t be accessed through highway, has now been available for trekkers since 2013. It takes around a week to trek in Motuo. Sadly, currently it is not open to foreign tourists.

Sai Town (Lhozhag County, Shannan prefecture)--Baimalin tso (1-2 Days)

This trekking route is rather relaxing and easily-manageable. You can enjoy refreshing Dezhong hot spring, one of the most famous hot springs in Tibet. Meanwhile, Drigung Thil Monastery is another great place to explore, for the practice of sky burial is held here.

Zhari Kora--Cuoga Lake(3-5 Days)

With sacred mountain and holy lake, the trek offers the best scenery you couldn’t possibly imagine. Besides, the trekking distance is not that long and it only takes around 4-5 days.

Essential & Helpful Guide

Planning a hiking or trekking in Tibet is not as simple as planing a Lhasa tour, because the regions involved are usually remote with shortage of supply, extreme weather, bad transportation, etc. Furthermore, prepackage including hiking clothing, hiking gears, medicines, etc, is very important. But seeing from another point of thought, all the challenges are the unique rewards for the hikers.

Different levels of hiking in Tibet:

There are many wonderful places you can go for a hiking in Tibet. It depends on how many days you have, how much budget you have, and what levels of hiking experience you prefer.
Easy walking - There are many options for a short and leisure walking of 1~2 days around Lhasa city. You can spend a full day to hike up to a mountain or into a valley, and encounter some hidden sites.
Moderate walking - Ganden to Samye trek is the most classic moderate hiking with altitude lower than 5000 meters, diverse landscapes of valleys, mountains, lakes, wild nature, etc.
Serious walking - It involves remote regions, such as Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, and needs about 2 or more days to get there, and takes 3 or more days to finish the routes.

Best time for hiking:

Generally, April to June and September to October is best time with moderate temperature and little rain and snow. July and August are great period but rainy season with bad road condition. Hiking at the outskirt of Lhasa city is available all year around.

Dinning for Trekking:

There isn't much to eat along the trek, so you have to pack enough food and drinks before your trek. Don't have to bring from your country, you can buy the foods suitable for trek in Lhasa or Shigatse. Bring a large-capacity water bottles to contain boiled water. If necessary, we can arrange a chief cooking for you.

Trekking Accommodation :

Hiking regions are usually wild and remote, hikers will generally accommodate in the villages and monasteries which offer basic guesthouses, such as the Mount Kailash trek. As for the route which has no villages along, camping is the only choice.

Trekking Pack ideas :

Basic warm, comfortable and firm clothing are required. A pair of strong, well-fitting boots is necessary. We will offer tent, stove, cooking utensil and other necessary equipment for trekking and camping. The private gears and equipment, such as sleeping bag is suggested to bring on your own.


FAQs about Planning a Tibet Trekking Tour



1. When is the best time for Tibet trekking?

Trekking can be done in Tibet at any time of the year, even in the depths of winter. However, the time of year for your trek does often dictate where you can trek at that time of year. For example: You will not be able to do the Mount Kailash Kora trek in the depths of winter, in February, as the weather will be too cold in that part of Tibet, and you are likely to be snowed out. However, the winter is the perfect time to take advantage of some of the other treks in the southeast and central regions, such as the treks around Lhasa, including the Ganden to Samye trek.

Mount Kailash is best done in the shoulder months of the year, in spring from April to June and in the autumn from October to November. This is the time when the weather and climate are at their best for this area. Everest Base Camp can actually be trekked throughout the year, though you may not want to try it in February, as this is the coldest month of the year. The most popular times for trekking in Tibet are spring and autumn again, as this is when the weather is best across the whole of Tibet. But even the summer can be good for trekking to EBC, as there is little rain in that area of Shigatse during the monsoon period.

2. What to pack for trekking in Tibet?

Packing depends on your time of year and the trek you are attempting. However, the basics should always be included, such as layers of clothing to regulate your body temperature, good strong hiking boots, warm woolen socks, shower-proof hiking pants, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and sun cream. You can add hiking poles if you think you may need them on rough ground and up hills, and it is essential to have a day pack, which can be carried instead of your main pack for water and things, while your main pack travels in the support vehicle.

3. How fit do I need to be to trek in Tibet?

Generally speaking, there are two ways to get to Tibet,namely, entering Tibet from Kathmandu, Tibet and traveling Tibet from Mainland China. Fitness is important on a trek anywhere in the world, and if you are not fit at all, then trekking is not for you. However, in Tibet, the level of fitness you need is a little higher than at sea level. The higher altitude makes it harder to trek over rough ground, so you should be at least physically fit enough to trek at sea level and train a little before attempting most of the treks in Tibet.

4. What is it like on the 3-day Mount Kailash kora trek?

The trek around the Mount Kailash kora is actually rated as one of the hardest treks in Tibet, despite only being three days long. The trek takes you over 52 kilometers of rough terrain, around a mountain that lies in an area that is at a very high altitude already. At its highest point, the trek reaches an altitude of well over 5,000 meters, and all of your nightly camping sites are at very high altitudes of above 4,000 meters. This is not a trek for the faint hearted or the absolute beginner.

5. How to avoid altitude sickness while trekking in Tibet?

Acclimatization is the key to high-altitude trekking. No matter how fit you think you are, everyone is the same when it comes to altitude sickness, and your extreme fitness will not keep you from getting it. Acclimatization in Lhasa before you start trekking is essential, especially if you have come straight to Tibet by flight or train. Spend a few days to get used to the higher altitude, and do not trek until you are completely acclimatized.

During the trek, monitor your vitals often, and keep an eye on the basic functions, watching out for the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dehydration, nausea, drowsiness, etc. Remaining well hydrated can help to prevent altitude sickness a little, and if you feel any symptoms, stop and rest to help get over it.

6. What to eat and where to stay during the trek?

Accommodation in Tibet when trekking largely depends on where you are trekking. Some of the treks have accommodation available at the various monasteries that lie close to the trekking area, such as those around the Kailash Kora Trek. Others will require you to camp in tents, as there is no accommodation nearby. The guesthouses that you can find in the trekking areas are often very basic, and have little in the way of amenities, such as no hot water, outside toilets, no showers, etc. tents can be even more basic, and you will need to be prepared to rough it during the trek.

Food depends on whether you like Tibetan dishes or not, and whether you are staying at guesthouses or camping. Some of the guesthouses provide basic nutritious Tibetan meals, though nothing like western or Chinese dishes. If you are not into local cuisine, you can bring food with you when trekking, such as packet meals, pot noodles, etc, so that you have plenty of decent food to keep you going. Snacks for high energy boosts are ideal, as they can give you a quick boost of energy when you need it most. Pack things like chocolate, dried fruit and nuts, trail mix, cookies and biscuits, and any other high energy snacks that you know of.

7. The most recommended Tibet short trekking routes?

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, has some great small and short treks that you can take at almost any time of year. The 5-day Lhasa Outskirts Trek gives you the chance to explore some of the more off-the-beaten-track monasteries around the capital, while the 4-day Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is a great way to see more of the Tibetan countryside around Lhasa, and a visit to the famous hot springs. For a trek further afield from Lhasa, try the 9-day tour that has a great four-day trek from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery, or take a wild three-day trek around the most sacred mountain in the world at Mount Kailash.

Tibet Trekking Tours Guide

Best time for trekking in Tibet

The best time to trek in Tibet is in spring and autumn, which are from April to May and September to October. During these times there is little rain to interrupt your trekking tour in Tibet...

How to Prepare for Trekking in Tibet

Trekking in Tibet provides a completely different view from those provided by Nepal and India. Read more about the six greatest trekking sites in Tibet, Tibet travel permits and packing list for Tibet trekking tours, etc.

Tips For Trekking in Tibet

Mount Kailash trek has always been one of the most difficult treks in Asia. Pilgrims came from all around the world, defying hardships to do the 52km circuit trek around Mt. Kailash.

Things to know before your Tibet trekking tour

Things to know before your Tibet trekking tour: Trekking in Tibet is a perfect way to explore Tibet and the wonderful experience of a lifetime that you cannot get anywhere else on earth.

Ganden to Samye Trek Tips and Guide

Trek from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery is one of the most popular trekking routes in Tibet. Most of the route is located around 4000 meters above sea level,

Ganden to Samye Trek

Ganden to Samye Tibet trekking route is regarded as one of the best hikes in the world. It is a fulfilling and pleasant pilgrimage trip with much to offer, an overview of Tibetan Buddhism and religious culture

Nyenchen Tanglha Trek - Damxung to Namtso

Nyenchen Tanglha trek is a fabulous trek of traversing the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains to the famous holy Lake Namtso. In this trekking, a number of stream crossings await you.

Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek

Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is a rugged walk beginning at Tsurphu Monastery and crossing several high valleys like Leten valley and Bartso valley before emerging into the broad and windswept Yangpachen Valley.

Shalu to Nartang Trek in Tibet

Shalu to Nartang Trek in Tibet starts at the historic Shalu Monastery, passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons, and then ends at Nartang Monastery.

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