It was quite a spontaneous idea to visit Tibet. I was traveling in China and Tibet was so close, I just couldn’t resist. So, shortly after arriving in China, I also arranged my trip to Tibet.
I’m forever glad I did.
No country has ever kept me under its spell as Tibet. The unsurpassed beauty of the Himalayas, the ancient monasteries and stupa’s, colorful praying flags, the sound of mantra’s and prayer bells, the epic Potala palace, the bluest sky you will ever see and the warm and friendly Tibetans with their beautiful smiles.
Below is a small selection photos showing you Tibet, the roof of the world, throughout my lens.
Are you having doubts about traveling to Tibet, because of the support to the Chinese government? Read more about my opinion about traveling to ‘controversial’ destinations here!
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My (rough) route through Tibet
Day 1: On the train (highest train ride in the world, where you’ll be riding a train at 5,072 m)
Day 2: Arrive in Lhasa
Day 3: Visit Norblingka and Sera temple.
Day 4: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, wandering around Barkor Street.
Day 5: Visit Yamdrok lake, Gyantse Kumpum, stay in Shigatse.
Day 6: Early morning start driving to Rogbuk via Shegar. Stay at Everest Base Camp. Read about my stay at the Everest Base Camp!
Day 7: Back to Shigatse.
Day 8: Visit Tashilunpo monastery in Shigatse then drive back to Lhasa. Stay in Lhasa.
Day 9: Leave Lhasa.
How to avoid altitude sickness?
Since most places in Tibet are above 3000 meters, altitude sickness is a serious risk. Altitude sickness is quite unpredictable. However, there are few things you can do to avoid it:
- Make sure to drink enough water
- Take it easy! I remember, I had to walk stairs to the first floor of the hotel and I was completely out of breath. If you feel fatigue, dial it down.
- You may consider to bring Diamox. Fortunately, I did not suffer from altitude sickness, and the only thing I noticed were vivid dreams in Everest Base Camp and being short of breath more quickly. I did not need any Diamox.
Other general tips for your Tibet trip
- Make sure to get a Tibetan guide and driver. Try to eat in Tibetan restaurants, buy in Tibetan shops etc.
- Be careful in discussing political issues. You may put Tibetans in a difficult (or dangerous situation)
- Some basis stuff: ask for permission to take photographs in temples of people. Keep in mind Tibetans are deeply religious, please follow their customs and manners. Learn and read about the historical and cultural background
- Don’t take photo’s of military people/buildings or official checkpoints
- Prepare for very cold nights!
- As a solo traveler, I contacted some hostels in Chengdu to hook me up with other travelers for this tour.
The choice to whether or not to travel to Tibet is not an easy one. Read this ‘travel guide’ of Free Tibet before you go. You can find my opinion here.
Let me know if you have any questions about traveling in Tibet!
Absolutely love your pictures! Wish that I would be able to explore Tibet during my visit to China, but unfortunately I can’t make it fit in :(
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and those amazing pictures on Tibet. It really gives me the envy to spend some time there.
Next time I go to Chengdu, I will certainly reserve one week to fly over there.