Holy. Magnetic. Religious. The roof of the world is a spiritual awakening.

Strikingly beautiful and abandoned at the same time. As a subject Chinese colony, the limitations and undesirable development are obvious. Yet the vast Tibetan plateau, isolated from huge mountains, is full of warm, welcoming and deeply religious people. From the sparsely populated rocky desert to the wooded eastern and temperate southern valleys crossed by nomads, Tibet’s diversity and stoicism are overwhelming.

In three days, hike to the holiest peak in Tibet, the mountain. Kailash among devout pilgrims. Head to the source of four of the largest rivers in Asia, which begin in and around the glaciers of this particular mountain. Meet wild yaks, antelopes and wolves in the remote wilderness.

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Travel to the birthplace of the endangered Tibetan antelope high above the northernmost steppe of Tibet in the Kunlun Mountains. Discover the importance of ancient texts on the walls of a recently discovered cave complex, accompanied by trained pilgrims and spiritual guides. Review the many impressions of the day in the best five-star hotels, specially designed traditional camps, gers and yurts designed and extended for luxury.

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WOW MOMENTS TIBET

POTALA PALACE IN LHASA 

High up on the big “Red Mountain” rises the winter palace of the former Dalai Lama and the majestic symbol of Lhasa: the Potala Palace. All 13 floors and 999 rooms will amaze you. This breathtaking monument radiates a very special aura and guards, like an imaginary protector, the capital of Tibet. Just seeing it conjures up goose bumps, leaves you dreaming and tacitly tells you a millennium-old story.

NAM TSO LAKE

The landscape: heavenly. The impression: lasting. The atmosphere: magical. A soothing, soothing silence surrounds the deep blue lake, the snowy mountain peaks on the horizon are reflected in the still waters and the size of the lake makes everything shrink. Pause, let that special atmosphere work on you and gradually understand why this lake is considered sacred – simply overwhelming!

SAMYE MONASTERY 

The oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, with its dazzling golden roof and mandala style, takes you on a journey full of spiritual impressions, Buddhist wisdom and fascinating ways of life. Immerse yourself in another world during a meditation lesson, learn more about the life philosophy of the monks living there and let a scholar tell the gripping stories about Buddhism in Tibet!

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Season / Weather / Climate

The seasons take place at about the same time as in Europe. Tibet has a temperate climate with a dry winter and a hot summer. But with so many elevation differences and different landscape types, the climate is different in different parts of the country. In the mountains and valleys of the pre-Himalayas there is a temperate climate. The warm summers alternate with cool winters. The tree and snow line are pretty high. The average temperature in this area is between about 5 degrees in January and 25 degrees in July. In winter it can cool down at night, but most of the time the temperature is still above zero. In Lhasa it is 25 degrees from April to September during the day, 10 degrees at night in summer. In the mountains there is over 4000 meters a high mountain climate. The temperature is always below freezing and the landscape is covered with snow and ice. The best travel time is from April to October. These months are relatively dry and you have a good chance of clear blue skies. During the summer months, it can often get warm during the day in the strong sun. Now and then a shiver may fall, but that is hardly a problem in Tibet.

The time difference compared to the Central European Time (CET) is + 7 hours. During summer time the time difference from Germany to Tibet is + 6 hours.

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Language

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of the People’s Republic of China. Regionally, however, the dialects vary considerably. In Tibet Tibetan is spoken, Chinese is taught as a foreign language in the schools. In hotels and shops for foreigners, most of the staff now have English language skills. On the other hand, taxi drivers, salespeople in the normal shops, waitresses, etc. usually hardly understand English, or not at all.

To eat and drink

The locals eat “Tsampa”: roasted barley flour with meat and vegetables. Especially tasty are momos – stuffed dumplings – or a yak steak. Yakbuttertee is drunk almost everywhere, which is not everyone’s taste. Green tea and beer are local drinks. Tibetans are very hospitable. If you have guests, they offer barley beer and butter tea. Barley beer has an alcohol content of 15 to 20 percent. As a guest, you first drink only one sip, then the cup is again poured. Dan, you drink the cup in one go. Butte tea is a favorite drink of Tibetans. You should drink it sip by sip. As a guest, you leave the full cup of butter tea on the table if you do not want to drink it. But when you say goodbye you have to drink it in one go.

People

The inhabitants of Tibet are deeply rooted in Buddhism and usually still live very traditional. Due to the settlement of the Chinese in Tibet, the Tibetans in their own country are now almost a minority. Lamaism is the predominant form of Buddhism in Tibet. In the 7th century, Tubo King Songtsan Gampo professed Buddhism. Over time, Buddhism merged with native religion in Tibet. On this basis, Lamaism was born. Today, Lamaism has mainly four schools: the Red sect, the Flower sect, the White sect and the Yellow sect, depending on the color of the clothing and headdress of the clerics and the decorations of the monasteries. Tibetans tend to call each other “La” as a sign of respect behind the name. One always allows the guest and the elderly or the higher. When eating and drinking you should not make a sound.