Tibet travel

tailor-made Tibet tours - the roof of the world

Immerse yourself in the adventure of Tibet, the home of the Dalai Lama and “roof of the world” with its exciting historical past. Trek to the most sacred peak in Tibet, Mount Kailash. Encounter wild yaks and wolves in the distant wilderness.

Travel to the birthplace of the endangered Tibetan antelope high above the northernmost steppe of Tibet in the Kunlun Mountains. Discover the meaning of ancient texts on the walls of a recently discovered cave complex, accompanied by spiritual guides. Review the many impressions of the day in exclusive hotels, traditional camps and extraordinary and luxurious yurts.

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

Strikingly beautiful and abandoned at the same time. As a subjugated Chinese colony, the limitations and undesirable development are evident. And yet the vast Tibetan plateau, isolated by huge mountains, is full of warm, welcoming, and deeply religious people.

From the sparsely populated stone desert to the wooded eastern and temperate southern valleys traversed by nomads - the diversity and stoicism of Tibet are overwhelming.

Start your trip to Tibet in Lhasa, the capital of the Central Asian country. Visit the former palace of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace. Trek to Kailash for 3 days, surrounded by pilgrims. Go to the sources of four of Asia's largest rivers, amid the glaciers rising near the sacred mountain. Explore the hard-to-reach highlands of Tibet on a ride on the world's highest railway. Sacred, magnetic and mystical - a spiritual awakening.

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WOW MOMENTS TIBET

Potala Palace in Lhasa

The winter palace of the former Dalai Lama and the majestic symbol of Lhasa: the Potala Palace rises high up on the great "Red Mountain".

A total of 13 floors and 999 rooms will amaze you. This breathtaking monument exudes a very special aura and guards the capital of Tibet like an imaginary protector.

Just the sight of it conjures up goosebumps, makes you dream and quietly tells you a story that is thousands of years old.

Nam Tso Lake

The landscape: heavenly. The impression: lasting. The atmosphere:

Magical.

A soothing, calming silence surrounds the deep blue lake, the snow-covered mountain peaks on the horizon are reflected in the calm waters and the size of the lake makes everything shrink.

Stop for a moment, let this special atmosphere sink in and gradually understand why this lake is considered sacred - simply overwhelming!

Samye monastery

The oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet with its shimmering golden roof and the shape of a mandala 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 philosophy of life of the monks living there and let a scholar tell you the gripping stories about Buddhism in Tibet!

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Weather in Tibet

Autonomous Tibet is located in the highlands of Central Asia, in the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world.

Tibet borders China to the north, India to the west and Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal to the south. The seasons happen around the same time as in Europe. Tibet has a temperate climate with a dry winter and a hot summer. But because there are so many differences in altitude and different types of landscapes, the different parts of the country also have a different climate.

The best time to travel to Tibet depends on which region you want to visit. The mountains and valleys of the pre-Himalayas have a temperate climate. The warm summers alternate with cool winters. The tree and snow line are quite high.

The average temperature in this area is between about 5 degrees in January and 25 degrees in July. In winter it can get quite cool at night, but most of the time the temperature is still above zero. In Lhasa it is 25 degrees during the day from April to September and 10 degrees at night in summer. In the mountains there is a high mountain climate over 4000 meters.

The temperature always stays below freezing and the landscape is covered in snow and ice. The best travel time is from April up to and including October. These months are relatively dry and you have a promising chance of clear blue skies.

In the summer months it can often get warm in the strong sun during the day. Every now and then a shower can fall, but that is hardly a problem in Tibet.

Best travel time for Tibet

The best travel time for a multi-day Kailash trek is April to June or September and October. The time difference compared to Central European Time (CET) is + 7 hours. During summer time, the time difference from Germany to Tibet is + 6 hours.

Language in Tibet

Standard Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language of the People's Republic of China. Regionally, however, the dialects vary considerably. Tibetan is spoken in Tibet and Chinese is taught as a foreign language in schools.

Most of the staff in hotels and shops for foreigners now have a command of English. On the other hand, taxi drivers, salespeople in normal shops, waitresses etc. mostly hardly understand English, or not at all.

Food and drink in Tibet

Venture into traditional food and drink on your trip to Tibet. The locals eat “tsampa”: roasted barley flour with meat and vegetables. Momos - filled dumplings - or a yak steak are particularly tasty. Yak butter tea is drunk almost everywhere, but not everyone likes it. Green tea and beer are also local drinks.

Tibetans are very hospitable. When they 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 have a sip, then the cup is filled up again. Then you finish the cup in one gulp. Butter tea is a popular drink among Tibetans. One should drink it sip by sip.

As a guest, you leave the full cup of butter tea on the table if you don't want to drink it. But when you say goodbye you have to drink it up in one go.

People of Tibet

The inhabitants of Tibet are deeply rooted in Buddhism and mostly still live very traditionally.

Because the Chinese settled in Tibet, the Tibetans are now almost a minority in their own country. Lamaism is the predominant form of Buddhism in Tibet. In the 7th century, the Tubo king Songtsan Gampo professed Buddhism. Over time, Buddhism merged with the native religion in Tibet.

Lamaism was born on this basis. 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 clergy's clothes and headgear and the decorations of the monasteries.

Tibetans use “La” behind their names to address each other as a sign of respect. You always give priority to the guest and the elderly or superior. You shouldn't make a sound while eating or drinking.

Entry requirements for Tibet

Since the autonomous Tibet belongs to China, you need a valid tourist visa for China and an additional visa for Tibet, which can be difficult again and again at politically troubled times.

We recommend that you inquire directly at the Chinese consulates in Germany about the current situation regarding visa issuance.

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