Trekking in Tibet
Why visit the land full of businesses and one of the richest country in the world?
China is one of the oldest civilizations in this world. It is also the most populous country with a population of more than 1.35 billion. Most Chinese people are into businesses making them earn a very big amount of money. Nowadays, China boasts its very stable economy and millions of visitors are also disovering its allure. The government of China in investing a lot in the construction of facilities, enhancing transportation means, improving telecommunications and developing environmental attractions that make tourists visit.
Having a land area of six million square kilometres, China is the world's second-largest country and the third or fourth-largest by total area. China's landscape is vast and diverse, with forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts occupying the arid north and northwest near Mongolia and Central Asia, and subtropical forests prevalent in the wetter south near Southeast Asia. The terrain of western China is rugged and elevated, with the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separating China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, have their sources in the Tibetan Plateau and continue to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China's coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometres long and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas.
The ancient Chinese civilization – one of the world's earliest – flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. For millennia, China's political system was based on hereditary monarchies, known as dynasties, beginning with the semi-mythological Xia of the Yellow River basin (c. 2000 BCE). Since 221 BCE, when the Qin Dynasty first conquered several states to form a Chinese empire, the country has expanded, fractured and been reformed numerous times. The Republic of China overthrew the last dynasty in 1911, and ruled the Chinese mainland until 1949. After the defeat of the Empire of Japan in World War II, the Communist Party defeated the nationalist Kuomintang in mainland China and established the People's Republic of China in Beijing on 1 October 1949, while the Kuomintang relocated the ROC government to Taipei. The ROC's jurisdiction is now limited to Taiwan and several outlying islands, including Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, and it now receives limited diplomatic recognition.
Since the introduction of economic reforms in 1978, China has become the world's fastest-growing major economy. As of 2013, it is the world's second-largest economy by both nominal total GDP and purchasing power parity (PPP), and is also the world's largest exporter and importer of goods. China is a recognized nuclear weapons state and has the world's largest standing army, with the second-largest defense budget. The PRC has been a United Nations member since 1971, when it replaced the ROC as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. China is also a member of numerous formal and informal multilateral organizations, including the WTO, APEC, BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the BCIM and the G-20. China has been characterized as a potential superpower by a number of academics, military analysts, and public policy and economics analysts.
Tibet is known as the Land of Snow and the Roof of the World. It is a plateau located in Asia, northeast of the Himalayas, in the People's Republic of China. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups like Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. It is also is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft).
Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it was soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet (Ü-Tsang) were often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century. Following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet Area (Ü-Tsang). The region declared its independence in 1913. Later Lhasa took control of the western part of Xikang Province. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following the Invasion of Tibet, Tibet was assimilated into the PRC, and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, the PRC governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups are active in exile.
The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistent agriculture though tourism has become a growing industry in Tibet in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism. In addition there is Bön which was the indigenous religion of Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in the 7th century CE (Bön is now similar to Tibetan Buddhism) though there are also Muslim and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese and Indian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.
For tourists, Tibet is already marked as one of the extraordinary places to see in Asia. It boasts its wonderful monasteries, breathtaking very high treks, stnning views to the highest mountains and very hospitable people. This trip will take you to the several wonderful places to visit in Tibet. You may find a quiet spot for a prayer in a hall full of chanting monks. This adventure is surely one of your most memorable moments in your life.
Day 01 We will take you to Beijing.
Day 02: Arrival in Beijing at 14:00.
We will have a tour at Hou hai and lou gu xiang area. In the evening, we will be at wang fu jing and dinner will be at Bagupuyi restaurant.
Day 03: Beijing – Xining – board the train to Lhasa
In the morning, we will go to the Olympic sites. Transfer to the A/P for flight CZ6994 1120 > 13:55. arr to xining and transfer to the train station and board train to Lhasa (T222 16:21 >16:10+1). Dinner in the train is included in the price. Overnight will be in the train at soft sleepers. There is one cabin for 4 pax Breakfast Dinner O/N on the train at soft sleepers cabin.
Day 04: Lhasa
Arrival at Lhasa Train station will be at 16:10pm. We will then drive our way to Lhasa (3650 meters). After checking in, we will go out for dinner.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, we will go out for a day tour at Drepung Monastery, about 8 km to the west of central Lhasa. We will also visit Sera Monastery, around 7 km north of central Lhasa.
Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa:
After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace including Johkang Temple and Norbulingka Palace. Good dinner will be at Tibet restaurant.
Day 07: Lhasa –Ganden – Lhasa 60km
After breakfast, we will drive our way to Ganden monastery. It lies 60 km east of Lhasa. We will drive back to lhasa and will have dinner at New Mandala.
Day 08: Lhasa – Namtso lake Tashi Dor 260km
After breakfast, we will drive to Namtso Lake, located approximately 260 km northwest of Lhasa. Namtso is famous for its high altitude (4720 meters) and vast area (1961 square kilometers). We will visit Tashi Dor Monastery. Dinner will be at the hotel. Breakfast will be served at Tashi Dor Guesthouse (no toilet and hot water in the room ).
Day 09: Namtso lake - Lhasa 250km
After breakfast, we will drive back to Lhasa. Dinner will be at Lhasa kitchen.
Day 10: Lhasa - Samye –Tsetang170km (3600m)
After breakfast, we will drive to the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River to Samye monastery, then drive to Tsetang. Overnight stay will be at the hotel. Dinner and breakfast will be served at Snow Peahen Hotel (best hotel).
Day 11: Tsetang - Gyantse (3950m) 320 km
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Gyantse and Shigatse via old road. We will ride in a jeep along the zigzag road to cross the Khamba La pass (4,794m). Yamdrok lake lies several hundred meters below the road. We will also have a view tothe Nojin Kangsang Glacier. After driving 320 km, we will arrive at Gyantse. Dinner will be taken at Tashi restaurant. Overnight stay will be at Gyantse hotel.
Day 12: Gynatse – Shigatse (3850m) 90km
After breakfast, we will visit Palkor & Kumbum. We will head to Shigatse which will take a short drive of 90km. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. We will visit the local market and at the Tashilhunpo Monastery. We will go back to the Shigatse Hotel and will have for dinner at Thirty Eyes Restaurant.
Day 13: Shigatse - Shakya (4100m)150km
After breakfast, we will drive 150km to the Sakya monastery. Dinner will be at Manasarovar hotel.
Day 14: Sakya - Rongbuk (5000m) 230km
We will drive along the Friendship Highway. After passing through the small town of Lhatse, we will cross GyatmsoLa (elevation of 5220meters), the highest pass on our journey. We will turn south from the Friendship Highway to the Pang La 5150 meters towards the main Himalayan range that gives a view from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, there is the Rongbuk Valley and the view of Everest.
Day 15: MT. Everest bass camp- Old tingri (4370m) 85km
We will explore the Everest Base camp. After we have finished this, we will get back to the Friendship highway to our way to Old tingri.
Day 16: Old tingri -Kerung – Nepal (186km)2300m
We will drive from Tingri and will cross two high passes, Lalung La at altitude of 5124 meters and Shung La 5200 meters. We will cross the Friendship Bridge passing the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border. After that, we will take a short drive to the Nepalese Immigration . The Tibetan tour guide will leave you & nepali guide will pick you from here. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Dhulikhel.
Day 17: After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur ancient city for 30 minutes and visit at the local sites:
We will have a tour to Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 18: After breakfast, City tour to Pashupatinath Temple
We will visit Kumari Temple (living goddess), Bouddha Nath Stupa, Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Squre and Bouddhanath. Farewell dinner will be at Nepali Kitchen with ethnic Nepali Cultural dances.
Day 19: After breakfast, you have free time for shopping or visit around Thamel tourist hub.
We will take you to Katmandu International Airport for your flight.
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