To the northwest of the Himalayas, Tibet is a region belonging to China that hosts a good amount of ethnicities and cultures. In addition, it is the highest region on the planet, with an average altitude of 4900 meters above sea level. Do you accompany us to explore it in this article? It is fascinating.
The Tibet, between snowy peaks and ancient cultures
Throughout the region we can find more than 800 settlements. Lhasa is the traditional capital, and in it we find two places declared world heritage: Norbulingka and the Potala Palace, residences of the Dalai Lama.Potala Palace - Hung Chung Chih
Travelers arrive in Tibet for very different reasons. Some to go hiking through its spectacular landscapes, others to start climbing its imposing mountains and many do it on some religious pilgrimage to one of the most mystical corners of the planet.
Those who are lucky enough to know Tibet claim that there is no more blue sky in the whole world. You will also be amazed by the tranquility and, above all, the generosity of the Tibetans, despite being a very impoverished people.
All involved in an ancestral culture and a deep religious feeling who knew how to survive the Cultural Revolution that destroyed hundreds of monasteries. Fortunately, even today you can admire beautiful temples, murals, palaces and Buddhist statues.
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While Tibetans have their own language, as soon as you arrive you realize that the area has been invaded by China. On the roads you can find military posts that require the presentation of the passport (and permission to visit the area).
The infrastructure here is quite precarious, including the main cities and roads (the main one is called “of friendship”). Comfortable hotels with hot water are only found in the capital and a handful of other places.
Internet speed is very slow throughout Tibet. And don't forget that, being in China, you can't open Facebook, for example.
Access and routes through Tibet
This area has been very conflictive in the last hundred years due to its attempts to become independent from China.. In recent years the protests took a boom and this led to an increase in security measures and greater restrictions on access to foreigners.Tibet - leozhong84 / Flickr.com
In order to enter Tibet you need a Chinese visa and a special permit to access the region. To get the first you just have to go to the embassy in your country and the second is obtained through a travel agency, paying a somewhat high amount and sending a photocopy of the passport with the visa one month in advance.
All this only means one thing: that You can only go to Tibet with an organized tour and an official guide. If your idea was to go free, you should leave it aside.
In addition to the necessary paperwork, you must be prepared for one more problem, and quite annoying: you must overcome the "altitude sickness", because soon you will be more than 2500 meters above sea level. The most frequent symptoms of this problem are dizziness, headaches, vomiting, nausea, lack of appetite, insomnia and tiredness.Lhasa - Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn) / Flickr.com
Lhasa is 3650 meters away and is the place where everyone arrives, Therefore, we recommend that you stay a few days there to acclimatize yourself before embarking on your adventure through Tibet ...
The good thing is that there you will find many places of interest such as the University of Tibet, the railway station, the central Beijing highway, several temples, palaces and monasteries.
The agencies offer different routes depending on the number of days we want or can stay in the region. The itinerary is already established and the most extensive is usually 10 days in which you visit the Jokhang Temple and the monasteries of Sera, Shialu, Tashilompo, Sakya and Rombuk. You will also visit Potala; Norbunlingka; Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier or Everest Base Camp, among other places.