Tibet is truly the roof of the world, perched high in the Himalaya Mountains and stretching out across the Tibetan Plateau, it is famous for its stunning landscapes, historic architecture and unique Tibetan culture. With some of the highest mountains in the world, including a share of Mt Everest, and a long and deeply rooted Buddhist culture, this beautiful but harsh country makes an interesting and challenging destination to visit.
Tibet has a long list of ancient and fascinating places to visit. You can spend your time visiting, monasteries, temples, ancient villages, high altitude lakes and enjoy splendid mountain views. The capital city Lhasa, which literally means "Holy Land" is the heart of the country and offers plenty to see and do, including a trip to the spectacular Potala Palace, walking tours along Barkhor Street, and a visit to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest in the world. Excursions out of Lhasa include a visit to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and beautifully ornate Tashilhunpo Monastery. Gorgeous turquoise blue lakes nestle in hidden valleys and high altitude passes connect the many winding river valleys, dotted with traditional villages and ornate monasteries all of which make great place to stop and send time relaxing and meeting the wonderfully friendly locals.
More active travellers can enjoy fantastic trekking, rafting and mountain biking. Treks to Everest Base camp are popular and a visit to the famous Rongbuk monastery is a highlight of the trek. With a large number of world class rafting rivers, Tibet has plenty of challenging river trips available, and mountain biking is also a popular activity to try.
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This overland route from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one of the world's great journeys on one of the world's highest roads, with several 5000m passes and spectacular scenery before you arrive back into Kathmandu.
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