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Is Trekking Dangerous in Tibet? How to Enjoy a Pleasant Trekking Tour in Tibet?

Last Update: March 27, 2020

When you plan to go hiking in Tibet, you may have various problems. For example, is it dangerous to trek in Tibet? How to enjoy a pleasant trekking tour in Tibet? This article will answer your questions.

Is It Dangerous to Trek in Tibet?

Trekking in Tibet is not as dangerous as you imagine. As long as you make full preparations, you can enjoy a safe Tibet trekking tour. The reason why people mistakenly believe hiking in Tibet is dangerous is the high altitude of Tibet.

Trekking in TibetTrekking in Tibet is not as dangerous as you imagine.

Tibet lies on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, at an average altitude of about 4,800 m. People worry that high altitude may cause severe altitude sickness. Actually, altitude sickness is not so terrible. Many tourists get to Tibet from all over the world every year, almost everyone will have altitude sickness. You only need to adapt to the altitude before hiking, choose a trekking route that suits your ability, and have enough rest during the hike, then you don't have to worry too much.

How to Enjoy a Pleasant Trekking Tour in Tibet?

Doing the following well, you can enjoy a pleasant trekking tour in Tibet.

Choosing the Best Trekking Time

You can visit Tibet at any time of the year, but the best trekking time in Tibet is from April to October. April to June and September to October are the most highly recommended months. Because during this time, the weather is fair, with plenty of sunshine and almost no rainfall. And the daytime is long, and most treks in Tibet are accessible. July and August are the rainy season in Tibet. It often rains in the eastern plateau, but less rains in the west. December to March is not suitable for hiking due to cold weather, short daytime and heavy snow will block your way.

Besides, according to different landforms and scenery, different places in Tibet also have their own prime time for trekking.

Lhasa is the first stop for most people to go to Tibet. Four seasons are all suitable for trekking. From June to September, Lhasa has the best climate and the most beautiful natural scenery. And from October to the next March, you can avoid the peak tourist season.

Nyingchi prefecture can be said the most beautiful place in Tibet in terms of natural scenery. May to October is the best time for hiking in there, especially in March and April when the peach blossoms are in full bloom.

Nyingchi peach blossoms tourMay to October is the best time for hiking in Nyingchi.

April to October is the best time to trek in Shigatse prefecture, but the prime time to visit Everest in May and June.

The special terrain and climate of Chamdo prefecture determine the best time to trek is April to May and September to October.

Nagqu prefecture is located in the north of Tibet, with a high altitude. May to September is relatively warm, and it is the golden season of the grassland, so it is also a good time to trek in there.

Choosing the Most Suitable Trekking Route

There are many trekking routes in Tibet, you should base on your physical quality and travel plan to choose the most suitable one. So that you can better enjoy your Tibet trekking tour.

Ganden to Samye Trek

Trekking from Ganden to Samye is the most popular choice. Because its difficulty is relatively low. It fits for most hikers. It is a beautiful route beginning from Ganden Monastery and ends in Samye Monastery.

Trekking from Ganden to SamyeTrekking from Ganden to Samye is the most popular choice.

Ganden Monastery, lie on 40 km northeast of Lhasa, is one of the Three Great Gelugpa Monasteries in Tibet. Samye Monastery is founded in the 8th century during the Tubo dynasty. It is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. Both monasteries are major centers of Tibetan religious culture. So, it is also a route of religion.

There are a lot of stunning views along the way from Ganden to Samye, including rolling mountains, blue lakes, lovely animals, etc. The Ganden to Samye trek will pass through Shogu-La pass at more than 5,000m above sea level that Brings a bit of a challenge to this journey.

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp, at an altitude of 6,500 m, is one of the most welcome destination for hiking. Because its high altitude, the Everest Base Camp trek is known as the world’s highest elevation trek. This trip gives you an opportunity to enjoy the glorious views of the world’s highest mountain-Mount Everest.

Trek to Everest Base CampEverest Base Camp is one of the most welcome destination for hiking.

The starting point of this trek is Old Tingri, located nearly 600 kilometers west of Lhasa. Then you will lead to the southward to the Himalayan Mountains. The trek covers a distance of 70 kilometers and will take 4 days. On the way, you will see some traditional villages and beautiful mountains. You can clearly appreciate the north side of Mount Everest when you reach the Rongbuk Monastery. Rongbuk monastery lies near the Everest Base Camp at 4,980 m above sea level. It is claimed to be the highest-elevation monastery in the world.

Mount Kailash Trek

Mount Kailash trek is a challenging route, not suitable for first-time hikers. It is the most popular Tibet trekking route for pilgrims.

Mount Kailash pilgrimage tourMount Kailash trek is a challenging route.

Mount Kailash, at around 6,714 m, is the most sacred mountain in Tibet. It is considered as the embodiment of the holy Mount Meru by Tibetan Buddhism and Hindu. The pilgrims believe that one circle around Mt. Kailash can eliminate your life-time sin, 10 circles around Mt. Kailash can exempt you from suffering the reincarnation, 100 circles can make you ascend and become an immortal.

The whole distance of Mount Kailash trek is 70 kilometers, the trek takes 3 days. You can view barren plains, moon-like valleys and snow-capped mountain peaks along the way. And on the way, you can also see many religious pilgrims. This is a special journey combining nature with spirit.

Adjusting to High Altitude Before Trekking

In order to safely enjoy a trekking tour in Tibet, you need to adapt to the high altitude before trekking. Firstly, having a thorough medical checkup before starting trekking is very important. Because a healthy body can better adapt to high altitudes.

Then you can do some exercise to improve your fitness before you go to Tibet, such as cycling, swimming, jogging, etc. A good physical condition will help you to successfully complete trekking in the plateau area and maximally enjoy the trekking.

Finally, you’d better first stay in Lhasa for a few days to visit some famous scenic spots, and wait until you get used to the high altitude before you start hiking to mountainous regions of Tibet.

Bring the Required Equipment of Trekking

If you want to enjoy a pleasant trekking tour in Tibet, it is necessary to pack all the required trek equipment.

• Woolen clothes
• Windproof jackets and trousers
• Rainproof coats and trousers
• Trekking shoes and cotton socks
• Several pairs of underwear
• Hats, scarf, and Gloves

Personal Items
• Shampoo and soap.
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and comb.
• Sunscreen
• towels
• Wet tissues.

Trekking Gear
• Sunglasses
• Walking poles
• Sleeping bag
• Waterproof backpack
• Umbrella
• Plastic bags
• First aid kit
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Camera and spare batteries
• Snack foods: Nuts, chocolate bars, dried fruit, etc.
• Bottled water

Join in Our Well-Organized Tibet Trekking Tour

As a Tibet tour expert with over 10 years of Tibet tour running experience, we can customize a Tibet trekking trip for you according to your desire. Once you book Tibet trekking tour package from us, we will arrange for everything, including all required permits, vehicles, accommodation during trekking and a tour guide. Join in our well-organized Tibet trekking tour, you can enjoy a pleasant trekking journey in Tibet.

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Trekking in Tibet is not as dangerous as you think. As long as you choose the best trekking time and route, adjust to high altitude before trekking, and pack the required equipment of trekking, you can enjoy a safe and pleasant trekking tour in Tibet. The beauty of trekking in Tibet is that the trip is both a physical challenge and a cultural immersion.

If you have any questions about Tibet trekking, you can just feel free to contact us, we are pleased to serve you.

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