Tibet, also known as “The roof of the world” is an autonomous region in China. Most territory in Tibet lies upwards of 5000 meters in altitude which makes it the highest region on the planet Earth. Majority of the people here follow Tibetan Buddhism. Religion and spirituality is of utmost important to the Tibetan people and plays vital role in every aspect of their life. The major tourist attractions are Everest Base Camp and the unique heritage sites including Potala palace, Norbulingka and Jokhang in Lhasa. The terrain, people and their culture is equally fascinating.
A journey to this holy land of Tibet is considered as one of the few places that you have to visit once in a lifetime. There is no arguing that the statement is totally justified. Tibet, the roof of the world and the land of the Dalai Lama appeals to the imagination of many travelers. For centuries it has been considered a country full of mysticism and mystery and that is why we have been offering this destination since 2004.
While traveling across the Tibetan plateau , the country has an enchanting effect on you. The country has a lot to offer; high mountain passes, exuberantly waving prayer flags, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, meditating monks, sky blue mountain lakes, desolate high plains, nomad camps, herds of grazing yaks and of course the colorful Tibetan population.
Despite the Chinese occupation, the influence of Buddhism on the lives of the population is undiminished. Everywhere we see Buddhist monasteries with golden roofs, pilgrims with prayer mills, monks and temples. In the monasteries we find thangkas, murals, butter lamps and religious images.
The capital Lhasa, the former seat of the Dalai Lama, was long forbidden area for foreigners, but nowadays exerts great attraction on travelers. We visit the world famous Potala Palace where the Dalai Lama stayed until his flight in 1959, the seventh century Jokhang temple (the spiritual heart of Tibet) and Norbulinka , the former winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
During our cultural tour we visit the large monasteries of Samye, Sera and Drepung, among others . We get to know the rich Tibetan, Buddhist culture in the area around Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse.
During the trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu we visit the Everest Base Camp and the highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk . We are here face to face with the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m).
Driving along the Friendship Highway we see azure blue lakes ( Yamdruk Tso ) and we pass a number of 5000 meter high mountain passes. The Himalayas consistently offer us phenomenal views of glaciers and snow-covered giants under clear blue skies.
We not only enjoy the magnificent mountain world, but also visit culturally rich cities such as Shigatse and Gyantse . Eventually this trip ends in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
Another journey from Hikers Haven takes you to the west of Tibet. During this trip we drive via Lake Manasarovar to the holy Mount Kailash . Here we complete the kora (hike) around Mount Kailash in 3 days , accompanied by yaks. During the 21-day trip you can fully enjoy endless desolate plateaus and beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks on the horizon.
Note: Program changes Due to unannounced changes by the Chinese government, the accessibility of Tibet has sometimes been immediately closed or restricted. Although Hikers Haven has never encountered this problem, we would like to point out that a trip to Tibet cannot go on at the last minute. In close consultation with you, we will look for an alternative, but for causes beyond our control - and the additional costs - we cannot be held liable. We therefore recommend that you take out appropriate travel and cancellation insurance.