Hiking or TrekkingTours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
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Cycling or Mountain BikingTours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
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Tibet lies to the north of the great Himalayan range which separates Tibet from its neighbours India, Nepal and Bhutan. With its spectacular Himalayan mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet is a remarkable place to visit and an ideal take off point for a trek to Everest advanced base camp, or a Himalayan mountain bike cycle.
The heart soul and capital of Tibet is Lhasa, literally meaning 'Holy-Land', with a history of more than 1,300 years. Tibet hugs the northern border of Nepal and is part of the China land mass. In the 7th century AD, Tibet rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in the Yarlung Valley, went about the task of unifying Tibet. He built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala and made it his capital.
The fifth Dalai Lama also made Lhasa his capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo's 7th century palace, Lhasa has remained Tibet's capital since 1642 Little is known of the origins of the Tibetans, but it is believed that they came from the nomadic, warlike tribes known as the Qiang.
Spring is from April to May and is the time when the Tibetan plateau begins to warm up after its winter chill. This also sees the start of the tourist season with flights resuming into Lhasa from Kathmandu.
Summer (June to September) is the warmest time of year across the Tibetan Plateau and as a result, a popular time for people to visit. It is however, also the time when Tibet is likely to get more rain. Despite this, it is still possible to go trekking, although the downside is that the mountains tend to be more cloud covered than in the winter. Summer in Tibet is also the time when you will see more signs of nomadic life, as nomads make their way through green pastures with their yaks.
The rainy season normally ends in mid to late September although the rain is often blocked by the Himalayas and as a result, Tibet does not get excessive monsoon rains like Nepal Autumn is from September to November. It is still busy tour season in Tibet. In September and October there is not much rain making the air drier. It is also harvest time in Tibet. This is a perfect time to come to Tibet for trekking or cycling and also a great time for good photographic opportunities.
Winter is from December to February and it is during this time that major highways, roads and trekking routes are covered in snow. Flights from China to Kathmandu do not continue through the winter making Tibet less accessible to tourists.
From the end of March to late October the flights resume.