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How to plan a tibet trekking tour

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With the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetan taste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest new mobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas of Tibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour? Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.

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How to plan a tibet trekking tour

  1. 1. HowHowHowHow totototo planplanplanplan aaaa TibetTibetTibetTibet ttttrekkingrekkingrekkingrekking tourtourtourtourWith the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetantaste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest newmobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas ofTibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour?Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.WhereWhereWhereWhere totototo GoGoGoGoThe inaccessibility of many areas of Tibet offers lots of chance for travelers to do a trek in Tibet.Trekking from one holy site to another one or just around a sacred mount or lake in Tibet is themost popular trekking way in Tibet, for instance, trekking from Ganden Monastery to SamyeMonastery or from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Monastery, or trekking around holy Mt.Kailash.Generally, Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking andsightseeing trek, but most Tibet treks combine the three types together. During trekking in Tibet,you can visit sacred monasteries and other holy sites, view fabulous landscape of Tibet, drop avisit to a traditional Tibetan village, etc.WhenWhenWhenWhen totototo gogogogoTibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and alsothe days become much shorter. During the snowfall not only the mountains are inaccessible butthe highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. Generally from April to October, thebest time to travel to Tibet, is also great time to trekking in Tibet. Rain is not a problem fortrekking in Tibet as it receives only little rain being in a rain shadow zone behind the Himalayas.Rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountainvalleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion.TibetTibetTibetTibet PermitsPermitsPermitsPermitsDepending on the area you hope to visit in Tibet, you may need as many as four different permits.Of course, Chinese visa is the first permit you should apply for. Then, Tibet Entry Permit issued byTibet Tourism Bureau is a must for foreign travelers to travel to Tibet. Besides, Alien’s travelpermit is required if you visit places outside Lhasa and military permit is needed for visitingmilitarily restricted areas of Tibet. These Tibet permits cannot cost you too much and are easy toget thanks for the new policy on Tibet travel permit 2013.EquipmentEquipmentEquipmentEquipment forforforfor TibetTibetTibetTibet trekkingtrekkingtrekkingtrekkingA trekking tour in Tibet is usually made at areas far away from main road and lack of tourist
  2. 2. infrastructure, so you at least need a tent, a sleeping bag, and a stove to stay warm and well fed.All of these things can be purchased or rented in Lhasa, though quality may vary. White gas forwestern liquid fuel stoves is not available in Lhasa, though pressurized fuel canisters for canisterstoves are found everywhere. Owners of multi-fuel stoves capable of burning regular unleadedwill find gas stations in Lhasa. Ration 4-6 ounces of liquid fuel per person, per trekking day.Besides, warm clothing and a good pair of shoes are essential for a Tibet tour, and can bepurchased in Lhasa, but the price is usually a little high at the tourist city. It is best to buy clothesand shoes in your hometown or big cities of mainland China. Waterproof, high-top hiking bootsare better suited than ventilated low-top trekking shoes to the snow covered high mountainpasses common on Tibetan trekking routes. Gaiters, knee high canvas leggings that attach to yourboots, are extremely useful if snow gets above the ankle level.FoodFoodFoodFood forforforfor trekkingtrekkingtrekkingtrekking inininin TibetTibetTibetTibetUsually, there are no restaurants or shops on the trekking route. So you need to prepare food byyourself or hire a cook to prepare food for you. It is a good idea to bring enough food for yourentire trekking tour. Though western style dehydrated "backpacker meals" are not available inTibet, a wide variety of non-perishable foods at the local supermarkets makes it easy to eat wellon your trek. Hot chocolate, dehydrated fruits, candy bars, and instant noodles make goodstaples. If your Tibet tour is long, it is best to hire a cook to cook food for you.Drinking-waterDrinking-waterDrinking-waterDrinking-water forforforfor TibetTibetTibetTibet trektrektrektrekDrinking large amounts of water is the most important key to beating the altitude. Tibetsbackcountry is full of grazing yak, sheep, and goats so stream water must be treated beforedrinking. Lodine, chlorine, and mechanical filters are all good treatment options. Western filterscost a fortune in Lhasa, iodine isnt available anywhere in China or Tibet, and Chlorine tabletswere in stock in limited quantities in Lhasa. Boiling water is effective, but Tibets high altitudeputs the boiling point lower. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking.Water from locals is a good way to fill water bottles when passing through small villages. Thoughthey may not have much if anything to offer in the way of food, every family keeps a largethermos of boiled water on hand. Just be sure you know what youre getting before pouring, oryou may end up with a water bottle full of yak butter tea.AltitudeAltitudeAltitudeAltitude SicknessSicknessSicknessSicknessAltitude and the related effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be taken seriously ifyou travel to Tibet. If ignored, AMS can progress into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) orHigh Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal. Before starting your trekkingtour in Tibet, you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize. During trekking, move slowly andtry not to sleep at the days highest elevation. Most importantly descend to lower elevationimmediately if any of your companions seem to act drunk, complain of a headache that is not
  3. 3. relieved by ibuprofen, or become nauseous and vomit.HiringHiringHiringHiring aaaa PPPPaaaackckckck AnimalAnimalAnimalAnimalIt is very hard to walk at high altitude with a heavy backpack. It is wise to hire a pack animal,usually a yak. Yaks can be rented in villages of almost any size, and can make a trek moreenjoyable by taking weight off of your back. Yaks come with yak men to herd, handle, and feedthem and some yak men can speak a little English.

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