"Returning to Tibet!" Top 5 Page for this destination Tibet by tremendopunto
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For my latest trip in August 2006, I entered Tibet from Nepal to go all the 1.000km to Lhasa by Jeep. The typical route went from Kathmandu to the bordertown Kodari with getting stopped by the Maoists once - but because of the ongoing talks withe the democratic parties, the rebells just asked for a "goodwill" donation. When you reach the border, you have to walk over the Friendship bridge to the Chinese side to do the paper work while your baggage gets smoked with bug-killer. Ok, and on the road again from Zhangmu over passes above 5.000m past Tingri (where you get a glimpse on the Everest), Shigatse, Gyantse all the way to Lhasa. There are heavy roadconstructions going on at the moment - which blocked our way, let us wait for hours or take the worst detours possible, earning a flat tire and a broken axle of one jeep. But that is part of the game and makes Tibet still to an adventure. In a few month you will fly by with full speed on a fancy highway (that really deserves the name highway - compared to the path I saw;-), just like at home. Thats not my illusion of Tibet - but modernization finds its way. There are many beautiful places on the way. Take a look at the tips and share my impressions of those places. More detailed pages of the main places will follow soon.
Here is a very very short summary as a sneak preview short summary clip),
Finally finished, my complete Tibet video in 5 parts:
From Kathmandu to Tibet with Tingri and Qomolangma
Shigatse and Gyantse
Sera and Drepung
About my first trip in April 2004, I only went to the holy city of Lhasa, the seat of the Gods. Because of my short time and my extensive travel plans for China (it is always a trade-off between time, money and places to see) I chose to take the plane from Chengdu to Lhasa. This was a good opportunity to get a good look over the high peaks of the Himalayan mountain range.
Now that I can compare the different seasons, I have to recommend to visit Lhasa in off-season. Since it turns more into a Disney Land, crowded with tourists in summer. For example the debating classes of the monks in Sera Monastery were totally crowded with tourists in August - actually more tourists than monks, with "funny" people disturbing the scene by running right between two monks, who were doing their debate, and putting the camera into their faces - that even the nicest monks had to push them back....."nice" to see those "sensitive" tourists.....
Whereas in the beginning of April, I was on my own, enjoying their debates in silence!
At the Sera Monastery, on the outskirts of Lhasa, you can enjoy the daily debating classes every afternoon. A big number... more travel advice
This is an adventurous tour of about 1.000 km through the evergreen Nepali side, over the high passes of the Himalaya... more travel advice
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