Tibet

Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft) and one of the most fascinating places we have visited on our trip. The incredible spirituality and devotion of the Tibetan Buddhists just add to the intrigue of this region. Nestled among the Himalayas the location is stunning and a place you have to see to believe.

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DON’T MISS: Potala Palace, one of the most spectacular palaces on earth.
MUST SEE: Mt. Everest, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse
MUST TASTE: Yak butter tea, though you may not like the taste.  It’s a staple of the Tibetan diet, but is definitely an acquired taste.

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TRIP PLANNING: Traveling to Tibet is strictly controlled, foreign visitors must arrange a tour through a licensed company.  Read this to learn how to visit Tibet.
GETTING AROUND: We recommend using a full service tour agency for visiting the key sights in Lhasa and getting from city to city, this will save a lot of headache and time lost setting up guides, drivers and permits.

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Tibet Travel Logistics.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW: We would 
do it the same.  We were very happy with our Tour Agency (YPT Tours) and guide (China Yak).
HELPFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE: Wikitravel Tibet, TripAdvisor Tibet.  Please send us any sites you found useful and we’ll add them!

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OUR HIGHLIGHT: Visiting Mount Everest.
WHERE WE WENT: Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Mt. Everest base camp.
WE REGRET MISSING: Spending more time in Lhasa.  We should have built-in more time to relax in Lhasa as the city has a mystical feeling about it.

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Tibet Highlights

Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft) and one of the most fascinating places we have visited on our trip. The incredible spirituality and devotion of the Tibetan Buddhists just add to the intrigue of this region. Nestled among the Himalayas the location is stunning and a place you have to see to believe. This collection of photos is the best of what we saw.

Monasteries

Tibetan monasteries are deeply spiritual places, you can\'t help but feel the presence of the Dalai Lama himself. From Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace in Lhasa to Tashilunhpo in Shigatse and the Kumbum in Gyantse all the way to Rongphu the highest monastery in the world we were awestruck by their beauty.

Lhasa

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), making it one of the highest cities in the world. It is also the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. It is home to some of the holiest places, which attract thousands of pilgrims and tourists alike.

People and Pilgrims

One of the highlights of any trip to Tibet is the strong devotion of the locals and pilgrims. The Barkhor is the epicenter of spiritual life in Lhasa and the destination for many Buddhists. We were enchanted by the people in Lhasa and beyond, always kind and welcoming. We couldn\'t resist featuring an entire gallery of the wonderful people we met throughout our trip in Tibet.

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