(PRWEB) November 12, 2012
Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based Tibet travel company, is now expanding its winter tour services, promoting new ways to explore the region and experience its unique traditional activities.
As winter is a quiet time for farming, many Tibetans from the surrounding plateau use the down-time to make their pilgrimage. Monasteries, temples and streets are teeming with traditionally dressed Tibetans.
In winter, tourists are outnumbered by local pilgrims.
Explore Tibet has said, “By travelling to Tibet during the winter, visitors can experience the authentic and special atmosphere of real Tibetan life.
“It is really worth visiting even in winter time, especially for those who are not flexible for vacation but only have vacations for winter time. So it’s still not late to wash away your tensions if pay a visit to Tibet during winter.”
Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, which is close to many of the region’s most popular destinations, averages a high of 9ºC/48ºF in January.
Geographically, the Tibetan plateau is known as the roof of the world or third pole of the earth. With an average altitude of 4950m above sea level, the Tibetan plateau is bounded by two mighty ranges; the Himalayan range which includes the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, running from south to west, and the Thanggula range in the north. Alpine terrain conditions are severe and dry in Tibet, with strong winds, low humidity, a rarified atmosphere and a huge fluctuation in annual and summer daytime temperature.
Tibet is severely dry for nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches, due to the rain shadow effect. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversable all year round.
There are still several restrictions for Tibet travel. Citizens of the UK, Norway, Korea, Austria, the Phillipines and Vietnam cannot get permits at this time. And currently no foreign groups are permitted to visit the Mt. Everest base camp. Groups are allowed to drive to the border town of Zhangmu and view Everest and the Himalayan range from the village of Old Tingri.
Explore Tibet is a locally-owned Tibet tour agency committed to responsible tourism, Tibetan travel permit and sustainable practice.