(PRWEB) May 08, 2012
Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based, Tibetan-owned Tibet travel agency, announced a new Tibetan trek from Ganden Monastery to the Yarlung Valley and the ancient Samye Monastery. “For travelers looking for a rugged wilderness adventure, this 10-day trek will take them through some of the most beautiful landscape in Tibet,” the agency said. “In addition, the Yarlung Valley and the Samye Monastery are two of the most important sites in Tibetan religious and cultural history. The Yarlung Valley is called the cradle of Tibetan civilization.”
This challenging trek begins at Ganden Monastery, 45 kilometers east of Lhasa. Trekkers meet here with a yak team that will accompany them on their trek. Throughout the trip trekkers camp under the stars, capturing the essence of the nomadic way-of-life. The drokpa, or herders, bring their flocks to the grassland area during the summer, and their black yak-hair tents can be seen dotting the landscape.
The trail crosses several high-altitude passes, including Shugar la pass at 5,250 meters, and Chitul la pass at 5,120 meters. Alpine lakes reflect the clear sky, and herds of wild goats live on the rocky alpine slopes. In May and June the valleys bloom with juniper and rhododendron. In summer the slopes are covered in a forest of scrub willow and rosebush.
Trekkers eventually arrive at the strikingly beautiful Samye Monastery, which is located on the shore of the Brahmaputra River (called the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan). The oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, it was built in the 8th century by the king Trisong Detsen.
From Samye Monastery hikers pass into the Yarlung Valley, which contains many important ancient holy sites, including a fortress thought to be the oldest building in Tibet. Travelers pass south from the Yarlung valley into Chongye Valley, where the ancient kings of Tibet are buried. These tombs are some of the only remains of the ancient religion of Tibet, called Bon.
This 10-day wilderness and cultural trek combines stunning natural beauty and ancient plateau holy sites. For adventurous travelers, it’s a can’t-miss part of every Tibet tour.
For more about Kailash tour by Explore Tibet, please visit their previous press release Explore Tibet introduces 17-day pilgrimage to holy Mt. Kailash: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/4/prweb9431401.htm