Lhasa, Tibet (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Tibet Travel Coop, an organization of Tibetan travel operators committed to promoting sustainable travel and Tibetan culture, announces a 12-day Tibet trip featuring a 4-day trek to Everest’s North Base Camp.
Situated at an altitude of 5,208 meters (17,090 ft), the North Base Camp is the starting point for climbers attempting the mountain from the northeast ridge. For hikers, the camp offers a medium to challenging 3-4 days of trekking. Travelers start at Everest Base Camp and pass through the Rombuk Monastery and Raiju Valley and finish at the village of Tingri.
Rongbuk Monastery, at an altitude of about 5,000 meters, is the highest monastery on earth. It belongs to the Nyingma sect, the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Shrines within the monastery are devoted to Sakyamuni, also called simply Buddha, and Guru Rinpoche, the sage guru responsible for the spread of Buddhist teachings throughout Tibet in the 8th century.
The monastery was built in 1899, and later rebuilt following its destruction during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s. It lies at the north end of Rongbuk Valley, and is world-famous for its’ unique location and spectacular views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The monastery houses about 30 monks and nuns year-round, and offers a guest house for travelers and climbers.
The trekking season in the Everest region extends from May to October but the high elevation (4400m-5300m) is the biggest challenge. For trekkers, acclimatization and gradual increase in altitude are essential. Ponies and experienced guides are provided for the trip.
Tibet Travel Coop is a collection of local Tibetan travel agencies and guides working together to promote authentic travel experiences while contributing to the sustainability of host communities and their culture.