(PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Explore Tibet, a locally-owned Tibet travel agency in Lhasa, now offers 12-day overland trips from Lhasa to the Everest base camp, with trekking in Himalayan alpine terrain. “At 8,444 meters, Everest is the highest mountain in the world,” Explore Tibet said. “This tour is a once in lifetime opportunity to see beautiful Himalayan landscape firsthand, on the roof of the world.”
The Everest tour begins in Lhasa with several days of sightseeing and altitude acclimatization. Travelers will have the chance to tour the iconic Potala Palace and the ancient Jokhang Temple. They will also get to wander through the bustling Barkhor Market at city center, where they can purchase authentic Tibetan art and handicrafts.
The route to Everest is one of the most stunning road trips in the world. Travelers will stop to view the holy Yamdrok Lake and the nearby Nyenchen Khangsar glacier. The Tibet tour also passes through the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse, which contain numerous interesting cultural sites, such as the large Kumbum stupa and the Tashilhunpo Monastery, historic seat of the Panchen Lama.
The trekking adventure begins in the small village of Tingri, seated with a view to Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu in the south. The trail crosses the hilly Rachu valley and over the Lamar-la pass (5,250 meters), ending at the base camp. The views along the trail are iconic Tibetan—stark, snow-capped mountain peaks and scattered nomadic camps and herds of yak throughout the valley.
On the final day of trekking travelers will stay at the Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world, where they can wake up early to watch the sunrise across the north face of Everest. Throughout the trip travelers will be accompanied by an Explore Tibet guide who has local knowledge of the land, culture, and Tibetan people.