Explore Tibet Offers New Pilgrimage and Trekking Journeys to Western Tibet

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Explore Tibet is offering pilgrimage and trekking journeys to western Tibet, including circumambulation treks around Lake Manasarovar, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.

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Explore Tibet is offering pilgrimage and trekking journeys to western Tibet, including circumambulation treks around Lake Manasarovar, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.

Lake Manasarovar is the most venerated of Tibet's many holy lakes. The lake has been circumambulated by Indian pilgrims for about 1700 years. Indian pilgrims bathe in the waters and walk around the perimeter of the lake, whereas Tibetan pilgrims only walk around the lake.

The freshwater lake is 88 kilometres in circumference and the area around the lake and mountains contains the sources of four of Asia's most important rivers: the Indus, the Sutlej (a tributary of the Indus), the Kamali (a tributary of the Ganges) and the Brahmaputra.

According to legend, the mother of Buddha, Queen Maya, bathed in the lake's waters before giving birth to her son. Buddha is said to have visited the lake several times on his journeys.

The lake is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and barren plateau.

On a craggy hill overlooking the lake is Chiu Monastery.

Explore Tibet, a Lhasa based local Tibet travel agency has successfully obtained permits for groups in April, May, June, July and August, but restriction on permit application is still unchanged; all permit files must be submitted at least 15 days before the tour starting date, so you should plan your Tibet tour ahead of time and last minute booking is not workable in this period. Moreover, it is difficult to get the permit for Norway nationalities.

Explore Tibet is a locally-owned travel agency committed to responsible tourism, Tibet permit and sustainable practice.

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