Join us for our unique winter photography tour in Tibet, on the roof of the world!
Blue skies, crisp days, colorfully clad Tibetan pilgrims from all around Tibet and few other tourists are just a few of the reasons to visit Lhasa and the monasteries of central Tibet in the winter …
Our once-in-a-lifetime journey to Tibet begins in Samye, one of the oldest monasteries in Tibet, set in a fertile valley a few hours from Lhasa. We have a day to visit the historic Yarlung & Chongye valleys, home to some of the oldest buildings in Tibet. Next we drive to Lhasa, the once-forbidden capital of Tibet, where we have several days to explore this history-laden city and its ancient gompas and palaces. Some of the highlights are walking koras around Barkor Square with Tibetan pilgrims from all reaches of Tibet, exploring Drepung and Sera Monasteries, and marveling at the powerful and sacred Jokhang Temple. The Potala Palace provides a spectacular backdrop for photos of Lhasa, and we’ll have the chance to tour its niches, prayer rooms and hallways, dripping with history. There are still traditional Tibetan and Muslim sections of Lhasa to wander through, street food to sample and lots of shopping as we make our way through narrow alleyways scented with juniper incense.
We spend a day driving to the spectacular Ganden monastery, much of it reconstructed after the Cultural Revolution. Doing a kora of the hilltop with the Tibetan pilgrims, perhaps viewing a sky burial, looking out to the green valleys and snaking rivers far below are some of the highlights of central Tibet. Heading south, we drive over the Yamdrok La (pass) to view the turquoise Yamdrok Tso (lake) far below us, and stop for the night at the historic Gyantse where we visit Gyantse Fort and the incredibly intricate murals of Kumbum Chorten and the monastery compa complex, some of the best artwork in the Tibetan Buddhist world.
En route to to visit the resplendent Tashilhunpo Gompa in Shigatse, home to the Panchen Lama, we visit one of Tibet’s best kept secrets, the wonderful Shalu Gompa where we will certainly be the only westerners to have visited in the past few weeks.
As always we’ve planned lots of sightseeing in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu valley, with options to add on any of our Nepal modules to customize your journey, always with photography in mind!
Don’t miss this Tibetan journey deep into the ‘Land of the Snows’!
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Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer). Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies. Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.