Trip reference number: 272

Trip Operator: Shanti Travel

On the Roof of the world

From: £2131

From Huc Father to Alexandra David-Neel, to reach Lhassa, the heart of Himalayas, was an adventure. Still today, this trip remains an adventure, where the expression "Roof of the World" takes on a new meaning. The magic of the immense landscapes answers to the incredible richness of the monuments. Following the ancient road used by monks, pilgrims artists and traders for centuries, from Lhassa to Kathmandu, we'll discover many facets of the Tibetan civilization: Sera and Drepung, important monastic universities, traditional villages, major historical sites like Samye and Potala, artistic marvels like Gyantse...

The amazing fervour of the Tibetans will give a unique occasion to understand their ancient wisdom.

On the immense Tibetan plateau, the pastors still travel with their herds (yaks, sheep, goats and horses). No trees exist to stop way vision. The soft undulations of the land endlessly repeat themselves, and smash in the South into the Himalayan chain and its sharp landscape, emphasized by eternal snow and ice. The Tibetan nomads have adapted themselves to this hostile universe. Wrapped in their big coats with long dangling sleeves, they withstand more than 200 km/H winds with serenity and temperatures that go down to more than 20 degrees below zero. During the winter, under the tents, they warm up around the meager flame given by burning dry yak waste, their only combustible.

The Tibetan side of the Himalayas, offer the most beatiful sight on the Everest. From the base camp of Rongphu, you have a gorgeous view on many peaks. The Everest (Chomolangma in tibetan), (Sagarmatha in Nepali), rise up its vertiginous rock faces almost smooth, above the Rongphu.

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