Tibet travel picture Many people dream of going to Tibet. However, the political situation in Tibet makes it very difficult to just do so at the drop of a hat. However, it is not impossible, particularly if you know what you are doing and what to expect. The following information may be very useful to you.
The Political Situation
It is important to remember that many people see Tibet as a country on its own. There is certainly something to be said about this, but the reality is that it is officially part of China. China is, at times, very difficult about allowing people to travel to Tibet so do be wary about this. Also, it is impossible to get to Tibet without first making a stopover in China, generally in Xhin Dhu.
You are likely to have to spend around two nights in Xhin Dhu, both on your way to Tibet and on your way back, so do be prepared for this. Xhin Dhu is a real Chinese city, meaning that it is very dirt and this is something many people struggle with.
Being In Tibet
One thing that a lot of people forget is that Tibet is at a very high altitude. Although they tend to realize that it is at the foothill of the Himalayas and looks out on Mount Everest, they often seem to think that the base of Mount Everest isn’t at a high altitude. In fact, it is. This means that you are likely to need at least a full week to acclimatize to the altitude. Hence, going to Tibet is not something that you can do for a week, with most people taking out four weeks for the entire trip, including the time spent in China.
There are also a lot of customs in Tibet that come across as very strange of unsuspecting visitors. For instance, there are many people who make treks of hundreds of miles by procrastinating themselves on the floor every step. Hence, when walking through Tibet, you are likely to find people throwing themselves on the floor all the time. It is also important to remember that Tibetans don’t bury their dead, but rather put them in the mountains to be eaten by the birds. Hence, if you are going for a walk through the mountains, don’t be surprised to see horribly mutilated dead bodies scattered through the landscape.