I would very much like to travel through Tibet and other parts of the Himalayas. I may study abroad in Tibet when I start University. If not, I would LOVE to spend a considerable amount of time there.
If anyone has been there, would you mind telling me of your experiences, and the costs of such a journey. What does a typical hotel go for in Tibet? Is it true that some of the people in Himalayan countries are so friendly that they will literally offer a traveler shelter for free?
Sorry to post without an answer for you but i want to go to tibet too... I fly into Delhi next July-Aug and desperately want to go to Tibet and even bhutan.. is it safe there?
We will be travelling to Tibet in Jan 2007 and I have been doing a lot of research on the area. Since the railway opened to Lhasa last month the chinese seem to be actively encouraging tourism to Tibet. There are even frontpage links to it on their embassy web site here. We started looking at the start of the year and found it difficult to find much information, now it seems to be everywhere. This suggests that the area should be quiet safe and the chinese are welcoming tourists. I have an indian associate who sings the praises for Bhutan, it is truely the last unchanged place of that culture. It is reportedly very safe but prices on travel there can be a fair bit higher as you must fly in or out on the national airline to get a visa and there area other service fees everywhere. That is why we have decided to do Tibet end of this year and leave Bhutan to next. I think now is the time to go to Tibet before it becomes to much of a tourist trap. Lonely Planet produces a book on Tibet which outlines all pricing and budget expectations. If you want to do it on the cheap do it soon.
I've been to Tibet (2001), Bhutan, Nepal, and most recently Ladakh (Indian Himalayas). Tibet is my favorite destination to date! The people there are sort of scared (or subdued) to be too nice because of what the Chinese have done to them. They are, however, still quiet good- natured and friendly, if they're not apprehensive to be themselves.
However, when I was in Ladakh this past February, I found the people to be Incredably friendly & good natured. They all smile, say "Jullay", were extremely nice & helpful.
Other than costs, feel free to ask me anything about the Himalayan countries, it's my favorite area in the World. I've always been facinated by all things Tibetan.
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 5, 2006 7:09 AM by Travel100 ]
When I went, I was going with some friends who knew a hotel/tour guide owner. So we had a small bus that took us around to a lot of monasteries and beautiful villages. I would definately plan to go during their summer time, unless you really like the cold. I didn't go to Everest base camp but heard it is a little over rated. There are several study abroad programs that sound like a great experience to introduce you to the culture and provide an opportunity to see different parts of the country (I considered some that I found on google). You can get buy meeting up with backpackers to travel around the country but personally I think some sort of tour may be helpful. I had some amazing experiences of being able to horse ride back into a mountain village and hike up to a monastery and sleep inside a storage hut they had. It would have been difficult to arrange for these without having a tour guide.
I hope that helps.