Tibet In Wintertime

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Tibet In Wintertime Reviews

WarrenRodwell WarrenRo…
50 reviews
Oct 12, 2007

"Has anybody been to Tibet in wintertime? I read different stories, some say it is doable and other say the country is harly accesible because of the snow. I wonder what your experiences are! Thanks in advance, Margot"



I have travelled overland from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet) near the end of winter. That was late February / early March. There was only snow up on the very high mountain peaks enroute. The Tibetan capital, Lhasa, was dry with howling wind and dust. Bitterly cold, even icy, weather conditions are not very comfortable. Most water supply is frozen, so performing personal ablutions (such as going to the WC) can be awkward to say the least. Many westerners might say unhygienic.

Tibet remains one of the most interesting, remote and undeveloped parts of the world. A trip to Tibet is not for the fainthearted. Travelling at any time can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable. Due to Tibet's high altitude, travellers with a history of heart, lung or blood problems should consult a doctor before considering a visit. Others are still likely to suffer from some form of acute mountain sickness (AMS) anyway.

Travelling overland between Kathmandu and Tibet is an incredible journey in which you can see the world's highest plateau. This is a wonderful and amazing trip. Visitors should also understand that Tibet was only opened to tourism in the mid-eighties. However, if you are not up for a bit of adventure, or for accommodation and amenities that may be far from perfect, then this escapade is most probably NOT for you.

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Expatriate writer Warren Rodwell has been in China since 2002, and teaches university postgraduates in Chengdu. Many of his feature stories, reviews and photographs have been published online or in hardcopy media form. Warren also narrates documentaries and administers various websites as part of his efforts to promote Chengdu and Sichuan culture more globally.

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