Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet is a remote region where towering peaks, deep valleys and turquoise lodges define the landscape. Settled deep within the highlands of Tibet, indigenous tribes live in harmony with the spectacular surroundings and harsh weather conditions. On luxury Tibet holidays, embark on guided treks, stay in experiential lodges and immerse yourself in the unique culture that is beautifully inherent to Tibet.
Extended across the harsh altitudes of the towering mountain ranges, knowledgeable expertise is crucial for a seamless journey through Tibet. We have partnerships with the region’s finest guides, who grew up there and know the hidden delights and local customs. Staying in remote experiential lodges, it is all about unique discovery and immersive excursions. On luxury Tibet holidays, we’ll be by your side every step of the way, with 24/7 support and on the ground representatives to ensure your trip is a success.
POCKET GUIDE TO TIBET
Lhasa (which translates to ‘Place of the Gods’) has been the centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium and should be high on your list of places to visit during a luxury Tibet holiday. Largely dominated by the majestic red-and-white Potala Palace (once the government seat) which towers over the holy city, it is an awe-inspiring sight. Other cultural hotspots include Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. For traditional handicrafts, head to Dropenling Handicraft Centre.
Nicknamed the ‘Switzerland of Tibet’, due to its verdant, primitive forests, snow-capped mountain ranges, meandering rivers, and serene lakes, Bomê is located in the country’s south-east and is home to the colossal Zhuxi and Kaqin glaciers. The area is also known for the vast, mirror-like Ranwu Lake (the largest in southeast Tibet), which depending on the time of year, can be bright emerald or deep turquoise in colour. With such breathtaking scenery, it is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Shigatse is Tibet’s second largest city and the traditional capital of Tsang province. Although home to the Potala-lookalike Shigatse Dzong, situated on a hilltop overlooking the city, you will discover that the fort is empty. The real attraction is the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual figure after the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Other sites worth visiting include Shalu Monastery, the Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas, and Man Lhakhang.
OROKO Top Tip
On a luxury holiday to Tibet, we highly recommend embarking on a privately guided tour of the holy city of Lhasa. Commence the tour with a visit to Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, two ancient and culturally significant monasteries. Continue to Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang, a world-famous pilgrimage site. Conclude with a visit to the stunning landscaped gardens of Norbulingka and Barkhor Street, Tibet’s central hub of arts and culture.