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Shuttle to dog mountn

Shuttle to dog mountn

Shuttle to dog mountn in Tso Moriri, Tibet

This is a great way to see a beautiful natural area in Tibet, the only downside is the lack of an organized tour in this area.

After leaving Chengdu by bus at about 7:30am, I had a long trek along the Lahu River for about 4 hours, and then to the town of Tso Moriri. This is a trek for experienced and fit hikers, so I would recommend you have a good guide who has experience of this area as it is a bit strenuous.

Tso Moriri is a very beautiful place and a great way to see the Tibetan countryside, if you are lucky there may be a few nomads in the area. If not, there is a small souvenir and clothes shop for the visitors.

After we have set up camp at our base camp we will set off on our hike up the ridge line, and after around 6-7 hours we should be at our top camp, it is best to have food in your bag as there is not much of a place to buy it, or find a restaurant.

The next day is a long trek of about 7-8 hours, on this day I was surprised to see people living in tents, this was a place that was supposed to be closed due to its remoteness. If you are lucky you may spot some Tibetan nomads around the place.

On this day we trek a bit further along the ridge line, and after about 2 hours we should be at our top camp, the views are amazing!

On this day I only saw one family camp and we had a picnic at the top camp, this was a great way to end the trek as it was pretty hot when we had to walk down the ridge line.

At this point you will be walking along the ridgeline, and after about an hour you will reach a place where there is an ancient monastery, and you can choose to take the road for another 2 hours and get to Lhasa (Tibetan Capital) or continue to this monastery for another 1-2 hours.

I chose the latter and was rewarded with a view of the Ngorongoro Crater from the Tibetan monastery, which was really quite impressive!

This was a really great trek, and the views are fantastic, there is a lot of greenery in the area which gives you a real sense of the Tibetan landscape.

The views from the top camp are just stunning and will definitely take your breath away.

I recommend to get to Tso Moriri early in the morning so you have the best chance of spotting the nomads who live in this remote area.

It is also best to get to this area in winter as this is when the nomads are most likely to be found in the area.

It is best to buy your tickets for the trek in Lhasa, and there will be some avlable, however if you get to this area at the wrong time or during winter, you will have to rely on the guides and the tourist office for any information.

If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch with me.

Transportation to Tso Moriri

To get to Tso Moriri you have to take a bus from Chengdu to Lhasa via the following routes:

From Chengdu:

Leave Chengdu at about 7am, arrive in Lhasa at about 6pm.

From Lhasa:

You can get a minibus from the minibus stand opposite the Norbulingka Garden at Tashilhunpo (2-3 hours).

The minibus will cost you about $13 and it is best to book it the day before.

There is a cheaper minibus to Tso Moriri, but you will need to find the minibus stand, which is not easy in Lhasa.

Other options:

In winter you could take a bus to Lhamu and cross the river, this is a lot more expensive, but a lot less stressful as you are not expected to have a guide or be able to speak Chinese.

Trip Summary

Country

Tibet

Region

Tibetan Autonomous Region

Latitude

30.15° N

Longitude

90.25° E

Elevation

3400 m

Population

6,200,000

Languages Spoken

Tibetan, English, Chinese

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is from October to April, this is when the weather is good.

Trip Highlights

This is a great way to see a beautiful natural area in Tibet, the only downside is the lack of an organized tour in this area.

After leaving Chengdu by bus at about 7:30am, I had a long trek along the Lahu River for about 4 hours, and then to the town of Tso Moriri. This is a trek for experienced and fit hikers, so I would recommend you have a good guide who has experience of this area as it is a bit strenuous.

Tso Moriri is a very beautiful place and a great way to see the Tibetan countryside, if you are lucky there may be a few nomads in the area. If not, there is a small souvenir and clothes shop for the visitors.

After we have set up camp at our base camp we will set off on our hike up the ridge line, and after around 6-7 hours we should be at our top camp, it is best to have food in your bag as there is not much of a place to buy it, or find a restaurant.

The next day is a long trek of about 7-8 hours, on this day I was surprised to see people living in tents, this was a place that was supposed to be closed due to its remoteness. If you are lucky you may spot some Tibetan nomads around the place. If not, there is a small souvenir and clothes shop for the visitors.


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