The Tashilhunpo Monastery was built in 1447 and was traditionally home to the Panchen Lama. It miraculously escaped much of the Cultural Revolution-era destruction, so it's a refreshing sight for reconstruction-sore eyes. Tashilhunpo is large enough to seem like a small walled town, and there's plenty to see. Highlights include massive collections of jewels and gold Buddha statues, the Assembly Hall and its colorful unfurled thangkas, and the shrines and thrones of each of the Panchen Lamas, many of whom are buried on..
For most of us, a trip to Mount Everest (Zhūmùlǎng Mǎfēng, 珠穆朗玛峰)—better called by its Tibetan name, Qomolangma—means a few tentative forays in the general direction of the world's highest peak, which towers 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) above sea level. There are two Everest Base Camps (EBC), one in Tibet and one in Nepal. If you're fit enough and have acclimated to the altitude, you might manage to make it to a higher camp, though this level of adventuring is only advised for those with serious..