More and more travelers are interested in trekking in Tibet. This article mainly focuses on women trekking tips, dos and don’ts. After reading this, women will have a better understanding of trekking in such special area.
Although Tibet is one of the safest destinations in Asia for female travelers, it is always advisable to have a company if you walk at night. The culture has few taboos that might inadvertently be broken. However, there are some dos and don’ts to consider.
Your clothes are one of the first things people will notice. Please do not wear shorts, low-cut or tight fitting tops or other revealing clothes. It is regarded as inappropriate by locals. Long shirts or dresses, or long, loose trousers are best. Tibetan women usually wear an ankle-length dress, called a chupa, with a blouse and often some type of jacket.
Once you’re on the road or trekking, a long skirt or dress can be convenient for a little privacy when you want to answer the nature’s call. Tibet has few toilets, and sometimes it would be hard to find a private spot. If you’re wearing a long skirt, that could save you a lot of trouble.
Tibetan women in rural areas usually don’t wash their bodies except during a yearly bathing festival. Try sponge bathing because it’s easier. But do remember not to take a bath the first 2 days you arrive in Lhasa. You may get cold easily and that is a big problem for trekking. Bring plenty of facial lotion, moisturizer and hand cream, since the combination of cold water and dry winds can cause chapping and cracked skin.
In central Tibet, women can enter most Buddhist temples, but occasionally a protector’s chapel will be off limits. Kham and Amdo are stricter; women can rarely enter a chapel, and some monasteries won’t even allow women into the courtyard.
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