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En-route to Everest we find this magnificent white glacier, framed by colourful prayer flags and high mountains.

This large mass of compacted ice and snow, made up of a large ice cap and two hanging glacier tongues, is one of the major highlights on the road from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp. Colourful prayer flags flutter in the foreground, whilst towering mountains surround the glacier to form a memorable vista. It is an awesome display of the power and beauty of the Tibetan landscape, but also the fragility. The tens of thousands of glaciers of the high Tibetan plateau provide the sources of China and Asia's most important rivers, including the Yangtze, the Mekong and the Ganges. Global warming risks shrinking these glaciers and lessening the flow of water to the rivers, upon which billions depend.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in Tibet
What to do in Tibet

9293 Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake

Hidden in the Tibetan mountains, the sacred Yamdrok Lake is a stunning sight and a deeply sacred place for Tibetans.

8727 Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Venture south off of the Friendship Highway to the base camp of the world's tallest and most fabled mountain.

9296 Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery

One of Tibet's most historically significant monasteries and home to magnificent stupa-tombs and Buddhist statues.