The Friendship Highway winds its way through the Tibetan Plateau, passing through snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and alpine meadows. It also passes through several Tibetan villages and towns, where travelers can experience the unique culture of Tibet. Starting from Lhasa along the friendship highway, you will find the scenery on the road is breathtaking. Mount Everest is the highlight of this route. Besides, you can also enjoy famous scenic spots such as Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and so on.
Yamdrok Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and is regarded as the most beautiful lake in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake has an outlet stream at its far western end. Yamdrok Lake is also the largest waterbird habitat in Tibet, and it is surrounded by Snow Mountains and ice peaks, the highest of which is more than 7,000 meters above sea level. Lakes, snowy peaks, and blue sky blend together, making people feel in a dreamland.
The Karola Glacier, one of Tibet’s three major continental glaciers, is located on the boundary of Langkatse and Gyantse counties. Around 71 km (44 mi) from Gyantse, it’s situated to the north of the main peak of Karola Mountain. The Karola Glacier is also one of the glaciers at the roadside in the world. Although the glacier is black and white layered due to the dust on the road for many years, the upper half of the glacier is shining like a giant thangka hanging on the mountain wall in the sunlight.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is located on a hill in the center of Shigatse city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means “all fortune and happiness gathered here” or “heap of glory”. Founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important Tibetan monastery. From far away, you can see the golden dome of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in the western part of the city shining in the sunlight.
As the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest with an altitude of 8848m has become a final objective for tourists dreaming of getting closer contact with the sky. It is no surprise that the world is mesmerized by Mount Everest. It’s also called Mount Qomolangma. In Tibetan, “Qomo” means “goddess”, “Langma” means “mother elephant”, and the overall meaning is “Goddess of the earth.” Located in the bordering areas between Nepal and Tibet Autonomous Region, Mount Everest is a transcendental sight for anyone. It is home to the Sherpa tribe and several other indigenous groups.
At the foot of Mount Everest, there is the highest monastery in the world — Rongbuk Monastery, which is also the best place to see Mount Everest. The distance between Mount Everest and Rongbuk Monastery is 25 kilometers, so it has become a base camp for climbing Mount Everest from the north slope. There is a circumambulation around Rongbuk Monastery. In front of the Rongbuk Monastery’s hall is a stage, the local people will come here to watch the Lama’s performances during every important festival. The Mani Stone mound outside the monastery’s gate is often used by photographers as a foreground for photographing Everest.
According to the Internet/ greattibettour