High-Altitude Travel Destinations

How about Lhasa. At 12,000 ft (3,657 m) above sea-level, Lhasa is known as ‘Land of Gods’ as it’s full of…


Beautiful palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. It also has the 17th-century Potala Palace (pictured) which is the erstwhile home of the Dalai Lama and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated at 9,350 ft (2,850 m) above sea-level, Quito offers more than snow-capped Andean peaks that surround it. The entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to splendid churches and colonial-era architecture. La Paz, Bolivia.  The commercial and financial hub of the country is also the highest administrative capital in the world, situated at around 12,000 ft (3,657 m). The city is known for being a great mix of culture, quirky markets and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.


Jungfrau, Switzerland. At 11,000 ft (3,353 m), Jungfrau, the third-highest peak of Swiss Alps, is breathtaking even by lofty Switzerland standards. The easiest way to reach is to take a train to the Jungfraujoch railway station, which is also Europe’s highest railway station. Visitors can indulge in a host of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, paragliding, running and hiking. For those looking to spend a quiet day or two, visit the nearby Mürren village and gorge on local Swiss cheese and chocolates.


Shangri-La, China. This city is situated in China’s Yunnan province at around 9,000 ft (2,743 m) above sea-level. It offers a unique blend of Tibetan and Han culture and is best visited between April and October. Shangri-La can be reached by air from Kunming, Guangzhou and Lhasa. Bogota, Colombia. The Colombian capital is located at an altitude of 8,600 ft (2,621 m) and offers excellent views of the surrounding Andes. Don’t miss the bohemian locality of Macarena for art galleries and cafes, the Emerald market and La Candelaria – the city’s cultural center. So, get high-so to speak.


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