The Land of Snows

  • Overland from Kangding to Yushu
    Overland from Kangding to Yushu

    The 850 kilometer overland journey from Kangding (Dartsedo) to Yushu (Jyekundo) is one of my favorite routes to travel in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. The landscape along the way has just about [...]

  • 2014 Tibet Travel Regulations
    2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

    UPDATED 18 April 2014 Each year I do my best to keep up-to-date on the various travel regulations and restrictions across the Tibetan Plateau. Tibet, including the regions of Amdo and Kham, can sometimes [...]

  • Extravagant Yak: Traveling Tibet in Style!
    Extravagant Yak: Traveling Tibet in Style!

    I recently had a great conversation with Jim and Garrett, the owners of Extravagant Yak Travel Company. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with these guys on several occasions [...]

  • Langmusi
    Langmusi

    Langmusi, known in Tibetan as Taktsang Lhamo སྟག་ཚང་ལྷ་མོ་, or just Lhamo, is a small village straddling the border of Gansu and Sichuan in the Amdo Region of the Tibetan [...]

  • Gado Jowa: Tibet’s hidden holy mountain
    Gado Jowa: Tibet’s hidden holy mountain

      A few years ago, I went on a journey searching for the holy mountain of Gado Jowa སྒ་སྟོད་ཇོ་བོ་. Most people are only familiar with one or two of Tibet’s many [...]

  • Yading Nature Reserve
    Yading Nature Reserve

    The Yading Nature Reserve is found in western Sichuan’s Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་ in the traditional [...]

  • Is Tibet too cold to visit?
    Is Tibet too cold to visit?

    One of the most common questions I am asked is if Tibet is “too cold to visit”, particularly in the winter months. While Tibet is known as “The Land of Snows”, with proper [...]

  • Mt. Kailash and Western Tibet
    Mt. Kailash and Western Tibet

    Covering an area more than twice the size of Germany and larger than the US state of Texas, western Tibet is barren, but is a ruggedly beautiful area that few foreign travelers experience. Western [...]

  • Lhasa to Everest Photography Journey April 27—May 8, 2014
    Lhasa to Everest Photography Journey April 27—May 8, 2014

    SORRY, THIS TOUR IS FULL! CONTACT ME FOR MY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2015!  Plateau Photo Tours, which I co-own, will be hosting an amazing Himalayan adventure from Lhasa, Tibet to Mt. Everest’s [...]

  • The costs of traveling to Tibet
    The costs of traveling to Tibet

    A common question I receive is “I am going to Tibet. How much will it cost?”. I always laugh a little when I get this question because it is impossible to answer. In order to give any [...]

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Overland from Kangding to Yushu

The 850 kilometer overland journey from Kangding (Dartsedo) to Yushu (Jyekundo) is one of my favorite routes to travel in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. The landscape along the way has just about everything you could ask for: grasslands, snow-capped peaks, alpine forests, lakes, rivers and also has some of the best preserved Tibetan culture. The area is full of Tibetan monasteries and, for the most part, [...]

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2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

UPDATED 18 April 2014 Each year I do my best to keep up-to-date on the various travel regulations and restrictions across the Tibetan Plateau. Tibet, including the regions of Amdo and Kham, can sometimes be politically unstable. When areas and regions are unstable, the government (not travel agencies) either closes specific areas or imposes travel regulations, such as group travel. It is important to remember [...]

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Extravagant Yak: Traveling Tibet in Style!

I recently had a great conversation with Jim and Garrett, the owners of Extravagant Yak Travel Company. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with these guys on several occasions and have always been impressed with their business model, their knowledge of Tibetan culture and their desire for their customers to have the best possible experience while traveling across the Tibetan Plateau. [...]

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Langmusi

Langmusi, known in Tibetan as Taktsang Lhamo སྟག་ཚང་ལྷ་མོ་, or just Lhamo, is a small village straddling the border of Gansu and Sichuan in the Amdo Region of the Tibetan Plateau. Sitting at 3325m, Lhamo lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by alpine forests and amazing mountains. The town only has a population of around 3500 to 4500, with more than 1100 of the people belonging [...]

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Gado Jowa: Tibet’s hidden holy mountain

  A few years ago, I went on a journey searching for the holy mountain of Gado Jowa སྒ་སྟོད་ཇོ་བོ་. Most people are only familiar with one or two of Tibet’s many holy mountains. Mt. Kailash གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ in far western Tibet’s Ngari prefecture is the most well known, followed by Amnye Machen ཨ་མྱིས་རྨ་ཆེན་ in [...]

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Yading Nature Reserve

The Yading Nature Reserve is found in western Sichuan’s Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་ in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham ཁམས་. Ganzi, known in Tibetan as Garnze དཀར་མཛེས་, is divided into 18 counties covering an area of 151,000 square kilometers (58,300 square miles). Yading [...]

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Is Tibet too cold to visit?

One of the most common questions I am asked is if Tibet is “too cold to visit”, particularly in the winter months. While Tibet is known as “The Land of Snows”, with proper clothing Tibet is fine to travel to all year long. I go to the beaches of Thailand nearly every year for vacation. If I show up to the beach when its 35C (95F) outside while wearing my mountain climbing boots and [...]

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Mt. Kailash and Western Tibet

Covering an area more than twice the size of Germany and larger than the US state of Texas, western Tibet is barren, but is a ruggedly beautiful area that few foreign travelers experience. Western Tibet comprises the 2 large prefectures of Ngari མངའ་རིས་ས་ཁུལ་ and Nagchu ནག་ཆུ་ཁུལ་ that are found in far western and northern Tibet. With an average elevation [...]

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Lhasa to Everest Photography Journey April 27—May 8, 2014

SORRY, THIS TOUR IS FULL! CONTACT ME FOR MY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2015!  Plateau Photo Tours, which I co-own, will be hosting an amazing Himalayan adventure from Lhasa, Tibet to Mt. Everest’s North Face Base Camp. This 12 day journey begins on April 27, 2014 and ends on May 8, 2014. The overland route connecting Lhasa, Tibet with Everest’s North Face Base Camp is one of the most beautiful [...]

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The costs of traveling to Tibet

A common question I receive is “I am going to Tibet. How much will it cost?”. I always laugh a little when I get this question because it is impossible to answer. In order to give any type of cost estimate, I first need to know some information such as: How many people will be traveling with you? How many days will you be in Tibet? What specific places/regions will you be going to? Are you [...]