The Land of Snows

  • Tibet Photography Tour 2015
    Tibet Photography Tour 2015

    SOLD OUT. CONTACT US FOR AN OCTOBER 2015 JOURNEY FROM LHASA TO MT. EVEREST Send inquires to: info@plateauphototours.com Plateau Photo Tours, which I co-own, will be hosting an amazing Himalayan adventure [...]

  • 2014 Tibet Travel Regulations
    2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

    UPDATED 22 November 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 [...]

  • Tibet Travel Agency Recommendations
    Tibet Travel Agency Recommendations

    Everyday I get emails from across the globe asking me which travel agency to use when traveling to Tibet. Since all foreigners going to the Tibet Autonomous Region are required to be on an organized [...]

  • Tibet closed in March
    Tibet closed in March

    Since the widespread unrest across Tibet in March 2008, Lhasa and the rest of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) closes to all foreign travelers beginning in the middle or end of February each year. [...]

  • Chinese Visa when going overland from Tibet to Nepal
    Chinese Visa when going overland from Tibet to Nepal

    One of the most common questions I receive from travelers is how to get a Chinese Visa when traveling overland from Tibet to Nepal.  Most, if not all, Chinese embassies and consulates require foreigners [...]

  • Yushu and the Norbuling Hotel
    Yushu and the Norbuling Hotel

    After suffering a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in April 2010, Jyekundo (Yushu) was finished being rebuilt in November 2013. I was there the day the earthquake happened and have closely followed the rebuilding [...]

  • How to get to Tibet
    How to get to Tibet

    The most common question that people email to me is asking how to get to Tibet. While Tibet has a reputation as being an extremely difficult place to travel to, in reality it is quite easy. Unfortunately, [...]

  • Power Pot Review
    Power Pot Review

    I recently returned from an amazing high-altitude trek to the remote mountain of Amnye Machen, located in eastern Tibet. This is a mountain that I am quite familiar with, having been there about a [...]

  • Budget Tibet Tour
    Budget Tibet Tour

    As you probably know by now, all foreigners traveling to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) MUST be on an organized tour that includes travel permits, a tour guide, a private vehicle and a driver. [...]

  • Rude travelers in Tibet
    Rude travelers in Tibet

    If you have been following my site for a while, you will know that I have lived and worked in various regions of the Tibetan Plateau for going on 13 years. I started out working for an NGO that focused [...]

  • 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 [...]

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Tibet Photography Tour 2015

SOLD OUT. CONTACT US FOR AN OCTOBER 2015 JOURNEY FROM LHASA TO MT. EVEREST Send inquires to: info@plateauphototours.com 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 13 day journey begins on April 19, 2015 and ends on May 1, 2015. The overland route connecting Lhasa, Tibet with Everest’s North Face [...]

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2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

UPDATED 22 November 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 [...]

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Tibet Travel Agency Recommendations

Everyday I get emails from across the globe asking me which travel agency to use when traveling to Tibet. Since all foreigners going to the Tibet Autonomous Region are required to be on an organized tour that includes travel permits, a tour guide, a private vehicle and a driver, a travel agency will need to be used in order to travel to Tibet. When choosing a travel agency, it is important to use a company [...]

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Tibet closed in March

Since the widespread unrest across Tibet in March 2008, Lhasa and the rest of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) closes to all foreign travelers beginning in the middle or end of February each year. This annual closure usually lasts until late March. During this closure, it will not be possible to travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region. Travel permits for Tibet normally begin being processed again starting [...]

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Chinese Visa when going overland from Tibet to Nepal

One of the most common questions I receive from travelers is how to get a Chinese Visa when traveling overland from Tibet to Nepal.  Most, if not all, Chinese embassies and consulates require foreigners to show proof of air tickets to China as well as tickets leaving China. The overland route from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one of the most popular routes to take when traveling in Tibet. However, it can be a [...]

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Yushu and the Norbuling Hotel

After suffering a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in April 2010, Jyekundo (Yushu) was finished being rebuilt in November 2013. I was there the day the earthquake happened and have closely followed the rebuilding that followed. Honestly, I wasn’t very optimistic that the “New Yushu” would turn out very nice. I thought the government would turn it into a drab, concrete town. However, overall I [...]

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How to get to Tibet

The most common question that people email to me is asking how to get to Tibet. While Tibet has a reputation as being an extremely difficult place to travel to, in reality it is quite easy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of very outdated travel information on Tibet on the internet along with information that is simply wrong or confusing. In this post I will explain very clearly how to get to Tibet. If you [...]

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Power Pot Review

I recently returned from an amazing high-altitude trek to the remote mountain of Amnye Machen, located in eastern Tibet. This is a mountain that I am quite familiar with, having been there about a dozen times or so over the past 10+ years. As a photographer, I am always facing the difficult decision of whether or not I should take my big Nikon DSLR with me on a trek or climb, or if I should just stick with [...]

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Budget Tibet Tour

As you probably know by now, all foreigners traveling to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) MUST be on an organized tour that includes travel permits, a tour guide, a private vehicle and a driver. There are no exceptions. Because foreigners have to be on an organized tour in order to go to the TAR, the costs are often times out of reach for budget travelers. Guide prices in the TAR are between $32 and $48 [...]

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Rude travelers in Tibet

If you have been following my site for a while, you will know that I have lived and worked in various regions of the Tibetan Plateau for going on 13 years. I started out working for an NGO that focused on education among Tibetan adults (most of whom were nomadic). Then, for several years I owned and managed a successful travel agency focused on budget and midrange tours of Tibet. For the past 4+ years, [...]

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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, [...]