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  • Tibet Photography Tour 2015
    Tibet Photography Tour 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 13 day journey begins on April 19, 2015 and [...]

  • 2014 Tibet Travel Regulations
    2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

    UPDATED 25 September 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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Tibet Photography Tour 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 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 Base Camp is one of the most beautiful and amazing land routes in Asia. Covering a distance of 900 kilometers / 560 miles, [...]

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2014 Tibet Travel Regulations

UPDATED 25 September 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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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, [...]

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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 [...]