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Best Time to Visit Lhasa

Lhasa, which literally translates to “The Place of the Gods” has sat high on the Tibetan plateau as the cultural, political and spiritual capital of the region for at least a thousand years.

Travels in Tibet: Xining to Lhasa

Tour Leader, Jude Holliday, describes the experiences of her journey across the Tibetan Plateau from Xining to Lhasa while leading our Across the Tibetan Steppe tour.

The Kora of Mount Kailash

We had wonderful weather during the kora of Mount Kailash. We were very lucky not to have to worry about cold and precipitation as well as the difficulty of the walking and how our bodies had acclimatised to the altitude. In high season there can be many, many pilgrims on the age-old 53 km trail. Ap…

Tibetan Everest

We took the newly paved road from our overnight stop in Shelkar up to the Gyu pass at 5200 metres hoping for a first glimpse of Everest. Unfortunately there was heavy cloud so we descended the switchbacks to the valley below. After passing through a few villages the clouds began to disperse and the …

Breathtaking Lhasa

Our head of group tour operations, Jane, has dipped back into her tour leading days and is off leading our tour Across the Tibetan Steppe. Reaching Lhasa has always been challenging. Back at the end of the 19th century many foreigners tried in vain to reach the fabled city but were thwarted by th…

Carol finishes her Tibetan Expedition

We have finally emerged from the incredible desolation of the mountain ranges standing between our route running along the Chinese side of the borders with Ladakh, Pakistan (where we were only a spit away from K2) and Tajikistan; scenery of magnificent bleakness with virtually no signs of habitation…

Ade leads the gang back over Kofal-e-Qarabel pass

After a very relaxing rest day and a magnificent meal of Mutton Kebabs and chips which I finally got to use my HP sauce, we had to start to head back down. My main concern is to get back to Sharhad in time to meet our jeeps. The group are going well, some better than others as we crossed over again …

Richard Dunwoody, heads off to the hills

All going really well in Mongolia... picked up the group, met our man out here, the wonderful Tulga, and today headed out of Ulaan Baatar towards the hills. As we travelled northeast we passed the extraordinary 40m high stainless steel statue of Chinghis Khan which we all found most impressive. Toni…

Carol Turner signing in from the wilds of the Tibetan uplands

So all official horse festivals in Tibet were cancelled this year, but my group decided to go ahead with this trip and come up here to Litang anyway, just in case. We arrived yesterday, having done the kora around the local holy mountain in a really fierce rainstorm. We were absolutely soaked and ba…

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