Tibet holiday, Across the Tibetan Steppe

“Traverse the Tibetan steppe to the fabled city of Lhasa, crossing wild plains and snowy Himalayan peaks passes dotted by ancient monasteries and breathtaking mountain lakes.”


Xining | Xiahe | Tongren | Lake Qinghai | Namtso Lake | Yangbajing geothermal springs | Tashilunpo | Shegar | Rongbuk Monastery | Sakya | Gyantse | Lhasa

Description of Tibet holiday, Across the Tibetan Steppe

Tibet has long been a mysterious and magical land whose rugged awe-inspiring terrain has preserved its ancient history and traditions from the developing world. While the country is slowly changing, this trip offers a chance to experience the best of its rich heritage.

This tour follows an unforgettable path towards the fabled city of Lhasa, one of the last bastions in the era of the ‘Great Game’. Along the way, you'll experience an array of Tibet's lesser known places. The expansive grasslands of Amdo that are home to yaks and nomads give way to rolling hills then snowy mountains where high passes are festooned with prayer flags and rivers plunge into deep gorges cutting through vistas few foreign visitors ever get to see.

We will explore some of Tibet’s most precious cultural treasures in some of its most illustrious ancient monasteries with monks chanting texts from the teachings of Buddha. Highlights here include the immense monastic city of Tashilunpo, and the world's highest temple at Rongbuk - standing at 5000m with fantastic views over to Everest base camp

Marvel at the colours of turquoise mountain lakes such as the 'Heavenly Lake' of Namsto, learn about some of Tibet's most splendid traditional architecture at Gyantse, and visit the acclaimed Tibetan arts centre of Tongren.

**Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring. We are particularly proud of finding new routes to reduce impact on repeat tourism to natural environments. On day 3 of this tour, we journey along a route that is rarely travelled by western visitors and on day 5 we pass by Kekexili National Nature Reserve to support and admire some of the beautiful and protected Tibetan land and its wildlife

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.

The Impacts of this Trip

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to dossiers and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit.

In Tibet we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism. As well as visiting many key sites and locations on this tour and staying at fixed camps, this trip provides a good proportion of free time to allow you to explore and support local communities and artesans.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.


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