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Tibet Highland Tours

Lhasa, China
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About Tibet Highland Tours
Tibet Highland Tours, though not the largest company around, we are among the most experienced around. Our office managers have been working in tourism in Tibet for over 20 years and know all areas of Tibet extremely well. The company was started by local Tibetans, most of whom had been working for over 20 years already as tour guides, managers, and route builders. We can work with you to create the perfect itinerary suited specifically for you. Unlike many travel agencies that arrange tours to Tibet, we are not based in Beijing, Chengdu or Shanghai. We are based right in the heart of Lhasa, less than a 1 minute walk from Barkhor Square. All of our office staff, guides and drivers are Tibetans who are intimately familiar with Tibetan culture, language and religion. This gives us an advantage over most companies arranging travel to Tibet. Our company is not out just to make money. Our goal is to give back to as many poor Tibetan communities as possible. Several of our office staff are from remote, poor villages at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. A portion from each tour goes towards projects that we carry out in these communities.
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This 11-day well designed Kailash pilgrimage combines the adventure to Mt. Everest Base camp. To help travelers confirm the scheduled Kailash tour transport earlier and help save big money for their next travel stop, travelers only need to pay accommodation, entrance tickets and a shared local Tibetan tour guide after arrival. The costs are clearly stated and there is no any hidden costs to be paid.

With altitude of 6656 meters above sea level, Mt. Kailash looks like a pyramid. It is the main peak of Gangdise Mountain Range with symmetrical sides. Historically, there were many Chinese and foreign monks preaching there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects a long time ago, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. Every year, this fascinated holy center attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims around the world.
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MMU4444 wrote a review May 2020
San Francisco, California15 contributions
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I had dreamed about going to Tibet ever since I was a young boy reading mystical stories about monks with extraordinary abilities and of course the Dalai Lama. I typically travel on my own, eschewing tour groups because I prefer to take my time in various places which group activities do not usually accommodate. But after finding out that you cannot solo travel in Tibet, I researched very carefully among the various tour operators and selected Tibet Highland Tours. I did this for a number of reasons, but most notably because they are a Tibetan owned and operated company… which I feel is important as a form of solidarity with the people and spirit of Tibet. I was not interested in enabling remote Chinese companies operating in Tibet and their exploitation of undeserved opportunities. Please make sure you go to the website for this company and read about their history, and I think you will find along with me that their interests are pure, intentional, and devout to their country and to what and why you are there to visit. With regard to the actual experience, I could not have been more delighted with my choice. My group had six individuals (couples are welcome too of course, that just happened to be the composition of our group) and we could not have been more welcomed or better taken care of. Our tour guide, Damdul, was a native Tibetan and spoke wonderful English. Having attended religious studies in his youth he had many insights into the various temples that we saw that were invaluable. He also had a great sense of humor and took care of all our needs immediately and completely With warmth and the never ending supply of patience… going above and beyond what a normal tour guide would normally do. He was very attentive to our various needs on the Kora around Mount Kailash, which was wonderful to experience and to witness. It is a challenge and we all had our own personal issues which he was attentive to and helped with not only from his experience (if I remember correctly this was his 47th time doing the Kora), but more importantly from his heart. Various other experiences and all the other extraordinary sites on this tour were also made even more special because of his planning, coordination, and consideration towards making each one a memorable and wonderful experience. I am sure their other tour guides are probably just as great, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me if my predisposition is to recommend that you try to arrange your tour dates to have Damdul as your guide. The company is also very diligent and indispensable when making your arrangements to get to Tibet in the first place. It is not easy. And they provide recommendations that are crucial for making proper arrangements with the various agencies that for the most part they will take care of on your behalf. I can’t stress how necessary this is. I believe their recommendations for obtaining your Chinese visa are not only essential, but critical. This is the one part that you have to do, but after this, they not only arrange your Tibet Travel Permit, but also take care of all the lodging arrangements as well as shepherd you and your group through all the various checkpoints in the country (which are an unavoidable nuisance, but you get to rest easy in the car while your guide goes and takes care of it all for you). Passang was the person in the main office that was the most helpful to me towards making all my initial arrangements… including helping me with booking the overnight train from Xining to Lhasa. This train can’t be booked far in advance and has to be done close to the date you are planning on traveling, and I have heard horror stories about people trying to book it themselves and not being able to get a ticket as they were already sold out to native Chinese… I think it Is worth the nominal extra fee to have them help you make these arrangements so that you can avoid the anxiety of trying to do it on your own with hard to understand websites and having to coordinate and correspond with yet another tour agency that books it for you as a foreigner anyway. You can do it this way, but why not avoid the hassle and have them do it for you? So I would also highly recommend seeking Passang out to help you with your arrangements as he was incredibly professional, friendly, and thorough. Again, I am a traveler who prefers to travel independently whenever I go anywhere because I like to take my time in certain places and especially in sacred sites versus others that are maybe more catered for typical recommended country itineraries. But for my one extended experience with a tour group, I could not have been happier with the service, professionalism, and beautiful memories provided by, and inspired by everyone involved with Tibet Highland Tours. If I am ever blessed enough to go back to Tibet I will book with them first. Tashi delek!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Carrie Lynne wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an amazing trip! Thanks to Passang and Tibet Highland Tours everything went very smoothly and was most enjoyable. Our guide Lopsang was very professional, he has great English and made everything easy and enjoyable. We felt very comfortable on the road with our driver even when it snowed unexpectedly and we needed to get to the Nepal border on time! Highlights of the trip included observing the many winter pilgrims in Lhasa, eating homemade noodles, petting the yaks and Tibetan mastiffs, driving over high passes in the snow, and especially the smiles, curiosity and kindness of the Tibetan people. We have already recommended the trip and Tibet Highland Tours to friends who are interested!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ivan K wrote a review Feb 2020
Neuchâtel, Switzerland6 contributions1 helpful vote
We really had a great time with Tibet Highland Tours during our 8 days. Due to low demand during this season, we even had a private tour for the same price. Other companies might have cancelled it instead. What was great: - The office staff Passang has been very professional and quick to reply to our questions from the initial request for information to the booking and Tibet permit organization - Our guide Lobsang was very friendly and knowledgeable. He explained us many aspects from the Buddhist culture as well as the life in Tibet - Our driver Demchor was always punctual and friendly - The minivan was comfortable for the long driving journeys - The program was exactly as described What could be improved: - Guiding: The level of English was generally good. Improving it would make the visits even more compelling and clearer to understand. Also, some answers to our questions sounded like an official politically correct version, lacking critical thinking or personal flavor. We understand some questions might appear sensitive (even unintentionally), in which case we'd prefer a reply such as "I can't talk about this" or "I don't know". - Driving: On various occasions we didn't feel safe, especially in cities or during low visibility overtaking. Speed was not an issue, it's more the safety distance and the time spent on the opposing lane. - Payment: For such amounts, it would be convenient to pay with a credit card instead of cash. Additional comments: - Going in January was perfect, since we avoided the tourist crowds and saw many pilgrims instead. Also, the views on Himalaya peaks were perfect. - We would have liked to see more ceremonial activity around temples and monasteries. Yet the period wasn't the right one apparently.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Emanuele Battisti wrote a review Jan 2020
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We spend little over 2 weeks travelling around Tibet on a private tour, 7 of us (3 children, 9-6-6 years old). We visited Lhasa, all the way to Mt. Kailash, back to EBC and finishing our trip on the boarder with Nepal. Everything was very well organized, both before and during the trip,even if this is not one of the easiest trip to do with young children. We had our private van driving around the country, never have any problems and both driver and guide were very helpful and helped us to enjoy this trip so much! Very highly recommended if you want to travel in Tibet supporting local Tibetan people.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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cvs_travellife wrote a review Jan 2020
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week tour (Lhasa, Holy Lake Manasarovar,Holy Mt.Khailash, Mt.Everest Base Camp) with Tibet Highland tours! Small Tenzin and team took care of us four like their own from Day 1. The tour is well planned giving ample time for acclimatization. The kids got very fond of Lhakpa (our cool Guide) and Samdup (Tour driver- Steady man behind the wheel) over the first few days. The team made sure we were comfortable with the place for the night stay. Provided great insides on Tibet culture, on different regions, were lucky to spot and watch black-necked crane (migratory birds) in our trip.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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