Explore Tibet
Explore Tibet
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City ToursCultural Tours4WD, ATV & Off-Road ToursEco ToursPrivate Tours
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore Tibet is the leading local Tibetan owned tour company that provides authentic Tibet private tours for different interests and needs. We are native Tibetan and based in Lhasa, we have profound knowledge of our culture, religion and tradition to provide you an insight Tibet experiences. As being a local Tibetan tour operator, we are specialized on customizing private tours and day tours on the Tibetan plateau, the beautiful landscape and pristine nature will provide you a meaningful experiences. Being a local Tibetan tour company, just competing the cost and neglecting the cultural and environmental destruction is not our culture, we always prioritize our customer services by using experienced local Tibetan guides and high safety record drivers, using local services and encourage local business is the core value of our exist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Tibet tours and travel permit regulation. WE WELCOME YOU TO VISIT OUR COUNTRY.
Lhasa, Tibet, China

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Jessica C
Mill Valley, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
I joined Explore Tibet for the 15-day trek to Mt. Kailash, including time spent in Lhasa and a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp among many other wonderful places along our route. Samdup and the Explore Tibet staff were excellent at organizing our overall trip and very timely in answering all of our numerous questions prior to arrival! By the time we arrived in Lhasa, we were so excited to meet Samdup and the rest of the staff that had helped throughout our booking experience. While on the tour, whenever any of us encountered any challenges, the staff at Explore Tibet and the guides were exceptionally responsive to meeting our needs. Our guides were knowledgeable, gracious, and incredibly kind- during the difficult trek around Mt. Kailash they were vigilantly looking after everyone and going above and beyond to ensure that we were all as comfortable and prepared as possible. They were also highly knowledgeable and experienced about our itinerary, and everything worked out as well as could be expected. I can't recommend Explore Tibet more highly, and very much look forward to returning to Tibet again soon for another tour with them! Truly an opportunity not to miss, and absolutely priceless to share the beauty of Tibetan culture with Tibetan guides.
Written January 1, 2017
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Dear Jessica, It was such a nice moment that we met in our office with the group members and another meeting at the St.Regis hotel. I am so glad that we met in person as we exchanged the mails for some time and I am sure it’s a good impression to see your sales person in Lhasa city itself. I really appreciate for supporting our local business and on behalf of all our team I would like to pay my sincere thanks and warm wishes for you and your family. And I also saved the same photo in my mobile as well. We are happy that you enjoyed your vacation stay with us in Tibet! Best Regard Samdup from Explore Tibet
Written January 15, 2017
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jtmdnyc
new york17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Great EBC/Tibet tour w/ Explore Tibet. They will assign you a tour agent who will take of the logistics (Tibet permits, and plane and train tickets). Our agent, Mia, was great and answered all our questions promptly. Our guide, Namgyal, was very informative, friendly, and helpful. He went above and beyond the call of duty, and offered his help at restaurants and even built a small fire to keep us warm at the base of Mount Everest. The drivers were very good and safe.
Written October 31, 2016
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Dear Sir, Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience on this page, and very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the Tibet tour with our local experienced Tibetan tour guide Namgyal. It’s always our main goal to make trips a memorable for all our customers. It is my pleasure to be your trip advisor and thank for your support. On behalf of all our staffs and guides, I would like to wish you and all your family a healthy and successful life. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. Best Regards Mia (Trip Advisor)
Written March 31, 2017
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yoram b
Chiang Mai, Thailand313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Luckily the 9 people in the group where all pleasant, easy going, joyful, accommodating. Not a single issue with anyone.

Explore Tibet tried their best, proved professional, fair, flexible. Even though they waited for me at the train station instead of the airport and I ended up taking the public bus it was not a real issue.

The driver was excellent, managed the long hours very well and in good spirit.
We learned a great deal about Tibetan music in the bus.

The guide was extremely efficient in dealing with formalities, check points, authorities, hotels; very knowledgeable about history, places, details, culture, society. However Buddhism was a weak side, superficial, technical, dry. True, one cannot be an expert on everything, on such a visit buddhism is not a side item. As a result of that defeciency the extended visits to the most beautiful monasteries became dry, tedious, soulless, and at times inaccurate. It would be much better to talk less on technical matter, names, dates, which mean only little to most listeners who can't remember them anyway, and instead provide a general, short introduction and let the people absorb the charm, enjoy the beauty, soak the atmosphere. Having to listen to numerous details of little importance out of politeness leads to unease, especially that in most places this would not break any rules.
There was no empathy in those long detailed sessions, they were boring and unnecessary.

Another problem, not unrelated, was his difficulty to connect with the group and feel how people respond. Evidently listening to others and engaging in a genuine dialogue is an important skill that some people lack. Lecturing is not enough when spending many hours together.

Hotels were generally fine, meals reasonale, timing well planned, weather very friendly, wonderful scenery, charming people, in many places unbearable toilets, a very cold night at EBC.

Explore Tibet is a good, reliable, responsible copany, fair, punctual, honest, professional. Not perfect but good, friendly and knows its work. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding tour.
Written October 2, 2016
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Respected Guest Thank you very much for joining our small group tours to EBC and taken your precious time to share your detailed reviews of the tour, we are very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the Tibet tour with our local experienced Tibetan tour guide and driver, it is also our core value be being local and provide authentic experiences. Moreover, we hope you have also learn each among the international groups by joining our small group tour. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. With best regard Sonam Jamphel
Written October 19, 2016
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Cyrill B
Thun, Switzerland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
We had a wonderful 8 day. The guide, as well as the driver were locals with a huge experience and a lot to tell. Which was important, as the distances were huge, and speed limits are enforced.
Explore Tibet was a great choice. Everything worked out exactly as planned. Can only recommend.
Written September 20, 2016
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Dear Guest Thank you very much for joining our small group tours to EBC and taken your precious time to share your detailed reviews of the tour, we are very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the Tibet tour with our local experienced Tibetan tour guide and driver, it is also our core value be being local and provide authentic experiences. Moreover, we hope you have also learn each among the international groups by joining our small group tour. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. With best regard Sonam Jamphel
Written September 23, 2016
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Donpa11
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013
A wonderful experience. Anybody thinking of going to this wonderful place could not do better than travelling with Explore Tibet Tours. Staff are wonderful, friendly and knowledgable on all things Tibetan .
Written February 6, 2014
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Dear Don Thank you very much for your reviews to us and I am very happy to know that you had a great time in Tibet with our local Tibetan team, it is our core value of hard-work to provide a satisfying Tibetan experiences for our clients. Thank you very much for your feedback.
Written February 10, 2014
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Diego
Santiago, Chile5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
We went with a group of 8 friends and we had an amazing experience, seeing all the nice attractions, staying in beautiful hotels and having amazing nature views, including the Everest base camp. Our guide was amazing, he knew everything we asked him and always matched to what books said, he was fun, and always helped us to pick nice restaurants. I recommend 100% explore Tibet, is Tibet owned so in that way you can support Tibetans. Also, Sherry was super nice, taking enough care of us all the time, and being available for doubts in the middle of the trip, always asking driver and guide how the group was to make sure the experience was good. For our friends with attitude sickness (just a bid), the guide managed them some oxygen that he had in the car and in 10 minutes they were feeling better. Amazing and great experience
Written April 13, 2017
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jose_ray2014
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
From the Sales Representative to the guide and the driver, they all made this trip memorable!.
They really know their jobs and help to understand better this wonderful country.
If you want a trip without issues, Explore Tibet is the answer!
Our guide Yangphel is like a book with legs!....he knows a lot about Tibetan culture, tradition and places. We were so lucky to join him to learn about his amazing Tibet and definitely he adds value each single day. And our driver Tenzin always drove us safely.
Written January 11, 2017
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Dear Jose, We are also very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the Tibet tour with our local experienced Tibetan tour guide and driver. I will pass your thanks to them, I believe they will be very happy. Thanks for all your support of my job and it is my pleasure to be your trip advisor. On behalf of all our staffs and guides, I would like to wish you and all your family a healthy and successful life. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. Yours Sincerely Mia(Your Tibet tour assistants)
Written January 12, 2017
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BakingFree
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We have opted for the 8 day EBC group tour in December. Personally, I had high expectations and the tour exceeded them in all aspects.

Despite being a group tour (not the private tour option), the tour size was very small, with only 4 of us, and we gelled extremely well.

Before the tour, we corresponded with Sherry via email, and she was extremely responsive to my questions. Permits application went without a hitch. There was a minor hiccup with the train ticket booking; an extra leg we didn't need was accidentally booked, but a partial refund was done with the rail guys and Explore Tibet absorbed all the costs. I was extremely satisfied with the prompt response and action.

The itinerary was very well-planned and gave us enough time to acclimatise, in preparation for the higher altitude areas. The car was stocked up with oxygen tanks in the event we needed them (at the end we didn't).

The guide and drivers are both Tibetans, and our guide Penpa was able to explain in detail about the sites, monasteries and Tibetan culture effectively in English. He also exposed us to a variety of Tibetan food during our meals, we would have been clueless otherwise! We have never once felt unsafe with the driver's driving; he was also very kind and accommodated to our needs. During our long road journeys he has happily obliged to pull over when we wanted to take photos at specific spots, and also at the main scenic spots and mountain passes. As a result we have had amazing photos. Numerous toilet stops when we needed to go too!

They even took us to a Tibetan nightclub in Shigatse on Christmas Eve - needless to say it was an eye-opening experience.

Went with the cheapest accommodation arrangements for the tour, and the hotels were all great with heating and wifi working as it would anywhere else in China.

Tibet is somewhere not to miss, and Explore Tibet has helped us discover its beauty, and I thank them for that.

I recommend Explore Tibet to anyone without hesitation or reservation.
Written January 5, 2017
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Dear Sir, I am extremely appreciated for your very detailed review on this Tibet tour and the great pictures you shared with us! I feel very encouraging of your kind words on me and our team. You guys are lucky, haha, we didn’t get more travelers to join the group on that day, not alone full group of 9, so the group is arranged like a private tour but paying for group tour price, : ) we promised if travelers book our group tour at least 2 months in advance, we wouldn’t raise price even if at last there’s only one traveler booked. For the train ticket, thank you very much for getting part of the refund from train station, I trusted you. : ) I am so glad you liked our local guide and driver! I will let them know that you spoke highly of them. : ) Thank you again! I wish you a happy life. Happy new year! Best Regards Sherry
Written January 11, 2017
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bahooshmahoo b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
My experience with Explore Tibet was incredible. From the beginning, my adviser, Samdup, was incredibly helpful and supportive during the entire booking process. I emailed him with millions of questions and he always responded quickly and very helpfully.

Our tour guide, Yangphel, was very kind, extremely knowledgeable, and made sure we were taken care of for the duration of the trip. He always answers our questions in great detail, and I am thankful for everything that I learned from him. Our driver was very safe and also incredibly personable.

The sights we saw in Tibet were incredible and it was completely different than any trip I've been to before. I highly recommend this Tibetan-owned tour group to anyone and it was so valuable to have a local guide showing us around his homeland.
Written October 6, 2016
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Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review to our services, it is our great pleasure to know that you had enjoyed your experiences in Tibet with our team. Moreover, we hope you have also learn each among the international groups by joining our small group tour. We specially thanks for your great sense of responsible travel and support to our local Tibetan tour company and local staffs. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. With best regard Samdup
Written October 19, 2016
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Happyhappyboots
England, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
My husband I did a 9 day tour with Explore Tibet, the team were great from the start,quick to respond to us and flexible with any changes we had to make and even helping with train and flight booking. Important for us to book with a Tibetan owned company...lots say they are but actually are not.....Explore Tibet is. Guide and driver were great, vehicle was v good too.....we even met everyone at the office....most importantly Tibet is a wonderful place with wonderful people......if you are thinking about going definitely contact Explore Tibet....
Written August 26, 2016
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Dear Guest Thank you very much for supporting our local tour company and taken your precious time to share your detailed reviews of the tour, we are very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the Tibet tour with our local experienced Tibetan tour guide and driver, it is also our core value be being local and provide authentic experiences. Please stay in touch with us and let us know if there is anything you need our help and wish you have a nice day. With best regard Sonam Jamphel
Written September 24, 2016
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