whl.travel welcomes travellers to the mystical culture and highlands of Tibet

Perched on the roof of the world is the astounding region of Tibet, one of those lands that most people only dream of visiting. At an average elevation of 4,900 metres above sea level, Tibet encompasses the world’s highest plateau, some of the oldest and most guarded places on earth, crystal-clear lakes, ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries, and a skyline made remarkable by the world’s tallest mountains.

Tibetan men and women can be seen on the country’s pilgrimage roads almost every day of the year. Photo courtesy of Wong Jiawang

Once you are settled in your comfortable accommodation in the capital city of Lhasa, there is a stunning range of things to see and do in Tibet. Given the vastness of the territory and the transport challenges, most sites are most easily enjoyed while on a Tibet tour.

For example, take in the venerable monasteries in the historical cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse on a Tibet Cultural Exploration or join the pilgrims on a visit to lakes Namtso and Yamdrok Yumtso, considered holy by Buddhists. Of course, not to be missed is a hike to the world-famous Everest Base Camp, just one of the many awe-inspiring trekking tours in Tibet .

The unique culture of the Tibetans has for the most part been well preserved due to their isolation from the rest of the world for both geographical and political reasons. It was only in the 1980s that Tibet opened its doors to tourism. Since then travel has been a key factor in its development.

Lamas in Tibet stay fit like everyone else. Here they are exercising and practicing their martial arts, just one way of debating. Photo courtesy of Wong Jiawang

Technically speaking, Tibet is an autonomous region of China and travel to Tibet is regulated by the Chinese government. All travellers therefore need Chinese visas and special permits, as well as a complete package tour to travel around Tibet.

To help with that, whl.travel has partnered with Tibet Travel Professionals, the online arm of the International Department of Lhasa ChangThang Yak Travel Service, a local Tibetan travel agency based out of Chengdu, China.

Mr. Liu Anbing and the rest of his team at Tibet Travel Professionals have been organising complete Tibet travel packages for foreign visitors since 2005, ensuring a memorable and hassle-free trip to this ancient realm. The company strongly believes in responsible travel and authentic experiences. Many of their Tibet tours involve interaction with Tibetan families, shopping for local products and sustainable environmental practices.

“We feel very excited about the launch of Tibet-tours-travel.com,” commented Mr. Liu. “whl.travel has been very patient and helpful in building the site.”

Tibet is joins Beijing and Lijiang as whl.travel’s destinations associated with the People’s Republic of China.

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