Tenzin Woaber runs i-Tibet and this is definitely one of the best travel agencies in Tibet. They are locally run and use only local guides, drivers, hotels and all the money goes to support ethical tourism and the local economy (and believe me when I say there is not much else going on for these remote communities regarding economic stimulus in far western Tibet!)
Our trip to Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom was totally amazing! As an avid hiker who has thru-hiked both the 2,174 miles of the Appalachian Trail and the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in North America this has long been one of my bucket list dreams to trek over 5,630 meters (18,500 feet) in altitude over the Dolma La pass on the 3 day Mount Kailash trek.
And I must say this 16 night/ 17 day tour to Kailash and Guge Kingdom did not disappoint after so many long years of dreaming about this trip! Kailash was insanely beautiful in May 2018 with perfect weather and 360 degree views of the awesome mountain for almost the whole 3 days of the trek. This certainly would have been enough if it were the only thing we saw on the trip. But getting to see the Karo La Glacier, the pristine waters of Yamdrok Lake, and the holy waters of Lake Manasarovar at 4,700 meters was an amazing, life-changing bonus! Anyone one of these sites is amazing in itself but to wrap them all together and then put them in with views of Mount Everest is mind blowing! A week after the trip I still processing all this wonder!
Traveling in the Tibetan Autonomous Region is a dizzying political matrix of paperwork. I am adopting a child internationally and the list of paperwork I had to complete for my adoption is equal to the the size of the giant folder i-Tibet managed for all of our Tibet permits, passports, visas, reservations, and special permissions. These guys did an incredible job with the lengthy laundry list of logistics involved in getting off the beaten path to visit places most foreigners will only see on television in National Geographic episodes!
i-Tibet has been in the business for a long time and these guys are the real deal!
In a market progressively being flooded by Chinese-run companies who do not even live or travel in #Lhasa, please choose i-Tibet because they have all lived and breathed Lhasa for their whole lives and this is their heartland, their passion, and this is the truest way to engage and honor Tibetan culture.
Tenzin will absolutely go out of his way to make sure you have the trip of your dreams!
We really liked our cozy, Tibetan style hotel in the heart of the Barkhor Square and, even though he had already scheduled another hotel for us in Lhasa on our arrival back from Everest Base Camp, Tenzin was happy to change our hotel reservations last minute for us to stay in our former, familiar hotel, the Shambala Palace. Tenzin provided us the coolest local hotels, amazing food, and even a day at a local Tibetan homestay. The experience was all quality and was very authentic!
Please do be aware that if you travel to Kailash and Guge Kingdom that you are signing up for a lot of car/driving time (it is almost 1,400km from Lhasa to Guge Kingdom in one way driving) and that for at least a few nights of the trip you will not have electricity, running water, or heat. This trip goes to some really rustic places at high altitudes (which is why I loved it) but if you are a person that can only handle 5 star hotels and room service this trip to Kailash is not for you (you may, then consider some of i-Tibet's shorter trips around Lhasa if so). This particular trip is for the intrepid adventurer who wants to see remote and desolate lands through the eyes of local nomads and pilgrims.
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