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Losang
Tibet
I live and work on the Tibetan Plateau
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For more information on this tour, please go to my business website: Plateau Photo Tours or email me at: jamin@plateauphototours.com Plateau Photo Tours, which I co-own, will be hosting an amazing Himalayan adventure from Lhasa, Tibet to Mt. Everest's North... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at The Land of Snows
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I have had this blog for the past 6 years. I have had at least 1 million vistors and thousands of emails from across the globe asking for travel advice on Tibet. I never would have imagined that this site... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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The Yading Nature Reserve is found in western Sichuan’s Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་ in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham ཁམས་. Ganzi, known in Tibetan as Garnze དཀར་མཛེས་, is divided into 18 counties covering an area of 151,000 square... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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I get emails everyday from across the globe asking for travel advice on Tibet. I do my best to answer as many of those questions as I can. On my website, I have tried to make it as clear as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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UPDATED AUGUST 1, 2011 The Tibet Tourism Bureau announced on July 22, 2011 that they will begin arranging permits for the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The TAR has been closed since early June, but now it is open again except... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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One of the most common questions I am asked is when is the best time to visit Tibet? Well, that is a bit difficult to answer because there are pro's and con's to each season. What I will do is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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On April 13th, I arrived in Lhasa with a group of 10 photographers from across the globe. Lhasa was the starting point for a 15 day photography workshop led by Matt Brandon and assisted by my good friend Brian Hirschy.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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The 1100 kilometer (685 mile) route from Chengdu to Shangri La (known as Gyelthang in Tibetan) is the most popular overland route through the Kham region of Tibet. Beginning in Chengdu, this route travels westward through Garze/Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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I often get emails from people who want to go to Tibet, but are frustrated with arranging their tour. They are convinced that arranging travel to Tibet is too difficult for them. If you use the wrong travel agency, it... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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I recently returned from Everest Base Camp. I led a group of 10 people from Lhasa to Kathmandu traveling along the Friendship Highway. We spent 4 nights in Lhasa, elevation 3550m, before going to Gyantse (3980m), Shigatse (3900m), Shegar (4150m)... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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It has been nearly a year since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed the town of Jyekundo. Though the official death toll is around 2700, everyone who was in the quake, including myself, knows that the death toll is much, much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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All foreigners going to the Tibet Autonomous Region are required to be part of an organized tour that includes travel permits, a tour guide and a private vehicle with a driver (no private vehicle is required if you are just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at The Land of Snows
You can now follow me on Facebook! I will be sharing travel information on all areas of Tibet as well as answer questions on travel in Tibet. Come join me on Facebook! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at The Land of Snows
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This past fall, I went on a journey searching for the holy mountain of Gado Jowa སྒ་སྟོད་ཇོ་བོ།. Most people are only familiar with one or two of Tibet's many holy mountains. Mt. Kailash གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ in far western Tibet's Ngari prefecture... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Though I have lived and traveled across the Tibetan Plateau for nearly 9 years, there are still a few places I have not been to yet. One of those places was Sertar. I was finally able to visit Sertar last... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Zoige མཛོད་དགེ་, known as Ruo'ergai in Chinese, is a nomadic county located in northern Ngawa Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture རྔ་བ་ཁུལ་ in far northern Sichuan province. Located in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo, Zoige is a large county lying between 3300m... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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In October 2010, my wife and I took a management position at Zhilam Hostel. Zhilam Hostel is located in Kangding (Dartsendo in Tibetan) in western Sichuan. This area is in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham. Zhilam ཞི་ལམ་ is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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On April 12, my company, Plateau Photo Tours, will be hosting Matt Brandon on a 15 day photography workshop through Tibet and Nepal. The tour will begin with flying from Chengdu to the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. We will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Kangding, known as Dartsendo དར་རྩེ་མདོ། / Dardo དར་མདོ་ in Tibetan, is the capital town of Garnze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture དཀར་མཛེས་ཁུལ་ located in western Sichuan province. Kangding sits at 2600m and has a population of around 100,000. Part of the traditional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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I spent 5 days in Yushu prefecture recently. It was the third time I had been to Yushu since the April earthquake. When I arrived in Jyekundo, the capital of Yushu prefecture, it was snowing. The temperature was slightly below... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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I often receive emails from people asking which area of Tibet they should travel to. This is a difficult question to answer since in my opinion, all regions of the Tibetan Plateau are amazing. In this post, I will list... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Drigung Til Monastery འབྲི་གུང་མཐིལ is located 150kms northeast of Lhasa and is the head monastery of the Drigung Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Located in Meldro Gungkar county མལ་གྲོ་གུང་དཀར་རྫོང་, the monastery sits at an elevation of 4150m and is home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Pelyul county དཔལ་ཡུལ་རྫོང་, known as Baiyu in Chinese, is located in the northwest corner of Garnze Tibet Autonomous Prefecture དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་ in far western Sichuan. Pelyul is located in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham and was one of 4 counties... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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If you have followed any of my blog posts or posts on Lonely Planet's Thorntree Travel Forum you will know that I often recommend people to travel to Lhasa and other regions along the Friendship Highway during the winter. You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at The Land of Snows
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Far northwest Yunnan province has a small 3 county Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture called Dechen བདེ་ཆེན་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་. This region is the furthest southern extremity of the Kham region of Tibet. The 3 counties of Dechen prefecture have a total population of around... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at The Land of Snows