FOR TRAVELERS, NOT TOURISTS

Things to Know Before Travel

Things to Know Before Travel

  • Special permits are required for those entering the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR)
  • Special permits are not required for Amdo and Kham regions, but are contingent on policy changes in specific areas.
  • Travel in Tibetan regions should not be taken lightly. There are wide variations in temperature throughout the day, and many visitors experience altitude sickness, particularly those who fly directly to higher altitude places from low altitude areas.
  • Most visitors to Tibet get through the trip with just a few minor symptoms, and altitude sickness typically goes away after a couple of days. There are a few danger signs, however, such as a deep liquid-like cough accompanied by a fever, that you should watch out for that may indicate your case is more serious.
  • Tours into the regions of TAR, Kham, and Amdo are different but equally unique. Differences can be found by clicking here.
  • Ganglha Ecocultural Travel specializes in tours throughout the Tibetan region of China and especially so in Amdo and Kham.
  • We are locally founded. Tour operators, guides, and drivers are all local Tibetans who understand the pros and cons of the regions.
  • Your purchase of our service directly benefits Tibetans, local small businesses, development work, and NOT giant travel agencies run by non-Tibetans.

Our Principles:

  • Avoid mass tourism
  • Help marginalized communities through tourism
  • Embrace the principles of sustainable tourism
  • Employ local Tibetans
  • Explore Tibet as travelers, not tourists
  • Provide guides who are local Tibetans who know the land
  • Limit the number of travelers
  • Provide an enjoyable and memorable experience
  • Provide flexible, tailored journeys, not set routes
  • Minimize environmental and cultural impacts
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
  • Raise environmental awareness
  • Respect local culture
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