2011 Lhasa Guide Training WorkshopNovember 8, 2011.
In October 2011, 14 Lhasa based guides attended a workshop focusing on introducing ecotourism concepts among local tour guides. Hosted by a local travel agent guides from various agencies attended teaching sessions including, customer service, Leave No Trace, Remote Area First Aid, and Itinerary Design. A Tibetan Doctor from the Lhasa Medical Centre taught the first aid class. The group spent a half day out at Drak Yerpa learning about campsite set-up. The group observed different types of camping equipment with a focus on the most practical types of equipment for expeditions on the Tibetan Plateau. Proper kitchen set-up, camp hygiene, and waste management was also demonstrated. The group concluded the training with an afternoon site cleanup at the Drak Yerpa Monastery. The did a fine effort – filling an entire truck with garbage left by visitors to the site.
Favorite mountain range: Nyenqentanglha Mountains, The Silent Guardian
The Eastern peaks and ridges remain virtually untouched and truly isolated. Long valleys lie entrenched within grand peaks, with only nomadic communities dotting the surroundings. It is a space that one local nomad remarked “Wind dictates everything here”.
Thanks Jeff Fuchs!