Responsible tour operators in Tibet

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This is a list of local tour operators (in random order) who best know the best places to visit in Tibet. All have responsible tourism credentials, have received training and some actively assist in protecting cultural heritage and natural environment in their regions.

Find the company below that best fits your needs.

Kham Utpala

Office in Chengdu

Our main aim is to preserve Khampa culture and give the chance to our clients to discover the real rural life in this area. We are supporting homestay and setting up a guesthouse with ecologist principles applied and ecotourism activities. To support the guesthouse activities, we have launched Kham Utpala Adventure travel agency.

All the year Kham Utpala Adventure offers you unique experience to share culture and traditional Tibetan rural life. Enjoy and have time to visit this fascinating country. You are welcome to stay with a local family in nomadic or farmer village. Get the opportunity to experience the real taste of Tibetan lifestyle.


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Kham Voyage

Chengdu

Kham Voyage is a Tibetan owned travel agency based in Chengdu, that focusses on the promotion of responsible, sustainable, ethical and cultural tourism, mainly in the Kham Region in the Eastern part of Tibet.

The Kham region has diverse landscapes, culture, languages and spiritual practices that are yet to be known to the majority of tourists traveling to the Tibetan Plateau regions. Kham Voyage is dedicated to provide rewarding tours where clients can have an in-depth experience of the local natural environment, culture, spirituality and lifestyle.


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Tibet Roof of the World

Office in Lhasa

Tibet Roof Top of the World is a Tibetan owned company set up by Tashi in 2008. We are based in Lhasa and operate tours all over the Tibetan Plateau. We educate all our guides and others staff to promote local small business by buying locally and using local services like hotels, restaurants and transport.

Whenever there is a chance to extend our helping hand to protect our historical and cultural heritage, we always say yes without any hesitation. In May 2012, a monastery called Tingri (singga chode) was in a very poor condition due to the cultural revolution and recent earth quake, so we use our contacts and helped the monastery to fund raise for the renovation.


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Jimpa Travel

Office in Xining

Our company acts as a medium between two very different forms of ecological responsibility. We believe that it is very important to bring together the newer western ideas of environmental protection and the traditional way Tibetans have lived respectful of nature for thousands of years. We specialize in soft-trekking, horse trekking, and home-stays with monks, farmers, and nomadic families in remote areas of eastern Tibet (Amdo and Kham). We operate where we have personal family connections and can work with interested locals, and we believe this gives our clients more meaningful and truth experience.


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Snowlion Tours

Office in Xining and Lhasa

We provide environmentally sustainable travel services in Tibet.
 The ecosystem on the Tibetan plateau is extremely fragile. We desire to see our Tibetan culture and traditions last for generations to come, so we do our utmost to arrange travel in the most ecologically friendly way possible.

As part of the mission of SnowLion Tours, we aim to improve the welfare of Tibetans by supporting local communities in meaningful ways. Through creating jobs, buying directly from local farmers and small businessmen, passing on daily necessities to nomad families, and donating to a nearby orphanage, we strive to integrate our social engagement into our business practices.


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Easy Tibet Tours

Lhasa

Easy Tibet Tour has two long-term goals for our business, and these goals are closely related to promoting eco friendly travel in Tibet.

Another fundamental long-term goal of Easy Tibet Tour is protecting the environment and culture of our motherland from more and more commercialized travel activities.

One of the main goals is introducing our beautiful land and it’s people to tourists by hiring only locals and by making our contribution to the local communities by providing education opportunities and making donation to disadvantaged groups.


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Tibet Shambhala Adventure

Office in Lhasa

Tibet Shambhala Adventure was founded in 2000 and is a Tibetan owned adventure travel company based in Lhasa. All our staff including the office workers, guides, drivers and cooks are Tibetans. We are enthusiastic and have a deep knowledge and understanding of our culture, religion and environment since all of us were born and grew up in Tibet.

We specialize in trekking, Kailash adventure tours, small peak climbing, motor bike tours and mountain bike trips.

We also organize tours to the remoter, less visited parts of the Tibetan Plateau and offer tailor-made unique tours or treks for those who want to get off the beaten track, using horses or yaks to carry the luggage. As an eco-friendly and responsible travel company, we found that giving training to our staff is one of the most important thing.

Ever since Tibet Shambhala Adventure was founded, we invited many of our business partners from Europe, who have more than forty years of experience in tourism, to giving training to our staff


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Tibet Songtsan Travel

Office in Lhasa

Songtsan Travel is set up by two very experienced tour guides, Tenzin and Dawa. We focus on giving our clients an in-dept cultural travel experience by sharing our knowledge about the traditions and religion of Tibet and through meeting our local community.

We believe in the concept of helping people to help themselves. We have been trying our best with our limited funds to provide diversified contributions to the society.


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Tibet Experience

Lhasa

Tibet Experience is small travel company in Lhasa, managed by an ex Tibetan guide and all of our staffs are local Tibetan young people who have a good knowledge of Tibet’s culture and traditions, religion and history. So far we got good feedback from the our clients and they really love to travel with us. We make unique Tibet adventures and give our clients a real taste of Tibet.

Since we are Tibetans, we care for our people – and especially for the weaker in society. Therefore a portion of our profits are donated to a blind music band in Lhasa.


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Himalaya Tibet Travel

Office in Xining

Our company specializes in a combination culture and trekking tours on the Tibetan plateau, especially the Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai (Amdo and Kham), a region that is ethnically, economically and ecologically extremely sensitive. We develop our own itineraries not only in order to provide authentic and responsible services to our clients but also to design tours that are sustainable and eco-friendly as possible and have a economically positive impact on local communities. We ensure e.g. by hiring local Tibetan staff and relying on local products and family home stays, that a fair share of our profits remains in the remote corner of the plateau where we bring our clients to.


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Khampa Caravan

No.31, Jinglong Street, Dukezong Old Town, Shangrila City , Diqing Prefecture , Yunnan Province

The trips of Khampa Caravan do not go to common tourism areas, we travel off the beaten track and stay and visit local communities. We keep on developing unique destinations and activities involving the local communities. Examples are traditional hot pot dinners at local family homes and home stay and dance programs with several villages. We also have clients participate in making pottery, cooking with local families and harvesting to get a real local experience.


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Tibet Wind Horse Adventure

Office in Lhasa

As a locally owned Tibetan Tour organizer, the sole purpose of Tibet Wind Horse Adventure is to bring you an interactive experience of Tibet and it’s people. We want you to learn about our religion, unique culture, mountains and rivers, also inviting you to share with us the best moments on this beautiful land, which we are so proud of. In order to present you a greener Tibet, we continuously work on how we can be a part of a team to preserve our homeland by making effort in energy conservation, environmental protection, and positive community contribution.


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Gesar Tours

Office in Yushu prefecture, Qinghai

Gesartour offers tailor-made program for individuals, private groups and educational institution to the most remote and beautiful regions of the eastern part of Tibet. Our professional team of guides and office staff know Kham and Amdo area better than anyone, since we are born and grew up in these regions.

The establishment of Gesar Tour is committed to serve and empower marginalized Tibetans, by building their capacity to develop sustainable business constructively and competitively.

In choosing Gesar tour, you can be sure that you are traveling with a travel agency that takes its commitment to sustainable tourism seriously. We do our best to operate to the highest environmental standards and are committed to supporting local economies and local education projects in the areas we operate in.


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Explore Tibet

Office in Lhasa

Being a local travel company, we have a particular responsibility to introduce the practices of Responsible Tourism in Tibet. Our rich culture, indigenous tradition and unpolluted environment are the core values of preservation, so that future generations can enjoy the essence of what Tibet represents. Though our influence is limited, we are proud to be one of the first local companies that implement the practices of Responsible Tourism in Tibet.


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Tibet Highland Tours

Office in Lhasa

Tibet Highland Tours gives back to the community and are not strictly concerned with making money. Several of our office staff are from remote, poor villages at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. A portion from each tour goes towards projects that we carry out in these communities.

Our company has for many years sponsored students from the countryside to come to Lhasa to attend schools where they can learn English to become tour guides. Tibet Highland Tours also pays for Tibetan students to attend university in mainland China, such as Shanghai Jiaotong University, where the students otherwise would not be able to afford the tuition.


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Favorite Experiences in Tibet

Favorite experiences in Tibet

Favorite mountain range: Trola Range

This glaciated granite range is incredibly spectacular with spruce clad valleys, alpine lakes, streams meandering through picturesque meadows, long remote valleys, breathtakingly jagged summits, as well as two huge monasteries (Palpung and Dzongsar) and numerous small temples and meditation retreats scattered through the region.

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Thanks Gary McCue!
Favorite Experiences in Tibet

Favorite experiences in Tibet

Favorite temple: Pabongkha Temple

There are not enough words to describe how wonderful Pabongkha is for me. I often went to visit the temple, when I was a little boy with my grandma. It  would take hours for us to climb the mountain and visit the temple during those days, since we had no cars or buses available to reach a temple.

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Thanks Easy Tibet Tours!