Extravagant Yak Blog

A Stepchild of Extravagant Yak: Bamboo Bikes

Date: February 27th, 2016

Raised in Lhasa, Tibet, our guide extraordinaire Abu (above pic) is a skilled and resourceful problem solver. When going through the arduous process of registering a foreign invested travel agency in Chengdu, he was instrumental in helping us navigate the maze of requirements, not to mention helping us keep our sanity along the way. We’ve … [Read more]

Danish Intern Leads Trip to Tibetan Village

Date: November 10th, 2015

Extravagant Yak had the good fortune of having a Danish intern join our ranks for a few months this fall. Kristian Landerslev has coloured outside the usual lines of an internship and even taken initiative to organize a route development trip to an abandoned Tibetan village. Further, he decided to make this a community event by … [Read more]

LEMAN International School Visits Glacier Park

Date: September 16th, 2015

Extravagant Yak was thrilled when we found out that Leman International School wanted to take advantage of the proximity of Tibet’s land and people to Chengdu. They chose the town of Heishui tucked away in the mountains of northern Sichuan. This hideaway place is best known for a glacier park which features a state-of-the-art gondola … [Read more]

Live Booking on ExtravagantYak.com!

Date: August 10th, 2015

To keep in step with our theme of joining the 21st century (such as our world shaking announcement back in January of having video on our site), we are happy to now offer the ability to book a Tibetan adventure in real time from our website. We debated the pros and cons of this for … [Read more]

Chengdu Day Tours

Date: June 20th, 2015

Many travelers treat their visit to Chengdu as merely an “enroute to somewhere else” one day experience that is limited to viewing the Giant Panda. However, upon arrival they inevitably find themselves wishing they had allowed for more time. Don’t make that mistake! As its geography suggests, found in the lowlands of the Sichuan basin … [Read more]

Route Development Trip in Amdo Tibet

Date: January 26th, 2015

For the past nine days we’ve been on the road for one of our annual route development and site inspection trips. Somehow it doesn’t feel right to call this work! Since Tsering Tso joined us in August last year, one of the things we’ve been anticipating is opening up tours into the Amdo region of Tibet. She is … [Read more]

Joining the 21st Century: we now have video!

Date: January 3rd, 2015

We’ve had some good rest over the past month or so after a very full fall season. We finished up at the end of October with one final trip to Lhasa and then we all rallied back in Chengdu with a real sense of satisfaction, which is something worth celebrating. So we did! In December … [Read more]

Expanding Extravagance

Date: September 8th, 2014

We believe relationships are the substance of what it means to be fully alive. Put another way: quality of life is best measured in terms of wealth of relationships. This isn’t a mantra at Extravagant Yak per se, nor is it something we think we’ve discovered. But it is certainly a value we all hold … [Read more]

New in 2015: Overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Date: July 14th, 2014

After the post from a few weeks back about new tour experiences for 2015, this is the first sneak peak about what to expect. Since a trip to Tibet for most folks is a once in a lifetime opportunity, understandably many want to “have it all” in one trip. They want the culture and history … [Read more]

A New Approach to Lhasa

Date: June 25th, 2014

The high elevation of Lhasa (3500m) is one of the more common concerns that we deal with from travellers desiring to visit Lhasa and destinations beyond, such as Everest Base Camp. Understandably, people want to know if there is any danger involved with flying direct to such an elevation and what their bodies will experience … [Read more]

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