Lhasa Blog

The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tibet

Date: May 2nd, 2016

Now that you’ve already decided to buy a ticket and take that trip to Tibet you’ve been daydreaming of, it’s time for you to plan out how long you’ll be staying in various cities and which places you’ll be visiting during your stay. Tibetan culture offers a lot of relics and monasteries to visit. Some … [Read more]

Not For the Faint of Heart: Cycling Chengdu – Lhasa

Date: January 20th, 2016

We were contacted last summer by a fellow named Con who was inquiring about riding a bike to Lhasa. As is often the case with inquiries we receive online, we initially figured we were dealing with a dreamer who would abandon such a foolish notion once we injected a little reality into his fantasy! This … [Read more]

Namtso Lake Hospitality

Date: March 24th, 2015

Namtso Lake is one of the more awe inspiring landscapes to view in Central Tibet. Though a very long (too long in our opinion) round trip to make from Lhasa in only one day, it is certainly worth considering if you plan an overnight stay at the lake. While you’re at it, it affords the … [Read more]

Saving the Best for Last

Date: October 30th, 2014

It turned out that our last group of the season was one that we’d been anticipating for almost a year. We were contacted in December last year by a delightful lady representing 18 people from the island country of Malta who wanted to travel to Lhasa. First, a little bit about the group (above, at … [Read more]

With Karen McKinnon in Lhasa

Date: October 18th, 2014

We first met Karen McKinnon (above, far left) three years ago in a coffee shop in Courtenay, B.C. A mutual friend introduced us. At the time, little did we know that Karen was an award winning photographer (mckinnonphotography.com). And little did the mutual friend know that Extravagant Yak had plans to develop a unique tour in … [Read more]

Best Five Star Option in Lhasa: Shangri-La Hotel

Date: August 4th, 2014

Shangri-La Hotel is doing what they do best in the world’s most famous hermit kingdom. If it weren’t for the sign out on the street, the unassuming approach to the hotel would leave guests unprepared for what they find inside. With subtle Tibetan decor throughout, mixed with the inviting feel of a comfortable ski resort, … [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]

New Photo Tour Unveiled: Lhasa

Date: March 15th, 2014

Until January of this year, Shangri-La was the chosen destination for our 2014 photo tours. However, due to a tragic fire that happened in the early morning of January 11th, the entire old quarter has been destroyed. A massive rebuilding project is planned by the local government that could take several years. Last month we … [Read more]

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