Lhasa, Tibet (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Tibet Travel Coop (TTC) now offers three kinds of Tibet tour. Depending on their interest, travelers can choose spiritual journeys, cultural odysseys, or adventure trekking. Itineraries can be tailor-made to suit individual requests.
“These journeys reveal historical and cultural places,” TTC said. “They include short hikes to stunning nomadic hillsides, connect the traveler with the hearts and minds of rural Tibetans, and the homestay trips in the Minyak region stay off the popular tourist paths.”
TTC now offers four different itineraries for travelers on cultural tours:
Homestay trips in Tibetan Kham, western Sichuan Province, support local families and offer a unique cultural immersion experience for travelers. Travelers stay with Tibetan families in their homes, and participate in daily activities such as working in the fields, herding yaks, preparing meals, helping children with their homework, and assisting in family chores.
The Spirit of Minyak tour takes travelers to a region called Minyak, southwest of greater Kham and the city of Dartsedo (Kangding), the historic capital of Tibetan Kham. The area is located in modern-day Sichuan Province, China. People speak a unique local dialect and have distinct way of living compared to other Tibetans from Kham.
The Minyak region is known for the famous mountain Minyak Gangkar, in addition to its monasteries, ancient murals, and warm and friendly people. TheTTC tour goes from Chengdu city in central Sichuan, the Khampa capital of Kangding located in the mountains of western Sichuan, to several mountain villages, and a remote nunnery. The Shangri-la tour also takes in the sights of this area, but includes trekking on the sacred mountain Minyak Gangkar.
The 7-day Classic Tibet tour begins in Lhasa city, where travelers visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor market, and the monasteries of Sera and Drepung. Then travelers drive overland to Gyaltse, a town famous for horse-racing and a beautiful hilltop stupa, then to Shigatse and the ancient Tashilhunpo Monastery. The tour also stops at Yamdrok Lake, one of the four most sacred lakes of Tibet.
Tibet Travel Coop can also arrange volunteer projects in Kham related to health, education, environment and community-led initiatives. In the past, professional groups have offered medical care, dental work, and health education. Students and scholars can also take this opportunity to practice or learn local dialects.
Tibet Travel Coop is a collection of local Tibetan travel agencies and guides working together to promote authentic travel experiences while contributing to the sustainability of host communities and their culture.