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Top Destinations on the Tibetan Plateau

April 24, 2013

Travel experts WildChina share with us three must see destinations on the Tibetan plateau.

Tibet is located in the heart of the Himalayas, and is one of the world's most hidden and valuable treasures. Traveling to Tibet can take you back in time to the Guge Kingdom's ancient civilization, give you the chance to hike up the remote, arduous, and scenic black peaks of sacred Mt. Kailash and amble along the towering, fortress-like crisp white walls of the Potala Palace. Northern Yunnan is also home to many Tibetans--some of whom have made the spectacular panoramas of Abujee, their home.

For us at WildChina, Tibet is a must-see for any adventurous spirit. Here are some of our favorite ways to get off the beaten path and delve into the spirit of Tibet:
The Guge Kingdom on the Tibetan Plateau
The Guge Kingdom
1) Guge Kingdom – For the history-loving explorer with a the desire to go above and beyond the typical itinerary, WildChina recommends an expedition to the remarkable Guge Kingdom. This is an opportunity to see unforgettable sights, immerse yourself in Tibet’s mysticism, and unearth the hidden artifacts of an ancient Kingdom that dates back to the 10th century. Walk in the shade of the pyramid-shaped Tholing Monastery and breathe in the crisp fresh air in front of an uninterrupted view of the Himalayan border stretching between India, Tibet, and Nepal. Head past Lake Mansarovar to the Ruins of the Guge Kingdom to witness a historic site steeped in mystery.

The Abujee landscape on the Tibetan Plateau
Abujee landscape
2) Abujee – Meaning “delight” and “wonder”, the name Abujee perfectly embodies the beautifully serene, uncluttered landscape of this mountainous Tibetan region of northwestern Yunnan. Known to few, the picturesque scenery of Abujee offers snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and deep, clear lakes. An area sacred to the nomadic Yi and Naxi ethnic minorities in the area, travelers to this remote region are treated to a private experience away from the prying eyes and jostling crowds. Make your way past sacred temples, mountainous terrain, nomadic settlements, and above the tree line towards breathtaking views.

Mt. Kailash from the Tibetan Plateau
Mt. Kailash
3) Mt. Kailash - Situated in a far western corner of one of the most remote plateaus in Asia, Mt. Kailash (at a height of at 6,638 meters/21,778 feet) is Tibet’s striking, holy peak that has long been a sacred pilgrimage destination for no fewer than four major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bön. The peak has a recognizable deep black tint and symmetrical diamond-like shape and is surrounded by a landscape that is rugged, dry, and overlapped by the crystalline streams of several lakes, including the vast Lake Manasarovar. Stop by isolated monasteries and take the time to savor endless horizons and staggering snow-capped peaks. Camp out each night under the stars in the company of pious pilgrims who walk around the mountain for good fortune.

WildChina Introduction
WildChina is a premium, sustainable travel company based in Beijing. Started in 2000 by Mei Zhang, a native of Yunnan Province and a Harvard MBA, WildChina offers distinctive, ecologically sensitive journeys to all corners of China. WildChina creates bespoke trips highlighted by rich personal interactions and superior access to experts and venues. We cater to an exclusive and sophisticated clientele interested in exploring the real China off the beaten path. 

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