Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Mystical Land of Mountains and Monasteries

The vast Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet – 2.8 miles high – has been home to humankind for at least 30,000 years. Its people were originally nomadic herders who gradually settled in Lhasa, the “City of the Sun.” Here, the smell of incense and yak-butter candles permeates Tibetan temples and monasteries, and colors seem more vivid in the rarified air. Although Tibet is relatively unchanged, tranquil, and remote for travelers, several projects are underway to expand highways and lay down track for bullet trains, which could alter a centuries-old way of life and isolation. Visit now before all this changes.

Why travel to Tibet with MIR

Travelers frequently praise us for our inspired itineraries that take them deeper into the culture and communities of the places we visit. Let us take you on an adventure for an in-depth look at the impressive art, palaces, and history of Tibet, as well as the accomplishments and perseverance of Tibetans. We design every one of our trips to help you discover for yourself why we are not only mesmerized by the mystical atmosphere of Tibet, but also concerned about this culture’s continued survival.

  • Over 25 years of Tibet travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • Travel programs such as the California Agricultural Leadership Program and the American Museum of National History have chosen MIR to guide them to Tibet
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • On-the-ground support
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • Quality you can trust
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Yamdrok Lake in the highlands of Tibet, China. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta
Tibetan monks. Photo credit: Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik
View from the top of the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. Photo credit: Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik
An example of traditional Tibetan style clothing. Photo credit: Yulia Protasova
UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. UNESCO-listed Potala Palace. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta
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  • Yamdrok Lake in the highlands of Tibet, China. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Yamdrok Lake in the highlands of Tibet, China. Martin Klimenta
  • Tibetan monks. Photo credit: Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik Tibetan monks. Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik
  • View from the top of the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. Photo credit: Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik View from the top of the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. Russ Cmolik & Ellen Cmolik
  • An example of traditional Tibetan style clothing. Photo credit: Yulia Protasova An example of traditional Tibetan style clothing. Yulia Protasova
  • UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. UNESCO-listed Potala Palace. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta UNESCO-listed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China. Martin Klimenta
  • Colorful national dress in Tibet. Photo credit: Phil Kidd Colorful national dress in Tibet. Phil Kidd
  • A Tibetan monk and his dog. Photo credit: Phil Kidd A Tibetan monk and his dog. Phil Kidd
  • Meeting locals in Tibet. Photo credit: Phil Kidd Meeting locals in Tibet. Phil Kidd
  • The Kumbum stupa at Gyantse's Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta The Kumbum stupa at Gyantse's Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Martin Klimenta
  • Exploring Lhasa, Tibet, China. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Exploring Lhasa, Tibet, China. Martin Klimenta

Traveler Reviews

  • "This was an incredible trip – going into a world so unlike my own and yet realizing the similarities: We all work, try to raise and educate our children, and be neighborly."

    K. Long

    Shawnee Mission, KS