Tibet is truly the roof of the world, perched high in the Himalaya Mountains and stretching out across the Tibetan Plateau, it is famous for its stunning landscapes, historic architecture and unique Tibetan culture. With some of the highest mountains in the world, including a share of Mt Everest, and a long and deeply rooted Buddhist culture, this beautiful but harsh country makes an interesting and challenging destination to visit.
Tibet has a long list of ancient and fascinating places to visit. You can spend your time visiting, monasteries, temples, ancient villages, high altitude lakes and enjoy splendid mountain views. The capital city Lhasa, which literally means "Holy Land" is the heart of the country and offers plenty to see and do, including a trip to the spectacular Potala Palace, walking tours along Barkhor Street, and a visit to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest in the world. Excursions out of Lhasa include a visit to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and beautifully ornate Tashilhunpo Monastery. Gorgeous turquoise blue lakes nestle in hidden valleys and high altitude passes connect the many winding river valleys, dotted with traditional villages and ornate monasteries all of which make great place to stop and send time relaxing and meeting the wonderfully friendly locals.
More active travellers can enjoy fantastic trekking, rafting and mountain biking. Treks to Everest Base camp are popular and a visit to the famous Rongbuk monastery is a highlight of the trek. With a large number of world class rafting rivers, Tibet has plenty of challenging river trips available, and mountain biking is also a popular activity to try.
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Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
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