A land of magnificent landscapes and rich cultural history, Tibet struggles to maintain its balance between traditional Buddhist culture and that of increasing Chinese influence. Despite the hardships Tibetans face, it won’t take any traveller long to see that when you venture off the beaten path you can be sure to find some incredible places and wonderfully kind people.

During my travels to Tibet, I tried to capture this sense of magic that I had long heard about. Here are some of these photos.

Two monks at Sera Monastery debate Buddhist philosophies using a slap of the hands for emphasis.
Two monks at Sera Monastery debate Buddhist philosophies using a slap of the hands for emphasis.
The majesty of Lhasa’s Potala Palace, former chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
The majesty of Lhasa’s Potala Palace, former chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
The central Red Palace of the Potala Palace owes its name to its crimson colour.
The central Red Palace of the Potala Palace owes its name to its crimson colour.
Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved edifices in Tibet. It sits perched high above its namesake, the town of Gyantse.
Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved edifices in Tibet. It sits perched high above its namesake, the town of Gyantse.
A Giant Buddha statue located inside the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.
A Giant Buddha statue located inside the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.
Two monks in traditional three-layered robes, which are known as 'Tricivara' in Sanskrit.
Two monks in traditional three-layered robes, which are known as 'Tricivara' in Sanskrit.
The arid and brown landscape of the Tibetan Plateau sits in stark contrast to the blue skies above it.
The arid and brown landscape of the Tibetan Plateau sits in stark contrast to the blue skies above it.
Taking a horse-drawn cart the final 4km or 2.5 mi to Everest Base Camp.
Taking a horse-drawn cart the final 4km or 2.5 mi to Everest Base Camp.
Colourful prayer flags fly at Everest Base Camp.
Colourful prayer flags fly at Everest Base Camp.
A sunset view of Cho Oyu — the world’s sixth-highest mountain— taken from the Tibetan Plateau.
A sunset view of Cho Oyu — the world’s sixth-highest mountain — taken from the Tibetan Plateau.
The Himalayas at night, as seen from the Tibetan Plateau.
The Himalayas at night, as seen from the Tibetan Plateau.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in Tibet encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater for different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.