Notes from the Road: My Tibet Adventure

Greg Snell April 3, 2014 7

In September 2010, I thought to myself, “where can I go next?” You know that feeling when escape is imminent – you can feel it on the horizon just as you’ve been shackled down into a workload of ridiculous proportions. I didn’t want to come back to the office on Monday to hundreds of emails. I wanted to set my out-of-office reply to something funny like, “Sorry I’m currently out of the office exploring the highlands of the Himalaya and drinking yak butter tea, which is mildly disgusting, but I still suggest you try it. I’ll be returning on…” and then it hit me. Tibet was going to be my next adventure.

And what an adventure it was. Almost 7,000km’s (4349mi) were travelled from Beijing to Kathmandu, Nepal, with the majority of the trip being spent in Tibet. From the highlights of the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square to Lhasa and the base camp of Mt. Everest, the Tibet Adventure was truly the trip of a lifetime and the one I had been waiting for. The history and culture of Tibet is richly rewarding, the people were amazingly kind and overtly friendly, the landscape was awe-inspiring, and the photo ops were everywhere. It was an incredible introduction to central Asia and Himalayan culture.

It was a tour of epic proportions and a travelling journey that may only be available for a short period of time. The current Chinese occupation sparks pretty heated intellectual debates and creates a very interesting atmosphere among travellers. Our G Adventures CEO was acutely aware of this, and was able to answer all questions diplomatically enough and share her knowledge of the conflict as well as ideas and opinions into the future of the region.

The experience travelling through China, Tibet, and Nepal is not one I will soon forget. It is one of those magical trips, one difficult to do as a solo backpacker in a part of the world with a hanging cloud of controversy. I believe Tibet and the Himalaya are a spiritual experience for most and one of the enlightenment of the soul, a trip which literally changes your life. There is a mystical power hidden in the landscape and in the wrinkles of the farmers weather-beaten faces, there is a sense of knowledge and strength in the chants of the monks and the silence of the Buddhist temples. There is love and harmony, passion and purpose, there is happiness and belief.

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7 Comments »

  1. Erin April 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Great post Greg. What a magical place! #FREETIBET

  2. Judi Abbott April 4, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Loved reading about your adventures. Wish it were me traveling to such mystical places.

  3. Liam April 4, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

    A good post Greg. One of many places on my to go list.

  4. Linda Brown April 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Greg, I was wondering how you would compare the altitude gain with that of the Lares Trek in Peru. I’ve done that but worried that the
    altitude on the Tibet Adventure might be too much.

  5. Christine April 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I can feel the excitment and freedom fo theses spaces through your enthusiasm. What is it to be there…the silence, the noise, the wind, the cold, the spaces….teh eyes… lucky man!

  6. Kerry April 13, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for that! Feeling inspired, I just booked it followed up by Annapurna range. Sept-Oct looks like the winner for the time frame? And yes I am wondering about altitude as well, compared to the Inca trail?

  7. christine macleod May 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Your article is an inspiration. Visited Cuba with G Adventures last August. Amazing

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