This remote and primarily Buddhist territory is known as the “roof of the world”. The providence is encapsulated by spectacular snowy mountain tops, including the highest in the world: Mt. Everest. Tibet’s landscape has some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery; high-altitude treks, crystal-clear lakes, a multitude of gorgeous monasteries and an array of diverse national parks. The vibrancy of its culture and people only compliments its extraordinary natural setting.

The  region is not without its fair share of controversy, as the region was independent from 1913 to 1951 after the Battle of Chamdo. Tibet then became incorporated into the People’s Republic of China.

The region’s predominant religion of Tibetan Buddhism has played a major role in its identity and current state. Buddhism reached Tibet in the 17th century. The Dalai Lama, or ‘Ocean of Wisdom’, is the leading spiritual figure; the Panchen Lama is the second most important figure. Both are seen as the reincarnations of their predecessors. Tibetans stand with the exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, seen by his followers as a living god – but by China as a separatist threat.

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