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Five Animals on the Tibetan Plateau

Despite being one of the world’s most remote areas, the Tibetan Plateau has many animals that call it home. These are only five of [...]

Himalayan Development: Reaching the Remote Places

Hello and welcome to the Himalayas!

Thank you for checking us out and watching our video and listening to our story. Your time and investment [...]

Best Reasons to Visit Tibet in the Winter

With lower crowds, great prices and many local festivals, the Tibetan Plateau is a great place to visit in the winter.

Where is China’s First National Park?

Qinghai's Sanjiangyuan National Park is located in the high altitude wilderness of the Tibetan Plateau. As the first official National Park in Mainland China, [...]

Maduo, epicenter to a recent earthquake

On May 24, 2021, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit northwest China's Qinghai Province early Saturday morning.  This article will talk about the effects of [...]

Elevated Trips and MICE, travel incentives

Discover the huge benefits of travel incentives and corporate trips for your company. Incentive travel is a tool to stimulate employees with an activity designed [...]

The Three Major Regions of Tibet

Culturally Tibetan areas are generally divided into 3 major regions of Tibet and these areas are differentiated by unique dialects, customs, traditions, denominational sects, [...]

Happy Travelers: See Our Five Star Reviews!

We offer unique ecotourism experiences that are off the beaten track on the Tibetan Plateau that benefit the local communities! Our tours and treks [...]

Nirvana Resort: A hidden getaway in Labrang

Just a 13 km drive from Gansu's most influential Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Labrang Monastery, Nirvana Resort features beautiful chalets tucked into the quaint [...]

Birdwatching in Qinghai Province

Read this blog to find out about birdwatching at Qinghai Lake

Chinese New Year, What To Know As a Foreigner

Chinese New Year (CNY) 2021: A Brief Guide for the Foreigner in China The Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival”, is the [...]

Chinese New Year, Travel Restrictions

Are you trying to figure out Chinese New Year travel during COVID-19? See our post and video for the latest updates on travel restrictions [...]

Elevated Trips: How We Practice Ecoutourism

Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, [...]

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Elevated Trips practices and teaches the  7 principles of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Whether you consider yourself an “outdoorsy” person [...]

What is Tourism Leakage?

In the study of tourism, tourism leakage is the way in which revenue generated by tourism is lost to other countries' economies. Leakage may [...]

Reinventing Travel After COVID

On December 7, 2020 the Galilei Galileo Italian Institute did an interview with Elevated Trips. Here is the unedited interview content with PHD student Marco [...]

Why Travel With Us?

Find out what makes us different and how we give back to local communities. 


We practice ethical tourism in Tibet [...]

The Complete Three Day Backpacking Checklist (What to Pack)

Many people ask me what they need to bring on a weekend backpacking trip.  Based on the requests I have had to share my [...]

Day Hiking Essentials: Top Ten Things to Pack for a Day Hike

You are ready for an epic day hike. Not only have you picked out the trail but you’ve done your research and know all [...]

Six Beginner Hiking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Don't make these hiking mistakes that we made! At Elevated Trips, our goal is to empower you to get outside and live more adventurously, and [...]

What is the meaning of eco-tourism?

Ecotourism has become a buzzword in 2020 travel trends as travelers look to choose alternatives that have positive, sustainable outcomes.  But so much of [...]

Coronavirus Update: Travel in China in 2020

The coronavirus has become a global epidemic. What first started out as a virus in a wet market of Wuhan, China has spread across [...]

The Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu circuit trek, a U-shaped trek around Manaslu, is a must do once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Himalayas. Surrounded by the Annapurna Range to [...]

Experiential Education in the Wilderness

Education is so much more than just knowing facts and travel is so much more than just taking a selfie. Learn how [...]

Taking the train in China with children

It can be both fun and challenging to take a train in China with children. Preparation needs to be made in advance to ensure [...]

Eight Tips on How to Stay Well at Altitude

High places - altitudes of 2,500m and above - demand special respect and preparation. However, with proper planning and the right training, almost anyone [...]

Top Five Things to do in Lhasa, Tibet

Every Tibetan dreams of making a sacred pilgrimage to Lhasa at least once in their lives and you should make it a point to [...]

How to apply for a Chinese tourist visa

Many people ask us how long it takes to get a Chinese tourist visa and what they need for the process.  Here is everything [...]

The Tibet Travel Permit and Visas For China

Arriving in China is pretty painless these days and tourist visas can be granted into China in as little as 5 days from your [...]

Do I need a permit to travel to Tibet?

Many people ask us, do I need a permit to travel into Tibet?  Here is what you need to know about Tibet Travel Permits.

The Five Best Day Hikes Near Xining

Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province and offers access to some incredible hikes and treks. Within a 1 to 2.5 hour drive there [...]

Top Ten Best Places in Gansu

If you’re looking to truly get away from China's mega-cities to have a genuine adventure, experience a melting pot of cultures and traditions, and [...]

Top Ten Best Treks in Tibet

The Tibetan Plateau covers an area  that is 4 times bigger than France.  With an average elevation over 4,500m (14,800 [...]

Twenty outcomes of Team Building

When considering a team building event, you should know and be prepared to discuss the outcomes that you most value and the [...]

Outdoor Classroom Team building 户外团队建设课程

Introduction 介绍 Team building through “experiential education” is an exciting way of discovering human potential and the larger world around us. In today’s modern, fast [...]

Top Ten things that a foreigner should know when visiting Tibet

How can foreigners show honor to Tibetan culture through our actions and behaviors in a place that is not our home?  Tibetan culture has [...]

What exactly is team building?


Team building through “experiential education” is an exciting way of discovering human potential and the larger world around us. [...]

Team Building 高绩效团队建设

您的公司或团队是否仍通过KTV, 烧烤,撸串串,聚餐等来增进彼此的了解?有没有试过不一样的方式来增进感情,加强团队凝聚力?

The six most common wilderness injuries that you should know how to treat

Whether you are a day hiker or you are out on a 30 day expedition in Alaska, you need to know the six most [...]

What do you need in your First Aid Kit?

As you travel to remote places it is super important to be prepared for emergencies, especially when you are far away from  advanced medical [...]

10 Most Legendary (And Infamous) Travelers In History

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. [...]

Mala Tang (麻辣烫): Tasting Chinese Street Food

Okay. So you've tried the Sweet and Sour Chicken and the Kung Pao Chicken.
And you have discovered that there is actually no such thing [...]

Taking the Train in China: What You Can Expect

Taking the train in China can be a wonderful and exciting process and is a great way to see the countryside if you have [...]

Visiting the Pandas of Chengdu

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (as it is officially called) is one of the main places to see the Pandas in [...]

What is it like to sleep in a Tibetan nomad tent?

For those looking for adventure and to experience the authentic life of the Tibetan Plateau, this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance.  Sleep in a high [...]

What does the inside of a Tibetan monastery look like?

Find out what the inside of a monastery is really like.

Win a brand new HYDRO FLASK!

I have trekked all over Tibet with my Hydro Flask!  I have dropped it down canyons and kicked it over so many times and [...]

Can you believe that this guy skiied down the world’s second highest mountain?

Situated on the Pakistan-China border, K2 is the highest peak of the Karakoram range and the 2nd highest mountain in the world. If you are [...]

Islam in Western China

Most people do not realize that there are over 20 million Muslims in western China.  Of the 56 recognized ethnicities in China, 10 of [...]

The Complete Packing List for Mount Kailash

Here is what you really need (and what you don't) when you are packing for your trip to Mount Kailash!

Trekking Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash, in the Himalayas of western Tibet, is the holiest mountain in the world as measured by the number of people who worship [...]

Exploring Wild Qinghai

Discover one of western China's off the beaten path destinations and come explore Qinghai Province for clean air, open skies, and unclimbed mountains as [...]

This Chinese Grandma is Blowing Everyone’s Mind!

Meet Ms. Qi, a 73-year-old Chinese backpacker who has probably visited more epic places than anyone from her younger generation. Qi has already visited the [...]

Seven Incredible Days in Ladakh!

Ladakh, India is an area in the north-east region the Himalayas that borders with Pakistan and China. Being surrounded by the world’s highest mountain [...]

The Best Snacks of Sichuan

One of the best parts of traveling is that it allows you the opportunity to taste new and diverse foods. Here is a blog [...]

Should I ride an elephant in Thailand?

What is the deal with riding and washing elephants in Thailand?

From intricately designed temples to one of Thailand’s most famous [...]

Acclimatization in Tibet

With an average elevation exceeding 4,500 metres (14,800 ft), the Tibetan Plateau is sometimes called "the Roof of the World" because it stands over 3 miles [...]

Qutan Monastery – another incredible day trip!

Qutan Monastery is an excellent day trip from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. With original stone and wood architecture that is 626 years old [...]

Twenty Five Quotes To Inspire You to Get Outside

It's amazing how a little ink can provoke so much thought. Writing can stir us to war or peace. It can make us [...]

Ten Quick Tips on How to Pack a Backpack

A correctly organized backpack will make your hike even more comfortable. Regardless of how in shape you might be, incorrectly packing a [...]

Ten things to know before visiting Chengdu

Home to more than 14 million people and roughly the size of Los Angeles, California,  visiting Chengdu is a must for [...]

Watch our new video and see how we roll

Are you curious what kind of stuff we do at Elevated Trips? Watch this fun video to get an insight into our most recent 4 [...]

What is a “DDQ Wild”?

Find out what exactly a "DDQ Wild" is. And how these 5 days in the wilderness might just change your life forever.

The Laji Mountain Team Building Weekend

Laji Mountain is just a short 1 hour drive from the center of Xining, China.  But getting out into the open spaces feels so [...]

The fastest ascent of Everest

In this post find out how Kilian Jornet set the speed record for ascending Mount Everest on May 21 and 22, 2017.

The jagged peaks and alpine lakes of Nyenbo Yurtse

Trek past fields of Edelweiss and yaks grazing near turquoise glacial lakes and discover the dramatic shark tooth peaks of Nyenbo Yurtse. This the [...]

Six days of trekking bliss on Minya Konka

Minya Konka, or Mount GongGa, is the highest peak in Sichuan Province at  7,556 m (24,790 ft).  This also gives it the [...]

The ABC’s of packing a backpack

Packing for a trip can be stressful. What should I bring? What's the weather like? How many pairs of underwear do I need? Find out the [...]

YouNing Monastery – a great day trip from Xining!

Looking for a great day trip from Xining?  Get away from the crowds and mass tourism of Qinghai Lake and discover a piece of [...]

How to prepare for High Altitude

People always ask me, "How can I prepare for a trip to high altitude in Tibet?" Here are ways to make your next trip safe [...]

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