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Yushu to Nangchen, Discovering Qinghai, Part 2

Driving from Yushu to Nangchen is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of the Tibetan Plateau with incredible mountains and monasteries. This is [...]

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 [...]

Faces of Tibet Video

The Silk Road of Zhangye Video

Amazing Kanbula Video

Nomad Life Video

Walking Through Tibet Video

Exploring Wild Qinghai Video

Islam in Western China Video

Griffith University in Gansu Video

Bingling Temple

The Bingling Temple (simplified Chinese炳灵寺pinyinBǐnglíng Sì) is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures carved into natural caves and [...]

Yadan National Park

Located about 180-kilometer northwest of Dunhuang City, Yadan National Geological Park sits right on the edge of the Gobi Desert and [...]

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?

Introduction

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Everest Base Camp, Tibet Side

Come explore the world's highest mountain with stunning views of Mount Everest.  In this article we take a look at the first successful expedition [...]

Shigatse and Tashilunpo Monastery

This is the second largest town in Tibet and is home to one of the greatest Gelugpa Monasteries in Tibet’s history, Tashilunpo Monastery.

Gyantse and Pelkor Chode Monastery

Gyantse is a small town in Tibet that packs a big punch.  Located just a one day drive from Lhasa, you are definitely going [...]

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake (also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or in Tibetan: ཡར་འབྲོག་གཡུ་མཚོ་ and Chinese: 羊卓雍錯) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the [...]

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 [...]

Lanzhou

Lanzhou is a city of 4 million people and is the capital of Gansu Province.  Many of our adventures start and finish in this [...]

Xining

Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province and is the launching point of many of our tours into the high plateau. Xining is an [...]

Hezuo

Hezuo is a town in Gansu Province. It is also the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.  It is known as a gateway into the high grasslands [...]

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek (虎跳峡; Pinyin: Hu Tiao Xia), near Lijiang in Yunnan, is one of the finest treks through some of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Zhangye

From the legendary Horse Hoof Temple (Mati Si)  to the striking colors of the Rainbow Mountains, Zhangye is a small town on the Hexi [...]

The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace (on the north side of Lhasa, Tibet) is the massive fortress-like building that is often depicted in the classic photographs of [...]

Lhasa

Lhasa (Chinese Name: 拉萨 (lā sà) is the capital and largest city in Tibet. Founded in the 5th century and largely [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Danba

Danba 丹巴  is a small mountainous Tibetan town in a narrow valley in Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan Province that is [...]

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 [...]

Dawu

Dawu  or  大武镇 (in Tibetan known as Maqen) is the capital of Golok, also sometimes spelled "Golog".  Golok is the highest area [...]

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 [...]

Langmusi (郎木寺) – Taktsang Lhamo (སྟག་ཚང་ལྷ་མོ་)

Located right on the border of Sichuan and Gansu Province, Langmusi is a town that offers two distinct monasteries- one on each side of [...]

Dege སྡེ་དགེ (德格)

Situated right on the border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) , Dege, 德格 in Chinese or in Tibetan སྡེ་དགེ , is the last town [...]

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 [...]

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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