Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tibetan Culture: Labtse Offering

Labtse is a religious offering composed of giant arrows and spears, traditional Tibetan silk scarves (khatak), juniper leaves, sheep’s wool, and prayer flags.  Labtse are generally huge permanent offerings to the mountain gods built on the apex of sacred mountains. Labtse offerings are performed for the purpose of propitiating mountain gods to bring good fortune

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Find Others Traveling to Lhasa

Traveling to Lhasa, Tibet as a single traveler can be expensive, and daunting for someone on a budget.  We at Tibetan Connections do our best to put our customers together with others desiring the same trips. If you would like to find other Tibetan Connections customers please leave a comment with your dates of travel,

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Tibetan Culture: Yak Hair Tent

The most precious possessions to Tibetan nomads are their black yak hair tent and livestock.  Yak hair is sheared from a family’s yaks and collected over a number of years until there is enough yak hair to make a tent. The yak hair is then hand-woven by nomad women into a tough, durable material. A family’s wealth can be seen

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Tibetan Places: Amnye Machen Mountain

Meaning:  ‘Amnye’ means ‘grandfather’ and is a respectful term for an elderly man.  ‘Machen’ means ‘large scar’. Location:  Golog Prefecture, Qinghai Elevation: 3600m. to 4700m. Cultural Significance:  It is one of the 25 most sacred sites of Tibet Must See:  Glaciers; gushing rivers; nomadic grassland pastures; and wild animal species found nowhere else on earth.

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Tibetan Places: Rebkong

Location: 200 km south of the Qinghai provincial capital Xining Elevation: 2500 m. above sea level Population: approx. 80,000 75% Tibetan Cultural Significance: Artistic and intellectual center Must See: Artist Village & Rongwo Gonchen Must Eat: Rebkong’s famous bread, made using a special process of burning a fire on soil, with no use of ovens. Known as ‘Tongren’ in

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Tibetan Culture: Tholma (Tibetan Breakfast)

Tibetans use roasted barley flour to make a porridge called tholma. While tsamba is dry and has the consistency of dough, tholma is more liquidy and has the consistency of porridge.  Tholma is generally considered to be a breakfast food. For Tibetan families, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is the

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Tibetan Culture: Tsamba

Tsamba is one of the most important types of food for Tibetans, which they eat on a daily basis.  To make tsamba, roasted barley flour is usually mixed with butter, traditional Tibetan dried cheese, sugar, and Tibetan tea.  The result is tsamba, a sweet delicious cake consumed in every Tibetan village. Barley flour, the primary

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Trekking in Tibet: What to Wear

The weather in Tibet can change at any moment.  The key to being properly dressed while trekking in Tibet is layering your clothes.  The reason layering is so effective for trekking is that your body temperature varies based on your own tolerance to cold and heat, the difficulty of the trek, and weather conditions.  I am giving

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Religion in Tibet

The earliest Tibetan religion was a type of animistic tribal belief system. The elements (such as water, earth, wind, and fire) and certain mountain deities were worshipped and appeased with incense offerings. Special rock cairns strung with prayer flags would be conspicuously placed at high mountain peaks and passes to assure good fortune. The prayer

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Tibet Travel Permits will resume April 1st 2013

Tibet is now issuing Lhasa permits starting April 1st.  We can help you find a group or help you book a personal trip to the Tibet Autonomus Region. The regulations in Tibet can change quickly and without notice.  We will always have the most current information concerning travel in Tibetan areas.  We also do our

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