Tibetan Connections is a locally operated tour company run entirely by Tibetans. We are committed to offering you the best experience of Tibet possible. We pride ourselves on our high standard of customer service, and work hard to ensure you enjoy your journey in this breathtaking land.
Our staff are experienced travel operators who have not only worked in the travel industry for many years, but have also received training in tourism, safety, and customer satisfaction both in China and abroad. In accord with client preference, our staff have been leading customers on luxury, budget, and adventure tours in this region since 1999.
Whether or not you decide to travel with us, we are happy to offer free and accurate information regarding all aspects of travel on the Tibetan Plateau and Western China. We welcome all inquiries by phone, e-mail, or in person at our office.
We are a registered legal tour provider licensed by the Central Tourism Board of China.
Tashi Phuntsok is the manager of Tibetan Connections. An intellectual with a passion for Tibetan life and culture, he is well versed in the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism, the history of the Tibetan plateau, and the ancient and modern culture of all Tibetan regions. In addition, he is an experienced photographer and videographer, and has documented the daily life of Tibetans as well as remote landscapes on video and film. He has worked as a travel consultant, tour guide, and agency manager since 1999. He has organized and guided the trips of researchers, filmmakers, photographers, explorers and backpackers throughout the Tibetan world. He is one of the only experts in this region who has a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of travel in this region.
Tsomo is from Jyekundo in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province—part of the Kham Tibetan cultural region. She received a BA in English from Qinghai Normal University, has been a part of the Tibetan Connections team since 2007, and is a licensed English tour guide. Tsomo is proud to be one of the only women engaged in the tourism industry on the Tibetan plateau. She is excellent at arranging trips to all regions of the plateau, has led trips to areas throughout her native Qinghai, and is particularly knowledgeable about the Tibet Autonomous Region where she lived and worked before joining Tibetan Connections. In her spare time, Tsomo loves practicing yoga and collecting Tibetan women’s oral histories.
Since 1998 Bill has guided tour groups into Nepal, India, and China, traveling through much of Asia. In 2005 Bill relocated to the Tibetan Plateau where he traveled more extensively into remote areas and started working with Tibetan Connections. From this experience Bill has gained a broader understanding of the challenges and operations of the travel industry in Asia. Bill has taken his passion for sustainable travel and the richness of diverse cultures in Asia back to North America where he continues to work with the Tibetan Connections team.