The Plateau of Tibet, commonly referred to as the Roof of the World, is the highest plateau in Central and East Asia, standing over 3 miles (4.8 km) above sea level, with some peaks rising even higher.
It’s one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet that you should definitely visit at least once in your life. If you’re thinking about touring the Tibet Plateau, check out all the marvelous mountains, provinces, and rivers you can expect to see.
The Tibetan Plateau is surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world. It covers the entire Tibet Autonomous Region and a large section of the Qinghai Province in China. From the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Qinghai Province, it extends into western Sichuan Province in southwest China and southern Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in northwest China.
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Area
The Plateau lies between the Kunlun Mountains, the Daxue Mountains in the east, the Hengduan Mountains in the southeast, and the inner Himalayan Range in the south.
The rivers Salween, Mekong, and Yangtze flow contain headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau. There are many lakes in the northern part, Qiangtang, while the south gives way for the upper Indus River and the Brahmaputra River.
The Plateau of Tibet covers an area of 970,000 square miles (2,500,000 km2). It stretches about 620 miles (1,000 km) from north to south, and about 1,600 miles (2,500 km) from east to west.
The Plateau’s mountains and peaks generally stand above 13,000 to 15,000 feet (4,000 to 5,000 meters), while Mount Everest rises even higher – 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level. It isn’t called the Roof of the World for no reason.
This is precisely why the Tibetan Plateau is so special. There’s no other place in the world where you can enjoy such spectacular mountain views that leave you in a state of awe. And when you combine all its natural beauties with its unique centuries-old culture, you can’t help but feel as if you were on an entirely different planet.
There are many more things that make Tibet and its mesmerizing plateau quite unique and captivating. Go and see for yourself! This wonderful land will exceed your wildest expectations.
Budget Tibet Tours can help you plan your trip to Tibet. Give us a call, and we’ll book you a tour that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime.
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Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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