We are a grassroots Tibetan travel company established by Wangden Tsering, a Tibetan entrepreneur with extensive experience managing travel agencies and organizing tours in Tibet and mainland China. Our company is based in the Amdo region of Tibet, with offices in Xining and Lhasa. We are committed to providing high-quality, environmentally sustainable travel services with a Tibetan touch.
As the old Tibetan saying goes, “Wherever you are comfortable is your home; whoever treats you well is your family.” We created SnowLion Tours with the idea that as Tibetans, we could utilize our local expertise to create authentic journeys to off-the-beaten-path locations. By sharing with you our intimate knowledge of Tibetan culture and land, we can show you the best Tibet has to offer. While traveling with us, you may find yourself drinking tea with red-robed monks, riding horses on the shores of turquoise lakes, eating meals with nomads inside yak-hair tents, and watching fiery sunsets over the Himalayas.
At SnowLion Tours, we have a threefold mission:
We arrange authentic Tibetan tours tailored to suit your individual needs.
We want to work with you to create the trip of your dreams. Choose from one of our many exciting itineraries or design an adventure of your own. We will make every effort to make your journey to Tibet a culturally authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We provide environmentally sustainable travel services in Tibet.
The ecosystem on the Tibetan plateau is extremely fragile. We desire to see our Tibetan culture and traditions last for generations to come, so we do our utmost to arrange travel in the most ecologically friendly way possible. Please join us in minimizing the environmental and cultural impact we have when traveling. (For more information on sustainable travel, see our blog post on Responsible Tourism in Tibet.)
We work to improve the livelihoods of local Tibetans through tourism.
The tourism industry is one of the most important and beneficial businesses in Tibet, but most travel companies in Tibet are run by Han Chinese or foreigners. We established this company to foster Tibetan entrepreneurship, help local farming and nomadic communities, and create jobs for local Tibetans. We also regularly donate a portion of our profits to the Kumbum Shambaling Orphanage in Xining. (For more information on our community work, see our Serving Communities page.)
Our staff has worked in the tourism industry for many years and understands what it takes to put together a successful tour. Our trips are custom tailored to the tastes and expectations of both foreign and domestic travelers. All of our staff speaks Tibetan, English and Chinese. We believe that when you travel Tibet with us you will remember it for a lifetime. We warmly welcome you to join us.
Let us show you the real Tibet.