I’m Sonam Topgyal. Born and raised in Tibet, I didn’t fully comprehend the beauty of my country until I started my career as a tour guide. The more I travelled, the more I fell in love with the land I call home. Educating our guests inspired me to deepen my knowledge of Tibet; drawing from many books and wise words of my village elders I’ve become well versed in the history, traditions, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people. The culmination of these experiences led me to found Tibet Travel Expert: a travel company dedicated to helping visitors experience the culture and landscapes that make up this magical country.
The Tibet Travel Expert team is an energetic group of travel professionals with strong knowledge of Tibetan culture and countless travel experiences throughout Tibet. With many years of experience behind us we are fully passionate about sharing where we come from. I invite you to join us on the roof of the world and experience adventure like you’ve never seen before.
What sets us apart?
1. Expertise and Experience
All of our travel advisors have at least 5 years of experience and all tour guides are native Tibetans, many of which have undergone ecotourism training sponsored by Columbia University. As a result, the tours we organize and travel information we provide comes from first-hand experience, not just travel manuals and word of mouth.
2. Flexibility and Authenticity
We make an effort to provide flexibility in our tour schedules. Nothing ruins a tour like being rushed from location to location at breakneck speed. Want to stop and take pictures? No problem! Having a hard time keeping up on one of our beautiful Tibet treks? Slow down, take your time, and enjoy the scenery!
Our tours are designed to be authentic experiences filled with opportunities for adventure and cultural discovery. We believe that tourist traps like forced factory visits and shopping tours are a bad business practice.
3. Social Responsibility and Superior Customer Service
During the booking process we welcome your questions and respond to inquiries promptly. When travelling with Tibet Travel Expert your travel advisor is available to 24 hours a day! From answering questions pre-booking to helping you make last minute changes to plane/train tickets (even if they weren’t booked by us), we’ll be there.
We support the Tibetan community by using local services, volunteering, and always doing our best to minimize our environmental and cultural impact. In addition we pay our team members a living wage with opportunities for performance bonuses.
4. More and more overseas travelers recommend our agency after travelling in Tibet.
Our customers are from worldwide and they are individual travelers, families or friend groups. Since 2008, most Tibet travel reviews and feedbacks have been kept.We received valuable suggestions that goes a long way in helping us improve our Tibet tour services. It is highly appreciated if you could get to know more about our staff and our work via these reviews and word of mouth and choose Tibet Travel Expert as your local Tibet travel agency.
If there is anything we can help you with, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you in Tibet!
General Manager-Sonam Topgyal (Tibetan travel guide and advisor)