Potala Travel is a branch of Conscious Jounreys that owned and operated by native Tibetans that offers travel services to Tibet. Our team members consist of knowledgeable program directors, experienced English speaking tour guides and trained cooks and drivers. We have access to all types of reliable vehicles: 4WD, van, and bus, as well as lodgings: hotels, local guesthouses and homestays and provide all the permitting and logistics of your travel within Tibet.
- Experience: Most of us have worked in the travel industry for numerous years as guides, cooks and drivers and have accumulated many years of experience. Some our Tibetan team members have been educated and employed in the West, which eliminates cultural and linguistic barriers between the two worlds. Whether researching future destinations, attending additional trainings, or studying languages, we constantly strive to improve our staff. All of our team members have completed at least 80 hours of ecotourism training and have participated in many community development projects.
- Knowledge: We live here, and we know Tibet! When our clients want to know more about a particular cultural tradition such as a ritual, custom, or the history of a local village or monastery, we don’t refer to travel guides…we share our knowledge of our country and people gleaned from our own experiences and from what we learned from our ancestors, teachers, and childhood traditions.
- Value: By working directly with us you eliminate the unnecessary costs and complication from working with middlemen through layers of service providers. At a very comparative price, we ensure your health and safety during your trip, offer quality services and provide enriching experiences.
- Responsible Tourism: We encourage our guests to shop locally, by arranging their stay in local lodgings, meals in local restaurants and visits to local shops and markets. We ask everyone to minimize their impact on the environment by using recyclable materials, packing out your own trash, and educating others on responsible travel. We support local communities by using local services, volunteering in local villages, and donating a percentage of our profits to sustainable community projects and programs.
Tsering Lhamo was born and brought up in central part of Tibet, after schooling she was interested in tourism and did major course on tour and tourism. After completing her university studies, she took entrance exam on tour guide in Tibet, was successful achieved, she speaks English and mandarin very fluently. She has four years of experience on taking international clients to various part of the Tibet. tourism loved her job and praised utmost from different type’s agencies in Tibet. She has been working in Conscious Journeys as tour operator and tour manager since 2013.
Tenpa Tenzin Is our lead Guide and is from the Minyag region of Kham. He currently lives in Kangding. He speaks English, Tibetan (Lhasa and Kham dialects) and Chinese. He is in charge of organizing trips throughout the Kham region and is one of our most versatile tour guides, acting as a trip organizer, guide, driver (with his newly acquired 4WD) and cook. Tenpa’s great sense of humor, voice, humility, hard work and friendship are just some of the reasons that most of our clients don’t travel to Kham without Tenpa. Tenpa and his family warmly welcome everyone to their home and make visitors part of family by mingling, cooking and laughing together. By allowing guests to participate in family chores they can experience Tibet’s living and breathing culture.
Chatru is known as Gyatso from his real name and people who knows him call him “Chatru” as a pet name. He is very humble and flexible guide and driver. He always makes sure that your interest comes first and you are satisfied with the trip. He has more than 8 years’ experiences in the tourism industry. He is very welcoming and hospitable. He loves to make friends and touring.
Namlha was born in Labrang, Gansu and she received bachelor degree in Human Resources Management from Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian college and has more than 3 years’ experience in tourism industry. She joint Conscious Journeys team in 2016 and now leads its Potala Travel branch for trips to TAR.