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The "Roof of the World"
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Geography

Located in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Tibet is the highest region in the world. In an area of about 2.5 million square kilometers, the Tibetan Plateau includes spiky snow-laden mountains, stunning aqua/aquamarine lakes, foaming yellow rivers, lush tropical forests, sea-green grasslands and dry arid sand dunes, land as dry as a ancient bone.

   
The Himalayan mountain range has table-lands averaging over 4.950 meters above sea level with peaks of 6,000 to 7500 meters. Mt. Everest at 29,028 feet is the highest mountain in the world. North Base Camp, located on the Tibet side of the mountain stands at 17.090 feet, quite a breathless experience in more ways that one! Time for acclimatization is very important to the health and safety of all visitors, especially climbers. The average altitude in Tibet is around 3000 meters in the south areas and 4500 in the northern areas.
   

Why So High?

 
   
The Pacific Crustal Plate Slipped Under Asia

Using a new technique of seismic exploration, the geophysicists said they discovered 400 miles under the Asian continent huge slabs that were once part of the earth's crust. The slabs appeared to be remnants of the Pacific crustal plate that slipped under the Asian continent. more on plate tectonics

 
   
"In the Clouds"  
   
Anyone who has ever been to the Tibetan high plateau is astounded by the breathtaking cloud formations, The millions of droplets or crystals that form clouds seemed to be formed differently in Tibet. Is that right? Well, the mere fact that you are sitting at the highest point on earth might mean you are so much closer to the clouds that you can simply make them out better. Driving over mountain range after mountain range gives the tourist an opportunity to see clouds and cloud formations they have never seen before. People often spend hours just studying or talking about the clouds overhead or beyond a peak and that doesn't even include how inspiring the sunrises and sunsets are with all those unusually fluffy clouds! Some photographers go to Tibet exclusively to film clouds. There's no place better!  
   
Altitude Sickness  

 

 
Don't Allow Attitude Sickness to Spoil your Trip!

High altitude is nothing to ignore. The best athletes in the world have died from thinking they were too fit to be affected. Altitude Sickness comes in many different symptoms, the first being headache. BE SURE TO READ OUR HIGH ALTITUDE SECTION! BE PREPARED! BRING MEDICINES WITH YOU! OXYGEN CANISTERS CAN BE PURCHASED IN MOST MAJOR CITIES IN TIBET.

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