Trek, bike, and climb in Eastern Tibet. Bring your friends along or make some new friends along the way.

Someone once asked us why we do what we do and how we got to this point. It took us only seconds to tell him our “why” but several days of dialogue over various treks and mountain bike rides to talk about how we got to this point. It’s been a 17 year journey so far. And it is one that has had a profound impact on who we are. We didn’t just show up in this part of Tibet one day and say, hey, we’ve got it all figured out. We’ve walked this long journey with influence and partnership from many friends along the way. This is where our programs and tours were formed. This is where our commitment to our individual clients was forged. These past years have been amazing and we want you to share in what we have experienced together with the wonderful people of what we call home.

Simply stated, we are here to put you on the mountain. Eastern Tibet is an amazing place to experience, but with little infrastructure it can be a maddening region if you don’t have connections and resources. That is where we come in. We’ve been living and working throughout Eastern Tibet for 17 years. This region is defined as parts of Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan Provinces of Western China. We bring you experiences that are born out of the past 17 years and the true success is our deep relationships with the locals from this region. Trekking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Cultural Experiences and National Parks are some of the avenues we use to explore this great region. Come join us!

Our Team

We are a diverse group from various parts of the United States and China. Our staff is made up of Americans, Han Chinese, and Tibetans. We able to provide unparalleled experiences that blend a Western view of service, a Chinese understanding of what it takes to facilitate programs domestically, and cultural backgrounds that lend depth to all our programs.

  • Our Mission

    Creating time with people you love in a place you want to be participating in life enriching experiences.

  • Our Vision

    Putting people on the mountain! Leading the industry with adventure tours and outdoor experiences in Western China for those who are globally mobile.

  • Who We Are

    We specialize in custom built adventure tours. Contact us to begin building your own adventure. We focus a high degree of attention on each individual client, premium outdoor experiences, and cultural interaction with locals. Biking, hiking, horseback tours, and cultural home stay options are available.
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Why us?

    Our Goal

    At Adventure Access, we strive to provide adventurers with the best of outdoor experiences while also enjoying quality cultural interaction. We are committed to developing better life and work opportunities for local nomads and villagers, educating clients and communities about the needs of their surroundings, and leaving a better environment for the future.

    Our Commitment

    It is our desire to provide clients with a great experience, but not at the expense of the local community and environment. At Adventure Access we are committed to responsible tourism that develops communities, enriches lives, and improves the environment.

    Waiver and Consent Form

    All participants of Adventure Access are required to sign our Liability Waiver and Consent Form. This can be completed upon arrival or you can contact us in advance to receive the form via e-mail. Minors under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign the waiver as well. There are no exceptions. Click here for more information on our tour options.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance from is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
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    When is the best time to visit the Tibetan Plateau?

    Areas of Eastern Tibet have their charm in every season, but the best time for biking, hiking, and trekking is usually from May to October. You can view our average temperature chart for Songpan, Jiuzhaigou, Langmusi, etc. here. Also check out our latest blog posts about traveling to Tibet in winter and what to pack for winter trips. 


    在不同的季节,藏区都有不同的好玩的体验。如果您想去骑山地车、爬山和徒步,最佳季节是5月到10月。您可以参考松潘平均气温表traveling to Tibet in winterwhat to pack for winter trips来获取更多相关信息。

    What is the altitude of Eastern Tibet?

    Approximate elevations are as follows:

    Songpan stands at 9,406 ft (2,867m)

    Jiuzhaigou varies significantly with some areas as low as 4,593 ft (1,400m)

    Yellow River and the Ruo Er Gai Grasslands: 11,253 ft (3,430m)

    Langmusi: 10,909 ft (3,325m)

    Xiahe (Labrang): 9675 ft (2,950m)

    Lijiang, Yunnan:  7,900 ft (2400m)

    Yading Nature Reserve, Sichuan: Three mountain peaks at 19,685 ft (6000m)


    松潘-9,406 ft (2,867m)

    九寨沟不同区域的海拔差异较大,最低海拔为 4,593 ft (1,400m)

    黄河和若尔盖草原: 11,253 ft (3,430m)

    郎木寺: 10,909 ft (3,325m)

    夏河(拉卜楞寺): 9675 ft (2,950m)

    丽江市:7,900 ft (2400m)

    亚丁国家级自然保护区:山顶19,685 ft (6000m)

    Are Adventure Access activities difficult for normal people or must one be a professional?

    Did you know the largest group of adventure travelers (41 percent) are between the ages of 50-70? Although the altitudes are relatively high in many parts of the Tibetan Plateau, we offer a range of transformative experiences for people of all skill and fitness levels. Look for this information on every hiking/trekking and biking page to find the right tour for you:

    For an immersive cultural experience in Eastern Tibet without high difficulty levels, check out our Nomad Experience. Our mountain biking experiences also range from entry level to advanced.



    Are trips to Tibet suitable for families? How old should my kids be to join in your trips?

    Adventure Access was founded by a family with young kids and is still operated by families with kids of all ages. Not every activity is suitable for kids, but plenty of options are available for families of all sizes and ages. 

    Every visitor to the Tibetan Plateau should plan at least one less strenuous day at the beginning of their trip to acclimatize. This is especially true for younger travelers. For families with children between the ages of seven to twelve, we recommend activities in and around Songpan such as Niri Valley. Families with children of all ages enjoy Muni Valley, Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou National Parks. Every family is different and the fitness level of your children is a very important factor. Please contact us today for specific recommendations for your family.



    If my plans change, can I get a refund?

    Our booking and cancellation policy can be found here.



    How many days do I need to enjoy Eastern Tibet? Can I make a weekend trip?

    Ideally, you need at least 3 nights to visit from a gateway city like Chengdu. A standard weekend limits transformational experiences on the Tibetan Plateau. We encourage all travelers to plan at least one less strenuous day at the beginning of their trip to adjust to the elevation. We do have long-weekend itineraries we can suggest for travelers from Chengdu to visit Songpan or Jiuzhaigou.



    Which itinerary/activities are right for me?

    Adventure Travel is defined as the intersection between nature, activity, and meaningful cultural interaction. Identifying which is most important to you will help you select the right option. 

    If your greatest desire is to experience Tibetan culture, we recommend the Nomad Experience and Amdo Overland Experience

    If you are a thrill seeker, consider mountain biking. For a slower challenge with impressive views, try climbing a mountain on one of our overnight treks.



    Do you lead trips to Lhasa, Everest, Shangri-la, etc...?

    The Amdo region of the Tibetan Plateau is home for us and where we operate most of our tours. It is where our friends and family are. It is the language we speak. And this means you benefit the most by traveling to this region with us. We also operate in Lijiang (Yunnan), Yading (Sichuan), and have partners in Xi’an, Beijing, etc to help you plan your bucket list China experience. 

    For the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), keep in mind that all foreign visitors must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit (TTP). It is an additional document that must be obtained from a travel agent within China to visit or travel through the TAR. Because of this, and the additional regulations on travel in the TAR, it is difficult to provide the same level of authentic Tibetan experiences as in Tibetan areas outside of the TAR. That is why we focus on Eastern Tibet areas of Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai.

    For more information on traveling to the TAR vs Eastern Tibet, see our blog article on this topic.




    Why are your trips a better experience than others? What sets Adventure Access apart from the competition?

    We operate our experiences from within the region. Our operations base is on the Tibetan Plateau. Our ethnically diverse staff helps bridge the gap between you and the local culture. We bring expertise to the experiences and activities we offer. 



    Should I expect altitude sickness when traveling to the Tibetan Plateau?

    Do not assume you will get altitude sickness. We’ve seen plenty of people who “think” they have altitude sickness and take medicine preventatively or unnecessarily.  Most often, this is all in peoples’ heads. 

    Proper acclimatization is the most important step and we factor this into all our itineraries. At a minimum our guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid and some are Wilderness First Responders. Altitude related illnesses are something we are aware of and keep a close eye on. 

    We do not recommend medicine to treat mild altitude sickness. That said, we are not your doctor so please consult a physician if you believe you have any risks related to travel on the Tibetan Plateau. 



    What should I pack for traveling to Eastern Tibet?

    If you are hiking or trekking read here. If you are biking, read here. If it is winter, please read here.



    What gear does Adventure Access provide?

    If you are hiking or trekking with Adventure Access, it depends on the length of the itinerary. If it is a day hike, we will provide water purifiers and trekking poles. If it is an overnight camping itinerary we will also provide items such as tents, camping pads, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment. You must bring your own pack. It needs to be large enough to carry equipment that belongs to Adventure Access. Our guides are not porters. They will not be able to carry your tent and sleeping bag for you. Our packing lists include more info as well as recommended items to bring.

    If you are biking with us, we will provide bikes and helmets. We do not provide gloves or cycling clothing or any other protective gear. 

    Our Outdoor Center in Songpan does have some basic items available for purchase as well as energy snacks and foods such as Clif Bars and granola bars.




    What about pure drinking water when traveling in Eastern Tibet?

    Adventure Access provides purified drinking water on all our activities by using Grayl UL Purifiers or the Grayl GEOPRESS. These units are part of the loaned equipment used on short tours and they are provided for guests to keep on longer tours. 

    All Tibetan towns have stores for purchasing bottled water as well. Please help us reduce dependency on single use plastic bottles!



    What about food when traveling with Adventure Access?

    All our itineraries indicate which meals are provided on the tour. Our guides can make recommendations for meals if they are not included. All towns have small grocery stores for purchasing snacks. If you have dietary restrictions please let us know. We can accommodate most special requests.



    Are there any cultural norms that we should be aware of when traveling in Tibetan regions?

    Yes, the Tibetan people dress in a modest way. It’s very common for them to wear pants all year long. For women, capris would be appropriate in the summer.

    In the warmer months, short sleeved shirts are fine, but strappy tank tops for women are not appropriate. This is especially around temples and monasteries, which are common in nearly all our trekking locations.



    What are the lodging accommodations in various Tibetan towns like?

    Accommodations vary from place to place. Adventure Access does not own any of the guesthouses we use in Eastern Tibet. Generally speaking, all accommodations we choose do include 24hr hot water, towels, and WiFi. Some towns have a broader range of options available.



    What about passports, visas, immunizations?

    You must have a passport with sufficient validity and the proper visa to visit China. Because visa requirements vary from country to country, please contact a visa service provider for information related to obtaining a Tourist Visa for China. For general information related to traveling in China, please visit your country’s State Department website. For the USA, this can be found at Also, please check on recommended vaccines as soon as you begin planning your trip abroad. Information can be found at a local travel clinic or online. One site for information on recommended vaccines when traveling abroad is

    I live in China but my passport is at the PSB for visa renewal. Can I still go on a trip with Adventure Access?

    Yes. In normal circumstances, you can travel using the paper form provided by the PSB to travel. This is the form that has your photo, passport information, collection date, and the stamp from the PSB.