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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. 

    什么时候最适合去藏区旅行?

    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)

    青藏高原东部的海拔有多高?

    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)

    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 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.

    参加你们阿克斯的户外旅行,对户外技能有要求吗?行程会很难吗?我没有相关的户外经验可以参加吗?

    我们有不同的路线可以满足不同需求、不同技能水平的客人,无论是家庭休闲游还是户外专业人士的登山徒步之旅,我们都可以根据您的需求帮您独家定制专属行程。

    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.

    你们有适合全家老小参加的行程吗?我的孩子要多大才能参加?

    有的,我们有很多路线都适合有小孩的家庭选择。阿克斯旅行社开发路线的初衷就是希望能让更多人回归大自然享受美景、体验纯正的藏地文化。考虑到海拔因素,我们一般会为您安排1天的时间适应海拔,减轻高原反应。推荐有7-12岁小朋友的家庭选择尼日谷、牟尼沟、九寨沟和黄龙风景区的行程。当然不同家庭的需求、适应能力因人而异,欢迎咨询我们获得更具体的建议。

    If my plans change, can I get a refund?

    Our booking and cancellation policy can be found here.

    如果我的出行计划有变,可以退款吗?

    请点击这里查看付款&退款政策。

    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.

    我的行程需要安排多少天?周末两天可以去玩吗?

    如果您从成都出发,算上路途时间,您至少需要安排3天时间来获得较好的体验。由于高海拔的因素,一般我们还会建议安排一天较轻松的行程来适应海拔。

    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.

    我应该选择哪个行程?

    国际上对户外旅行的描述是:自然美景、户外体验和当地特色文化体验三者的结合。找到三者之中您最看重的部分,可以帮助您更好地计划行程。如果您着重想看美景,我们建议您选择牟尼沟、九寨沟的行程。如果您想体验纯正的藏族文化,我们推荐您参加藏地牧民之旅。如果您想要一段充满刺激感的户外体验,我们可以为您安排山地车之旅。

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

    Put simply, the Amdo region of the Tibetan Plateau is home for us. 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. 

    Additionally, all foreigners traveling to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) 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.

    你们有团去拉萨、珠峰、香格里拉、丽江那些地方吗?

    我们的行程主要集中在川北和甘南的安多藏区,因为我们对那边很熟悉,也有非常多当的朋友、家人在那边,他们能为我们的客人带来最好的体验和服务。拉萨对于藏文化来说的确是一个非常重要的地方,但正因如此,游客在拉萨旅行受到的限制相对较多,尤其是对外国游客来说。我们从体验感出发,开设的路线包含在藏民家过夜、体验游牧藏民的生活等,旨在为您提供最原汁原味的藏文化体验。

    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. 

    比起其它旅行社,你们的行程和服务有何优势?

    比起其它旅行社在城市设点然后带着客人去到各个景点走马观花,我们是在旅行目的地区域设立了户外中心,与当地建立了深厚友谊与联系的。我们相信只有当我们自己深入了解一个地方,才能为客人带来深度与广度并存的体验。另外,我们的行程里绝对不包含带购物消费这一项,请各位客人放心,毕竟争分夺秒地为大家展示美景与美好的藏文化都怕来不及,哪有时间浪费在无谓的事情上呢。安排行程这些琐碎的事情交给专业的我们,您只管甩掉压力享受旅程即可。

    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. 

    我需要提前做什么来预防高反吗?

    出现高反以及严重程度都因人而异。为了客人的安全考虑,我们一般在行程之初都会安排一段时间作为适应期。一般来说,较轻的高反我们都不建议吃药控制,因为有时吃药会把真正需要被观察到的高反状态掩盖。如果您在这方面比较担心,建议在确定行程前向专业的医学人士咨询建议。

    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.

    我要带什么行李?

    爬山、徒步,请点击这里。骑山地车,请点击这里。冬天出行,请点击这里

    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.

    你们能为客人提供什么户外装备呢?

    如果您参加的是爬山和徒步,我们可以提供便携式净水器和登山杖,需要露营的话我们会提供相关装备如帐篷、睡袋、露营垫、户外烹饪器具等。但您需要自带一个足够大的户外背包来携带这些装备。

    如果您参加的是山地车线路,我们会提供山地车和头盔。如果您需要骑行护目镜、手套、骑行衣等保护性装备,请自行备好。

    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!

    如何保障我们在户外的饮水安全呢?

    在旅程中常常会经过一些小镇、村庄,都可以购买到瓶装水。阿克斯旅行社作为美国专业户外净水品牌Grayl在中国大陆最大的代理商之一,我们也会在户外旅行途中使用Grayl的滤水瓶为客人提供安全的用水,减少一次性塑料垃圾的产生。

    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.

    行程中没有包的餐食如何解决?

    一般行程里面没包的餐食有两个情况:一,在古城里面有很多特色美食,客人可以自行选择;二,在户外的时候需要自备干粮,我们会提前提醒大家准备。古城里有餐厅、超市和各色商店,可满足大部分需求。如果您有特殊的饮食需求(如食物过敏、素食者等),请提前与我们沟通,我们将竭尽全力为您做好安排。

    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.

    在藏区旅行有什么礼仪风俗需要注意吗?

    有的。藏区有比较浓厚的宗教氛围,我们的许多路线都会经过或者进入当地的寺庙,了解他们的信仰和文化。所以在着装上,夏天可以穿短袖和中长裤,尽量不要穿吊带、背心和短裤。

    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.

    住宿条件如何?

    不同区域的住宿条件有所差异,但一般都有24小时热水、毛巾和Wifi。

    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.