Welcome to the “Roof of the World.” Tibet, on the northern side of the Himalayas, has an average elevation of 16,000 feet. The most dangerous thing about this place is the altitude.

Agriculture still dominates Tibet, but tourism has recently started booming. You can’t travel independently here, but with a tour company, you’ll experience cities like Xining and Lhasa (the traditional capital); you’ll take in the colorful monasteries, temples, and palaces; you’ll marvel at the mountainside goat farms; and, of course, maybe you’ll even trek in the mountains themselves. You might even attend a yogurt festival or wander the pilgrim path of Lingkhor. If nothing else, you’ll experience a land and a people like nowhere else on Earth.