Accessible Travel

High altitudes, rough roads and lack of access make Tibet a difficult place for people with mobility challenges. Getting to monasteries in particular often involves a hike up a hillside or navigating steep, very narrow steps. Few hotels offer any facilities for guests with disabilities.

Braille Without Borders (www.braillewithoutborders.org) Blind visitors can contact this excellent organisation based in Lhasa. It developed the first Tibetan Braille system and runs a school for blind Tibetan kids, as well as supporting a blind massage clinic in Lhasa. The co-founder, Sabriye Tenberken, is the author of the book My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of How One Young Blind Woman Brought Hope to the Blind Children of Tibet, and stars alongside blind climber Erik Weihenmayer in the moving documentary film Blindsight.

Navyo Nepal (www.navyonepal.com) A Nepal-based, Italian-co-owned company that has some experience in running tours to Tibet and Nepal for travellers with disabilities.

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