Tibet is a giant plateau region in Central Asia, just north of the Himalayan Mountain range. Explorers have called Tibet “The Roof of the World” because it’s highest region on earth. Its average altitude is fifteen thousand feet. By contrast, the average altitude of Kokomo, Indiana is 33 feet. This has made Tibet a very difficult region to visit for a very long time. Since 1950, Tibet has been officially a part of China called the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and airports, roads, and a massive train line now make getting there a little easier. Even so, it takes visitors some time to adjust to the height. The air is pretty thin. Because of its long isolation, Tibet has a unique and wondrous culture and history, filled with intrigue, violence, tragedy, hope, and yes, lots of yaks. Follow the links on the side to explore!