A photo of Tagong
Minyak is a region southwest of greater Kham. The Tibetans who live here have a local dialect different from the language of the Khampa (the people of Kham). The Minyak region is known for its famous mountains, including the holy mountain Minyak Gangkar. There are also many traditional monasteries, ancient murals, and historical sites--including 600-year-old watchtowers. The Minyak area receives few tourists and requires no special permits, making it an ideal location for cultural immersion and free exploration. Tibet Travel Coop offers homestays and community visits for travelers interested in this unique Tibetan region.
Tibet can be divided into three distinct cultural regions, all located in modern China: Central Tibet and Lhasa, which is now called the Tibet Autonomous Region; Amdo, in Qinghai and Sichuan provinces; and Kham, located primarily in Sichuan province. Each region has its own unique dialect of the Tibetan language. Cultural customs vary as well, and travel through the diverse regions of Tibet reveals a variety of architecture styles, food, clothing, craftwork, art, and music. Tenpa Tenzin’s tours focus on Kham, in particular his home area of Minyak.