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New on YoWangdu, a gloriously non-touristy Tibetan adventure on horseback deep among the peaks and grasslands of Kham. 
Tibetan horse festival adventure combines visiting a little-known local horse race with riding through majestic Tibetan peaks and grasslands.
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New on YoWangdu: A peek into the noble Dzogchen Monastery in the "hidden" valley of Rudam. Yolanda's hands-down favorite spot in Kham. 
Photo gallery of the beautiful Dzogchen Monastery in Kham, Eastern Tibet.
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New on YoWangdu: A photo gallery of the beautiful little butter sculptures — tsepdro — made by our local monks for Losar shrines.
Gyuto Monastery monks making beautiful Tibetan butter sculpture (tsepdro) for Losar.
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New on YoWangdu: Third in a series of practical tools for dealing with altitude sickness in Tibet. This one is one of the most important: How to Avoid Altitude Sickness.

Our goal in this post is to give you practical tools and strategies for how to avoid altitude sickness when you travel to Tibet. This is the third in a series of posts addressing our readers' questions and fears about altitude sickness.
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Best 100 Tibet Travel Tips: The Ultimate Guide – a collection of our favorite and most useful tips – just out on YoWangdu :-)  http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet_travel.html
100 useful Tibet travel tips to guide you through planning a trip to see the real Tibet while supporting local Tibetan people.
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If you're worried about altitude sickness, you are not alone — here's a post summarizing everything we have learned about how to prevent it. That's us, feeling pretty darn miserable at Lake Namtso, over 15,000 feet. You can learn from our mistakes!
A user-friendly guide for altitude sickness prevention, made to relieve the worry of traveling to high altitude.
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New post on YoWangdu: How to Make the Most of Your Time in Lhasa, with a brand new itinerary designed to help prevent altitude sickness. 
Authentic Lhasa tour with a local Tibetan guide, spending a few days seeing all the key highlights, experiencing the local atmosphere with real Tibetans.
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New on YoWangdu: Specific itineraries for preventing altitude sickness in Tibet, for Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and Kailash tours. 4th in our series on altitude sickness awareness.
Did you know that many of the popular itineraries for travelers to Tibet put you at high risk of getting altitude sickness?
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Yilhun Lhatso, a gorgeous little lake on the road from Derge to Dzogchen in Kham, Eastern Tibet.
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The YoWangdu Tibetan Culture business and website focuses on Tibetan food, travel and spirituality, and is dedicated to the preservation and development of Tibetan culture and education.

YoWangdu is owned and operated by Lobsang Wangdu and Yolanda O'Bannon. 

Lobsang Wangdu, a webmaster, experienced Tibetan cook, and digital photographer with many years of volunteer service for the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

Having long dreamed of using his photography and technical skills to run his own business, Lobsang created YoWangdu in 2009, with the mission of enabling visitors to experience the joys of Tibetan culture.

Lobsang thrives on making his clients happy with exceptional customer service, and is inspired by the motivation to contribute to much-needed education projects for Tibetans.

YoWangdu’s major product, the Tibetan Home Cooking eBook and video series, is based on Lobsang Wangdu’s original recipes, with great help from some friends who are wonderful Tibetan chefs. Lobsang learned to cook at a young age by watching his aunt and uncle in Tibet, and as he grew older, he assisted experienced Tibetan chefs, asking questions while he helped cook.

Lobsang has been making variations on the recipes in Tibetan Home Cooking for well over twenty years, and has acquired a wealth of experience along with his innate passion for making the people he cooks for happy.

Yolanda O’Bannon serves as a volunteer producer, writer and editor for the YoWangdu website and Tibetan Home Cooking.

Professionally, Yolanda is the executive and editorial assistant to Bruce Alberts, the Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine and former United States Science Envoy, and a producer for theiBioSeminars website.

She has worked for years as a web producer, and has spent most of her free time in the last 15 years supporting the preservation of Tibetan culture, working as either staff or volunteer in a number of Tibetan support organizations, including the Milarepa Foundation, Tibet Online, the Committee of 100 for Tibet and San Francisco Team Tibet.

Lobsang and Yolanda are married and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they love to cook and eat Tibetan food :-)