Where is Tibet?
Erik’s team of climbers is certainly not the first team of adventurers who have traveled to Tibet’s mountainous region in south central Asia. Tibet, often called “The Roof of the World”, is home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth at 29,035 feet. Even though the region is surrounded by the snowy Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram Range to the west, and the Kunlun Mountains to the north, people from all over the world make the trek through Tibet to reach and climb the world’s tallest peaks. However, prior to the middle of the twentieth century, Tibet, with its treacherous mountain passes, was virtually isolated from the rest of the world, making its history and culture unique.
Situated in the southwestern part of China, Tibet shares its southern border with Myanmar, India, Bhutan, and Nepal. It is bordered on the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, and on the east by Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, all Chinese provinces. The total land area of Tibet is 470,000 square miles; it appears like the shape of a shoe.
Erik and his teammates will travel first to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital. It is in this city of over 200,000 people that Sabriye Tenberken founded a school for the blind.