Tibet, the highest region on earth with an average elevation of 4,900 m/ 16,000 ft, is known as the roof of the world. It is home to the Tibetan people, and to other ethnic groups such as Monpas and Lhobas. For many people, Tibet is a uniquely spiritual place and religion is extremely important to the Tibetans and has a strong influence over all aspects of their lives. Tibetan Buddhism is a distinctive form of Mahayana and Vajrayana, which was introduced into Tibet from the Sanskrit Buddhist tradition of northern India. Tibet offers stunning sights of monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude roads, spectacular views of the world's highest mountains, glittering mountain turquoise lakes and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Learn more about cycling in Tibet in our Tibet guide.