Best Tibet Documentaries

A look at the best FREE Tibet documentaries.

Tibet is a region in East Asia, covering much of the Tibetan Plateau and spanning about 2,500,000 km2 (970,000 sq mi). It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa and Lhoba peoples and is now also home to considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people settlers. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,380 m (14,000 ft). Located in the Himalayas, the highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, rising 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) above sea level.

Interesting Facts about Tibet

Here are some ineresting facts you may not know about Tibet:

  1. In the 7th century, the Tibetan Empire reached into Central Asia's Tarim Basin and the Pamirs before being divided into several territories. It was only in the 18th century that the current borders of Tibet were established.

  2. During the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing dynasty in 1912, Tibet declared independence and was later annexed by China. Dissident groups active in exile maintain tensions regarding Tibet's political status.

  3. There are approximately 6 million Tibetan speakers spread across the Tibetan Plateau, including Lhasa, Kham, Amdo, as well as parts of Nepal and northern India.

  4. The spoken Tibetan language varies by region, but the written language follows Classical Tibetan, sharing a script with Ladakh and Dzongkha.

  5. In modern China, Tibet is considered part of East Asia, and the Central China plain is considered part of Central Asia.

Let us now look at some documentaries that will allow you discover Tibet even further:

Best Tibet Documentaries

Here are the best Tibet documentaries ordered based on date of publishing:

1. Tibet, the path to Wisdom | SLICE | Full documentary

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Duration 51:48
Date Published May 29, 2022
Views 737112+
Channel SLICE

Ani Rigsang has chosen a nomadic lifestyle in the land of white clouds. The Buddhist nun felt confined in Lhasa, and so today she has taken to the road to reconnect with her country’s spiritual traditions, which are now threatened by rapid modernisation and the reinforcement of Chinese control over the region. From snowy mountains to green valleys, from monastery to monastery, this documentary accompanies Ani as she makes her way through Tibet. A moving testimony that brings together age-old traditions and legends, this film takes us through stunning landscapes, revealing to us a contrasting Tibet, jostled by modernisation and

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2. The Secrets of Tibet: Ancient Land, Modern World - Full Documentary

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Duration 50:15
Date Published March 9, 2022
Views 428572+
Channel Get.factual

Tibet is the rooftop of the world; home to the highest plateau on earth, the Tibetan people have thrived in this extreme alpine environments for thousands of years. Tibet is a place of ancient wonder and devoted spirituality but an emerging modernity is being woven into the tapestry of the region. These mystical people who live so close to heaven are beginning to open up and share their secrets. -- Welcome to the official Get.factual youtube channel! We are a documentary streaming channel covering history, science, technology, and nature. Explore worlds distant, forgotten, and unknown; from the depths of ocean

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3. Himalaya, a path to the sky I SLICE I Full documentary

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Duration 51:51
Date Published March 6, 2022
Views 408614+
Channel SLICE

Kenrap is eight years old. He is a Buddhist monk and lives in the Phuktal monastery on the peaks of the Himalayan mountains of Zanskar. Kenrap chose his life away from his family: when he was five, he remembered he was the reincarnation of a 68 year-old monk, and then decided to return to the monastery where he belonged. Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by a young ethnologist, this award-winning film follows this attaching little monk with whom we share moments of intimacy, and gives us a rare glance at Buddhist monastic life. Documentary: “Himalaya,

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4. Tibet Rural Life: Remote and Quiet Tibetan Village Life Which is also My Dream Life

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Duration 21:10
Date Published February 27, 2022
Views 843158+
Channel Tibet Travel ( Tibet Vista )

Tashi Delek. Today, in this video, I'm in Phenpo county, 80km north east of Lhasa, to have a day in their village. Honestly, village life is my dream life and I was born in a small village of Tibet, then I followed my parents to Lhasa for they work here. My childhood was very colorful in the village. How was your childhood like? Share with me. Hope you will enjoy the video as usual. Thank you very much and all my best wishes to you. Subscribe: https://bit.ly/2UzibQD Website: https://www.tibettravel.org/ Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tibetvista https://www.instagram.com/tibettravelorg/

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5. Discovering Tibetan Nepal: Manaslu Circuit Trekking, Nepal Himalaya

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Duration 37:56
Date Published February 8, 2022
Views 1570071+
Channel Nicholas Eager

21 days of relaxing hiking on the Manaslu Circuit, through the Nepal Himalayas, close to Tibet and Annapurna. Join my friend Hung and I on our trek through narrow valleys, along rushing rivers, and over majestic mountains. Rest with us at a Tibetan monastery, go hiking with dogs, goats, yaks, and donkeys, and experience authentic Tibetan and Nepalese life. Trek was in December 2021. --- How to hike the Manaslu Circuit: https://nicholaseager.com/blog/how-to-hike-the-manaslu-circuit Follow me on: https://www.instagram.com/nicholas.eager/ Gear list: https://nicholaseager.com/gear --- Prayer flags sending wishes in the wind with every thread, sunsets setting fire to the mountains, cheery nuns cooking nourishing

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6. Most Original Rural Life in Tibet: I Ask Myself If I Could Live this Life or Not? (full documentary)

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Duration 30:12
Date Published February 2, 2022
Views 449586+
Channel Tibet Travel ( Tibet Vista )

Tashi Delek, Today, I will take you to experience the daily routine village life in Tibet and I always ask myself if I could live this kind of life or not? My deep inside is desiring this kind of rural lifestyle, but I could not give up the things that the big city brings to me. How about you? I’m looking forward to your answers. Hope you could enjoy the video as usual. Thank you very much and all my best wishes to you. Subscribe: https://bit.ly/2UzibQD Website: https://www.tibettravel.org/ Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tibetvista https://www.instagram.com/tibettravelorg/

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7. The Tibetan Empire: a Silk Road Superpower

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Duration 17:19
Date Published November 4, 2021
Views 135263+
Channel Odd Compass

The History of Tibet is a fascinating one. The Tibetan Empire was founded in the early medieval era, and quickly rose to become a pan-Asian Empire that engaged extensively with the Indian subcontinent, controlled valuable overland Silk Road routes, and contended with China. This is the story of the Rise of the Tibetan Empire -- from the founding of the empire to the rumblings of a golden age. I hope you enjoy! #tibet #tibetanhistory #lhasa -- Sources (non-exhaustive): "Tibet: a History" by Sam Van Schaik "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia" by Christopher Beckwith "Empires of the Silk Road" by

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8. Guge, the Lost Kingdom of Tibet

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Duration 52:03
Date Published May 2, 2021
Views 10723+
Channel Dharma Documentaries

In the middle ages a kingdom in western Tibet stood at the heart of the silk roads and became a refuge for those fleeing India during the Muslim invasions. This was Guge, whose remains still tower into the sky to this day, apparently as high as a 40 floor skyscraper, and build like a living fortress. This film is a co-production of Discovery Networks Asia and France 5, along the lines of a NetGeo documentary, with commentary from John Bellezza and Tsering Gyalpo. The documentary alternates between investigating the present work on the site, and trying to piece together why

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9. Karma || Full Nepali Movie || Tsering Dolkar, Mithila Sharma, Jampa Kalsang

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Duration 01:44:25
Date Published November 16, 2020
Views 1987725+
Channel Mila Productions

KARMA A small film could not have a bigger philosophical question: what is more important, inner development or outward social action? In a nunnery in the high desert mountains of Mustang, a revered abbess dies, leaving signs that she will be reborn in the precious human form once more. Prayers and rituals must be done to help her consciousness into its next rebirth, but the nunnery coffers are empty. The senior nuns decide that the only way out is to retrieve money loaned out by the nunnery. The two nuns assigned this mission are Karma, a free-spirited nun, and her

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10. Orphans of Tibet | SLICE I Full documentary

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Duration 42:43
Date Published October 18, 2020
Views 134491+
Channel SLICE

Each year, groups of Tibetan children secretly flee their homeland over the Himalayas to reach schools in India founded by the government in exile. They have left behind their family childhood and are now considered as orphans. We will discover the itineraries of Sonam, aged nine, and Dholma, the little new girl of the school. Here in India, they are taught about Tibetan culture and will find out about the history of their country and their ancestors. Documentary “Orphans of Tibet” Direction: Julie Capel Production: ZED & ARTE France SLICE wants to fill up your curiosity! Accessible to anyone from

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11. Tibet - The Roof of the World (Documentary)

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Duration 29:04
Date Published June 24, 2020
Views 44321+
Channel Nature & Adventure

A magnificent documentary on the highest plateau on the earth. A road journey from Qinghai to Lhasa through breathtaking scenery. This nature and culture documentary is fully loaded with world's largest fresh and saltwater lakes like Qinghai Lake, Manasarovar Lake, Kunlun Mountains and unique flora and fauna. This awesome paved path on the highest altitudes can truly be named as the heavenly road to Tibet.

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12. Nomads on the roof of the world (2001) [Full Documentary]

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Duration 50:39
Date Published May 8, 2020
Views 20928+
Channel Documentales Olvidados

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13. First Day in Lhasa, Tibet

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Duration 14:17
Date Published December 13, 2019
Views 1461440+
Channel Where's Poppy

Day 1 of our 8 day tour of Tibet started in the ancient capital, Lhasa. We visited Jokhang Temple, one of the most sacred temples in all of Tibet, bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. We also watched monks debate at Sera Monastery and tried some delicious local Tibetan food! TOUR COMPANY ☞ Explore Tibet https://www.exploretibet.com/tibet-group-tours/ Make sure to download a VPN before arrival to Tibet, link here ☞ https://www.expressvpn.com/wherespoppy for 3 months free w/ 1 year pack! Featuring Jordan from Travellight ☞ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4hZoV-OOUo14Qm7aQE6zA JOIN MY COMMUNITY ☞ https://www.patreon.com/wherespoppy ☝ Get all my unlisted videos about my

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14. THE YOGIS OF TIBET - Rare Documentary Film

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Duration 01:16:33
Date Published June 10, 2019
Views 3638328+
Channel Nyishar

Original film description: YOGI (yo-ge) An individual who has spent years in isolated retreat practicing secret self-transforming physical and mental exercises, and through these techniques has developed extraordinary control over both mind and body. The yogis in this film took unprecedented risks. Once vowed to extreme secrecy to maintain then purity of their practices, they agreed to these unique interviews and rare demonstrations to help preserve for posterity their vanishing culture.

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15. Discovering Tibet: Mysterious map

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Duration 48:01
Date Published March 27, 2019
Views 30148+
Channel CGTN

A full documentary.

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16. The Sherpas (The Himalaya's Natives - Full Documentary) | TRACKS

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Duration 51:22
Date Published October 10, 2018
Views 89965+
Channel TRACKS

Bordering Nepal and Tibet, we find the highest mountains in the world; the Himalayas. This is the home for the Sherpas, from where the first man to climb Mount Everest came from. This documentary follows three brothers, all native to the Himalayas but living completely different lives. The documentary series “Disappearing World” was originally broadcasted between 1970-1975. As an anthropological landmark of its time, the series tells the story of traditional communities endangered by the modern world’s progressions. The series stands as a historical document of daily life in remote and threatened societies, such as the Cuiva, Embera and Panare

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17. The History of Tibet Part 1 – BBC

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Duration 49:41
Date Published March 3, 2018
Views 38215+
Channel ABCDIR

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18. The Forgotten World: Tibet - Documentary

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Duration 49:09
Date Published July 2, 2017
Views 152392+
Channel Global Documentaries

Documentary producer unknown (please let us know so that we can provide credits).

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19. Tibet - The Truth [Official Film] [西藏 : 真相]

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Duration 01:00:16
Date Published June 10, 2017
Views 125053+
Channel Monarex Hollywood

'TIBET - The Truth' is a brief, yet comprehensive, film examining the evolution of Tibet as an integral part of China beginning around 600 AD. Tibet's geo-political history is fairly clear up to the 19th and 20th centuries. It was during this period that Western Imperialism began to muddy the waters and campaigns were launched to create an insecure western border for China. Additional influences include rampant civil unrest within China, the forming of the Republic of China after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, Japanese aggression that tormented the people of China for many years, and finally,

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20. Tibet Situation : Critical - Full Documentary

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Duration 01:57:51
Date Published October 21, 2014
Views 25170+
Channel DALAI LAMA 168

Tibet Situation : Critical - Full Documentary. Tibet Documentary by Jason Lansdell Published on May 26, 2013 Tibet Situation : Critical - is an extensive look at the current situation in Tibet and for Tibetans in exile. It covers the history of Tibet, before and after the Chinese invasion. The clips in this film are from a wide range of documentaries and news organisations, as well as never before seen footage. The main focus and theme of Tibet Situation : Critical is to show the brutality of the Chinese Government against the Tibetan people, as well as an end segment

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21. The Lost World of Tibet, BBC

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Duration 01:29:14
Date Published June 21, 2014
Views 192900+
Channel DALAI LAMA 168

The Lost World of Tibet, BBC Documentary OM MANI PADME HUNG FREE TIBET NOW ~ Long Live His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama In this holy Land surrounded by snow mountains, You are the source of all benefit and happiness May your Lotus Feet, O powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso Remain in this world until Samsara ends!

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