Tibetan Hiphop Pioneer MC Tenzin


Music is an essential part of daily life for Tibetans! Many Tibetans can sing without any training, the reason behind this may be the fresh cool water coming straight from the high snow mountains.

MC Tenzin, the founder of Tibet Travelers local travel agency, is the pioneer of Tibetan Hip-hop music.

Tibetans love music and our ancestor Yogis have a culture of teaching Dharma through Singing Doha Songs. A few Tibetan important musical instruments are Dramnyen (Tibetan style Guitar) Piwang Yangching (Tibetan style Paino), and Lingbu. (Flute)

MC Tenzin Hip-hop Journey

My Hip-hop journey started in 2003 at the Mount Everest north face base camp. Hip-hop was my only friend when I feel emotional and lonely. Sometimes I wish to meet my old friends and I can't since they are far from Mount Everest base camp so only Hip-hop kept me on track and Hip-hop is a blessing for me. I used to listen to many Hip-hop artists including 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nelly, Kelly, and Eminem. One of my favorite hit songs was the 2002 hit: Dilemma by Nelly feat Kelly and In Da Club by 50 Cent.

Photo: Mount Everest

In the year 2003, everyone uses a CD player. I can't buy new music CDs at Mount Everest north face base camp so I try my best to earn money and pay double or triple the price for Hip-hop CDs from Travelers and Sherpas who used to stay at base camp while traveling, trekking, and climbing the Mount Everest. 

Later I started writing rhymes in 2005 when I was a Tour Guide at the oldest local Tibetan tourism agency, FIT Banakshol Office. I still remember one night when I was writing a rhyme about a love story told to me by a random guy I met at Mount Kailash. During that time there was no electricity in the Mount Kailash area so I used to put a candle and write music, which when I recall, still gives vibes and feels romantic.

Later in the year 2006, I wrote many songs including Tibetan Hip-hop, One Day, Regret, Wheel of Life, and Tibetan Girl.  Most of my music is available to listen at Youtube. Promoting peace, happiness, and love through music is my attitude toward Hip-hop music. 



2010 Music Video Album (One Day) 

In the year 2010, I have written, produced, and released my music album to the world. I feel delighted that I did something great! Visit the link for Free Download of my 38 Tibetan HipHop Songs.


In the year 2006, Mc Tenzin was interviewed by Lonely Planet Tibet Guidebook Author Bradley Mayhew about Nightlife in Tibet, you can find this on page 74 of the Lonely Planet 2010 edition

Thank you for reading my article about my music Journey as Mc Tenzin. Now I am running a travel company, Tibet Travelers is rated 100% Excellent reviews in Trip Advisor.  Email Tibet Travelers for your journey to Tibet. info@tibettravelers.com 

Written By :Tenzin

Feb 21, 2023


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