EN
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
Tintin in the Congo
Tintin in America
Cigars of the Pharaoh
The Blue Lotus
The Broken Ear
The Black Island
King Ottokar's Sceptre
The Crab with the Golden Claws
The Shooting Star
The Secret of the Unicorn
Red Rackham's Treasure
The Seven Crystal Balls
Prisoners of the Sun
Land of Black Gold
Destination Moon
Explorers on the Moon
The Calculus Affair
The Red Sea Sharks
Tintin in Tibet
The Castafiore Emerald
Flight 714 to Sydney
Tintin and the Picaros
Tintin and Alph-Art

Tintin in Tibet

A passenger plane travelling to Europe, crashes into the Himalayas. It turns out that Tintin's young Chinese friend Chang was on board the aircraft. Tintin in Tibet (1960) is a story of pure friendship, without any of the usual villains: a tale of Tintin's desperate search to find his friend. The unusual narrative, which is much more introverted than those of other books in the Tintin series, tells the story that faith and hope are able to conquer all obstacles, and that pre-conceived judgements of others – in this case in regard to the yeti – are the fruit of ignorance.

Tintin in Tibet - Cover
Tintin in Tibet - title page
Tintin in Tibet - Page 1
Tintin in Tibet - Page 2
Tintin in Tibet - Page 3
Discover the digital edition
In the application "The Adventures of Tintin" on the App Store or Google Play.
Logo App StoreLogo Google Play

Test your knowledge

+
Tintin in Tibet
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021

White everywhere

Tintin in Tibet was first published in Tintin magazine in the autumn of 1959. Hergé presented his proposed front cover for the upcoming book, to Casterman. The principle behind the concept was simple: Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock and Sherpa Tharkey, examining the yeti’s snowy footprints. Apart from the colourful characters and a red oval at the top of the cover, which contained the title of the story in black font, the whole composition was bathed in white, accentuating the majesty and purity of the surroundings.
Tintin in Tibet
Tintin in Tibet covers in French
The proposal was so radical that it did not manage to get beyond prototype stage. In Casterman’s opinion the illustration was too abstract for children and a risky bet commercially. Hergé, usually intransigent over such matters, agreed on this occasion to add some sky and mountains in the background.

No place for secondary roles

When trekking in the mountains, you only take the essentials – no extra baggage is allowed. In Tintin in Tibet, Hergé chose his characters along the same principle. Tintin’s extended family is reduced to its essentials: Captain Haddock, Chang and Snowy! It would be difficult to imagine Bianca Castafiore or Jolyon Wagg scaling the unforgiving slopes of the Himalayas.
Tintin in Tibet - Haddock, Tchang and Tintin
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021

The “adorable” snowman

The arrival of the yeti in The Adventures of Tintin is the first time that the question of the boundaries between man and beast has been addressed by Hergé.
Tintin in Tibet - Yeti, the abominable snowman
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
The abominable snowman does not really suit his name in this story, as it becomes apparent that beneath the bundle of muscle and hair beats the heart of a sensitive and lonely animal. At the end of Tintin in Tibet, as the yeti watches the caravan take his friend away from the mountains forever, we can feel his sadness...

Blessed Lightning

He may not say much, but when he does, everyone listens. Blessed Lightning, a monk from Khor-Biyong, a Tibetan monastery hidden in the mountains, has visions when he levitates. His extra-sensory powers allow him to see things that are happening elsewhere, far from the sight of ordinary human beings. He becomes an unexpected ally for Tintin, helping to cement his belief that Chang is still alive.
Tintin in Tibet - Blessed Lightning
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021

No baddies

One of the amazing things about Tintin in Tibet: the heroes do not come across any villains as the adventure progresses. There is no-one to blame for any of the mishaps they encounter. The journey to Tibet is the reflection of an internal journey.
Tintin in Tibet
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021

Snowy caught between angels and devils

Tintin's faithful friend Snowy may be a very good dog, but even he is not entirely blameless. Sometimes he has to choose between his duty and a good bone to gnaw on, and it is at times like these that his guardian angel and its devil alter-ego tussle for his attention.
Tintin in Tibet - Snowy caught between angels and devils
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
Most of the time it does not take long for Snowy to snap out of his indecisiveness, usually in the right direction.

The Captain dreams

Throughout their careers as comic strip characters, Tintin and Captain Haddock dream and have nightmares. In this adventure Tintin has a premonitory dream, while Haddock experiences a troubling series of hallucinations, stimulated by a certain Scottish drink. The scenery in Haddock’s dream is reminiscent of the paintings of the Italian surrealist painter Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978).
Tintin in Tibet - Haddock experiences a troubling series of hallucinations
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021

A new genre?

Tintin in Tibet ushers a new dimension into comic strips: the spiritual dimension. Although action and adventure play a big part in this story, the twentieth in the Tintin series, we can also see and feel other elements, emotions evoking the personal evolution of the author and the changing perspectives and values of his audience in the 1960s.
Tintin in Tibet
© Hergé - Moulinsart 2021
As he matured, Hergé read works on philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis. His readings lead him to discover and learn about Taoism, Zen and Buddhism.
5 reviews
or to write a review.
vahidesmi
2021/09/29 20:31 PM
in Persian:
تن‌تن در تبت
doctor14
2021/07/15 09:48 AM
The star of this one has definitely got to be Chang!
t0315523j
2021/06/13 15:11 PM
Tintin In Tibet
tiosjas
2021/02/18 05:12 AM
yes, exactly.
hanna1
2021/01/06 19:27 PM
An amazing and exciting book!
The strong friendships you see when Tintin insists on looking for Chang and when neither he nor the captain agree to sever the rope and cause the other's death ... amazing!!!
Create your Tintin account
From 5 to 12 letters and/or numbers
From 5 to 12 letters and/or numbers
Sorry, this username is already taken.
A confirmation will be sent to this email
8 characters minimum
8 characters minimum
Next...
You are on the official website of Tintin.
Read our privacy policy
Thank you! To verify your email, please enter the 4-digit code you received at .
If you did not receive it, check your address or look in your junk mail.
The numbers are wrong...
Back
Next...
Thank you !
Your account is now ready to be created.

By creating your account, you accept the terms and conditions from Tintin.com.

You accept to receive from Tintin.com personalized notifications related to Tintin (new events or exhibitions, new books or products, etc.).

You will be able to set your preferences in your account.

  
Please accept the conditions
Create my Tintin account
Log in
Forgot your password
Enter your email, you will receive a link to reset your password.
Forgot your password
An email with a link to reset your password has been sent to your email address.
Logo Tintin

Pour accéder à ce contenu, vous devez être inscrit à Tintin.com

Connexion / inscription
To apply for your Syldavian passport, you must first create a Tintin.com account.
Registered since
Last login on
Logo Tintin Français Nederlands Español 中文 日本語