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Best Tibet Tour FAQs You Need to Know

Fantastic! You are either considering a trip to Tibet or currently gathering more useful information for your upcoming Tibet tours. Based on years of Tibet tour operating experiences, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions about Tibet travel. You have the questions. And hopefully, we have the answer for you.

1. Where Is Tibet Located?

Located in the southwest of China on lofty Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Tibet, also known as Tibet Autonomous Region, is the second-largest region in China, neighboring Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Myanmar to its south.

2. Can I Travel to Tibet?

Yes, definitely. However, according to Tibet travel policy, all international tourists can only visit Tibet via a guided tour, either through a group tour or a private tour, with a local Tibet travel agency.

3. How Far Is Nepal from Tibet?

Nepal is the closest gateway to Tibet. You can travel overland from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and later cross Kyirong border to Tibet, China, it takes 2 days to finish around 200km. While the entire Kathmandu to Lhasa tour covers around 1,300km in 8 days. Besides, the flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa is also available, which takes 1h29min covering 603km.

4. How to Go to Tibet?

It’s very easy to reach Tibet. Firstly, take an international flight to cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, or HK. These are the major air hub connecting China with the world. Then switch to domestic flight or travel by a Tibet train to Lhasa. That’s it. Or, reach Kathmandu first and later travel by flight or overland to Lhasa.

5. Is the Tibet Nepal Border Open?

Yes, Kyirong (or Gyirong) border, currently the Sino-Nepal border, remains open to international tourists for Tibet travel.

6. Is Tibet Open to Tourists?

Yes, Tibet is a year-round destination for international travel. You can time your visit at any given time from April to mid-Feb next year. While as a common practice, from the end of Feb to the entire March sees a temporary pause to international tourists.

7. Can I Go to Tibet with a Chinese Visa?

Well, it won’t work. To enter Tibet, for international tourists, you have to get Tibet Travel Permit (or Tibet Permit) via a Tibet travel agency. And we offer free service for that. The processing of it takes 8-9 business days.

8. Can You Travel Independently in Tibet?

Nope, it’s not the case. For international tourists, you can only visit Tibet by booking a guided tour with a local Tibet travel agency like us. - Find out how to find the best Tibet Travel Agency.

9. How Far Is Tibet from Shanghai?

To travel by train, the distance between Shanghai and Lhasa is 4,373km and it takes about 47:27hrs. While the flight distance is 2,944km, it takes about 7h55min flight, with a stopover in Xi’an or Chengdu.

10. How to Travel Tibet from India?

To visit Tibet from India, you may firstly fly from New Delhi to Kathmandu and then either take flight or enjoy the Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour to Lhasa.

11. Do I Need a Visa to Go to Tibet?

Yes. Firstly, get a Chinese Visa yourself, then email the photos of your Chinese Visa and passport page to us. Then, our staff in Lhasa will help you get a Tibet Travel Permit. Later, deliver it to your hotel in mainland China for Tibet entry.

12. Does It Snow in Tibet?

Yes, Spring and Winter see most of the snow in Tibet. While at high mountain passes like Lagenla Pass (5190m) or any places with high altitudes like EBC (5200m), the snow may fall randomly.

13. How High Is Tibet above Sea Level?

Averaging 4000m above the sea level, Tibet is dubbed as the “Roof of the World.” The highest region lies in the northwest of Ngari Prefecture, topping 4500m on average, while the lowest places are in Nyingchi Prefecture, southeast of Tibet, where the average altitude stays around 3000m.

14. How to Get to Tibet from Mainland China?

In mainland China, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xining, Xi’an, and Chongqing are also the popular jump-off point to Lhasa. You can easily enjoy the flight or Tibet train from these places to Tibet. - Check for more details for traveling to Tibet from both mainland China and Nepal.

15. What Is the Currency in Tibet?

Chinese Yuan or RMB is the official currency widely used in Tibet just like elsewhere in China.

16. What Is the Weather in Tibet?

Due to the high altitude, the air in Tibet is thin and arid. The weather is also marked by the huge temperature change between day and night, with long hours of sunshine and powerful UV light. - Check the monthly weather of Tibet.

17. What Is the Main Language Spoken in Tibet?

Tibetan and Chinese are the official languages spoken in Tibet. Some street vendors also speak some useful English phrases.

18. Do Indian Need Visa for Tibet?

Yes, like other international tourists, Indian citizens are required to have Tibet Permit for Travel in Tibet. If there enter Tibet from Nepal, an additional China Group Visa is also needed.

19. How Far Is Tibet from Beijing?

The distance between Beijing and Tibet is 3,577.2km. If you travel by Tibet train, it takes 40:45hrs. By flight, it takes 4h30min.

20. How to Go Tibet from Singapore?

The easiest way is to fly from Changi Airport to Chengdu, then travel either by flight or Tibet train to Lhasa.

21. How to Travel to Tibet from the US?

You may fly from the below cities to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, HK or Chengdu. Then transfer to a domestic flight or a Tibet train to Lhasa.

Pacific: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles
Mountain: Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City
Central: Dallas, Michigan, Chicago, Mississippi
Eastern: New York, New Jersey, Miami, Tampa, Washington DC, Philadelphia

22. What Is Tibet Like Today?

Even in the 21st century, Tibet remains a sacred and peaceful virgin land for exploration. Though Lhasa has become much modernized, with more shopping malls and modern facilities, the devoted Tibetan pilgrims live in peace and harmony and old traditions stay intact.

From local delicacy to intriguing lives of local Tibetans and magnificent Tibetan monasteries and exotic festivities, epic landscapes and rich wildlife, etc. you will be bewitched by this last “Shangri La” on our planet.

23. What to Do in Lhasa Tibet?

Explore Potala Palace, home to Dalai Lamas; worship a life-size statue of Buddha in Jokhang Temple; experience the famous Barkhor Circuit; roam over Barkhor Bazaar; taste sweet tea in local teahouse; watch princess Wencheng outdoor musical; watch monk debate in Sera Monastery; Hike in Drepung Monastery and Enjoy the kora in Ganden Monastery; Explore cliff-side Drak Yerpa meditation cave, etc. - Find out more of things to do in Lhasa.

24. What to Wear in Tibet?

Due to the huge temperature change and arid climate with strong UV light, it’s better to bring multiple layers of clothes, esp. those for windproof and cold-proof jackets; headwear, sport shoes, and gears for sun protection, toiletries and personal medicines, esp. ones needed for cold relief and altitude sickness; other items like vacuum flask, etc.

25. Can Americans Travel to Tibet?

Definitely, in fact, based on our years of Tibet tour operating experiences, American citizens account for the largest group of international tourists to Tibet.

26. How Much Does It Cost to Go to Tibet?

The exact amount of cost for Tibet tour varies greatly, given the travel season, travel mode( private or group tour), and transport, and hotel, etc. Take 8-day Lhasa to EBC small group tour in May (shoulder season), on average one needs to prepare at least 1,000 USD for tour in Tibet, not including the transport to Tibet. It’s better to consult our pro travel consultant for a more accurate quotation for your Tibet tour.

27. Is It Safe to Travel to Tibet?

Yes, definitely. With over 90% of locals being faithful Buddhists, the crime rate of Tibet is fairly low. As a distinguished local Tibet travel agency, we put “the safe and pleasant travel” as one of our top priorities. Our designated customer service manager, oxygen supply and seasoned local leaders and systematic emergency services will ensure your travel safety.

28. Is Mt. Everest in Tibet?

Yes, to be more exact, as Mt. Everest stretches across both China and Nepal, Mt. Everest is jointly shared by these two countries. To enjoy the amazing panorama of Mt. Everest, Tibet is often favored than Nepal.

29. How Many Days Should You Spend in Tibet?

For the most classic Lhasa tour, 4 days are needed. To enjoy the serene lakes like Lake Namtso or Yamdrok around Lhasa, make it 5 or 6 days. For the Everest Base Camp and epic Himalayan vista, budget 8 days for the trip. While visiting holy Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, you need at least 15 days. - Check for more details for planning your days in Tibet.

30. How to Get to Tibet from the UK?

The quickest way is to take flight from London to Kathmandu with a stopover in New Delhi. Then either travel overland across Kyirong border to Tibet or change flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

31. How to Go to Tibet from Malaysia?

A popular and fast way is to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu, then switch to a flight or a Chengdu-Lhasa train to Tibet. You may also fly to HK or Guangzhou, then travel by flight to Lhasa.

32. How to Go to Tibet from Delhi?

The easiest way to travel from Delhi to Tibet is by flying to Kathmandu first, and then either travel by overland or air to Lhasa. To many Indian citizens, the Kathmandu to Lhasa overland journey is a popular choice. For Indian pilgrims to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, many choose to travel to Tibet via Nathu La Mountain Pass or fly to Hilsa in Nepal and later cross border to Purang, Tibet, China.

33. How to Go to Tibet from the Philippines?

You can fly from Manila to Beijing, or Shanghai, Guangzhou or HK, and then transfer to a domestic flight or Tibet train to Lhasa.

34. What Is Tibet Known for?

Known for its profound Buddhist traditions, epic Himalayan ranges and serene holy lakes and innocent and resourceful local Tibetans and massive unspoiled land and little-known flora and fauna, of course, it’s eye-blinding sunshine and high altitude, etc., Tibet is the last “Shangri La” waiting for your exploration.

35. What Souvenirs to Buy in Tibet?

For souvenirs, go to Barkhor Street. From hand-made Tibetan incense, Tibetan carpet to exquisite Tibetan Thangka and dried yak meat and turquoise bracelets, tiny prayer wheels, etc, there are plenty of options.

36. When to Visit Tibet?

Tibet can be visited all year round. The best time to visit Tibet is from April to mid-June and Sept. to October for the best Himalayan view and most outdoor activities.

For budget travelers like students, the best time to visit Tibet would be in winter, i.e. from Nov to early Feb next year. Many discounts like flights, hotels, etc. are available, with very few tourists.

While the summertime of Tibet, i.e. July to Aug, is the most comfortable season in Tibet, with the highest oxygen content and more moisture in the air, pleasing breeze and verdant grasslands, and plenty of festivities to enjoy, etc.

37. Where to Stay in Tibet?

Admittedly, the hotel facilities and service in Tibet can’t be compared with that of the western world. The best hotels and facilities with many options are found in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi. Remoter the place, more basic the facilities. - Check the hotels in Tibet.

38. How Big Is Tibet?

Covering 1,228,400 square km, Tibet is the second largest region in China, full of infinite opportunities for adventures.

39. How to Get to Tibet from Chengdu?

Either take the Chengdu to Lhasa train (36:18 hrs) or travel by air (2hrs) to Lhasa. It couldn’t be easier.

40. Can Anyone Go to Tibet and Become a Monk?

Well, Nope. Only the local Tibetans with a qualified background can be introduced by a Tibetan Lama to become a monk.

As a lofty land of mystery and Buddhism, to many, Tibet remains the most ideal place to experience the otherworldly landscapes and enjoy the divine experiences, closest to the last “Shangri La” on our planet.

All your questions will be answered by the moment you set your foot in holy Lhasa, capital of Tibet. As a prestigious local Tibet travel agency, we hope to inspire your Tibet travel and be your great helper to understand a real Tibet. Please, do not hesitate to tell us your travel inspirations and Tibet travel plan. Let’s work together to make it happen.

Master Kungga Dundruk

About the Author - Master Kungga Dundruk

The Lhasa-born prodigy used to study business overseas, and got his Bachelor of Business in Nepal and India before moving back to his homeland. With pure passion for life and unlimited love for Tibet, Kunga started his guide career as early as 1997.

Responsible, considerate, and humorous, he devoted his entire life to guiding and serving international tourists traveling in Tibet. As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience. Currently, he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into trouble, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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