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Useful Travel Tips in Tibet

With so many unknowns to figure out, planning a trip to Tibet, the world’s highest tourist destination, can really be an overwhelming experience.

Yet, no worries. As a local Tibet travel agency in Lhasa, having decades of Tibet tour running experiences, we offer you expert advice for all your questions.

Whether you are the first-timer to Tibet or planning a revisit, our valuable travel tips will get you fully prepared for an exhilarating adventure in Tibet.

What you should know for the first-timers to Tibet?

Firstly, all international tourists can only visit Tibet via a guided tour with a local Tibet travel agency like us.

Secondly, if you travel from mainland China to Tibet(TAR), you need to get Chinese Visa first on your own and apply for the Tibet Travel Permit through the travel agency to lawfully enter Tibet.

What are the top experiences in Tibet?

Well, the answer to this question is up to your interest and preference. However, here are some of the best travelers’ choice for the best highlights in Tibet.

In Lhasa: visit the iconic Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple; experience the holy kora around Barkhor Street; watch the monk debate in Sera Monastery, plus the scenic hike in Drepung Monastery and 2-day excursion to the serene Lake Namtso.

Lhasa and Shigatse: enjoy the most popular 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour via turquoise Lake Yamdrok, chanting Gyantse County and Shigatse City.

Lhasa to Ngari: experience divine experience in 15-day Lhasa to Mt.Kailash tour via EBC. You can challenge the 3-day trek around the holiest mountain in Tibet.

Lhasa to Nepal: Go for the rollercoaster ride across the Himalayas to Kathmandu in 7 days. You can enjoy the best panorama of the Himalayan Range in this epic journey.

Of course, not to mention dozens of top treks and off-the-beaten paths, you may consult our friendly travel consultant and book your ideal journey.

Is it safe to visit Tibet, given the high altitude there?

Yes, you may rest assured that ensuring travel safety is the top priority for us. Your itinerary will be expertly designed to give you enough time for acclimatization to soaring Tibetan Plateau.

Our local leaders will provide the oxygen supply for you when needed. Throughout your stay in Tibet, they will closely monitor your health to ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

Although most of the visitors to Tibet may experience things like dizziness, fast heartbeat, headache, or shortness of breath, which is the normal physical response to altitude ascent as your body needs time to adapt to a new height and thin air.

With the designed customer service manager and the support from a professional team, you have nothing to worry about. - Check expert tips to avoid acute mountain sickness in Tibet.

What you should pack for Tibet tour?

Apart from the travel essentials like passport and Tibet Travel Permit (delivered to your hotel in mainland China), enough warm clothes like a down jacket, thermal underwear, sweaters, etc. and sun protection gears, such as sunblock, sunglass, etc. are a must.

Due to the huge temperature change, you are very likely to experience 4 seasons in a single day. So, preferably dress in multiple layers based on the temperature change.

From head to toe, check the gears you should bring to Tibet in detail.

How can you get to Tibet?

There are two major ways to reach Lhasa, Tibet. One is from Kathmandu and the other is from different provincial cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Xining, etc. to Lhasa.

Kathmandu to Lhasa: You can take the non-stop international flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. It takes around 1h25min. Or travel overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa via the Himalayas.

Parts of mainland China to Lhasa: you can firstly take international flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Xining, etc. Then, either travel by domestic flight or board the scenic Tibet train to Lhasa.

How much does it cost to visit Tibet?

The exact cost of the Tibet tour depends on your travel season, travel mode, namely travel in groups or private tour, hotels your prefer, how long you stay in Tibet, and what activities you want to do in Tibet, transfer, and local guide service, 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 the journey, not including the transport to Tibet. It’s better to consult our pro travel consultant for an accurate quotation.

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