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September,01 2023 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

Is there any age-limit on Tibet permits

Lots of our clients are curious to know if there is an age limit on Tibet Permit application. Well, the truth is there is no.

Never had a traveler been refused to get a Tibet Permit due to he/she was considered too young or too old for travelling from our working experience. In the past 10 years, the youngest traveler we received was a 8-month baby while the oldest we had received was at his early 80s. 

So, it leads to another interesting question:

Is there any age-limit for travelling to Tibet? Let’s find out together.

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Are You too Old or too Young to Visit Tibet?

To many of our clients, visiting Tibet has been a dream since childhood. And you are never too old to chase your dream.

So far, the oldest client we had received was the 82-year-old Gerhard, a German traveler, who made it Everest Base Camp (5200m) and successfully finished 3-day Mt.Kailash trek, without using oxygen supply in Sept 2018. To prepare for his journey, he trained himself by walking 12 to 14 km a day and three times a week to stay fit for the highland challenge. Learn more about Gerhard’s Tibet journey and the secret to his success.

Interestingly, in the same year, Anne Gentry, one of our American clients, who successfully visited Everest Base Camp (5200m) at the age of 84 with her 60-year-old daughter.

And in 2013, John Bailey from the USA, paid a visit to Mt.Everest Base Camp at the age of 82, he spent a holy and safe night at Rongbuk Monastery which is at a high altitude of 5200 metres.

When looking across the history of Mt.Everest Climbing Records, the oldest person reaching the peak of the world’s highest Mount Everest is a 76 years old man from Nepal. The oldest woman conquering the Mt. Everest is a 73-year-old Japanese woman. On the other hand, in June 2017, a Swiss parent visited EBC with their two boys (one is 6 and the other is 4), making it our youngest clients to Mt. Everest. - Learn more of how they prepare the family visit to Tibet.

While in summer 2017, Australian parent Justin and Hu Beibei bought their 3 years’ old and ten months’ old from Xining by train to Lhasa and visited Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake. - Check the video review of this Australian parent.

All of these prove that age will never be an obstacle for reaching Tibet.

Expert’s Suggestion for Tibet Journey for the Elderly and Children

Though there are many successful examples from our clients, you still need to have a full preparation the highland travel on soaring Tibetan Plateau.

Due to the fact that Senior Citizen and Children are not as adaptable as a healthy adult, we suggest taking an easy and relaxed trip, avoid changing accommodation frequently during your family trip to Tibet.

We want you to know that Age will never be an obstacle for reaching Tibet, however you need to check your health condition especially for those who have cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease is very common among Senior Citizen. If the senior citizen carries such disease, we do not suggest them go to Tibet. Even for healthy senior citizen, it is advisable to do a physical check before going to Tibet and follow the doctor’s suggestions. For instance, if people carrying high-blood pressure or heart seizure, we do not suggest you go to Tibet for whatever age you belong to.

Better not to bring kids under 5 years old to remote areas with poor basic facilities like Mt.Everest Base Camp or Mt.Kailashi (Ali). Our customers seldom do such a thing since it would be quite difficult to reach rescue if there is sever high altitude sickness or unexpected injuries. - Find out more interview and the complete guide to small kids traveling to Tibet.

Meanwhile, for the elderly and the young kids, booking a private Tibet tour will be more flexible than a group tour. And our Tibetan guide can also adjust the day-to-day itinerary and be more attentive to your needs. Highly recommended.

(See: Travelling with Kids to Tibet)

(See: Travelling with Senior Citizen to Tibet)


Despite the harsh geographic condition, we still encourage Children and Senior citizen (elder person) with good health to travel to Tibet. After all Tibet, as the World Third-Pole, is a place worthy of a visit during your life.

Mr. Raymond from Canada had arranged such a trip for his son and daughter 2 years in advance; when we asked him why he would like to take his children alone to Tibet. He severely said: “As a father, I would like them to see the highest mountain in the world”.

We are still deeply touched by this great father. Our manager Catherine Go also did a great overland trip from Nepal to Tibet with crossing Mountain Himalaya in winter, 2013 with her 6 year’s old daughter and 9 year’s old nephew. She said this trip was so wonderful that it will be a great legacy cherished by my children and me.

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Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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