Complete Tibet Travel Tips And Tibet Tours Tips

Over the past 15 years in the field of Tibet Tourism, Tibet Travelers has witnessed the frequent changing of Tibet Travel Regulation.

Then there is more than 3000 - 4000 claiming to be Tibet Travel Expert providing different information making it complicated again.

That is one of the reasons recently Tibet Travelers has written an article Tibet Travel Free Guide for Travelers and Tibet Tours Free Guide for Travelers to make it convenient for all the Travelers who are planning to travel Tibet.

Today's article Tibet Travelers will share the Top 29 Tibet Travel Tips and Tibet Tours Tips to make it more convenient for all the Travelers around the world for travel to Tibet.

COMPLETE TIBET TRAVEL TIPS AND TIBET TOUR TIPS FOR TRAVELERS WITH UPDATE

1. Where is Tibet?

2. Why travel Tibet?

3. Can Travelers travel Tibet on our own?

4. When to travel Tibet?

5. How to travel Tibet?

6. Tibet a safe place to travel?

7. What are the documents required for travel to Tibet?

8. What is China visa and China group visa?

9. What is Tibet Travel Permit?

10. Why Travel with local Tibetan Travel agencies?

11. Which are the places open for travel Tibet?

12. How to choose a Tour or Trek in Tibet?

13. How long in advance do Travelers have to book the tour to Tibet?

14. From which destination Travelers are allowed to enter Tibet?

15. How to buy a flight to China or Nepal?

16. How to buy a flight or train to Tibet?

17. How is the hotel facilities in Tibet?

18. How is the Restaurants and Meals in Tibet?

19. Are they ATM and Banks everywhere in Tibet?

20. What is the Travel Insurance Tips?

21. What is the Cancellation Policy Tips?

22. What is the packing list for Tibet?

23. Which Apps to download before traveling to Tibet?

24. What is the health Tips in Tibet?

25. What about 4G and Wifi Tips in Tibet?

26. What is the Tibetan culture Tips?

27. What is the Photo Tips in Tibet?

28. How to travel Tibet like a Tibetan?

29. How to boost the excitement of a trip to Tibet?

1. Where is Tibet?

Tibet Autonomous Region is located on the roof of our world with an average altitude of 4,500m, a border between Nepal, China, India, and Bhutan. One of the most beautiful regions where many of the top highest mountains on our planet Earth are located.

2. Why travel Tibet?

Tibet is the closest region towards the sky in our world. Tibet is the home of nature, the roof of our world and home of many Buddhist Yogis.

Everywhere in our world is developing with tall buildings and car horns with less nature so it is very hard to witness the true authentic beauties of nature. Tibet is a great place to be with nature while hearing the birds singing.

Tibetan people are rated by many previous Travelers as one of the warmest people in the world. The smile from older Tibetans towards the Travelers gives some signals of connection without even having a conversation. 

One of the special wonders of the world Potala Palace, built in the 7th Century is located in Lhasa, Tibet.

Many important Buddhist monasteries are located in Tibet. 

Holist mountain Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are located in Ngari, Tibet. 

The highest mountain in the world Mount Everest is located in Tingri, Tibet. 

Tibet is Yet to Explore 

Why Travel Tibet?

15 Things to do in Tibet

They are more than thousands of reasons to travel Tibet. 

3. Can Travelers travel Tibet on our own?

This is a very important question to all the Travelers who are excited about traveling to Tibet. 

Even though Tibet is a magical destination in the world, Travelers are not allowed to travel Tibet on your own.

Travelers will need a Tibet Travel Permit to travel. Travel agencies are not allowed to sell only the Tibet Travel Permit.

Travelers must be on an organized Tour from a local Travel agency. 

For Travelers who are planning to stay in Lhasa without even visiting sightseeing will also need to pay for Tour Guide every day as a Tourism Rule and Regulations. 

4. When to travel Tibet?

Tibet Travel season starts from April 1st to the mid of next years February so Travelers can travel to Tibet only during these months.

This question about when is the best time to travel Tibet has many questions related to Tibet Travelers shared another article about what is mean by best from Travelers point of view?

Some Travelers love green and warm nature so for those we recommend traveling from mid-May to mid-October.

For Travelers who love snow with less tourist and more local, we recommend traveling during the winter from November to mid-February of next year. 

The best month to travel Tibet

When is the best time to travel Tibet?

Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers to travel from April to mid-June and mid-September to October-end for lower the cost and bit less tourist as compare to mid-July, August and beginning of September, which is known as the highest tourist season in Tibet.

5. How to travel Tibet?

Even though Tibet Autonomous Region is border destination between Nepal, China, India, and Bhutan but only from Nepal and China, Travelers are allowed to travel in Tibet. 

From China, they are 3 ways to travel to Tibet.

Flight

Train 

Overland from Xinjiang and Golmud.

How to travel Tibet from China?

From Nepal, they are 2 ways to travel to Tibet.

Flight

Overland 

How to travel Tibet from Nepal?

Tibet Travelers arranges few different types of tours to Tibet from both China and Nepal. 

Tibet Tours Free Guide for Travelers

In the above article, Tibet Travelers shares a deep information on all the types of Tours in Tibet. 

6. Tibet a safe place to travel?

Tibetans love Travelers so Tibet is one of the safest regions in our world to travel. There was never a news of crime towards Travelers in Tibet tourism. Tibet is also one of the safest regions to travel for solo female Travelers.

Tibet safe for solo female Travelers?

Tourism is one of the main sources in Tibet so we recommend Travelers to travel Tibet with worry-free of safety.

7. What are the documents required for travel to Tibet?

They are 2 important documents Travelers will require for traveling Tibet.

China visa

Tibet Travel Permit

If Travelers are traveling to Tibet from Nepal, Tibet Travelers will take care of both China visa and Tibet Travel Permit.

If Travelers are traveling to Tibet from China, Travelers will have to obtain the China visa from Chinese Embassy in your country at the Chinese Embassy. 

How to get China visa?

China visa and Tibet visa

Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers not mentioning about traveling to Tibet since some previous Travelers told us that China visa got rejected when Travelers mentioned traveling to Tibet. Travelers can mention about traveling to other cities in China like Beijing, Chengdu.

Tibet Travelers will be happy to help Travelers regarding China visa via Email. 

8. What is China visa and China group visa?

They are 2 documents required for travel to Tibet. China visa is the 1st document.

China visa is the document required for traveling to Tibet from China and to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit from Tourism office in Tibet.

China tourist visa (L) category

No China visa means no Tibet Travel Permit. Without China visa, Tibet Travelers cannot obtain the Tibet Travel Permit.

China group visa is the document required for traveling to Tibet from Nepal.

Easiest ways to get China group visa

Tibet Travelers will send the invitation letter to China Embassy in Nepal to obtain the China group visa and Tibet Travel Permit.

9. What is Tibet Travel Permit?

They are 2 documents required for traveling Tibet. Tibet Travel Permit is the 2nd document. Tibet Travel Permit cannot be obtained on your own. Travelers must need a Travel agency to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet tourism office. 

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?

Travel agencies are not allowed to sell only the Tibet Travel Permit. Travelers must be on an organized tour in Tibet. Tibet Travelers will obtain the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Tourism office.

10. Why Travel with local Tibetan Travel agencies?

No one knows the Tibet better than Tibetans since local Tibetans are born and living in Tibet.

Why choose Tibet Travelers?

Tibetans have a deep love for Tibet so that will make the trip to Tibet more from the heart than from the mouth. 

Tibet Travelers is the Tibet Travel Expert

Tibet Travelers has been rated 143 Excellent reviews from 144 Travelers. Even the 1 Traveler who has given us 3 stars had written strongly recommend and we also didn't found his or her booking confirmation with us but we would like to Thank all the previous Travelers including 3-stars Rater for taking precious time on Tibet Travelers.

Resume of Tibet Travelers CEO Tenzin

Tibet Travelers Manager Tenzin is born at the feet of Mount Everest and Tenzin is listed in many editions of Lonely Planet Guidebook.  

11. Which are the places open to travel Tibet?

Even though Tibet is a beautiful place to travel but not all the places in Tibet are open to travel for Travelers.

Most of the places which are open for Travelers are listed in Tibet Travelers website. 

Cities in Tibet

At the moment overland from Yunnan to Lhasa is not open. Few places in western Tibet, northern Tibet Nakchu, eastern Tibet Nyingtri and few places in Tsetang prefectures are not open.

15 Things to do in Tibet

Every year Tibet Travel situation is getting better so we hope soon all the place in Tibet are open for Travelers to witness.

12. How to choose a Tour or Trek in Tibet?

To choose a tour or trek, one of the most important things are the duration and budget.

Travelers should check the preferred duration of travel in Tibet and check the limit budget since traveling to Tibet is quite expensive so checking budget is very important before choosing the dates and buying the flights to Tibet.

Tibet Travelers arranges few different types of Tours and Trek.

Private Tour

Group Tour

Customized Tour

Trekking, Camping and Cycling tour

Tibet Travelers has shared full detail information about above tours meaning in below link.

Tibet Tours Free Guide for Travelers

Many tours are not listed in Tibet Travelers website but Travelers can send us Email to inquire more about these special tours. 

13. How long in advance do Travelers have to book the tour to Tibet?

This is a very important tip for all the Travelers. 

Traveling to Tibet need China visa and Tibet Travel Permit as a document and to obtain these documents takes time so Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers to book the trip to Tibet around 20-30 days or even more so that Travelers can get the documents require to travel Tibet on time.

Advance Booking Require for Tibet Travel Permit

For Travelers who are planning to travel Mount Kailash, Rawok lake or Western Tibet Ngari. Tibet Travelers recommend advance booking around 30 days. 

14. From which destination Travelers are allowed to enter Tibet?

Even though Tibet Autonomous Region is a travel destination between Nepal, China, India, and Bhutan but only from Nepal and China, Travelers are allowed to enter or travel Tibet. 

15. How to buy a flight to China or Nepal?

Tibet Travelers has done some research and we have found few websites.

Kayak Flights

Fare Compare Flights

Cheap Flights

These are few recommendations from our research. Travelers can also check on google to compare the flight prices.

16. How to buy a flight or train to Tibet?

The prices of flights and train to Tibet are listed on our website.

How to buy flight tickets to Tibet?

How to buy train tickets to Tibet?

Tibet Travelers can also help to find the discount flight tickets for Travelers.

Train ticket in Tibet is sold around 1 month 20 days before. It is difficult to get a soft sleeper train ticket, especially in the summer from June to October. Hard sleeper is easier to buy but in the high season, it cost around 200-500RMB per ticket for the service charge to buy train tickets.

Mount Everest 8,848m 29,029ft 

17. How is the hotel facilities in Tibet?

They are many 2-3-4-star hotels and few 5-star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse.

2 of the 5-stars hotel in Lhasa are St.Regis and Shangri-La Hotel. 

They are also few 3-star hotels in Gyantse, Nyingchi, Tsetang and western Tibet Ngari.

There is also one 3-star hotel in Darchin town near Mount Kailash.

Most of the other places, it will be 2-star hotel or guest house. 

Tibet is still developing and many places have not much hotel options. They are no possible to shower in Mount Everest base camp, Namtso lake, Mount Kailash and few other small towns.

Few hotel Recommendations 

Even a 4-stars in Tibet can be compared to 2-stars in the west so Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers to kindly understand this situation.
 
18. How is the Restaurants and Meals in Tibet?
 
They are few western style Restaurant in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse. Outside of Shigatse, it is mostly local Tibetan food. 
 
 
There is also few Muslim Restaurant in Lhasa and Shigatse for Muslim Travelers. 
 
For Coffee lover Travelers, there is a Summit Cafe in Lhasa at the Dangayling road and inside the Tashinota hotel. 
 
19. Are they ATM and Banks everywhere in Tibet?
 
They are 4-5 banks in Tibet and many ATM machines.

They are ATM in Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Saga, Darchin, Tada, Ngari, Purang, Old Tingri, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Damxung, Pomi.

Banks, Money, Currency, ATM in Tibet

There is a limit withdraw around 4000-6000RMB depends on Travelers credit card. The only possible withdraw cash will be Chinese Renminbi.

20. What is the Travel Insurance Tips?

It is a wise decision to buy the Travel insurance when Travelers are planning to travel Tibet. The reason behind is Tibet Travel Permit Regulation changes very often so we highly recommend Travelers to buy the Travel insurance from your home country. One of our suggestions Travel Insurance website is Insure my Trip

Travelers can also buy basic insurance in Lhasa which Tibet Travelers can also help. 

21. What is the Cancellation Policy Tips?

Tour in Tibet might get canceled even after the booking since Tibet Travel Permit Regulation changes very often. If this happens, it will happy to all the Travel agencies in Tibet. 

Tibet Travelers Cancellation Policy

Tour cancellation policy is important for both Travelers and Travel agency. 

22. What is the packing list for Tibet?

A sleeping bag is one of the best recommendations for packing list to all the Travelers who are planning for travel to Tibet.

For Travelers who don't have a sleeping bag, they are lots of blankets even in Mount Everest base camp and Mount Kailash. 

What is Tibet Packing list?

For Travelers who prefer to trek in Tibet, we highly recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag.

23. Which Apps to download before traveling to Tibet?

Few of the popular App in the west are not working in Tibet including Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. 

No Gmail, Instagram, Google, and Facebook

Sometimes Skype and Whatsapp will work in Tibet.

Best Apps to download before traveling to Tibet

We recommend using Wechat ( Popular China-based social media App) while traveling in Tibet. We are happy to help Travelers to set up Wechat.

24. What is the health Tips in Tibet?

Tibet is located on the roof of the world so high altitude mountain sickness is one of the important subjects for Travelers.

Mountain sickness is when Travelers travel from lower altitude to the high altitude quickly.  

As one article on Fotor wrote, the air in Tibet has 40% less oxygen

No need to worry about this, through our experience, the only thing Travelers get altitude sickness is when Travelers travel very fast without even staying a few days in Lhasa to acclimatize with the altitude.

One tour we don't recommend Travelers is 8 days group tour to Mount Everest, traveling from Shigatse 3950m to 5200m altitude in one day with around 11-12 hours driving.

Since all the Travel agencies are arranging this and also many Travelers ask us about this tour so we do arrange this 8 days group tour but we recommend Travelers who are reading this article to consider traveling to Mount Everest base camp in 9-10 days.

We recommend Travelers to prepare a healthy body before getting to Tibet by doing exercise and taking the medical exam.

Bringing the Diamox and small First Aids with you in case. 

Tibet Travelers do bring an Oxygen tank in the vehicle for the safety. 

They are also many small clinics in each town for an emergency but the best is to spend few days in Lhasa and travel slowly to Mount Everest or Mount Kailash.

25. What about 4G and Wifi Tips in Tibet?

Almost all the hotels and few Restaurants in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Sakya, Saga, Darchin, Tada, Ngari, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Tingri, even at my village Pasum which is around 30-40km from Mount Everest, there is Free Wifi.

Recently Tibet Travelers asked at the China Telecom office about the 4G internet Sim Card. We have found that it is possible to buy the Sim Card via using the Tour Guide's ID, the cost is 199RMB per month, which is around 30 US Dollar and Travelers can use as much data as you want. 

26. What is the Tibetan culture Tips?

One thing Tibetans love previous Travelers is many Travelers who are traveling to Tibet have love and respect for Tibet.

Tibetans take our culture and language very precious so we highly request Travelers to respect Tibetan culture and love nature in Tibet to make the trip extraordinary.

Inside the monastery, it is a great respect via wearing long pants, taking off hats, not smoking.

Smiling towards Travelers without any reason is one of the Tibetans ways of respect and love.

27. What is the Photo Tips in Tibet?

It is a great respect to ask before taking the photos.

We request Travelers not to take photos of military, not to take photos inside the monastery where it is not allowed. Some monasteries allow for some charge. 

 Sun is very strong in the afternoon making the light of the photo too strong so we recommend Travelers to take the photos of natures in the morning and late afternoon as one of the best time to take photos. During the night taking photos of stars are also a good choice. 

28. How to travel Tibet like a Tibetan?

Best way to travel like a Tibetan is being low profile. As we all know the person who is low profile always enjoy the most. 

Interacting with Tibetans is a great choice but we request no discussing politics.

Visiting random Tibetan village via having some tea and Tsampa ( Barley organic food) to feel the life of Tibetan villagers.

Top 10 Tibetan Phrase

Travelers can also learn some Tibetan phrase to show love for Tibetans via traveling as a Tibetan.

29. How to boost the excitement of a trip to Tibet?

The best way to boost the excitement of a trip is not to have high expectations. 

Having expectation is the door to the disappointments. Tibet is not developed like many other regions in our world so having big expectation will make the trip worse instead of boosting. 

If Travelers didn't expect a good weather in Everest, even a rain in Everest will make us feel like a blessing so No expectation means everything becomes a surprise gift. 

Travel in Tibet with Tibetan Tour Guide and Tour Driver like a family or friends will definitely boost the excitement of the trip. 

We love seeing both Travelers and Tour Guide get emotional when the moment Travelers have to leave at the airport. We would like to thank those Travelers for your love to Tibet and Tibetans. 

These are the Top 29 Tibet Travel Tips and Tibet Tours Tips from Tibet Travelers to all the Travelers who are traveling to Tibet. 

For Tibet travel information or booking a tour to Tibet. Email Tibet Travelers. info@tibettravelers.com 

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