Tibet Travel and Tour Guides - All in One 2024

Tibet Travel and Tour Guides.

Greetings from Tibet! Are you planning a trip to Tibet? We've put together a collection of Tibet Travel & Tour Guides.

We aim to continuously update our articles to provide the best possible service to travelers. Currently, with these 40 travel tips, your travels in Tibet will be a breeze, and you'll have a memorable time. So, please let us get started!

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1. Can travelers travel independently?

Currently, individuals are unable to travel on their own and are required to partake in arranged and organized travel experiences.

2. How to travel to Tibet?

Tibet can only be reached through two routes: one from other cities in China and the other from Kathmandu, Nepal.

3. Is Tibet a safe place to travel for solo female travelers?

Travelers can rest assured that Tibet is one of the safest places to travel. There have been no reports of harassment towards women in Tibet. While Tibet is generally a safe destination, it's essential to dress appropriately by wearing long pants and shirts in public areas, especially monasteries. Also, it's recommended to avoid traveling alone late at night, and if you need help, please seek the help of your tour guide to accompany you during your travels.

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

To travel to Tibet, one must obtain two essential documents: a China visa and a Tibet Travel Permit.

5. What is the difference between a China Visa and a China Group Visa from Nepal?

To visit Tibet from other cities in China, it is necessary to obtain a China Visa from the Chinese Embassy. Conversely, if traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal, a China group Visa is required from Nepal. China has simplified visa requirements for more than 11 countries. For further details on China visas, please click here.

6. How to get a Tibet Travel Permit?

A Tibet travel permit is the necessary document to travel to Tibet. It is impossible to obtain this permit by oneself. The assistance of a travel agency is required to get the permit from the Tibet Tourism office. For further details on Tibet Travel Permit, please click here.

Mount Everest

1. A photograph of the golden sunset on the north face of Mount Everest.


7. What are the destinations Travelers can travel to in Tibet?

Travelers can only visit destinations that are listed on their Tibet Travel Permits.

8. When is the best time to travel to Tibet?

If you want to see the stunning nature, the best months are from July to September, but it can get pretty crowded with tourists. We suggest traveling in April, May, June, and from the end of October to the end of December.

9. What are the peak tourism periods?

Tourists flock to popular destinations during the six-day holiday on May 1st, the months of July and August, and the seven-day festival starting on October 1st. These periods are known to be the busiest times for tourism.

10. Is winter a good time to travel to Tibet?

From approximately October 20th until February of the following year, Tibet experiences its off-season, resulting in fewer travelers due to the cold winter weather. Despite this, winter is still an excellent time to travel as there are fewer tourists, and the sunny weather allows for stunning views of the snowy landscape.

11. How long in advance do Travelers have to book a tour to Tibet?

We suggest booking the tour at least two months in advance to ensure timely receipt of the China Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. However, if you already possess a China Visa, booking 20 days before the tour is acceptable for obtaining the Tibet Travel Permit.

12. How to buy a flight from home to China or Nepal?

Our research has yielded several recommendations. In addition, travelers are advised to utilize Google to compare flight prices.

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13. How to buy a flight or train ticket to Tibet from China or Nepal?

We can help you purchase flight tickets at a discounted rate. Also, we can assist in getting train tickets with service fees.

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14. What are the Hotel Options?

There are a variety of hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse, ranging from 2 to 5 stars. The St.Regis and Shangri-La Hotel are two examples of 5-star hotels in Lhasa. In other areas, such as Gyantse, Nyingchi, Tsetang, and western Tibet Ngari, there are 3-star hotels available. Additionally, a 3-star hotel can be found in Darchen town near Mount Kailash. In most other smaller towns, accommodations will be limited to 2-star hotels or guest houses.

15. What are the restaurant options?

Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse have many options for Western-style dining and Chinese cuisine. Tibetan food is widely available everywhere. Muslim visitors can find halal possibilities in a few restaurants in Lhasa and Shigatse. Although there are numerous coffee shops in Lhasa and Shigatse, we recommend sampling the local Tibetan dishes during your Tibet travel.

16. Are there many ATMs and banks?

ATMs can be found in various locations such as Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Saga, Darchin, Tada, Ngari, Purang, Old Tingri, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Damxung, and Pomi. The maximum withdrawal limit for travelers using credit cards ranges from 3000-6000RMB. The only currency available for withdrawal is the Chinese renminbi; here, we provide more information on banks, money, currency, and ATMs.

17. How to buy Travel insurance?

Due to the frequent changes in regulations for Tibet Travel Permit, we suggest purchasing travel insurance from your home country. Insure My Trip is a website recommended by experts for purchasing travel insurance. Tibet Travelers can assist individuals who require basic insurance in Lhasa.

Guge KingdomPhoto: Guge Kingdom beauties at Ngari 


18. Why Travel to Tibet with us? 

The travelers opted to go with local travel agencies to experience the local flavor. Tibet Travelers is fully committed to ensuring an enjoyable experience for their clients during their tours. Tibet Travelers is the ideal choice, with a 100% rating and outstanding reviews. The manager of Tibet Travelers, MC Tenzin Dhondup, was born near Mount Everest. Since 2006, Tenzin has been included in the Lonely Planet Guidebook. We highly recommend checking out this link if you are considering traveling to Tibet. It has nine awesome reasons why Tibet Travelers would be the perfect choice for your trip. :)

19. What is your Cancellation Policy?

Tours in Tibet may be subject to cancellation even after booking due to the frequent changes in Tibet Travel Permit Regulations. Please take a look at Tibet Travelers' Cancellation Policy.

20. What are the best Mobile Apps?

Before traveling to Tibet, it is recommended to download certain Tibet travel mobile Apps, as some popular ones, such as Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, are unavailable in the region. We suggest using WeChat, a popular social media app based in China. It'll come in handy during your trip!

21. What is the Packing List?

To ensure a comfortable trip, it's suggested to adhere to two pieces of advice: pack minimally and dress in layers. The sun's rays can cause temperatures to increase during the day, but once it sets, temperatures can rapidly decrease, particularly at higher altitudes.

When journeying, attire must be lightweight, simple to wash by hand, permit air to circulate, and dry rapidly. It is recommended to pack a cozy down jacket and lengthy trousers. Shoes suitable for hiking, Sneakers that provide comfort, and Socks that allow for breathability. When it comes to altitude sickness, Diamox is the top-performing medication. In case of emergencies, you can buy Chinese herbs as a secondary option while in Lhasa.

Travelers should pack sunblock cream and sunglasses. If planning to go on a trek to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, or camping, one should consider bringing a sleeping bag. Additionally, exploring the Tromsikang market in Lhasa is a good idea. The market offers great bargains, and any items bought can be gifted to a local shepherd or farmer to accrue positive karma.

22. What are the Tibet Travel Health Tips?

When preparing for a journey to Tibet, it's crucial to keep in mind that the typical elevation is between 4000 - 4500 meters, with some high passes reaching up to 5200 meters. The prospect of altitude sickness may cause concern, but there's no need to worry! The majority of travelers (roughly 95%) don't encounter any health problems while exploring Tibet. Ensure that you take medication for high altitudes and stay hydrated.

Upon our arrival in Lhasa, we came across fellow travelers who had been affected by altitude sickness. Nonetheless, it is expected to experience specific symptoms of altitude sickness on the initial day as it signifies that our body is adjusting to the high altitude. Fortunately, the majority of travelers recover fully by the next day. Travelers may experience mountain sickness when they rapidly move from a lower to a higher altitude. According to an article on Fotor, the oxygen levels in Tibet are 40% lower than in lower-altitude regions.

23. How to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Tibet Travel?

For Travelers, altitude medicine such as Diamox is suggested, and it is recommended to take one pill daily before arriving in Tibet. In Lhasa, the red herb medicine named Hongjingtian can also be bought to help with altitude sickness. People of various age groups, including those in their 70s and 80s and young children aged 8 to 10, have had no significant problems with altitude sickness while traveling in Tibet.

Mental discomfort can cause altitude sickness, which is a frequent problem for travelers. The mind has a significant impact on the body's responses, so if one is anxious, their body will be affected. Our recommendation for travelers is to appreciate the breathtaking scenery in Tibet rather than excessively worrying about altitude sickness.

24. What are the other health tips?

  1. Dressing warmly while touring Tibet is essential, as the weather changes frequently. It's common for several different types of weather in a single day. Failure to dress warmly can result in travelers becoming ill with colds or fevers due to climate changes.
  2. It is advised not to shower on the day of arrival in Tibet.
  3. When traveling in Tibet, food is crucial as it can affect your overall well-being. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for food that is low in oil and chili to ensure that your body remains in good condition while on your trip.
  4. You should engage in mild physical activity a week and a half before reaching Tibet.

25. What are a few reminders to prioritize health?

In case of an emergency during your travels in Tibet, hospitals can be found at intervals of 100 km in various villages, as well as in larger cities such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Ngari, Tsetang, and Nyingchi. Travelers should acquire insurance in their country of residence. In case of need, the travel agency Tibet Travelers can help Travelers obtain insurance while in Tibet. Moreover, Travelers should carry a small first aid kit.

Potala PalacePhoto: Potala Palace Golden Sunrise


26. 4G and Wifi in Tibet Travel sites?

Free WIFI is available in almost all hotels, even those located near Mount Everest and Mount Kailash. With the Tour Guide's ID, travelers can purchase the China Telecom sim card for approximately 30 US dollars per month, or 199RMB, and there are no limits on data usage.

27. What are the friendly Tips?

Showing love in Tibetan culture includes wearing long pants, removing hats, and refraining from smoking inside the monastery. Additionally, it is customary for Tibetans to smile at travelers without any specific cause as a sign of showing love.

28. What are the Photo Tips?

Please ask for permission before taking photos. We kindly ask travelers to refrain from taking pictures of military or police personnel and inside monasteries where photography is prohibited. Some monasteries may allow photography for a fee. The sun can be pretty intense in the afternoon, resulting in harsh lighting in photos, so we suggest taking nature photos in the morning or late afternoon for the best results. Additionally, nighttime photography of stars can produce stunning images.

29. How to Travel Tibet Like a Local?

One of the most effective ways to travel locally in Tibet is by complying with the rules and regulations of the China Tibet Autonomous Region. Please it is strongly advised to avoid political discussions when interacting with locals. 

30. What are the Payment Options?

To secure your booking with Tibet Travelers, we request a deposit of 50 US dollars per person. This can be done through PayPal or an international bank transfer. The remaining payment can be made by cash, Ali Pay, WeChat Pay, or bank transfer. More information on payment options.

Mount Kailash and sky

Photo: The spectacular Mount Kailash Sunrise 


31. Is Tibet a little dry during the daytime?

Tibet tends to be dry during the day due to the intense sun, so it is advised to drink plenty of water and use nose cream if you have a sensitive nose.

32. Which mountains hold the most significance in Tibet?

In Tibet, the two most significant mountains are Mount Kailash and Mount Everest. Mount Kailash is revered as a spiritual center, while Mount Everest is sought after as the highest peak to climb.

33. Which lakes hold the most significance in Tibet?

Manasarovar Lake and Namtso Lake are the two most essential lakes in Tibet. Those seeking spiritual enlightenment are drawn to Manasarovar Lake, while adventure seekers are drawn to Namtso Lake. Click here for further information on lakes in Tibet.

34. How to avoid crowds of tourists in Tibet?

We suggest traveling in the winter, specifically from mid-October to early February, to avoid the crowds of tourists. Be sure to pack warm clothing as temperatures can drop to as low as minus 20 degrees at night. During the day, it is warm due to the sun.

35. What are the best Tibet Travel Itineraries?

We recommend a few travel itineraries for travelers. The first Tibet travel journey is a 10-day Tibet travel that begins in Lhasa and culminates at Mount Everest base camp and Namtso Lake. The second Tibet trip we recommend is a 17-day Tibet travel journey from Lhasa that takes you to Mount Kailash, where you will trek for three days over 52km at an altitude of 5000 meters. During this tour, you will also visit the Guge Kingdoms and Mount Everest base camp.

If you're a traveler intending to visit Nepal following Tibet, we highly suggest our 8-day overland excursion from Lhasa to Kathmandu, which includes a stop at Mount Everest's North Face Base Camp. For those who enjoy spirituality, hiking, nature, and hot springs, we suggest taking our 9-day travel journey to Tibet, which includes breathtaking nature excursions. Our suggestion for those who enjoy trekking is our 11-day Ganden to Samye trek.

36. What are the bathroom options in Tibet?

When planning a journey to Tibet, it is essential to be aware that specific well-known sites exclusively provide traditional Tibetan squat toilets. These sites comprise Mount Everest North Face Base Camp, Yamdrok Lake, Namtso Lake, and Mount Kailash. Hotels with 3-4 star ratings in Tibetan cities such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Tsetang, Nyingtri, Ngari, and Chamdo have bathrooms designed in a Western style.

37. Is winter a good time to visit Tibet?

Visiting Tibet during winter is strongly suggested. You will have fewer crowds of tourists and more chances to interact with the residents. Additionally, we are providing a substantial discount for winter trips! There are three reasons why traveling to Tibet in the winter can be beneficial.

  1. Fewer tourists and a higher number of locals.
  2. There's a good possibility of more beautiful snow-white to come!
  3. With a big discount, you only need two people to start your Tibet group travel journey.  

38. What are the top ten Tibetan phrases?

  1. Greeting and Hello: Tashi Delek!
  2. What is your name: Rang Ming Kang Ser Kyi Yo?
  3. Who are you?: Key Rang Su Yin Pa?
  4. I Love You: Nga Rang La Gah.
  5. You are beautiful: Rang Nying Jey Po Duk.
  6. Very Good: Yak Po Du.
  7. Bad: Duk Cha.
  8. Kind Mind: Sem Sang po.
  9. I Miss You: Nga Rang Dren Ki Duk.
  10. Good Bye: Ga Lay Shu Ah.

The word "Nga" refers to myself, while "Rang" refers to you.

39. How to learn about meditation and Buddhism?

Your passion for spirituality is greatly valued as it brings immense joy to life. For those who are new to it, we suggest beginning with a brief meditation session. To learn more about how to initiate the meditation practice, we have published an entire article on the topic. Please click on the provided link to access the comprehensive article.

40. Conclusion 

We hope the above information will benefit all prospective travelers. If you notice any missing questions, feel free to leave a comment, and we'll add it right away! Our top priority is our valued travelers, so we'll do our best to update this article as quickly as possible.

We're thrilled that you read our article all the way through! Thank you so much! Your feedback is highly appreciated, and we would like to hear it. If there is anything we can do to improve the article, please let us know by leaving a comment. Wishing you abundant health and wealth!

We'd love to help you plan your trip to Tibet! If you have any questions or want to book a Tibet travel journey, please don't hesitate to email us at info@tibettravelers.com. We're here to make your travel experience as enjoyable as possible.


Written By :Tenzin

Jan 01, 2024


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