Tibet Travel Guide & Tips

Tibet is an Autonomous Region of China, situated in southern China, adjacent to Nepal, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Yunnan, and Sichuan, which means you can extend your trip to these popular tourist neighbors easily. Regarded as the “Roof of the World”, Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with average elevation of 4000m. The spectacular geographic condition formed diverse marvelous landscapes, such as giant highest peak Mount Everest, tranquil holy Lake Namtso, mysterious Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, vast Nagchu grassland, etc. The essence of Tibet is the friendly Tibetans who have already inhabited in Tibet for more than 2,000 years and have created featured Tibetan culture. The brilliant Tibetan Buddhism originated here, and then spread to the rest of the world.

Tibet used to be a mysterious place because of its special location and culture, which is one of the reasons that attract millions of travelers to visit. Visiting Tibet is much easier now, as we have done all the work for you. Here you will find everything you could possibly want to know about Tibet tourism, including Tibet destinations (Lhasa, Everest, Shigatse…), useful Tibet travel tips, practical Tibet facts, etc.

Tibet Regions

Tibet is full of travel resource. Most of popular attractions are located in following seven regions: Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Everest, Shannan, Nyingchi, Ngari. Lhasa is the capital city. Shigatse is the important stop to Everest and Nepal. Ngari is the remotest region in Tibet. Each region offers featured highlights.. Here is the refined information: attractions, weather, maps, transportation, hotels...

Tibet Travel Tips

Getting well prepared is very necessary before visiting Tibet. Tibet is such a spectacular place that there are too many things for you to explore. Doing some researches before your trip can make your holiday more enjoyable. You can learn basic knowledge about Tibet culture and history so that you will not be puzzled when visiting dazzling Tibetan monasteries. You should also acquire information about how to avoid the high altitude sickness. To help you read easily, we have classified all travel tourism information into 4 categories – Know before You Go, Facts and Culture, Useful Travel Guide, Transportation.

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Essential Tibet travel tips

Tibet Permit

Tibet Permit is the key to Tibet. There are three kinds of permits – Tibet Entry Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit and Military Permit. Everyone who wants to visit Tibet has to get the Tibet Entry Permit which is issued only by Tibet Tourism Bureau. Without it, you cannot book flight or train tickets to Tibet. The Alien’s Travel Permit is needed if you want to go to Mount Everest and Nepal and some other remote regions in Tibet. The Military Permit is usually needed when traveling in Ngari Prefecture. Learn how to get Tibet Permit here>>

Best time to visit Tibet

Climate changes differently in different seasons and regions in Tibet. You should avoid months of terrible weather when planning your trip. Recommended time for visiting Tibet is usually from April to October. While August and September are the best months to visit Tibet. Learn Tibet weather info here>>

How to avoid high altitude sickness

Tibet has an average elevation of 4,000m. So it is easy to get high altitude reactions if you are not fully prepared. The capital city Lhasa’s elevation is 3,650m. You can start to take medicines to avoid high altitude sickness about two days before taking flight to Tibet. During first two days after arrival in Tibet, you’d better avoid strenuous activity. Learn more about how to avoid high altitude sickness in Tibet here>>

How to plan a Tibet tour

It depends on how many days and how much budget you have. Usually about 4 days to two weeks are needed to visit Tibet. If you have 4~6 days, you can travel Lhasa and its surrounding Gyantse, Shigatse, Namtso, Nyingchi. If you have 7~10 days, You can explore the classic route from Lhasa, via Shigatse to Mount Everest, or travel straight to Kathmandu of Nepal. Learn more how to plan Tibet tour here>>

How to go to Tibet

So far, there is only one international flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa which is very expensive and not easy to book. So people usually travel from China to Tibet. Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong are often used as arrival city in China from which you can transfer to Tibet by flight or train. Visiting Tibet from Nepal is another choice. Learn train to Tibet and flight to Tibet.

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