Having been isolated from outside world for centuries, Tibet is full of a deep sense of spirituality and mysticism. Once upon a time, only travelers with the strongest mind to conquer the jagged peaks and turbulent river by foot can witness the unparalleled beauty of Tibet, but now Tibet is just a click way, with the improvement of tourism facilities plus Tibet Discovery’s expertise guide. You can easily travel to this “Holy Land” by flight from many popular cities in China by direct flights and trains, or from its neighboring Nepal either by overlanding driving or plane. Once stepping on the land of Tibet, you can magnify your dream as big and high as the plateau is. Soak in the smoke, incense and chatting of the devout pilgrims in the temples and climb up on to the roof of the grandiose Potala Place to look down upon the holy city; Drive cross high passes and deep valleys to encounter with a mysterious heavenly lake; Challenge yourself in the memorable trekking to get close to the sacred snow mountains including Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, etc.; Discover the contemporary changes of local Tibetan lives in a local park of Lhasa or in a rural village near Yamdrok Lake. There are so many things to do and to explore.
As a Tibetan local based agency, Tibet Discovery is your best assist and companion to enjoy your adventure in Tibet. We provide you authentic, tailor-made and valuable Tibet tour packages, including valuable private tours and budget small group tours, and take care of your trip from travel permit, transfer, dinning, and accommodation to sightseeing with great flexibility of your own.
What is a private tour? You will have your own private local tour guide, vehicle and driver who only serve for you, and enjoy the flexibility to arrange the tour activities accordingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road if you want to take a rest or take photos.
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / Lhasa
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Mount Everest / Gyirong
This overland tour is a deep exploration into exotic Tibet. Enjoy the very essence of Tibet - Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest, then travel from border to Kathmandu.$1,058 / Details
Lhasa / Shigatse / Mount Everest / Namtso Lake / Lhasa
Tibet Discovery Tour - follow popular destinations from Lhasa to Gyantse, Shigatse, Mount Everest and Namtso Lake. Must-see places for first-timers.$1,589 / Details
Lhasa / Namtso / Lhasa
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Lhasa
Explore landmarks in Lhasa, take a side trip to stunning Yamdrok Lake. Compared with Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake is easier to reach and lower in altitudes.$640 / Details
What is a group tour? Our group tours take you to visit the most visited places - Lhasa, Namtso, Shigatse, Everest, etc. All tour packages have been successfully operated for many years and created loads of amazing experiences for our customers. They are featured in budget price and fixed departure dates with maximum size of 12 members.
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / Lhasa
This is once in a lifetime memorable journey to discover the heart and essence of Tibet and magnificent Everest.$854 / Details
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Mount Everest / Gyirong / Kathmandu
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse
Lhasa / Yamdrok / Lhasa
Want a budget tour with Lhasa highlights as well as a glimpse of beautiful nature of Tibet? This is the best offer.$633 / Details
Kathmandu - Gyirong - Tingri - Mount Everest - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
Does a particular aspect of Tibet fascinates you? Tibet Discovery Tours is specialized in finding unique experience of Tibet, and leading you to explore what interests you most. Our Private Tibet Tours will take you to explore deep into the Holy Land, with loads of options, freedom & flexibility. You can choose from the following themes or let us help design your own trip.
Generally speaking, more than 80% of our traveler traveled to Tibet from China due to flexible choices of flights and trains. Many of them chose to travel Tibet with other famous and popular destinations in China, such as Beijing (Great Wall, Forbidden City), Chengdu (Giant Panda), Shanghai (the Bund), Xian (Terracotta Warriors), etc. Tibet Discovery has designed many China Tibet Tours with different length and themes. Feel free to request a quotation or let us customize a tour of your own.
Destinations: Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Shanghai
This tour is strongly recommended for visit-time China visitors covering top destinations in China. It is all about bringing China and Tibet’s history and culture to life.Check Details
Destinations: Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Shigatse / Gyantse / Mount Everest / Gyirong / Kathmandu
Start your adventure from Beijing and finish at Nepal Tibet border so that you don't have to return to Lhasa or other cities in China. Full of diverse experiences.Check Details
Destinations: Shanghai / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing
Amazing diversity tour - exploring Chinese history and culture in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, encounter with Giant Pandas, experiencing authentic Tibetan culture.Check Details
Destinations: Shanghai / Guilin / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing
The best highlights and all expected impressions of China are included - most beautiful place in China - Guilin, ancient capital city - Xian, meeting adorable Giant Pandas, mysterious Tibet...Check Details
Destinations: Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Chengdu / Chongqing / Yangtze River / Shanghai
Encompassed China Highlights - explore China with a relaxing Yangtze Cruise, Asian best gastronomy city - Chengdu, Great Wall hiking, wonder of Terracotta Warriors, grandiose Potala Palace...Check Details
Destinations: Beijing / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Zhangjiajie / Shanghai
You will not only learn about the Chinese culture and history, but also enjoy the top landscapes in China - historical word heritage sites, modern metropolis, adorable pandas. The most exciting part is to visit the Avatar world in Zhangjiajie.Check Details
You can travel to Tibet from many cities in China. Among all gateway cities, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, Shangri-la (Yunnan) are most popular with travelers. You can either travel to Tibet by flight or train.
The mysterious Himalaya is full of treasures, and Tibet possesses only a small part of the treasures. Traveling southward from Tibet to Nepal, you will encounter with more historical and natural wonders. All located in Himalayan Range, Nepal and Tibet share some in common, such as Buddhism, Himalayan mountains, but the differences and contrasts are bigger. Generally speaking, Nepal is more lively and Tibet is more spiritual. Take one of our Nepal Tibet Tours to start your once in a lifetime Himalayan adventure now!
Kathmandu - Gyirong - Everest - Shigatse - Gyantse - LhasaCheck Details
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Mount Everest / GyirongCheck Details
Kathmandu / Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / Gyirong / KathmanduCheck Details
Lhasa / Namtso / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / GyirongCheck Details
Lhasa / Shigatse / Everest / Mount Kailash / KathmanduCheck Details
After operating Tibet tours for over 10 years, we have already achieved a deep understanding about What Tibet has to offer, what our customers want to see and experience most, what are the major concerns during our customers’ trip. Here we list out the most frequently asked questions that our former customers about tour planning, travel documents, itinerary, hotel, booking, dinning. You are also welcomed to submit your question to us, our travel experts are always ready to help.
Tibet Tourism Bureau stipulates that all foreign tourists, including Taiwanese, are not allowed to travel Tibet independently. You are only permitted to travel to Tibet with a China travel agency which will arrange travel services for you, including creating itinerary, tour guide, driver and vehicle, permit application, etc. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a free and relaxing trip in Tibet. Actually, most areas in Tibet are open for foreign travelers, and can be visited with a tour, private tour or group tour, with China travel agency.
To travel in Tibet, all Non-Chinese passport holders need to have a Tibet Travel Permit which can only be applied for by China travel agencies like Tibet Discovery with Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa. You must obtain it before your tour starting. The permit will be checked when you board your flight/train to Tibet.
Traveling with Tibet Discovery, you don't have to worry about the complicated procedures of Tibet Travel Permit application. All you have to do is to confirm a tour package with us and send us your passport and Chinese via copies at least 15~20 days in advance before your tour, we will take care of all the rest things. Once the permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, we will deliver to you at the appointed address in mainland China, such as your hotel, local travel agency, etc. Besides Tibet Travel Permit, you also need to have a Chinese visa and valid passport to support your Tibet trip.
Generally speaking, months from May to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow. During November to April of next year, Namtso Lake is mostly frozen, and not suitable for travel. If you only visit Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and other cities with lower altitude, you can take a trip all year around.
Having an average altitude of about 4500 meters (14,750 ft), Tibet is the highest land in the world. The altitude of the capital city Lhasa is 3650m (12,000 ft). Most of attractions in Tibet are located over 3700 meters above the sea level. The elevations of some higher places, such as EBC, Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, Mount Kailash (trek) may reach to more than 4500 meters between 5700 meters.
You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
Currently common tourist can only get to Tibet from China cities or Nepal (Indian passports pilgrims can enter Tibet from specific border ports).
Travel from China Cities to Tibet
Take a domestic flight from other cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Xining, Kunming, etc. or an international flight from Kathmandu, or take a train from China's other cities, like Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xining, Lanzhou, etc.
Travel from Nepal to Tibet
Take a flight from Kathmandu Tribuvan International Airport to Lhasa, or enter Tibet from Gyirong Port at Nepal-China border. This port is about 89km from Kathmandu, about 820km from Lhasa, and about 360km from Mount Everest (Tibet Side). To travel from Nepal to Tibet, you have to apply for a Group Visa in Kathmandu.
A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring (Feb~May) and Autumn (Sept~Nov). A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.
1) You are not allowed to take photos inside the chapels of the monasteries, but photography of the architecture is allowed; 2) You should take off your hat and sunglasses to show respect when you entering a monastery. Wearing shorts and exposing shoulders are disrespectful; 3) Try to walk and talk quietly to not disturb the living and study of the monks in the monasteries.
We offer both private customizable Tibet tours and fix-departure group tours. What are the differences?
Private tours - firstly, you have the flexibility to arrange the group activities according to your personal interests; secondly, you can also travel at a slower and comfortable pace; thirdly, you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group.
Group tours - traveling with a group tour, you will join other people in a fixed-departure date, and share the itinerary, vehicle and tour guide, which will greatly cut down your expense. To ensuring high quality service, we limit the group size to a maximum of 12 people.