Tibet Travel Guide

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Tibet tours provide lovely sightseeing excursions throughout key cities like Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyanste as part of a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Tibet is also known as the “Roof of the World,” which gives us a great opportunity to visit spectacular and unique geography at the Tibetan highlands.

A visit to ancient monasteries, Dzongs, temples, and museums provides us with an insight into their culture and lifestyle along with the wonderful feeling of delight and happiness.

Additionally, Tibet tours take us to the historic sites of the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Norbulinka Palace as well as local Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Being on the roof of the world, Tibet is vast and full of wonders. Tibet Travel Guide informs visitors about the weather, people, customs, best time to visit Tibet, cost, permits, transportation, high altitude sickness, food, accommodations, currency, festival, religion, and map.

Tibet has so much to offer you that it is imperative that you prepare well before traveling there. Here, we’ve arranged the most significant Tibet travel guides in order to make things simpler, as follows.

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Tibet Travel: Preparation

If you are considering a Tibet and Holy Kailash tour, you should be aware that it is a demanding journey that requires us to spend the most of our time at altitude.

Therefore, at least two months of consistent practice are advised, such as two hours a day of running, swimming, or joining a health club. Reduce your smoking and alcohol consumption.

To ensure that you can work safely within your own constraints, consult your doctor to determine your current condition of health. A first aid pack is necessary for the trip in addition to the specific prescriptions that were written by your doctor.

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Tibet Travel: Required Documents

You are encouraged to have a small document bag or belt pouch to organize the following items: identity card, passport with Photostat copies, and diary for addresses, phone numbers, and small notes.

Ballpoint pens with extra ink and books, charts, etc. Traveler’s checks, credit cards, and currency. Tickets for trains and airplanes. any further personal paperwork.

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Tibet Travel: Permits and Guide

Most of us associate Tibet with the region that encompasses its renowned capital Lhasa, the revered Mount Kailash, and the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. The Tibetan Autonomous Region is this territory. It belongs to China, and the Chinese government rigorously controls access.

You must obtain a special Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) in addition to your regular China visa if you are a foreigner. You require the Tibet Group Visa (TGV), which is required if you’re travelling through Nepal.

You cannot visit Tibet on your own. A guided tour is required, and visitors must follow a set itinerary that the Chinese government has meticulously chosen and is keeping an eye on.

Your tour operator should be able to arrange for your permits, but because there might be lengthy waits, apply as soon as possible. Although it is frequently possible to travel to Tibet on short notice in actuality, it is safest to apply as soon as possible.

Tips about Tibet Travel Permit:

  • You must have a Chinese visa and your passport ready in order to apply for a Tibet permit.
  • Give yourself at least 20 days to obtain your Tibet travel authorization.
  • The time required to process a Tibet permit is around 10 working days. It will then be forwarded to your tour operator/
  • Both a Tibet Permit and a China Group Visa are required for entry into Tibet from Nepal.

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Weather information for Tibet/ Best Season

In general, the climate in Tibet is not as severe as many people think. From April through the beginning of November, when temperatures start to drop, is the ideal time of year to visit Tibet.

From April to November, the climate in central Tibet, which includes Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tsedang, is typically extremely mild; nevertheless, July and August can be wet, with over half of Tibet’s annual precipitation falling during these two months.

The months of October and November frequently have bright, clear skies, and because Tibet is at a lower altitude, midday temperatures can be fairly pleasant. The months of December through February are the coldest. Tibet can still be visited in the winter.

Very little snow falls in the low-lying valleys of Tibet (located near Lhasa, Shigatse, and Tsedang). Although March might have warm, bright days and isn’t always a bad month to be in Tibet, spring doesn’t fully start until April.

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Tibet Tour Itinerary From Nepal

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162KM

Day 02: Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m/14,270ft)-220KM

Day 03: Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244KM

Day 04: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955)-90KM

Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259KM

Day 06: Explore day in Lhasa

Day 07: Explore day in Lhasa

Day 08: Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans Himalayan Flight (1,300m/4,264 ft)

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Accommodation in Tibet

Tibet offers a variety of lodging alternatives, including hostels, hotels, and distinctive local homestays. The majority of lodgings include standard amenities like hot water and a kettle.

The majority of our lodging during the vacation will be in ordinary hotels with individual rooms, dormitories at hostels, or guest houses. In the major cities of Tibet, the majority of 3-star hotels and all 4-5 star hotels are your options if you require a more comfortable room with Wi-Fi and hot water for showers available around-the-clock. Try guesthouses if all you need is a room with limited amenities.

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Altitude Sickness

You should take altitude sickness very seriously. Fitness is unimportant. If they ascend too far without giving their bodies time to acclimate, even the hardest mountaineers risk dying.

Keep yourself well-hydrated, and wait until you have had some time to become used to the altitude before starting any long hikes. Know what you’re getting into: Tibet is the roof of the world, and the air is thin. Inform your tour guide of any symptoms.

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How Much to Tip a Tibetan Guide and Driver?

Tipping is not required in Tibet, but if you take a lengthy trip to the EBC, western, or eastern parts of the country, your guide and driver will likely expect a tip at the end of the trip, assuming everything went according to plan and they provided satisfactory service.

The winter months from December to the following February are typically too chilly to generate much business, and in March Tibet is closed to foreigners. In Tibet, tipping for the guide and driver is customarily done at the conclusion of the tour.

The guide and driver work these 8 months, from April to November, to support themselves and their families for the entire year. However, good guides are typically very busy during high season, especially for GROUP TOUR.

They might not always be able to be there on your final day to bid you farewell at the train station or airport in Lhasa. If your tour guide, who has been with you the entire time except for the final day, says something like this, take it as a hint and tip the person before you leave on your final day.

Below we provide you with some general guidelines for how much you should tip your guide and driver in Tibet. e.g. When two friends take an 8-day tour of Tibet together, they tip each other jointly (rather than separately), rounding up to around USD $60 or CNY 400 for the guide and approximately USD $60 or CNY 400 for the driver.

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