Tibet Travel Guide

Why Does Tibet Attract Visitors?

To most people, Tibet is mysterious and magnificent. It offers breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world, holy monasteries, and spectacular turquoise lake, and attracts people from both home and abroad. Every visitor will get an unforgettable experience when visiting there as Tibet is absolutely the most uniquely spiritual place in the world.

Tibet is called as the Roof of the World. It is the highest and the most beautiful plateau on earth. You will go across huge plains dotted with yaks, see glittering holy lakes, visit several fabulous monasteries and count colorful prayer flags on Mt. Everest Base Camp. Although in Tibet you have many obstacles to overcome, you will still feel the peace and the scenery will still conquer you. This is what Tibet attracting people the most.

Travel Restriction

There are some travel restrictions when travel in Tibet, like visitors who want to get to Tibet have to get a Travel Permit and foreign travellers need to arrange a tour with a travel agency in advance for their time in Tibet. Please note there are some restrictions for traveling from other countries to Tibet directly. Visitors less than two people (include two) are not allowed from Kathmandu to Tibet.

Highlights of Tibet

  • Take in resplendent hues of sunset or sunrise at Namtso Lake as the first or last ray of sunshine cast across the surface of the lake.
  • Behold the breath-taking natural scenery of vast grassland, snow-copped mountains, gorges, lakes by taking a overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Check out Tours from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
  • Obtain a glimpse into the local Tibetans’ lifestyle by paying a visit to a family in the countryside around Lhasa.

About Altitude Sickness

Visitors who take plane to Lhasa will have altitude problems after they stay in Lhasa for 12 to 14 hours. Visitors will feel dizzy, headache or nausea. It is recommended that visitors sleep for a while and sip some water. Do not run and walk slower than usual. So, it is recommended that visitors do not arrange tour on the 1st day in Lhasa.

If you feel a little fever and heart beat faster than usual, you should tell yourself calm down. It is not a big deal. If you feel it is hard to yourself, you should see doctors.

Best Time to Visit

The best time for traveling in Tibet is May and the period from middle August to October. The rest of the year is not suitable for touring activities because of harsh weather condition.

Things to Know

1. You can have an individual travel in Tibet according to the latest news. But you need to book a tour operated by a legal Chinese travel agency in advance.

2. You need to book all the tours in advance via a Chinese travel agency. Your whole tour in Tibet has to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

3. The time to book a tour need to be at least 15 days in advance. Usually, it takes 2 to 3 days to confirm your tour details such as hotels. And the Tibet Entry Permit needs at least 10 days to apply. We need at least 15 days in advance to make sure your successful Tibet trips.

4. All the hotels have to be booked before your trip. Not all hotels have rights to offer rooms for foreign customers. You need to book a hotel which is officially for foreign travelers.

5. The documents to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit include a copy of your passport, Chinese tourist visa and personal information. The personal information consists of your formal name, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality and occupation.

6. Some areas in Tibet are still unavailable to foreign travelers without permits. But if you want to travel there, you can ask our travel guide to apply for the right documents for you.

Tip: Travelers need to respect Tibetan unique custom and cultures, and avoid any political issues during your trips in Tibet.

Where is Tibet?

Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is bounded to the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, to the east by Sichuan Province, to the southeast by Yunnan Province, to the south and west by these countries: Burma, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. 

Tibet Autonomous Region is huge, covering an area of about 1.2 million square kilometers, which, by comparison, roughly equals the combined areas of France, Germany, the UK and Luxembourg. Tibet Autonomous Region is second only in size to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, among all the provinces of China.

With an average altitude of above 4,000 meters, Tibet Autonomous Region has very complex topography and falls into three geographic parts: the west, the south and the east. The west part, known as the North-Tibet Plateau, lies between Kunlun Mountain and Kangdese Mountain, and Tonglha Mountain and Nyainqentanglha Mountain. This part takes up 2/3 of the total area of Tibet. Most of the north part is uninhabited. The south part of Tibet consists of valleys and lies between Kangdese Mountains and Himalayas. The east part is mainly made up of canyons and is marked by a gradual decline in altitude intercepted by small ranges called Henduan Ranges. Most of the tourism resources now opened to foreign tourist are in the east and west parts.

Tibet Facts

Population: 4.22 million

Area: 7,266 sq km

Climatic Features: subtropical humid monsoon climate with frost-free period of 245 days, 4 seasons clearly

Average Temperature: 15.7℃ annually

Products: paddy rice, wheat, legume, potato, cotton, flue-cured tobacco,

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Tours & Things to Do 

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6-Day Tibet Cultural Join-in Trips

Get a impression of Tibet’s religion, cultural, local customs and amazing natural sceneries.


6-Day Heavenly Lake Namtso Travel

See one of four sacred lakes in Tibet – Namtso Lake.


4 Day Lhasa Classical Experience Join-in Tour

Potala Palace, Walk aroungd Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple


7-Day Highlights of Chengdu and Lhasa Tour

Visit the hometown of Panda and unvail Tibet's mysterious mask

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