PLAN YOUR TOUR IN TIBET
You will need a reliable travel agency with local Tibetan guides to visit Tibet. That’s why the best way to start planning your tour is to tell us about your travel plans. We will help you to decide when to visit, what to see and how to arrange your adventure.
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On this page, you will find a simple 5-step guide to plan your Tibet tour with ease.
APPLY FOR CHINESE VISA
STEP 1. PASSPORT
Apply for a passport if you don’t have it yet.
If you have a passport, check the following:
- passport is valid for 6 months from the tour start date and
- there are blank pages for the visa.
STEP 2. CHINESE VISA
Apply from your home country if you travel to Tibet through China.
Not everyone needs a Chinese visa. For example. citizens of Singapore, Japan, Belarus, Mauritius, and some other countries can travel visa-free for a limited time. If you don’t need a Chinese visa, simply send us a scan of your passport and we will apply for your Tibet permits.
If you need a Chinese visa, You can usually apply for it in the country where you reside.
When applying for a Chinese visa, don’t list Tibet as one of your destinations, it will complicate the process. Instead, list some of the Chinese cities.
Prepare necessary documents to apply in Nepalese Embassy if you travel through Nepal
Regardless of your nationality, if you travel through Nepal you will need a special type of visa – Chinese group visa. You can receive it at the Embassy in Nepal. Please, review detailed information about the processing time and required documents.
STEP 3. TIBET PERMITS
Once you have your visa, we can apply for all necessary permits to travel in Tibet. All you need to do is provide us with clear copies of your passport and visa at least 20 days in advance. We will have all the required permits for your tour.
You will need a Tibet travel permit to board the plane to Tibet or to take a train. We will send you original permits to the city in China where you are making a connection on the way to Tibet.
If you travel through Nepal, our guide will meet you at the airport or at the overland border with all the necessary permits.
SELECT YOUR PERFECT TOUR
You can choose the tour depending on the duration of your stay, your preferred activities, destinations that you would like to visit and the budget.
Need help deciding where to go?
Here you will find information about places to visit in Tibet»
Private tours are perfect for those who want maximum level of freedom building the itinerary. You can book the tour of almost any duration, select hotels and the pace, choose which attractions to visit and how much time to spend there.
You can find a list of suggested itineraries here, they are, however, just examples. And feel free to modify them in any way!
Hint: You can also book a group tour and add a private tour before or after the tour. That will allow you to visit destination not listed on the itinerary, without breaking the budget.
Group tours are designed to appeal to a wide range of interests as we created our itineraries based on feedback from our clients. You will travel with a small group of like-minded people (no more than 10 people), some of them might become your friends (and we have seen it in the past).
Joining a group tour will lower the cost of your trip while providing an opportunity to see the best of what Tibet has to offer.
We currently offer several itineraries, with duration of stay ranging from 4 to 15 days.
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Trekking tours are numerous and diverse. Historically, the majority of Tibetans were nomads, and they were constantly moving to find new places for their herds. They were traveling through the mountains by foot, covering great distances. Nowadays we can walk these historic routes and enjoy the views of untouched nature, the highest mountain ranges, fast rivers and crystal clear lakes.
Itineraries for trekking tours are flexible, we can change some routes or adjust the duration to your pace.
Browse some of the most popular trekking routes»
DECIDE HOW TO TRAVEL TO TIBET
The fastest and the most popular way to arrive in Tibet. All year round there are numerous flights each day connecting the capital of Tibet, Lhasa with all major Chinese cities.
To board a plane, you will need your Tibet Travel Permit. We will mail it to you to the city where you are flying from.
There is currently only one international flight, connecting Lhasa, Tibet, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Please note, that you will need a special group visa to enter Tibet from Nepal.
More details about the group visa and the process are available here»
If you are taking a flight to Tibet, our guide will meet you at the airport. Keep an eye on a sign with your name on it!
Information about flights to Tibet»
Taking a train to Tibet can take up to 40 hours, but you won’t regret it! The railroad runs over incredibly beautiful areas of Tibetan plateau, many of which you cannot reach another way.
Trains are running several times a day from several major cities in China. There are two classes, providing different levels of comfort.
Information on how to take a train to Tibet is here»
There are several overland routes connecting Tibet with China, Nepal, and India. You can travel overland to Tibet from Nepal. It is one of the most interesting and beautiful routes via Everest and Friendship Highway.
Another option is to travel from China. There are 2 highways connecting Lhasa with Chengdu and another popular route from Xining.
Gateway Cities to Tibet
We put together a list of things that you should consider bringing with you. There is also a list of suggested clothes and gear.
If you are going on a trekking tour, its good to remember that there is a limit to the weight that porters are willing to carry (usually approximately 8-10 kg). Beyond that weight, you might have to hire a pack animal or leave some things behind in the vehicle or hotel in one of the cities, where you can pick it up on the way back.
Please, check the luggage allowance of the air company you are flying with. International and domestic flights typically have different limits.
Remember to leave some extra space in your luggage if you are planning to buy souvenirs.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TIBET
Additional information about Tibet, it’s customs, religion, art, culture, and people can help you to prepare better for your journey.
Information about Tibet»
Altitude in Tibet
Festivals in Tibet
Weather in Tibet and the Best time to visit
The Most Popular Destinations in Tibet
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10 DAYS EASY ACCLIMATIZING EVEREST TOUR
This slow paced private tour takes you from Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse, where we spend the first few days acclimatizing. We will visit many of the historical and religious places, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Gyantse monastery and Kumbum stupa.
We will make stops by the most beautiful natural spots: Yamdrok lake, Karola glaciers and many of the high mountain passes and view points. Finally, we will reach Everest Base Camp, where we stay for the night.
11 DAYS OLD TINGRI TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake and Karola glaciers.
We arrive to the Old Tingri, from where our 4 days trek to the Everest Base Camp begins. We will hike over high passes, valleys and rocky mountains before reaching the Base Camp.
7 DAYS LHASA TO KATHMANDU TOUR
This tour starts in Lhasa. We will stay there for 2 days to explore the capital and acclimatize. After that, we will head to the center of attraction in Himalayas – Mount Everest. We will spend a night by the highest mountain on a planet and continue driving through majestic mountain ranges, alongside rivers and waterfalls to the border between Tibet and Nepal.