Tibet Travel Info

All the things you need to know
before traveling to Tibet.
Travel restrictions mean that independent travel is currently not possible, as foreign travellers need to pre-arrange a tour with a guide and transportation for their time in Tibet. On the plus side, new airports, boutique hotels and paved roads offer a level of travel comfort unheard of just a few years ago. If the rigours of high-altitude Tibet travel have deterred you in the past, now might just be the time to take the plunge.

History and Geography

Tibetan plateau covering 1.23 million sq km is linked to the south by the 2500km long Himalayas and to the west by the Karakoram. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet encompasses some of the world's highest mountains.

Mt. Everest (8848m), the world’s highest peak rises abruptly on the Tibet Nepal border. Four mountains exceed altitudes of 8,000 meters and thirty eight mountains exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters. Renowned as Roof of the World with a 3482 km international border with Nepal, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, Tibet has remained a hidden sanctuary to the western world for many years.Soon after Tibet opened up doors for tourism in the mid 1980s, Travel in Tibet became one of the prime tourism interests across the world.

With this, Tibet tours gained more popularity amongst avid travelers.

Despite modernization over the past few years Tibet has retained the beauties of its past, such as the fascinating Gompas, ancient markets, ever-smiling and fun-loving Tibetans, amazing turquoise lakes etc which reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory.

Getting into Tibet

Tours are based on entry and exit from Katmandu. However, you can also enter from parts of Mainland China, i.e. Beijing, Chengdu Xian, etc.

Air China flies between Katmandu and Lhasa across the mighty Himalayas. This flight offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and many other Himalayan giants. All our trips, which begin by flying into Lhasa, can be joined from Katmandu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Chengdu or Bangkok (via Chengdu).

In the cities above you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will then have he chance to see the sights before being transferred to the airport the next day for your flight to Lhasa. Additional accommodation in Katmandu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Chengdu can be arranged, please ask us for more detail.

Health and Insurance

Vaccination requirements change frequently, so we suggest you consult your doctor prior to your trip. We also recommend that each person carries a basic first aid kit. The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times should it be required. We also carry a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on all our Tibet treks and Mt. kailash tours in case of altitude sickness. Hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors will also be available on call.

A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to Tibet before booking. When flying to Lhasa we recommend you rest for the afternoon to help acclimatization. Age is no barrier to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Tibet.

If you have any pre-existing medical condition, please consult your doctor before booking and bring adequate medication for any such condition. In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be driven by a land cruiser to nearest Nepal. Tibet border as helicopter is not allowed to fly in Tibet. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Katmandu.

Visa Procedure

These are subject to change and depend on whether you join the trip in Katmandu or China. If you are joining the trip in Katmandu you will need a multiple entry visa for Nepal which can be obtained either from your nearest Nepalese consulate or on arrival in Nepal.If you are staying only 3 days in Nepal you are entitled to free visa.

Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least a week prior to the commencement of your trip, followed by your actual passport one day before the visa issuing days. If you are entering via mainland China you have to obtain Chinese visa from your home country. Visa regulation in Tibet keep changing please ask us for latest Tibet visa information.

Tibet Group Visa Fees.
American Passport Holder:
Normal US$ 142.
Urgent US$ 164.
To Urgent US$ 198.
Other Nationality:
Normal US$ 58.
Urgent US$ 80.
Top Urgent US$ 114.

Clothing & Equipment

  • Down jacket or warm fleece top
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Cotton shirts (short and long sleeved)
  • Warm and cotton trousers
  • Sun polarized sunglasses
  • Beanie or warm woolen hat and gloves
  • Scarf (to keep out dust as well as cold)
  • Sandals (flip-flops)
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag (for camping/trekking)
  • Rain jacket
  • Strong sun cream and lip protector
  • Moisturizer
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (and plenty of film and spare batteries).

Guide and Accommodation

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan way of life. In Lhasa, accommodation will be at Dhood Gu or similar standard hotel.

It is renowned for its hospitality and warm Tibetan atmosphere and is perfectly situated in the centre of town just a few minutes walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkor. Elsewhere along the route, accommodation will be in the best available hotels. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). Whilst on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available.

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