Tibet Travel Tips

Tibet Travel Tips

The Tibet has a reputation of the “Roof of the World”, which is the highest plateau in the world with the average elevation of 4500m. The unique geographic condition formed diverse magnificent landscapes. Such as the world’ s tallest peak Mt.Everest, mysterious Potala Palace,  peaceful holy Lake Yamdrok and Namtso, marvelous Midui Glacier, etc.  Every year, a large number of foreign tourist traveling to Tibet for the sacred Buddhist culture and the world’ s highest peak Mt.Everest.

Private or small group tour to Tibet

Small group tour

If you want to cut down your budget for traveling Tibet, why not join a Tibet group tour. A group tour can help you save money by sharing your tour guide, vehicle or accommodation. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about anything or everything on the tour, just enjoy your Tibet travel. Usually, you will meet new friends from all over the world. And the most important is that small group tour fee is cheaper than a private tour.

Private tour

If you like to travel on your own, you can join the private tour. You need to know that the fee is not cheap. Because you have to pay for the guide, vehicle, and accommodation cost on your own. However, the small group shares all of the fees together. What’ s more, the private tour can according to yourself condition to arrange your itinerary.

How to get to Tibet

There is no direct flight or train to Tibet from any Country except from China inland. You need to first arrive in China and then from a city of China to Tibet by air or train. Below are the ways to Tibet from China.

Take a flight to Tibet

Undoubtedly, reaching Tibet by plane is the best convenient way for those who wants to spend little time on the road. However, tourists will see less scenery and may be more likely to have minor symptoms of altitude sickness, such asshortness of breath, headache, etc. Yet, generally, all these symptoms will release in a couple of days. You can take the flight to Tibet from these places such as Shanghai, Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc.

Chengdu to Tibet by plane

Chengdu, the “Land of Abundance”, is the culture and economy center of Sichuan, China. And also the home of the Giant Panda. It is the fastest way to Tibet from Chengdu and it only needs 2 hours. More than 10 flights fly between Chengdu and Lhasa from morning to night.

Shanghai to Tibet by plane

Shanghai, first create the Disneyland city of inside China and also a thriving international city. About three direct flights between Shanghai and Lhasa which via Chengdu or Xi’ an and about 8 hours.

Guangzhou to Tibet by plane

There are three direct flights between Lhasa and Guangzhou via Chongqing which takes about 7 hours.

Beijing to Tibet by plane

Beijing, politic and culture center of China, is also the capital of China. There are ten direct flights a day between Beijing and Lhasa which takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Take a train to Tibet

Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railway, is also the most popular way to Tibet by domestic and foreign tourists. There is endlessly nature wonder on the road, such as stunning lakes, snow-capped Mt.Everest, boundless grassland, etc. From those places to Tibet Beijing, Xining, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. You can also choose a hard seat, hard bed, soft bed or soft seat.

Beijing       about 2 days

Xining        21 hours

Chengdu      about 43 hours

Shanghai      about 48 hours

Guangzhou    over 54 hours

When is the best time to go to Tibet

Generally speaking, the best time to travel Tibet is from April to October when the weather is comfortable and oxygen content is high enough which is the peak season for traveling in Tibet. Due to the politically sensitive time of Tibetan New Year, Tibet is closed in most of February and March.

China Visa

Usually, most foreigners visiting mainland China require a China Visa which is a travel authorization document needed by China for entering its borders and issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate, affixed in your passport.

China visa is the official document for anyone who wants to enter China.

Tibet Travel Permit

All foreign travelers are required to apply for special Tibet permits as well as a China visa. Foreigners are not allowed to apply for Tibet permits independently. You have to find a local legal travel agency in Tibet, to help you do it. What’s more, remember not list Tibet as one of your destinations when you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit.

Tibet permit is the essential document for foreign guests to enter Tibet.

Alien’ s Travel Permit

Aliens’ Travel Permit required to visit the areas which outside Lhasa and issued by Public Security Bureau(PSB).Generally, you can apply for it when you arrive at Lhasa. If you join a small group, the guide will ask for yourpassport and Tibet Travel Permit for submitting both to the Foreign Affairs Division of the PSB to obtain the Aliens’ Permit.

If foreign guests want to go somewhere near EBC, the need to apply for Alien’s Travel Permit.


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