Tibet Tours

Tibet Tours

Tibet is a dream destination for anyone who loves traveling. On the roof of the world, countless snow-capped peaks reach to the sky, topped by the awesome Mt. Everest. More than 1,000 lakes dot the vast highland plateau like blue or green jewels.

The amazing Potala Palace has been "shining like the sun and the moon" for hundreds of years. Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags hang everywhere and beautiful monasteries are the spiritual centers of the Tibetan world. Tibet also has great glaciers, mysterious historical sites, wild animal paradises, and friendly Tibetan people.

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No matter whether you just want to have a look at Tibet or want to go deeper to seek out its beauties hidden in remote areas. No matter whether you are a big fan of Tibetan culture or you are more interested in a trekking and camping experience, we are ready to make your dreams of a Tibet tour come true.

Our Customer's Favorite Tibet Tours

The suggested itineraries for a Tibet tour below will give you some inspiration. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to tailor-make any of them or create a trip according to your ideas.

Mt.Everest
Pilgrimage to the Roof of the World 8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Private Tour
  • Holy City and Plateau Scenery
  • Everest Base Camp
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 Bai ethnic minority
Capture the Spirit of Lhasa 4-Day Lhasa Highlights Private Tour View more
village on the bank of Erhai Lake
Holy City and Holy Lake — Refresh Your Soul 5-Day Tibet Tour including Lhasa Highlights and Lake Yamdrok View more
Yumbulakang Palace
Discover Tibet's Cultural Origins 8-Day Tibet Tour including Tsedang, Shigatse, and Lhasa
  • The famous Tibetan palaces
  • The four representative monasteries
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the birds on Erhai Lake
Travel by the Great Qinghai-Tibet Railway 7-Day Tibet Tour by Train from Xining View more

More Recommended Tibet Tours with Remoted Areas

The tours below are for your reference if you would like to explore the west or the east of Tibet, or even have a overland trip to Nepal.

14-Day Tibet Tour with Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
  • The lost Guge Kingdom
  • A 3-day Kailash Kora
8-Day Lhasa, Nyingchi, and Bome Tour
  • Peach blossom valley
  • Beautiful lakes and hidden glacier
11-Day Overland Trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu
  • Holy City and Everest Base Camp
  • Great Himalayan Mountains

Tibet Trekking Tours

Tibet is a paradise for hikers. We have selected the best trekking tours in Tibet for your reference. no matter whether you would like to just have a taste of the short trekkings near Lhasa or want to challenge yourself with a multi-day trekking for the amazing plateau scenery, we are happy to help you to plan a once-in-a-life Tibet trekking tour.

7-Day Tibet Tour including Trekking and Camping
  • Trekking in the suburbs of Lhasa
  • Camping on a Tibetan pasture
11-Day Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Lhasa highlights
  • A 4-day trek to EBC
9-Day Tibet Tour with Lhasa and a Ganden–Samye Trek
  • Lhasa highlights
  • A 4-day trek in great valleys

China Tours including Tibet

Here are some recommended private China tours including Tibet. We are happy to tailor make any of them according to your schedule and interests.

Tibet Train
10-Day Beijing-Lhasa-Shanghai Tour

Experience the highest railway to Lhasa from Xining(the most beautiful section), visit Lhasa's essences and the highlights of Beijing and Shanghai.

Yangtze River Cruise
13-Day Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Yangtze Cruise - Shanghai

A bonus of Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Tibet and relaxing Yangtze cruise-the most classic travel of China.

panda
17-Day Beijing - Xian - Tibet - Chengdu - Guilin- Hong Kong

Experience ancient flavors, modern taste, unique landscape, and Tibetan Buddhism culture.

 
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Tibet Travel Tips

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1. How to Obtain a Tibet Travel Permit

All foreign travelers need a Tibet Entry Permit for entering Tibet (Travel Permits and Military Permits may also be needed for areas outside Lhasa). Permits can only be obtained by qualified Chinese tour operators and the application process often changes without warning. Foreigners are not allowed to tour Tibet without a local guide.

  • Book a tour with us.
  • Submit a copy of your passport ID and China visa pages at least 20 days in advance.
  • If you work/live in China, you also need to submit a working certificate issued by your company or a proof of residence.
  • The Tibet Tourism Bureau will check the documents and send us a paper travel permit 7 days before you enter Tibet.
  • We will get the travel permit to you before you board your flight/train to Lhasa.

Foreigners can hardly ever obtain travel permits for March, during Tibetan New Year, when Tibet is closed for political reasons.

2. Transportation to and from Tibet

Flights:

We suggest you take a flight that arrives in Lhasa in the morning. Morning flights are more likely to be on time. Flights take around 2 hours from Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing, or Kunming, or around 5 hours from Beijing or Shanghai.

Trains:

We suggest you take a train to Lhasa from Xining or Lanzhou. Then your journey will be a bit shorter and there'll be a higher likelihood of successful booking since there are more trains per day from these two cities than from more distant places.

It takes about 20 hours from Xining or 23 hours from Lanzhou, and the best scenery begins about 10 hours before arriving in Lhasa.

There are also direct trains to Lhasa from Beijing or Shanghai, which we do not recommend: the journey takes over 40 hours.

If you decide to go to Lhasa by train, it's better to have a back-up plan; for example, to fly instead and take the train back. It is much easier to book a train ticket from Lhasa. Taking a train to Tibet will not help with adapting to the high altitude. The train to Lhasa is air-tight and supplies sufficient oxygen, so you'll still need to adapt to the thin air after leaving the train.

Connecting to Tibet via International Flights

  • Flying in: Leave no less than 3 hours between flights, if you want to fly first to another city in China and then transfer onto a flight to Tibet. We'll pass your Tibet Entry Permit on to you as you wait for the onward flight.
  • By train: If you transfer to a train for Tibet after an international flight, we will send you your scanned permits in advance. Scanned permit printouts are enough for train travel.
  • Generally, we recommend you don't travel to Tibet directly after an international flight. The combination of jet-lag and tiredness is likely to make you more vulnerable to altitude sickness. We suggest you spend at least 2 days elsewhere in China and then travel on to Tibet.
3. Altitude of Main Cities & Places of Interest in Tibet

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