Travelling in Tibet is a truly special and spectacular experience and a destination we are delighted to offer to our customers.
Tibet has only been open for tourism since the mid 1980’s and the Chinese government has rules and regulations in place which are regularly updated.
A few things to be aware of when travelling to Tibet:
- It is required that you are part of an organised tour. This needs to be associated with a travel agency and your itinerary needs to be planned in advance.
- You need a Chinese visa and a permit for Tibet. (On our 17 Day Private Tour, once you have purchased the tour and you have your Chinese visa, our tour operator will apply for your permit).
Tibet closes about once a year to tourists over the wintertime. Winters in Tibet can be quite intense and are not a good time to travel.
A few travelling tips:
- Lhasa has an altitude of 3,656m. Most people have some form of altitude adjustment after arriving so it is best to be prepared and be aware. If you are in good health, it is likely that any altitude adjustments will be mild.
- Tips on dealing with and minimising altitude sickness include:
- drinking plenty of water
- not eating too much
- taking it easy (no strenuous walks on the first day)
- and avoiding very hot showers and baths on your first day.
- The weather in summer time can be warm during the day but the evenings will be cool, so make sure you take warm clothing - layers are always best.
- It is also a dry climate so we recommend making sure you have lip cream and moisturiser would be great too.
- The best time to travel is from mid spring (mid April) to late Autumn (Early November). The weather is much warmer in the summer time as well as the oxygen content being higher. Travel in winter time is not recommended as the weather conditions can be quite harsh.
- Dress respectfully, especially when visiting monasteries. We recommend covering your shoulders and wearing long pants or a long skirt.
- In monasteries it is recommended to ask permission before taking photographs, especially of buddha statues.
- It is also highly recommended that you avoid talking about politics as it is a sensitive topic in this region and can cause problems.
- Have a wonderful time, it is certainly a very special and lovely experience to visit Tibet.