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Planning a private Tibet tour can be a complex process, with many factors to consider. As a foreign visitor, you are required to travel with a registered travel agency and obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, or Tibet Military Permit before visit Tibet, which can add to the complexity of planning your trip. To make things easier, we offer a wealth of travel information to help you plan your Tibet tours. Check out our latest and useful articles on topics such as How to Obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, Top Attractions to See, Best Things to Do, how to get to Lhasa, and the Best Time to Visit Lhasa/Tibet. Start planning your private Tibet trips today and discover the unique culture and natural beauty of this charming land.
Lhasa is home to many world-famous iconic attractions, each offering a unique insight into the region's rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Lhasa:
There are usually two ways to get to Lhasa , depending on your starting point and travel preferences.
(1) By Air: You can fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport from major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guangzhou, as well as from some international destinations such as Kathmandu, Nepal. The airport is located about 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) from Lhasa and can be reached by taxi or bus.
(2) by train The Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects Lhasa with several major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, and Xining. The train journey is a popular way to reach Lhasa as it offers stunning views of the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan mountain range. However, the journey can take several days, so it's important to plan accordingly.
Once you arrive in Lhasa, our team at Asia Odyssey Travel will be there to greet you with English-speaking guides and experienced drivers. We'll escort you from the airport or train station to your hotels in Lhasa.
For most travelers, the journey to Mount Kailash begins in Lhasa and ends in Lhasa, with a typical tour taking around 15 days to complete. Along the way, travelers can enjoy stops at various points of interest, such as Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, and Mount Everest, before embarking on the physically demanding Kora trek around Mount Kailash, which usually takes around three days to complete.
However, there are also other tour options available for visiting Mount Kailash, such as starting in Lhasa and exiting Tibet from the Gyirong Border to Nepal, or entering Tibet from Nepal and ending the tour in Lhasa, with visits to Mount Kailash and Mount Everest along the way.
No matter which option you choose, the duration of your Mount Kailash trip can be fully customized to meet your individual preferences and requirements.
The best seasons to trek to Tibet are April, May, June, September, and October, as they have better weather with less rain and minimal impact from clouds and fog. It is best to avoid the rainy season in Tibet, which runs from the end of June to the end of August.
For a classic exploration from Lhasa to Mount Everest Base Camp, it is highly recommended to take our 8 Days Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Mount Everest - Lhasa tour.
Besides, if you plan to trek to the base camp, you will need to allow at least a few days for acclimatization before starting the trek. The trekking can take 4-5 days, depending on your pace and the route you take.
If you plan to visit other attractions in Tibet, such as Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse, or Mount Kailash, you will need to allow additional time, which may take around 8 to 15 days. The number of days required to visit Tibet Mount Everest depends on the route you take and the activities you plan to do. Please remember, all the tours can be customized to suit your preferences and needs.
The average elevation of the region is over 4,000 meters and altitude sickness is a common concern for travelers visiting Tibet. Not everybody will suffer from altitude sickness when traveling in Tibet and most visitors will be in good condition when they arrive.
The symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It is important to allow time to acclimate to the high altitude and to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness. Travelers should drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and eat light meals that are high in carbohydrates. It is also recommended to take it easy for the first few days, avoiding strenuous activities and allowing time to adjust to the new altitude when arrive in Lhasa. Some travelers may also benefit from taking medication to prevent or treat altitude sickness.
If symptoms of altitude sickness persist or worsen, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Many hotels and travel agencies in Tibet have oxygen supplies on hand to help alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to consult with a doctor before traveling to Tibet, especially if you have a history of heart or lung problems, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions that may be affected by high altitude.
By Air: The most common way to get to Tibet from Beijing is by air. There are direct flights from Beijing to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. The flight takes around 4-5 hours.
By Train: Another option is to take the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railway in the world. The train journey from Beijing to Lhasa takes around 40 hours and offers stunning views of the Tibetan plateau. However, it's important to note that the high altitude can cause altitude sickness, so it's recommended to acclimatize to the altitude by taking the train.
Beijing to Xining by Air and then Train to Tibet:
We highly recommend traveling from Beijing to Xining by flight first and then taking the Xining to Lhasa train via the famous Qinghai Tibet railway. As Xining is the starting point of the Qinghai Tibet railway, this approach allows you to enjoy the best part of the Tibet train journey in a much shorter time, which takes only 24 hours, with a comparison of a 40-hour journey from Beijing to Lhasa. Additionally, you'll have more train options to choose from in Xining, as there is only one train between Beijing and Lhasa.
Good News! The wait is finally over - Gyirong Port (China Nepal Border) is open to tourism and ready to welcome you with open arms, in 2023. Currently, the Gyirong Port is used for tourism, while the Zhangmu Port is primarily used for freight (not for tourists).
Tibet Tours can be started from various cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Guangzhou, and more. Additionally, visitors can also start their Tibet tours from Nepal, as it is a neighboring country with convenient transportation options to Tibet