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Tibet Travel Guide 2024 - Travel to Tibet for the First Time

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Tashi Delek! Welcome to Tibet, a mystical land located in the western region of China! Tibet is well connected with mainland China with most popular destinations by air and train. It is also bordered with Nepal that travelers can enter Tibet from Kathmandu via Gyirong Border. A trip to Tibet means a magical journey waiting for you.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Tibet as you explore the tunning monasteries and temples that dot the land. Take on breathtaking high-altitude treks that offer spectacular views of the world’s highest mountains, including the majestic Mount Everest. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the most hospitable and welcoming people on the planet. In 2024, it is time to embark on a unique and unforgettable journey to the roof of the world with the guidance and expertise of Asia Odyssey Travel, the largest local-based Tibet travel agency. Our comprehensive ultimate Tibet Travel Guide offers useful and up-to-date information on the best places to visit and travel tips to help you plan the Tibet trip.

Important Note: Foreign travelers are required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet, which can only be arranged through a registered Tibet travel agency like us. The process of obtaining the permit usually takes around 7 to 20 days, so make sure to plan your Tibet trip accordingly. Contact us today to start planning your Tibet tours now!

Tibet Travel Essentials - Travel to Tibet Before You Go

Before heading to Tibet, it's essential to know important travel information such as the best time to visit, how to get there, what to see and do, and most importantly, how to obtain a Tibet travel permit. Planning ahead and carefully considering these factors will help ensure a smooth trip in Tibet. Check out the following Tibet travel essentials for detailed information!
Tibet Permit
Good News! The wait is finally over - Tibet is open to tourism and ready to welcome you with open arms! The million-dollar question everyone wants to know: how to travel to Tibet? While traveling to Tibet can be a bit complicated due to certain restrictions and requirements. Fore...
Nyingchi  Peach Flower
Welcome to the majestic region of Tibet, where awe-inspiring landscapes and a rich cultural heritage await your exploration. The question on every traveler's mind is: When is the best time to visit Tibet? Given its unique location and high altitude, planning a trip to Tibet requi...
Tibet Train
Tibet, often referred to as the "Roof of the World," is a dream destination for many foreign tourists due to its unique culture, breathtaking landscapes, and sacred sites However, how to get to Tibet can be challenging due to its remote location and strict travel regulations. Thi...
Lhasa Potala Palace
Tibet, nestled in the western region of China, is a land of unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness, situated in the heart of the majestic Himalayas. The region's distinctive geography, combined with its rich cultural heritage, has created a captivating blend of history...
Sera Monastery
Tibet, a realm nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas, is a place that stirs the soul with its awe-inspiring landscapes, captivating culture, and profound spirituality. It is a destination that weaves its magic, enchanting the imagination of every traveler. But amidst the grandeur...
Jokhang Temple
Unveiling the Treasures of Buddhist Culture through Tibetan monasteries and temples! For many visitors to Tibet, the highlights of Tibet are its rich Tibetan culture and spiritual significance. To get beneath the skin of things in Tibet, it is essential to explore its Tibetan mon...
Tibet Mountains
Tibet (Xizang), China, is a captivating destination for mountaineers, offering an unparalleled blend of challenging peaks, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences with Himalayas mountains and Tibetan Mountains offer. Tibet and Himalayas’ unique geological history, high...
Tibet (Xizang), China, beckons not only devout religious individuals on a pilgrimage to Lhasa but also those who seek a transformative spiritual journey to the Holy Mount Kailash. Moreover, it allures intrepid mountaineers with the courage to conquer the world's summit, Mount Ev...
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As a long-standing myth goes, visiting Tibet in winter is not a good time. Well, It Is Not True! The misconception stems from the belief that Tibet’s high altitude and cold temperatures make winter travel in Tibet harder. Despite the little need for preparation due to colder Tib...

Explore Tibet Destinations on Map

Travel Tibet by Map! Plan your Tibet tour with ease by exploring the top destinations (Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Nyingchi and more) on our dynamic Tibet map, which showcases the location of each destination and helps you gain a better understanding of the Tibet’s geography and layout. View now!

Top Attractions in Tibet

Our Tibet travel experts have carefully selected the Top 8 Tibet Attractions, which are highly recommended on These attractions showcase some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places to visit in Tibet and offer a glimpse into the region's history and spiritual traditions. Be sure to check out our list of top Tibet attractions to gain a better understanding of the treasures that await you in this fascinating land.
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Best Things to Do in Tibet

Looking for the best things to do in Tibet? Want to make your trip truly unforgettable and enriching? Look no further than the unique and special activities that this mysterious land has to offer. One of the most incredible experiences in Tibet is taking a scenic train ride via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which offers breathtaking views of the region's stunning landscapes. Embarking on a trekking trip is another fantastic way to experience the authentic Tibetan way of life and witness the beauty of remote Tibetan villages. You can also stay overnight at the iconic Everest Base Camp and watch the sunrise over the majestic Mount Everest. Explore in your style and we can realize your dream!
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Useful Travel Articles for Each Destination in Tibet

Which destinations in Tibet are you interested in visiting? Lhasa, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, and Shigatse are must-visit places. Browse through our latest collection of useful travel articles to plan your Tibet trip and get inspired before your visit!

Tibet Travel Itineraries 2024

Join us for a unique Tibet group tour and explore the Roof of the World at the lowest prices in 2024! Choose from our best Tibet group tours, all featuring stable departures throughout 2024. Our tours are all-inclusive, including attractions, comfortable accommodations, transportation, meals, and all necessary permits and fees, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable travel experience. With tour lengths ranging from 5 to 15 days and affordable prices to choose from, you can easily select your preferred trip based on travel length, dates, itineraries, and pricing.

Mount Everest, Tibet
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Mt. Everest Base Camp (EBC) - Lhasa
Iconic Essentials
8 Days
5 Places
Start your Tibet adventure with a 8-day Lhasa Yamdroksto Shigatse EBC Group Tour, which can help you realize your dream trip to the Everest Base Camp for a view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), the highest ...
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Mount Kailash in Tibet
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Mount Kailash - Zanda - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa
In-depth Exploration
16 Days
11 Places
What journey will both open your eyes and enlighten your spirit? Tibet, located on the southwestern China, is a land of mystery and intrigue, with its ancient traditions, spiritual practices, and re...
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Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour to Mount Everest
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Mt. Everest EBC - Gyirong Town - Gyirong Border
In-depth Exploration
7 Days
6 Places
Join our most popular group Tibet tour, which takes you from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC and offers a seamless and cost-effective way to discover the stunning highlights of Tibet. Compared to the cla...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tibet Travel
  • 1. Should I worry about altitude sickness when travelling in Tibet?+

    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.

  • 2. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permits?+

    In order to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit, you need to apply for a Chinese visa in the Chinese embassy or consulates in your country first. If you book a tour with us, we will send an invitation letter to you to help you apply for a Chinese visa.

    Once you get a Chinese visa, please send the photocopies of the visa and your passport to us, and we will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you. Please note that international tourists must book a tour with a local travel agency in Tibet if they want to travel to Tibet.

    After the permit is issued, we will send it to your hotel or the places you stay in China. You need to show the permit while boarding on a train or flight to Tibet. The government do not allow travel agencies to send the permit overseas.

  • 3. How to get to Lhasa? By air or by train, which one is better?+

    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.

  • 4. How many days for a classic Tibet tour?+

    For most travelers, they would like to spend 8 to 15 days to travel within Tibet. For 8 days, it is highly recommended to visit Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Mount Everest - Lhasa for classic exploration. To extend further, you can cover Mount Kailash (3 Days), Guge Kingdom & Zanda Earth Forest (1 Day), Namtso Lake (1 Day), etc.
  • 5. How do you get to Tibet Everest Base Camp?+

    Travelers can get to Tibet Everest Base Camp from China Tibet side or Nepal side. To reach the Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side, travelers can either take a flight or a train to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and then travel by road to the base camp. From Lhasa, it takes around 8-10 hours directly to Tibet EBC, depending on the route taken. Some travelers prefer to join a tour group to explore from Lhasa to Shigatse to Everest Base Camp for 4 days to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.

    If traveling from Nepal, you will cross the Gyirong Border and then travel by road to Everest Base Camp.

  • 6. Do I need to get a Tibet permit to visit Tibet Everest Base Camp?+

    All foreign travelers who wish to visit Mount Everest from the Tibet side are required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit and Alien's Travel Permit. These permits can only be obtained through a registered travel agency in Tibet. As a local based Tibet travel agency, we can assist travelers in the permit application process.

    It's important to note that the Tibet Travel Permit is required to purchase flight or train tickets to Tibet. Therefore, travelers should plan ahead and allow sufficient time for the permit application process, as it can take one to two weeks to obtain the necessary permits.

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