Tibet

the roof of the world

TIBET
Tibet is located in the western part of China, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The area is home to the Tibetan plateau, the world's highest plateau, and many of the world's highest peaks.

Tibet is a predominantly Buddhist region with a long history of Buddhism dating back to the 7th century. The area is known for its iconic monasteries and temples, including the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.

A trip to Tibet is an opportunity to experience the region's unique culture and way of life. Visitors can visit monasteries and temples, participate in traditional festivals and celebrations, and experience the stunning natural beauty of the Tibetan plateau.

There are several ways to explore Tibet, including guided tours, treks, and self-guided travel. The best time to visit Tibet depends on your interests, with spring and fall being the most popular due to the mild temperatures and clear skies.

Overall, Tibet is a unique and beautiful region with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. It is a popular destination for travelers seeking an authentic cultural experience and an opportunity to experience the unique way of life in the Himalayas. So as you know, travelers to Tibet will need to obtain a special permit to enter the region and may need to follow certain restrictions on travel and activities. Researching and understanding these requirements is essential before planning a trip to Tibet.

When to Travel
Tibet can be visited all year round, although certain times tend to be better than others. The best time to take a Tibet trip is from April to November. That is when you can avoid the severe cold and dry weather between December and February.

 

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PRIVATE GUIDED TRIP ONLY

I appreciate your interest in getting information about a personalized trip to Tibet with the Imperial Expedition! Our private, customized itineraries are designed just for you, turning your travel interests, needs, and desires into your perfect journey.
Popular attractions in Tibet include the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple, and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. There are also many opportunities for outdoor activities, such as trekking, mountain biking, and white-water rafting.
It's important to note that travel to Tibet requires a special permit, which can be obtained through a travel agency.

 Your private guide can help you choose the best option for your itinerary and schedule. Please get in touch with us. 

Tibet Travel Permit

All our Tibet tours depart from kathmandu, Nepal.  While planning trips to Tibet, you must ensure that you have the following travel documents.

China Group Visa
China Group Tourist Visa is a special permit that allows tourists to enter Tibet via Nepal without having to issue a separate Chinese visa in your country first. It is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. 

Tibet Travel Permit
If you plan on traveling and exploring Tibet, it is mandatory that you have a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) for all travelers. While this permit allows you to visit most parts of Tibet, some places require additional permits as well. Once you have confirmed a tour with us, we will do the rest for you.

 

TIME ZONE

The time zone in Tibet is  GMT+8

LANGUAGES

People speak mostly Tibetan & Chinese. English is also widely spoken, especially in major towns and tourist areas.

CURRENCY

The currency used in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan. You can exchange your dollars, Euros, and Pounds into Chinese currencies from any bank. ATMs are available in big cities. 
If you are relying on a credit or debit card for emergency funds, make sure you tell your card issuer that you will be using it abroad. 

ELECTRICITY

Tibet's power supply runs on 220V and 50 Hz. This means you’ll want to make sure that your devices are dual voltage before plugging them. Fortunately, most devices these days are dual voltage.
Nepal uses three different power outlet types: Type A & C. We advise buying Universal Travel Adapter All-in-one. 



Can I travel to Tibet independently

Absolutely no independent travel is permitted in Tibet. It is unfortunate due to China’s very strict tourism policy for Tibet to get a visa on your own. Hence, traveling alone is not possible. All foreigners must possess travel permits, a tour guide, and a private vehicle with a driver. A private vehicle is not required if you are only staying in Lhasa and not visiting other parts of Tibet. As an authorized travel and adventure company, Himalayan Glacier will organize everything for their customers, including visas, permits to enter, and other essential paperwork.

IMMUNIZATIONS/VACC NATIONS FOR Tibet

Travelers arriving in Tibet by air or land must present a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Travelers who are unable to provide such a certificate must present a negative COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, NAAT, Gene Xpert) taken within 72 hours of departure from the port of embankment. 
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we recommend that you consult your doctor and a travel clinic at least two months before your trip. If you choose to trek or climb, altitude-related illness such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a major concern. Before traveling, it is best to have a complete medical check and physical exam. You should carry a personal medical kit with you to be safe. Stay fit and healthy so you can make the most of your journey.

For updated information, visit: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china