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Tibet is vast and broad, knowing where is Tibet and how to visit Tibet is important before you plan your Tibet trip.
Tibet, a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, has attracted a lot of followers from all over the world. It has a unique landscape, snow towering mountains, holy lakes, mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, magnificent monasteries, colorful prayer flags, and many other fantastic things for you to explore.
However, it’s not as easy as other places in China for foreigners to travel due to its special geographic and political situations. Hence, here we list the step-by-step tips for foreigners traveling to Tibet based on our experience.
What’s the Best Time to Visit Tibet?
Tibet is a place you can visit all year round, except for mid-February to March when Tibet will close for foreigners due to the Chinese and Tibetan New Year. You can choose the rest of the year to make your Tibet tour.
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October, during which, the weather is the best, neither too hot, nor too cold. You can get a clear view of the most tourist attractions in Tibet. Besides, the oxygen content of the air is higher than other times, which is helpful indeed to reduce the risk of getting altitude sickness. July, August, and September are the peak tourist season, so the price is relatively higher. It’s advised to avoid the Chinese National Holiday(Oct 1st to 7th) when millions of Chinese people head to Tibet and you have to enjoy the scenic spots with a lot of people.
Where to Go?
As a big highlight of Tibet tours, Everest Base Camp attracts 60% of the travelers during their Tibet trip. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is from late April to May and late September to October. Another 20% of travelers would visit Mt.Kailash. The best time to have Mt.Kailash pilgrim trekking tour is from September and October when the weather is moderate and the scenery is the best of the year. It’s better to avoid monsoon season from late June to August. Only 20% of the travelers would visit Lhasa and surrounding areas alone.
What to eat in Tibet?
tibetan food is also called tibetan cuisine. Tsampa(Zanba), Buttered Tea, Sweet Tea, Yak Meat, Tibetan Noodle, Tibetan Yogurt, Highland Barley Wine(Chang), Tibetan Momo, Sheep Blood Sausage, Air Dried Meat, etc.
How Long to Stay in Tibet?
For first-timers, it is recommended to stay for 8~15 days in Tibet. By visiting the main attractions, you can see the unique cultural landscape and natural scenery of Tibet: the magnificent Potala Palace, the turquoise Yamdrok lake, the spectacular Everest peak even Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar in remote Ngari Prefecture. You can take your 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour or 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with us to truly appreciate Tibet.
Knowing what you expect to see or do in Tibet will help determine how long you should stay. The more you want to experience, the more time you will need to take.
How Much Would a Trip to Tibet Cost?
It’s also a frequently asked question. Have a quick look at the costs below:
- International Airfare
You can only reach Tibet from mainland China or Kathmandu, Nepal. If you are from Europe, you can fly to Kathmandu first. If you are from the US, you are suggested to fly to mainland China for shorter flight duration and cheaper cost. The cost is similar, about USD800 to USD1200 for a round trip. By the way, summer is always the most expensive travel time.
- Traveling from Kathmandu/mainland China to Tibet
You can take an overland tour or fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The overland tour costs USD1200 p.p. if you join in a group tour, however, it included the tour fee along the way, so it’s a cost-effective one. For round trip flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa, the cost is about USD600 to USD800.
Flying from major entry cities to Tibet, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc. The round trip flight fare would be USD700 or USD800. Meanwhile, you can take a train for one way to save the cost. The train journey cost is about USD300.
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