First time to Tibet? Want some practical tips for traveling Tibet easier?
We have done all the work for you. Here we provide you everything you want to know about what to do to prepare for Tibet tour, including Tibet permits and Visa, best time to go to Tibet, packing list, Tibet high altitude sickness, how to get to Tibet, Tibet Taboos, etc.
When you travel to Tibet, besides a valid passport and a valid Chinese visa, there are two main permits needed for: TTB Permit (Tibet Entry Permit) and PSB Permit (Aliens’ Travel Permit).
All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of Tibet. If you want to explore these "unopened" places, like Mt. Everest, you must further apply for a PSB Permit, issued by the Local Public Security Bureau of Tibet (PSB). Your travel agency will help you to obtain both of them.
Please Note: Recently, it is earlier to issue Tibet permits if there are more than 6 people with the SAME nationality in a group. So if you decide to travel Tibet in next few months, it is time to find your travel mates or creatie your travel group now.
What is the best time to visit Tibet? It is said that the suitable time for traveling to Tibet is from April to October while the golden time is August and September. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can to there any time of the year. Read more details about Tibet weather
Worry about Altitude Sickness when traveling in Tibet? Here we will help you to know how to avoid it and what you need to prepare for AMS.
Besides the passport and camera what other important items you need to pack for Tibet travel? Here we list the must-have item to make you Tibet tour more safe and comfortable as follows:
High altitude medications, proper clothing, high SPE sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream, lip balm, sunglasses and some trekking equipment.
Tibetan people are friendly and hospitable. However, they have different ways to behavior in many aspects due to their unique culture and religion. Here, we list some of them to make you Tibet travel more smoothly.
Nowadays, in the wake of developments in Tibet transportation, getting to Tibet is very easily. There are many ways to get to Tibet: by air, rail or road.
In Tibet, the currency is still Chinese Yuan (RMB). Foreign currency cannot be used directly. You can exchange foreign currency and traveler’s check at the Bank of China only with your passports. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sundays in Tibet. There are several up-market hotels in Lhasa offer currency exchange service, but only available for their guest.
Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Tibet because they are only accepted by the Bank of China and few hotels in Lhasa. ATM is not widely available. Most of time, you couldn’t get cash by ATM from branches of the Bank of China. You need to go to the Tibet Branch of the Bank of China (the main office in Lhasa).
Tibetan and Nepalese food is the main fare in Tibet with yak and mutton being the most favored meats. Tourism in Tibet is still in its infancy so the quality of restaurants will not be as high as in other parts of China. In Tibet, Chinese and western food are easily found and the standard is ok. Curries and stews are common.
With the rapidly developing of tourism in Tibet, Accommodation conditions in Tibet have been greatly improved. However, the overall level of accommodation in Tibet is lower than that in other parts of China. There are many star-rated hotels in big cities of Tibet such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Tsedang and Lyingchi, but hotels in small cities and remote areas are very basic, usually having a public bathroom with squat toilet.
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Namtso Lake.
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Yamdrok Lake, Tashilumpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp