Tibet Travel Guide

Our detailed Tibet travel guide has covered everything you need to know for making a trip to Tibet. The measure of examination, travel permits, and arranging that is by all accounts included? Stress no more, Here is comprehensive, clear everything you need to know and more visa and permits guidelines, maps, provincial information, and history certainties.

About Tibet

The Tibetan Plateau is home to endless ethnic gatherings, more than 100 dialects, and more than 220 Tibetan lingos.

In English, the name, “Tibet” gets from the old Chinese and Arabic names given to a realm established by an effective ancestry of rulers whose kingdom extended, at its stature, as far west as Pakistan and as far south as Nepal and whose bloodline ruled continuous for more than 1000 years. A large portion of our present day understandings and pictures of Tibet go back to Tibet’s royal period; a period when the Tibetan Empire (seventh tenth century AD) was, truth be told, not the detached kingdom of our creative energy, but rather a dynamic, social blend. The seeds of dialect, composing, and religion planted amid this time have kept on blooming for quite a long time, creating a people associated through, most importantly else, a one of a kind Buddhist society.

Rising up out of humble beginnings as nearby tribe pioneers in Lhasa’s Yarlung Valley, the Tibetan Kings slowly came to overcome and control a great part of the geographic component we know today as ‘the Tibetan Plateau’ (the biggest and most noteworthy land highlight on the planet). All the while, they exchanged and aptitudes, vanquished and ingested encompassing societies, and received social information from other capable domains. Today, we regularly allude to “Tibet” as the geo-social range vanquished amid the Golden Age of the Tibetan Empire, yet in the last years of the tenth century, interior battles and religious oppression conveyed a conclusion to one of Eurasia’s most amazing social kingdoms. In the years that took after, Buddhism encountered an enormous recovery, turning into the characterizing and recognizing normal for ‘Tibetan Culture’.

Tibetan Cultural Regions: Tibet Autonomous Region, Amdo & Kham

Notwithstanding Tibet’s pervasiveness in prevalent creative energy, few individuals can find the zone on a map. What precisely is Tibet? What’s more, where is it? No, it isn’t a humiliating inquiry. Tibet travel guide is the primary thing all you need to know before you go.

“Tibet” is a social locale whose physical area generally compares with that of the Tibetan Plateau. Past the People’s Republic of China, Tibetan-speaking people can be found over the Himalayas in Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Today, the majority of Tibetan social ranges are a piece of the PRC. Notwithstanding the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), there are 10 Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures situated in the territories of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, and Yunnan.

The more noteworthy Tibetan social region can be generally part into three principle social and phonetic sub-societies: U-Tsang (Central Tibet), Amdo, and Kham. Every range brags its own particular exceptional social flavor, uncommon neighborhood style of dress, dialect, and traditions. Observe!


Amdo is spread crosswise over three regions. Amdo social regions can be found in southwestern Gansu, Qinghai, and northern Sichuan. Amdo is best known for it’s moving fields, researchers, and for its driving part in Tibet’s Buddhist restoration. See our Amdo tour packages.

“Must See”:

• Amnye Machen

• Labrang Monastery

• Qinghai (Lake Kokonor)

• Traditional Thangka Painting in Rebkong

Central Tibet

The region which you will see named “Tibet” on a guide is the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), a region of The People’s Republic of China (PRC). This is the biggest bit of social Tibet, the notable seat of the Tibetan Kings, and home to the notorious Potala Palace. It is best known for its out of this world tops, amazing perspectives, and completely clear, sacrosanct lakes. The TAR is the heartland of Imperial Tibet and home to various imperative religious communities, palaces, and landmarks. It is referred to then again as U, U-Tsang, as well as Central Tibet.

In old times, this region was included two separate territories: U and Tsang and the once effective Kingdom of Zhangzhung (Ngari) in the far west—vanquished by the 33rd Tibetan King amid the seventh century. Central Tibet tour packages.

“Must See”:

• Potala Palace

• Yumbu Lhakang

• Mt. Kailash

• Ganden, Sera, and Drepung Monasteries


Kham is spread crosswise over three regions and part of the TAR. Kham social territories can be found in the TAR’s eastern furthest point, southern Qinghai, the western portion of Sichuan, and northern Yunnan. This territory is best known for its timberlands, steep mountains, and particular style of dress. See our Kham tour packages.

“Must See”

• Dege’s Printing House

• Litang’s Old Town

• Yulum Lhatso

• Minyak Towers

How Do I Get There?

Contingent upon the area you pick, you will have diverse alternatives to browse as far as open transport, train, private auto, or plane. A few districts, similar to those situated in moderately level Qinghai are all the more effectively open, while others, similar to those in western Sichuan require long street trips. Every district has a flight city arranged at lower elevation where you will probably fly all through.

As the normal height of the Tibetan level is more than 4500 meters (14763 feet), elevation disorder is not phenomenal.

Overland travel is suggested for all locales as it permits time for acclimatization. For additional about elevation ailment, read our segment entitled “Height Sickness”.

 Not all aspects of each locale is interested in nonnatives. For avant-garde notice about terminations, confined ranges, and regions requiring unique grants, please see our “Shut and Restricted Areas” segment.

Central Tibet

Central Tibet is open via plane just from Nepal or ports of takeoff inside the PRC. In spite of the fact that train travel is 22 hours, it is suggested as it takes into consideration better acclimatization. The train has dining room, medical support, oxygen supply and extra. The port of takeoff for train travel is Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province.


Kham is most effortlessly open by means of the capital of Sichuan Province (Chengdu) or the capital of Qinghai Province (Xining). In spite of the fact that Kham is home to an assortment of household air terminals, overland go by transport or auto is prescribed for acclimatization’s purpose. This region is not yet available by means of train.


Amdo is maybe the most effortlessly open range as Qinghai and Gansu’s roadways are similarly all around kept up and the topography is, by and large, less vertical. The greater part of memorable Amdo is most effectively gotten to by means of Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, in spite of the fact that it’s southern areas are nearer to Chengdu.

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When Should I Travel?


By and large, the best time for making a trip to the Tibetan Plateau is not, in opposition to well known supposition, summer. While summer is unquestionably lovely, the same rainstorm rains that scope over the Indian subcontinent amid the late spring (the base of which is the Himalayan mountain range), pour over a great part of the level in the months of June and July. The upside of all the downpour is that the blossoms of the meadows are in full sprout. Temperatures are, obviously, much hotter amid the mid year.


The late summer or early fall is the ideal opportunity for trekking (especially late July to late September) on the off chance that you wish to expand your odds of staying dry. The blooms will subside as of now, however the downpours will have generally ceased.


Winter is a long undertaking on the level. Enduring from mid-October to early May, it is the coldest time, and notwithstanding gobbling up that unique time we call Spring. While winter is, in numerous spots, sharply icy, the skies are hauntingly blue and the waterways run turquoise with frosty melt. The sun is regularly solid amid the day, and as winter is the dry season, one won’t discover a lot of blanketed spots until center or late winter or even early spring.

“What sort of Visa do I require?”

As the zones talked about above are all authoritatively part of the People’s Republic of China, paying little mind to which district you are keen on going by, you will initially need to get a substantial Chinese Visa. The special case to this principle is that, in the event that you are entering the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from Nepal, you should rather acquire a Tibet Group Visa from the Chinese Consulate in Kathmandu. Visa cost and handling the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually relying upon nation, yet it normally takes around a month to plan and acquire every single visa and permits.

The permit you should get will shift contingent upon where you choose to go. Beneath you can locate an unpleasant procedural diagram, however please visit our ‘Visas and Permits‘ page for inside and out data, or get in touch with us specifically to talk about your precise venture arranges and figure out what you should apply for.

Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)

At the point when entering the TAR, you should do as such through an authorized visit administrator. Hiking, and individual, unguided travel is not allowed under the laws and controls of the PRC. Train and air travel are not allowed before acquiring a valid Tibet travel permit.

The accompanying documentation are important for go inside the TAR:

1) Chinese Visa or Tibet Group Visa

Required for: entering the PRC.

Apply for: through the Chinese Consulate in your nation of origin if entering the TAR through the PRC, or through the Chinese Consulate in Kathmandu, Nepal if entering the TAR through Nepal.

2) Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)

Required for: entering the TAR from ports of section inside the PRC (not Nepal).

Apply for: through an authorized visit office.

3) Alien’s Travel Permit (ATP) or Public Security Bureau Permit (PSB Permit)**

Apply for through the nearby PSB upon entry.

4) Military Permit**

Apply for ahead of time and in conjunction with the TTP.

**Only required for go through limited regions.

Kham and Amdo

Tibet Travel Permits are not required for Tibetan social regions outside of the TAR, (the greater part of Kham and Amdo). These territories can be chatted with most consistent, substantial, Chinese Visas.

Certain regions in Kham and Amdo are liable to terminations and for select regions, going by or overnight stays may require an ATP or a Military Permit. It would be ideal if you check our ‘Tourism warnings’ page frequently for up and coming data or get in touch with us specifically to see whether the territory you are occupied with has unique necessities.

Note: Tour organizations are not authorized to help with issuing you a license on the off chance that you are utilized as an ambassador, writer, picture taker, or government work force in your nation of starting point. Persons to whom this limitation applies are just allowed to go to Tibet with the endorsement and help of The Foreign Affairs Department.

Altitude Sickness

The normal elevation of the Tibetan Plateau is more than 4,500 meters, so risks are that regardless of how great of wellbeing you are in, you may encounter height disorder. Common indications incorporate migraines, tipsiness, inconvenience resting, weakness, and shortness of inhale, and lack of hydration. In uncommon and great cases elevation affliction can bring about edema. Genuine elevation disorder is quite often the aftereffect of climbing too rapidly. A moderate rising and taking rest days to take into consideration acclimatization are straightforward strides that can make your excursion protected and pleasant.

As you climb in elevation, the air gets more slender and your body starts to overproduce red platelets to make up for the abatement in oxygen. Inside 72 hours your body will conform and you can keep on ascending.

A great many people won’t encounter issues with elevation ailment under 2500 meters (8000 feet), however everybody’s body is distinctive. At times an expansion of even 100 meters can have a major effect. Pay consideration on how you are feeling and be prepared to take it moderate.

Notwithstanding elevation ailment, a second normal wellbeing issue is lack of hydration. The sun is seriously solid at elevation and drinking loads of water is an absolute necessity.

As far as irresistible ailments, the level’s high elevation and chilly atmosphere go about as a hindrance to numerous swamp vector ailment (like Malaria). We suggest that you ensure your inoculation record is present, however district particular, extra shots are for the most part not required for go to the Tibetan Plateau.