Tibet is a varied, remote and very vast
place to travel. Travel in Tibet is
predominantly done on a group tour basis.
The country is huge, has very high altitudes
and experiences extreme weather. Aside form
this it’s an amazing and adventurous place
to travel in, one where you can get lost in
the magic and mystery of the countries
religion and past. Tibet is truly and
enchanting place to travel, but it’s
important to check out the travel
information first. To make the most of your
holiday, a little bit of research goes a
long way. We have made our travel
information section on Tibet to help you
plan your holiday and to provide you with
information about permits, visas, what to
expect with the weather and how manage your
You should also read and familiarize
yourself with the culture and customs of the
country you are travelling in as well as
make your self aware about travel safety and
travel alerts for the country you are
travelling in, all this information can be
found on our web site.
Our web site covers an extensive range of
travel information, but if there is
something else that you need to know, please
don’t hesitate to
contact us, we are more than happy to
help you. We strongly believe in putting our
best foot forward to direct you along the
road to an amazing and hiccup free holiday.
The Capital of Tibet, Lhasa is reachable by
road or air. By land it can be reached via
Zhamgmu and Simikot. The best and most
popular way to travel in to Tibet is via
Nepal. From Kathmandu you can join a jeep
tour for the drive in and fly out trip. The
tour is a complete package and is the
easiest way to travel into Tibet.
By air -China Southwest Airlines operates
direct flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa.
Lhasa is also connected to Beijing, Xian,
Chengdu and Chongqing by air.
By road- Travelling by road is on of the
best ways to experience this amazing country
and its scenery. You can reach Lhasa by bus
from Golmund in the north, it’s a 12- 6 hour
journey on a sealed road. From Kathmandu you
can travel by jeep/bus, as a straight trip
it takes two days but moist packages include
side trips and sightseeing making the
By train- Nowadays, its possible to travel
direct from Beijing to Lhasa on the newly
opened superfast high altitude train. It
takes about 36 hours
By bike- Its possible to cycle in Tibet, you
can enter form the east, but making the
permit can be tricky. Also you can cycle
down form Golmund or you can fly to Lhasa
and cycle out to Kathmandu. Its and amazing
way to travel and you can easily arrange for
a tour or if you place to go solo be
prepared for camping and long lonely periods
of riding, but its truly a rewarding way to
travel in Tibet.
March through to May and September through
to mid December is the best time to visit
Tibet. The rainy season is June-September,
though it mostly rains at night, the monsoon
can make the roads impassable. The average
temperature for September to December is
between 5-20 degree Celsius.
During September and October the weather is
at its best and the skies are clear and
blue. Though at this time the days can be
warm, you should be prepared for freezing
cold nights. After mid December the snows
come, making the high passes along the road
impassable. You should note that while
travelling in Tibet, the sun can be very
intense and it is most important, even
though the temperatures are low, that you
wear sun protection and good sunglasses and
hat to prevent sun burn.
Altitude and Fitness
When trekking anywhere, you should have a
basic level of fitness to make your trek
more enjoyable. We suggest you walk or jog
several times a week before you come on your
trek. There are a number of trekking grades.
To see the required fitness level and find a
trek suitable for you; you should look on
our web site under trekking grades. Here you
will find complete descriptions of the
fitness levels required for certain trekking
Altitude sickness means the illness
occurring at higher altitude. In this time
your breathing and heart rates increases.
Altitude sickness normally happens above
2800m and symptoms consist of headache,
dizziness, dehydration and trouble sleeping.
To help avoid this illness we recommend you
to drink at least 3 liters of water per day,
trek slowly and use acclimatization days.
Altitude sickness happens in varying
degrees, and it depends form person to
person. As Tibet is such a high place and it
can be difficulty to descend quickly if you
have altitude problems, you take every
precaution to prevent them. Acclimatization
is the best way, a road trip over 4 or 5
days to Lhasa is the best way to
acclimatize. You should drink plenty of
water also as this can help.
Clothes and Equipments
When travelling in Tibet you should bear in
mind that the temperatures can be very
extreme. If you plan on doing a trek you
should be well prepared with plenty of warm
clothes, below is a suggestion of what to
bring, obviously if you are not planning on
doing a trek then you can omit the trekking
gear. It’s important to have plenty of warm
clothes as during a road trip in Tibet it
can be difficult to get laundry done. Also
travel in Tibet involves a lot of getting on
and off buses and jeeps so you should try
and pack as light as you possible can. Its
also important in Tibet to adequate protect
yourself from the sun as the sun is very
-For lower altitude trekking, fleece jackets
and pants are adequate,
-while at higher altitude, down jackets are
-Waterproof, wind-proof, jackets and pants
are essential as they keep you dry and warm.
In some places the
wind can be very strong and cold.
-Well broken-in footwear- when trekking you
need to be comfortable and there is nothing
worse than blisters.
It is also recommended to bring some sandals or light trainers for wearing
around camp or tea house.
-Good quality socks, preferably woolen for
your hiking boots, and also some thin cotton
- Head covering are also recommended a
woolen hat for the cold and a sun hat.
-Good sleeping bag it should be light weight
and rated to zero.
-Sun glasses with UV protection and goggles
for higher altitude.
-Drinking water bottle
-torch or headlamp with spare batteries and
-water purification tablets
-water bottles, two is best
-walking poles, not necessary, but
-sturdy and well fitted back pack and day
pack with water proof cover.
-thermal under clothing i.e. long pants and
short and long sleeve singlet’s
-T-shirts, micro fleece jumper and trekking
trousers they should be light and quick
-gloves, preferably with a water proof
-a good first aid kit
-Sun block for lips
-light scarf or neckerchief
-spare shoe laces
-padlock or combination lock
-Large plastic bag for lining your back pack
-Trail Map/Guide book
-Journal & Pen
-Pencils and small notebooks
-travel game i.e. chess, backgammon,
You should also note that along the road it can be difficult to find
things like shampoo, soap and other basic
things so be prepared.