Hotels and Guesthouses in Tibet: What to Expect
Tibet has been rapidly developing in the recent years. Due to the increased quality of infrastructure, more tourists are visiting Tibet every year. The tourist industry was growing. As a result, you will find a variety of hotels with all modern amenities in most large cities. In Lhasa, you can even stay in 5-star hotels. Hotels in Tibet are often decorated in traditional Tibetan style, with painted wood furniture and paintings. It provides a unique atmosphere for your stay in Tibet. Most of the hotels in Tibet offer breakfast (check your itinerary for details).
When you travel to remote areas, you can usually stay in one of the guesthouses. Guesthouses offer very basic accommodations. It is important to be prepared for your trip and know what to expect.
Hotels in Lhasa
In the recent years, Lhasa became a large and prosperous city with modern infrastructure. Lhasa welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world, arriving at the airport and train station. Consequently, the number of accommodation options increased. You can find hotels in different price ranges, offering various levels of comfort. Hotels range from 2 to 5 stars.
The majority of tourists usually stay in 3-4 star hotels. They provide the best combination of price and comfort. In a typical 3-4 star hotel you can expect to have a separate room, twin or queen size bed, hot shower, tea kettle. Hotels in the Old Town (historical center of Lhasa) don’t have a heating system. Some hotels offer heating pads for mattresses during the cold months. Hotels offer breakfast, either made to order or a buffet with a combination of Western and Chinese dishes.
The majority of tourists stay in hotels in the Old Town to be close to the best sightseeing sites and restaurants that Lhasa can offer. For those who want to experience the atmosphere of authentic Tibet, we can offer a few hotels in historical buildings (built in 17th/18th centuries).
Hotels in Shigatse
Shigatse is the second largest and one of the most important cities in Tibet. The variety of accommodations is similar to Lhasa. There are many newly built comfortable hotels, decorated in Tibetan style and offering all modern amenities. Hotels offer buffet breakfast and can store some luggage if you want to leave any extras before heading to Everest Base Camp or Western Tibet.
Tent Camp at the Everest Base Camp
From May until October we stay overnight at the tent camp approximately 3 km away from the Everest Base Camp. From the tent camp, you can see Mountain Everest. We usually go on a short hike to the Base Camp either in the evening or in the morning. Alternatively, minibuses to the Everest Base Camp are available for a small fee. On the way from the tent camp to EBC, we visit Rongbuk, the highest monastery. The monastery is famous for its meditation cave.
Tents in the camp are large, with ten beds along the walls. There is a stove in the middle of the tent, so it is usually warm in the evenings. There are plenty of blankets to keep you warm during the night. Blankets, however, are rarely washed. We recommend bringing your own sleeping bag or inner sheet for a sleeping bag. Restrooms are located outside, bring your own flashlight or headlamp to find the way to it and back to the tent. You can order dinner and breakfast there. There is an English menu with several choices.
Guesthouse at the Rongbuk Monastery at the Everest Base Camp
During the colder months wind becomes stronger and there is no tent camp. When we visit Everest Base Camp in winter, we stay overnight at the guesthouse of the Rongbuk monastery. The guesthouse has dormitory rooms. There is electricity and you can charge your phones and use Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant with the stove, where you can order dinner and breakfast and warm up. There is no heat in bedrooms, but there are plenty of blankets. We recommend bringing your own sleeping bag or inner sheet for a sleeping bag for additional comfort.
Guesthouses on the Kailash Trekking route
Typically trek around sacred Mountain Kailash lasts for 3 days. Consequently, you will spend 2 nights on the trek. Due to the high elevation and remoteness of the region, there are no hotels.
The first night we spend at the monastery guesthouse.