It is a common misconception that it is difficult to arrange a tour to Tibet. In fact, the process is simple and straightforward.

We helped hundreds of tourists from around the world to arrange their visit. If you always wanted to see Tibet, below is the breakdown of the process:

  1. Contact us

    We will advise you on every aspect of your trip planning and help you throughout the process.
    Note, that we might need up to 30 days (after you receive your Chinese visa) to arrange your tour as we have to apply for Tibet Travel Permit, and in some cases for a few other permits, depending on your itinerary.
    Our contact details»

  2. Apply for Passport and Chinese visa

    Apply for a passport if you don’t have it. Remember, your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months in order to receive Chinese visa and Tibet Travel Permit.
    When you have your passport, you need to apply for a Chinese visa. You can usually do it in the country where you reside.
    Here you can find an article explaining the process in a great detail» 
    Remember: when applying for Chinese visa, don’t list Tibet as one of your destinations, it will complicate the process. Simply list some of the Chinese cities.
    As soon as you receive your Chinese visa, send us the scan or photo of it, along with a photo of your passport’s page with the photo. We will need it to apply for your permit(s).

  3. Pick the Tour

    You can choose the tour depending on the duration of your stay, your preferred activities, destinations that you would like to visit and budget.
    Need help deciding where to go?
    Here you will find information about places to visit in Tibet»

    • Private tours are perfect for those who want maximum level of freedom building the itinerary. You can book the tour of almost any duration, select hotels and the pace, choose which attractions to visit and how much time to spend there.
      You can find a list of suggested itineraries here, they are, however, just examples. And feel free to modify them in any way!
      Hint: You can also book a group tour and add a private tour before or after the tour. That will allow you to visit destination not listed on the itinerary, without breaking the budget.
    • Group tours are designed to appeal to a wide range of interests as we created our itineraries based on feedback from our clients. You will travel with a small group of like-minded people (no more than 10 people), some of them might become your friends (and we have seen it in the past).
      Joining a group tour will lower the cost of your trip while providing an opportunity to see the best of what Tibet has to offer.
      We currently offer several itineraries, with duration of stay ranging from 4 to 15 days.
      Select the perfect tour for you»
    • Trekking tours are numerous and diverse. Historically, the majority of Tibetans were nomads, and they were constantly moving to find new places for their herds. They were traveling through the mountains by foot, covering great distances. Nowadays we can walk these historic routes and enjoy the views of untouched nature, the highest mountain ranges, fast rivers and crystal clear lakes.
      Itineraries for trekking tours are flexible, we can change some routes or adjust the duration to your pace.
      Browse some of the most popular trekking routes»
  4. Decide how to enter Tibet

    There are three main options available to you:

    • By Air: the fastest and the most popular way to arrive in Tibet. All year round there are numerous flight each day connecting the capital of Tibet, Lhasa with all major Chinese cities.
      To board a plane, you will need your Tibet Travel Permit to board the plane. We will mail it to you to the city where you are flying from.
      There is currently only one international flight, connecting Lhasa, Tibet and Kathmandu, Nepal.
      Please note, that you will need a special group visa to enter Tibet from Nepal.
      More details about the group visa and the process are available here»
      If you are taking a flight to Tibet, our guide will meet you at the airport. Keep an eye on a sign with your name on it!
      Information about flights to Tibet»
    • By train: taking a train to Tibet can take up to 40 hours, but you won’t regret it! The railroad runs over incredibly beautiful areas of Tibetan plateau, many of which you cannot reach another way.
      Trains are running several times a day from several major cities in China. There are two classes, providing different levels of comfort.
      Information on how to take a train to Tibet is here»
    • Overland: although there are several overland routes connecting Tibet with China, Nepal, and India, only the road to/from Nepal is open for foreign tourists.
      The Kyirong entry point is now accepting foreign tourists.
      You can join a group tour that takes you from Lhasa, Tibet to the Kyirong entry point at the border with Nepal.
      The detailed itinerary is here»
  5. Pack wisely

    We put together a list of things that you should consider bringing with you. There is also a list of suggested clothes and gear.
    If you are going on a trekking tour, its good to remember that there is a limit to the weight that porters are willing to carry (usually approximately 8-10 kg).  Beyond that weight, you might have to hire a pack animal or leave some things behind in the vehicle or hotel in one of the cities, where you can pick it up on the way back.
    Please, check the luggage allowance of the air company you are flying with. International and domestic flight typically have different limits.
    Remember to leave some extra space in your luggage if you are planning to buy souvenirs.
    Our suggested packing list is here»

  6.  Learn more about Tibet

    Additional information about Tibet, it’s customs, religion, art, culture, and people can help you to prepare better for your journey.
    Information about Tibet»

  7. Still have questions?

    Find your answers to all frequently asked questions»
    Or post your questions and comments below.

 

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