Trekking and Camping in Tibet
There are countless amazing trekking routes and camping sites in Tibet offering gorgeous mountain views, crystal clear lakes, vast grasslands, and rivers. Trekking routes usually don’t require any climbing skills. However, some trekking routes include steep ascents or descents, some are going through high passes. Trekking in high altitude may require additional time for acclimatizing.
On this page you will find information about:
Popular trekking tours
This trek goes along the incredibly beautiful route in Tibet. We start in Lhasa, where we visit the most important historical places and acclimatize before the trek.
During our trek, we will walk through high mountain passes (up to 5,250 meters), rocky mountains, vast green valleys, cross mountain rivers, and finally reach dense forest area.
We complete our trek at the Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
For those who feel adventurous, there are some one-day trekking options available near Samye. They can be added to your tour.
This four days trek is running through the Central Tibet. We start our adventure in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. We spend there two days to acclimatize and visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera monasteries. After that, we will drive to Tsurpu, one of the most important monasteries in Tibet and the seat of Karmapa. Karmapa is the head of the black hat sect in Tibet.
We start trekking from Tsurpu, going along the mountain river, crossing high passes until we reach the Yangpachen monastery. At the end we will stay one night at the hotspring area, where we can unwind and rest, swimming in the hotspring swimming pools.
A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake and Karola glaciers.
We arrive at the Old Tingri, from where our 3 days trek to the Everest Base Camp begins. We will hike over high passes, valleys, and rocky mountains before reaching the Base Camp.
Popular camping sites
Camping by the Namtso Lake
What is included in trekking/camping tour
Below is the general list for most of the trekking and camping tours. Please refer to specific trekking tour for a complete list.
- All necessary Travel Permits to travel in Tibet
- All accommodations based on double occupancy. contact us for a quote on a single room supplement
- Breakfast when staying in hotels
- All meals during the trek
- Assistance with your Chinese visa application
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Tents during the trek
- Ground transportation in a clean and comfortable vehicle
- English speaking Tibetan guide
- All entrance fees, tickets to the attraction sites and monasteries outlined in the itinerary
- First Aid Kit
- Oxygen supply
- Camping equipment: stove, gasoline for the stove, cooking pots and utensils
What is excluded from the tour package
- Passport and Chinese visa fees
- International airfare to and from China or Nepal
- Photography fees inside monasteries
- Flight or train tickets to Tibet
- Lunch and dinner in the cities and all meals outside of the cities
- Travel insurance
- Medical expenses
- Tips for guides, drivers, cooks, and porters
- Porter fees
- Sleeping bag
- Personal expenses: laundry, shopping, phone calls, etc.
We are offering the generic packing list for trekking tours. Please, contact us for details regarding your specific tour and dates. Guides know all the current situation with treks and weather and will be able to answer your questions.
- Bring your tent only if you wish so, we provide our tents for your convenience at no extra charge (based on double occupancy)
- Sleeping bag
- Inner sheet for your sleeping bag (optional)
- Mattress pad, such as thermarest, only if you are more comfortable using your pad. We provide our own mattress pads at no extra charge
- Backpack and a day pack for short day trips and sightseeing in the cities
- Hiking boots, ideally waterproof. GoreTex could work great in a range of temperatures and even in snow.
- Sneakers or comfortable boots to wear in cities and around camp
- Rain gear, particularly for trekking in summer: can include a poncho, backpack covers, gaiters for boots, waterproof pants
- Water bottle or thermos
- Small first aid kit and medications
- Camera with spare memory card and battery
- Power bank
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Hat and/or baseball hat for sun protection
- Gloves for colder months or if you are trekking above 4500 m /16000 ft
- Swimming suite if you make stops at hotsprings
- Personal toiletries, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
- Money: Chinese Yuan is the only currency accepted in Tibet and there are virtually no ATMs when you leave the cities. Be prepared in advance and take the necessary amount for all the duration of your trip outside of Lhasa
- Personal Journal for making notes and writing the diary
- Umbrella (optional)
- flashlight or headlamp (can be more convenient in camps)
What to wear
Weather in mountain regions can be unpredictable. You should always assume that you might encounter snow when trekking at or above 4500m /16000 ft. The wind can be strong. During the daytime, the sun can keep you warm and even hot, while at nighttime it can get very cold. We advise carefully plan what you will wear and bring with you.
To feel comfortable during the trek, wear layers. It will provide the necessary flexibility and allow you to quickly adjust to various temperatures. Below is our suggested list, feel free to adjust it according to your preferences and contact us with any questions or concerns.
- Lightweight thermal underwear: long sleeve shirts and bottom. Depending on expected temperatures, you can choose either wool or synthetic types, with wool being generally warmer
- 3-5 pairs of wool socks (depending on the duration of your trek), can combine light wool socks and thick hiking type
- Shirt: long sleeve is preferable, not only to keep you warm but also to protect you from sunshine during daytime
- Lightweight wool or fleece sweater
- Jacket: insulated or down jacket for colder months and high altitude. If you have a waterproof jacket, it can save you some space by avoiding packing some rain gear.
- Scarf or bandana for summer months