Tibet Travel Information

Tibet, a rich and beautiful land, is located at the main part of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, south-West frontier of China. Tibet borders with Sichuan, Yuannan, Qinghai And Xinjiang; to the south contiguous to India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma, and bounded by Kashmir on the west.

When the word Tibet is mentioned something icy chils the readers' nerves. In fact it snows only once or twice in a year and owing to the perpetuity of bright sunshine, it is not at all cold during the daytime even in the coldest of the winter. Tibet is so sunny that it produces a year-round sunshine of over 3,000 hours in a year. Its old name-"land of snow" - the name by which Tibet is almost popilary known as, is always thickly covered with snow with hardly any signs Of inhabitation. In fact, it is correct only when it is referred to the world greatest ranges located in Ima, the Tisi, and like. These ranges, run by leaps and bounds across the country showing their beautiful snow covered peaks against the bluest of skies.

Geographically, Tibet can be divided into three majoy parts, the east, north and south. The eastern part is forest region, occupying approximately one-fourth of the land. Virgin forests run The entire breadth and length of this part of Tibet. The northern part is open grassland, where nomads and yak and sheep dwell here. This part occupies approximately half of Tibet. The southern and central part is agricultural region, occupying about one-fourth of Tibet's land area. with all major Tibetan cities and towns such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse ad Tsetang located in this area, it is considered the cultural center of tibet. The total area of the Tibet Autonomous Region is 1,200,000 square kilometers and its population is 1,890,000. The region is administratively divided into one municipality and six prefectures. The municipality is Lhasa, while the six prefectures are Shigatse, Ngari, Lhaoka, Chamdo, Nakchu and Nyingtri(kongpo). The People's Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region exercises the hightest adminis-trative authority in Tibet.

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.

Getting There

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 journey longer

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 grades.

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 strong.

  • For lower altitude trekking, fleece jackets and pants are adequate,
  • while at higher altitude, down jackets are advisable.
  • 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 socks
  • 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 bulb
  • water purification tablets
  • water bottles, two is best
  • walking poles, not necessary, but recommended.
  • sturdy and well fitted back pack and day pack with water proof cover.
  • Gaiters
  • 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 drying.
  • gloves, preferably with a water proof shell.
  • a good first aid kit
  • Sun block for lips
  • Sun lotion
  • light scarf or neckerchief
  • spare shoe laces
  • padlock or combination lock
  • Large plastic bag for lining your back pack
  • Optional extras
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • 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.