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How to Visit Tibet? Latest Tibet Travel Guide in 2024

As a Tibet local based travel agency with offices in Lhasa, we are your best assistant to help you plan authentic, tailor-made and valuable Tibet trip before you go, also the ideal companion to take care of details of your travel, from tour guide, necessary permits, transfer, sightseeing, to dinning, accommodation, etc. During past decades, we have managed to help thousands of visitors realize their dream tours to the holy land Tibet. And our tours and service have been highly recognized and commended by customers both on TripAdvisor and our platform.

Our philosophy, simple and direct, is to provide you the best travel experience in Tibet which is not only valuable but also enjoyable. So we are dedicating all our efforts to excavating the best experiences that Tibet can offer and organizing wisely not only in our well-designed Private Tibet Tours, but also in our classic Group Tours and tailor-made adventures. At the same time, we are also striving to improving our tour services of all aspects to the highest standard in the industry. When you book a tour with us, you will receive pleasant, efficient and fully-included services at the best prices. There are no hidden costs but many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your Tibet trip is excellent value for money. Start your adventure now!


Our Best Selling Tibet Tours for 2024/2025

Start exploring the holy land Tibet with one of four best-selling tour packages. You are suggested to take the classic tour from Lhasa to Mount Everest which is the most popular and valuable tour in Tibet. To spend more time in Tibet, you can keep travelling to the marvelous Namtso Lake, beautiful Nyingchi, etc. If time allows, you can travel Tibet with other China’s iconic places, such as Beijing Great Wall, Xian Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai, etc. If you have any other ideas, feel free to contact us to tailor-make your own unique trip.

Quality Small Group Tours 2024/2025 by Local China Guide-Tibet Tourism Center
Our classic Tibet group tour packages are the easiest and most efficient way to explore many wonderful places in economic way. We are a premier Tibetan travel agency located in the capital city, Lhasa. We bring years of Tibet travel industry expertise to serve travelers from all over the world who are interested in exploring the magical land of Tibet. Whether you are a family planning a vacation to Tibet or a solo traveler on a budget, the variety of our tour options means that we have the tour solution for everyone. With a mission to always provide attentive services to our guests, we invite you to begin your Tibetan journey with us and have a dream Tibetan trip that you will savor for a lifetime.


Visit Tibet private tour

We are a group of four family members. guide Rachel did an excellent job of arranging a private tour of tibet for us. she spent a lot of time to plan our travel itinerary in detail. we appreciated her hard work and dedication to provide excellent customer service. she even helped us find a hotel in chengdu.

Our tour guide zhaxi did an excellent job of taking us through all sites and locations on our itinerary. he was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour. we are specially grateful for all his help on our 6.5 hours of trekking up and around the mountain at a peak elevation of 4200 metres.

As the forerunner of Tibet inbound tourism since 1999, Visit Tibet is a Lhasa-based Tibet tour operator, specializing in Small group and private package tours, Tibet train tour and Tibet travel permit application. It was in 2007 that Visit Tibet officially engaged in online Tibet tour operating. Now, with 2,000 clients world-wide each year, we offer free Tibet tour consultancy and help individual overseas tourists both in mainland China and abroad to travel to Tibet via Qinghai-Tibet Railway and domestic flights. During the past decades, we successfully organized more than 100 thousand tourists to visit Tibet and were your top choice for Tibet tour in China. Contact us and customize your Tibet tour for FREE. Read more about Visit Tibet.

Best Time to Visit Tibet

  • When is the best time to visit Tibet? It might be the most frequently asked question. In general, the best time to visit Tibet is from April through October. The weather during these months is relatively mild with warm days and cool nights. Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, you can appreciate assorted natural landscapes and enjoy various cultural customs during different period in Tibet. You are able to travel to Tibet all year around and get ultimately different feelings about Tibet each time. So, truth be told, there are pro's and con’s to each season of the year.
  • Spring is windy and dry, but it also means a clearer weather for amazing views of the mountain peaks. From June to August, it's warm and moist in Tibet, with the highest temperature of 28 degrees Celsius in summer, that makes most of the outdoor activities very agreeable. And Autumn is a great time to take an overland trip to Nepal via the famous Friendship Highway without the risks of suffering from the muddy road as the precipitation sharply decreases. Even in the coldest winter, central Tibet is good to go - off season discounts are offered by hotels and travel agencies. Besides, you can celebrate the Tibetan New Year with the locals.
  • More research should be done in order to avoid extreme weather or rainy season, or simply get away from the holiday crowds. You’d better check more details regarding the best time to visit Tibet according to destinations and themes.

Explore Tibet with a 15-day Visa-Free Entry!

From December 1st, 2023, to November 30th, 2024, travelers from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia can now enjoy a 15-day visa-free entry to China for tourism, business, transit, and visiting friends and relatives.

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore Tibet, and don't miss out on our 2024 join-in small group tours. Book your adventure now!

Big News: China Tourist Visa and Tibet Travel Permit have now been resumed, it is time to plan your Tibet tour in 2024! We’re ready to arrange unforgettable Tibet tours and obtain Tibet Travel Permits for visitors from around the globe.

We Guarantee your Tibet Permit for 2024

Foreign tourists must apply for a Tibet travel permit before entering Lhasa and traveling around Tibet, according to the law of the People's Republic of China.

To do so, you are expected to book your Tibet tour with a local Tibet travel agency and depend on it to submit the permit application.

Benefiting from the favorable policy, and as the largest local Tibet travel agency, dealing with around 8000+ permit applications annually, we help you secure Tibet Permit, plus expert’s guide to Tibet permit application.

You just give us your Tibet travel plan and passport copies, and relax while we take care of the whole complicated application procedures.

Tips about Tibet Travel Permit:

1. To apply for Tibet Permit, you need to prepare your passport and Chinese Visa;
2. Leave at least 20 days for getting your Tibet Travel Permit;
3. The processing of Tibet Permit lasts 8-9 business days. Then it will be sent to your hotel in the mainland of China;
4. For Tibet entry from Nepal, you need both China Group Visa and Tibet Permit. We offer all the services you need.

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Need our experts’ help? You may easily reach us by submitting an online inquiry form below or make a phone call to one of our three offices below or email us at Our professional travel consultants will reply to you within 0.5~23.5 hours and have a 1-1 consultation with you.

Contact Visit Tibet

Lhasa office: 2-203, Changxingduhui, Liuwu district, Lhasa.

WhatsApp: 86 139 0891 7080
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Can I visit Tibet? Is there any age limit?

Of course, you can visit Tibet at any age, if you are physically able to adapt to high altitude travel. The youngest tourist we had was an 8-month baby, while the oldest was 82-year-old.

Manla Reservoir

Having a Tibet tour with friends would be an excellent experience for you.

Please notice that even you can visit Tibet without an age-limit, you can’t visit Tibet independently. According to the Tibet travel policy, you need to book your Tibet tour through a registered travel agency, either a group or a private one, and visit Tibet with a licensed guide and driver.

Is it safe to visit Tibet nowadays?

Yes, absolutely!

No matter you are a solo traveler, a single woman tourist, or travel with family, the journey to Tibet will be surprisingly safe. The social security in Tibet is quite good and local Tibetans are simple and welcoming to guests from all over the world.

The only thing that threatens your safety is altitude sickness. Travelers with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, coronary heart disease, severe asthma, lung disease, and untreated cold are not able to visit Tibet.

It is advised to have a good rest after arriving in Lhasa so that your body can get used to the high altitude. You can also take medicine and oxygen to reduce the discomfort of altitude sickness.

Insider Tips:
1. The high altitude sickness in Tibet varies from person to person and can be life-threatening in severe cases. Therefore, please seek professional advice from your doctor before traveling.

2. If you feel any discomfort while traveling in Tibet, please contact your guide immediately.

Stunning view of lake in Tibet

The couple were enjoy the stunning view of the lake in Tibet.

What travel documents required to visit Tibet?

You need Tibet Travel Permit, a Chinese Visa, and your valid passport to visit Tibet. Without any of these, you can even not board the flight or the train to Tibet. You can easily get a Chinese visa in your county. But the Tibet Travel Permit can be only applied through a licensed local Travel agency with a pre-booked Tibet tour package.

Insider Tips:
1. It is suggested to apply for your Tibet permit at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.

2. If you have more than one passport, please make sure you visit Tibet with the same one you used for your Tibet Travel Permit. Or you will be denied entry into Tibet.

3. If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for a Chinese group visa in Kathmandu.

Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Travel Permit is an indispensable travel document for Tibet entry.

How much does it cost to visit Tibet?

Overall, the total cost of a Tibet tour alone ranges from US$400 to over US$2500 (not include the transfer to Tibet). And it all depends on how long you are staying for, the travel season you are in, where you want to go to visit in Tibet, and your personal expenses like souvenirs.

The best way to cut down the cost of a Tibet tour is to travel with more people as a group. You can share the transfer cost, the accommodation, and the service fee with your group members.

Insider Tips:
1. No matter when you visit Tibet, joining a Tibet Small group tour is always cheaper than taking a private tour in Tibet.

2. You can also make your own group with your family and your friends. The more people in the group the cheaper price you can enjoy.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?

Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit Tibet for the perfect weather, during which the weather in Tibet is warm enough to travel, yet neither too hot nor too cold. Also, you can have more chances to enjoy a clear view of the mountains in Tibet, especially when you visit Everest Base Camp.

Tibet winter, from November to mid-February, is the best time to visit Tibet for a cheaper price. In this low season of Tibetan tourism, the prices of Tibet flights and hotels are much cheaper than usual.

Summer is known as the rainy season in Tibet. But the rainfall is almost at night and will not have much impact on daytime sightseeing activities.

However, summer is the best time to experience Tibetan festival tours. Some popular Tibetan festivals, such as the Shoton Festival, the Saga Dawa Festival, and horse racing festivals are held in summertime (Late May to August).

Insider Tips:
1. Winter in Tibet is not as cold as you think. The average temperature of Lhasa in the daytime is around 18°C.

2. Pay attention to landslides or other geological disasters if you take a Sichuan Tibet overland tour in summer.

3. Please check the updated Tibetan Calendar for the exact dates of Tibetan festivals.

Everest Base Camp

September is one of the best months to visit the famous Everest Base Camp in Tibet.

How to get to Tibet? which is the easiest way?

Visit Tibet from the Mainland of China

Mainland China is the major gateway to enter Tibet. You can easily visit Tibet from the mainland of China by air, by train, or by land.

It is easy and convenient to take a flight to Tibet from most major cities in mainland China. Among all the entry cities, Chengdu offers the most frequent daily flights to Lhasa and Nyingchi.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway from Xining to Lhasa is the only railway to Tibet. Joining the train network in China at Xining, you can also take Tibet trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Lanzhou.

There are also four highways to Lhasa, namely Sichuan-Tibet highway (G318 and G317), Qinghai-Tibet highway (G109), Yunnan-Tibet highway (G214), and Xinjiang-Tibet highway (G219). You can enjoy a lifetime overland tour to Tibet through any of them as you like.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The stunning scenery is always the highlight of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Visit Tibet from Nepal

Nepal is another popular gateway to enter Tibet, and Kathmandu is the only overseas city that offers international flights to Lhasa. The daily Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are run by Sichuan Airline and Air China.

You can also choose to enter Tibet from Nepal by land via the Gyirong border. The epic overland journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes about 8 days including a one-night stay on the Everest Base Camp at the northern side of Mount Everest.

Getting around Tibet

Road travel is the major way to visit Tibet. You need to prepare for long-distance travel if your Tibet tour including attractions outside Lhasa city.

The road condition in Tibet has been improved in recent years and most are asphalt roads, which are good for both vehicles, bikes, and motorbikes.

What are the must-sees places in Tibet?

Covering a total area of 1,228,400 square km, Tibet promises infinite opportunities for adventure, spiritual, and cultural discovery.

Lhasa is the must-see on all trips to Tibet. And a classic 4-day Lhasa tour is the best choice for the first-timers to Tibet and those who are short on time. The trip to nearby Namtso Lake or Yamdrok Lake only takes one more day.

Everest Base Camp is always on the list of most travelers to Tibet. The classic EBC tour from Lhasa takes 8 days, which includes an overnight stay at the base camp, so that you can enjoy the sunset or the sunrise at the top of the world.

Mount Kailash is like an ultimate goal for both pilgrims and non-pilgrim. A general 15 days Kailash Tour combines the classic Lhasa to EBC tour with an extended 3-day Kailash Kora and Manasarovar Yatra.

The overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu covers all the best along the Sino-Nepal friendship highway. This epic overland journey through the Himalayas takes 7 days by car and around 15 days by bike.

Insider Tips:
In fact, there are more attractions in Tibet. You can find something that interests you in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet.

Mt.Kailash trekking

The epic Mt.Kailash trekking tour in Tibet

What to pack? Do I have to pack a lot?

Traveling to Tibet is not recommended to carry too big luggage. It is recommended to use a boarding case, hiking backpack, and carry-on backpack so that it is convenient to carry the necessary items and documents with you, and also to ensure that there is enough space to store your luggage on the train or your travel vehicles in Tibet.

Some Packing Tips for Visiting Tibet

Clothing: Warmth is the main concern. Also, it is recommended to wear a windproof jacket for your Tibet tour.

Shoes: Comfortable shoes or more professional hiking boots if you are going to enjoy a Tibet trekking tour.

Skincare products: Lotion and lipstick are essential to protect your skin in Tibet.

Sun Protection Products: Sunscreen with SPF 50 is recommended. Physical sun protection, like a hat, sunglasses, etc. is also essential.

Medicines: Follow your doctor’s instructions and prepare some cold medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, and pain relief medicine according to your condition.

Professional Gears: Things like trekking poles, biking accessories, sleeping bags can be rent or buy at outdoor stores in Lhasa. You can also bring the ones you are used to using.

Learn more about what to pack for a Tibet tour from our ultimate packing guide.

Insider Tips:
We have prepared some common items free trial services for tourists, such as rechargeable batteries. There are also rental services for professional equipment such as trekking poles and sleeping bags.

Accommodation and dining tips of Tibet visting

Accommodation in Tibet

The Tibet hotels are not as good as those in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc. The best hotels mostly center in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi. As you travel north or to the west of Tibet, like EBC and Mount Kailash, where you can stay are often the guesthouses or yak tents with a filthy pit toilet and no running water.

St.Regis Lhasa Resort

St.Regis Lhasa Resort

What to Eat in Tibet

The major Tibetan food you can taste in a local restaurant or a Tibetan teahouse includes Tsampa, yak butter tea, Tibetan noodles, yak meat, and so on. Also, Chinese dishes are widely served in Tibet.

In Lhasa city, you can find more food options such as Nepali, Indian and western cuisines.

If you have special food requirements, like vegan food or Muslim food, please tell your travel consultant or tour guide in advance so that they can arrange the right food for you.

Tibetan restaurant

Enjoying the toothsome food in a local Tibetan restaurant of Lhasa.


Visiting Tibet is not as difficult as you think. You can travel to Tibet at any age, in any season, as you like. Just make sure you are physically healthy enough to take the tour at such a high altitude.

Getting to Tibet is no longer a problem, as now both flights and trains connect to Tibet. Moreover, there are five highways to Lhasa from Chengdu, Xining, Lijiang, Yecheng, and Kathmandu.

No matter what you want to know about visiting Tibet, such as the tour cost, the best places to visit, the accommodation standard in Tibet, etc. we are always here to provide the most professional suggestions and share our experiences with you.

Contact Visit Tibet

Lhasa office: 2-203, Changxingduhui, Liuwu district, Lhasa.

WhatsApp: 86 139 0891 7080

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