Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

An overland Tour from Nepal to Tibet !
Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour
What to see & doSpecific information about Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour
  • Duration8 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 3656m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Overland Tour
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flights
  • Best Season Spring and Summer

Did you know you can enter Tibet from Nepal? Yes, you heard that right! It may come as a surprise for some of you, but you can actually travel to Tibet from Nepal, that too by road. Isn't that amazing? Now you can add a road trip to Tibet (once a forbidden land) while visiting Nepal and explore the glorious Himalayas from both north and south. The Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour is one such road trip that begins in Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal) and takes you to Lhasa (the capital of Tibet), stopping over the beautiful Gyirong, Tingri, Shigatse, and Gyantse.

For mountain enthusiasts, the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour is the best-ever road trip over the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau, driving in an incredible desert-like mountainous landscape. Not only for mountain lovers, this trip is equally relished by Buddhist pilgrimage and travelers with a deep interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism. During this tour, you'll visit the substantial cultural heritages of Tibet, like temples, monasteries, a palace, and beautiful Himalayan lakes.

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is an incredible cross-country tour with a mosaic of Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage and eye-catching natural Himalayan panoramas. Kathmandu – Tibet overland tour is mostly arranged in fixed group departure, and it is departed every week from Kathmandu. However, private departures can be arranged on any day of the year.

Travelers of all age groups can easily take this tour as it does not require extreme physical strength like in adventures such as hiking or trekking. You'll be driven to all major tourist places in a private vehicle. Thus this 8 Days Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour organized by Outfitter Nepal is perfect for friends' trips or family vacations, even with children and senior citizens.

We understand 8 days aren't enough to explore the entire Tibet, but we guarantee that these 8 days on the Tibetan roads will be the most unique and memorable road trip experience of your lifetime. While we can't see it all, we won't miss any significant sites along the way. Our experts at Outfitter Nepal have planned this itinerary to give you the most out of your Tibet trip in this short duration. Join us in our Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour for an incredible journey to the "Roof of the World."

Best Features of the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

  • Enjoy a scenic drive via ever-changing scenery from Kathmandu to the Tibetan highlands
  • Entering Tibet via the Nepal-Tibet Friendship Border of Gyirong
  • Worshiping a 26-meter-tall gold Buddha at Tashilumpo Monastery, a walled structure the size of a hamlet
  • Admiring Yamdrok Tso's turquoise waters, one of Tibet's most revered lakes
  • Exploring the historic Lhasa for 2 whole days
  • Circling the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan spirituality
  • Enter the Potala Palace's underground levels to explore the majestic yet lifeless Dalai Lama bastion
  • Witnessing prayers at Sera Monastery, one of the biggest and most well-preserved of Tibet's ancient monasteries
  • Wander along Barkhor Street, a remarkable medieval pilgrim route in Lhasa

What to expect from the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour?

The Kathmandu - Lhasa Overland Tour, beginning and ending in Kathmandu, starts with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Gyirong Border. After the immigration formalities, you pass the Nepal-Tibet border and stay first overnight at the border in Tibet side. The Nepal Tibet overland tour continues to Lhasa with an overnight stay at Tingri, Shigatse & Gyantse. You explore high-road journeys with Tibetan mountain scenery visiting many Buddhist monasteries along the way.

The 8 Days Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour comprises 2 full-day tours in Lhasa. Lhasa has many historical, cultural, and religious sites to visit, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, and many more. You have a tour of these major places and other highlights of Lhasa. You then take a return flight to Kathmandu from Lhasa airport to conclude the tour. However, if you plan to travel to other parts of China, then you can end the tour in Lhasa and travel to other parts of China from Lhasa.

Major Attractions of the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

Potala Palace

Potala Palace is a historic palace that sits on top of Marpo Ri (Red Hill) in central Lhasa. It used to be Dalai Lamas' winter palace from 1649 to 1949 and is now turned into a museum and administrative building complex. This huge complex contains buildings with thirteen stories, more than 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues. It is one of the most popular spiritual sites in the world and was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The palace is visible from a great distance in the Lhasa Valley, with its golden roof gleaming in the sunlight.

Jokhang Temple

Situated in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is considered the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Tibet and is known as the "spiritual heart of the city." The temple's architecture combines elements of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian Vihara styles. The Jokhang was established under the Tibetan Empire's rule by King Songtsen Gampo. The temple was supposedly constructed for the king's two wives, Princesses Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are claimed to have brought significant Buddhist statues and images to Tibet as part of their dowries, which were kept here.

Barkhor Street in Old Lhasa

Barkhor Street, present-day Pargor Subdristict, is a region of congested streets and an open space surrounding the Jokhang Temple. This famous tourist site is also a spiritual circumambulation for local residents. A kilometer-long path circles the entire Jokhang Temple, the Muru Nyingba Monastery, as well as several historic royal residences, including Tromzikhang and Jamkhang. Four sizable incense burners (sangkangs) were built in each of the four cardinal directions to appease the deities guarding the Jokhang. Barkhor's Tromzikhang market is always bustling with tourists and locals alike.

Sera Monastery

Located 2 km north of Lhasa and roughly 5 km north of the Jokhang, Sera Monastery is one of Tibet's "great three" Gelug University monasteries. Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery make up the remaining two. The monastery's name is thought to have originated from the fact that the hill behind the monastery was covered in flowering wild roses (or "sera" in Tibetan) while it was being built.

Jamchen Chojey, a student of Je Tsongkhapa, established the Sera Monastery in 1419 as a complex of buildings that included the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. 19 hermitages, including 4 nunneries, were part of the old Sera Monastery. The monastery sustained significant damage during the 1959 Lhasa uprising, with its colleges being demolished and hundreds of monks being slain.

Dadong Village

Popular as the most beautiful village in Lhasa, Dadong Village is located about 20 km away from the city center in the southwest part of Lhasa. The deep valleys, ancient trails, trickling springs, and verdant foliage make this historic Tibetan hamlet one of the best maintained in the country. The historic Nyimatang Monastery, the mysterious Pharmacist Hall, and the old warehouse of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso, attract travelers to this village. Furthermore, one can enjoy the sight of a clear blue sky dotted with white clouds, beautiful green farm fields, and sheep grazing in the grassland.

Yamdrok Tso (Lake Yamdrok)

Lake Yamdrok is a stunning freshwater lake situated halfway between Gyantse and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Elevated at a height of 4,441 meters above sea level, the lake is 130 kilometers long and 70 kilometers wide at its furthest point. With a maximum depth of 60 meters and an average depth of 20 to 40 meters, Yamdrok is the largest freshwater inland lake in the northern Himalayas. Several tiny streams feed into the lake, which is surrounded by various snow-covered mountains. Along with Lake Manasarovar, Lake Namtso, and Lake Lhamo Latso, Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's four largest sacred lakes, believed to be the inhabitants' lifeline.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was established by the 1st Dalai Lama on a hilltop at the center of Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet, in 1447. This historically and culturally significant monastery was the traditional monastic seat of the Panchen Lama, the second-ranking tulku lineage in Tibetan Buddhism's Gelug tradition. The monastery's full name in Tibetan translates to "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory."

Pelkor Monastery

Pelkor Chode Monastery, also known as the Palcho Monastery or the Shekar Gyantse, is the major monastery in the valley of the Nyangchu River in Gyantse County and is situated in Gyantse Town. The monastery is especially exceptional in Tibet because it is home to the Sakya, Gelug, and Kadam schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The sanctuary is one of the highest-status monasteries in Tibet and features elements of Tibetan, Chinese Han, and Nepalese architecture.

The Kumbum Stupa, which is one of its kind in Tibet, is the centerpiece of the monastery's expansive complex of monastic buildings. The stupa, or chorten as the Tibetans refer to it, sits inside the monastery walls and is the highest stupa in Tibet, with a 32 m/105 ft tall structure. It has 108 cells with different statues and wall murals. You may get a great view of the monastery, adjacent fort (Dzong), and Gyantse town from the top levels of the Kumbum Stupa.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The trip starts in the morning. Have your breakfast early and get ready for the adventure-filled drive. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you toward Rasuwagadhi (Gyirong Border). First, we'll drive along the Prithvi Highway and take a right turn from Galchhi to take Nepal-Tibet Friendship Highway. Driving past small villages and Langtang National Park in the Nepalese countryside on a somehow hazardous road, we reach Gyirong Border after 7-8 hours.

After immigration formalities at the border, you'll be greeted by your tour guide on the Tibet side. They'll take you to Gyirong town, which is about an hour's drive from the border. You'll check into a hotel in Gyirong, have dinner and rest for the night. 

Note: You must arrive in Kathmandu 4-5 days before the departure date as it takes at least 3 days to obtain a Tibet Group Visa, and the Chinese Embassy will hold your original passport during that time. You also need to be in a group of a minimum of 4 people to apply for a Tibet Group Visa. If you're less than 4 travelers, contact your tour operator for joining a group departure trip.

    After breakfast in the morning, we'll head towards Tingri town in the Tingri County of Tibet. Before hitting the road, we'll make a pit stop at Paba Temple in Gyirong, built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo. On the way, we'll pass by Peikutso Lake and a vast grassland. It is a total of 4 to 5 hours' drive from Gyirong to Tingri.

    The drive from Gyirong travels through the lovely border region of Tibet, which is known for its breathtaking snow-capped mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) and Mt. Shishapangma (8012 m) and magnificent evergreen woods. The road to Tingri offers some of the most breathtaking mountain views in the world, making the lengthy trip worthwhile. You have an overnight stay in Old Tingri.

      We'll have an early morning breakfast and hit the road to get to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. After about a 4 to 5 hours drive in the desert-like mountainous terrain of the Tibetan Plateau, we'll reach Shigatse, which is where we'll stay the night.
      After a fulfilling lunch, you will have the chance to tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the Panchen Lama's holy seat, which is practically a walled town with winding, cobblestone pathways that are centered around a magnificent monastery.

        Today is a short 2-hour drive from Shigatse to Gyantse. We'll leave Shigatse along the dry Tibetan landscape after breakfast to get to Gyantse. Numerous Tibetan farming communities can be seen along the route. Once we reach our destination for the day, we visit the magnificent Pelkor Monastery and the neighboring Kumbum Stupa, both of which date back to the 15th century and are located on the northwest outskirts of Gyantse. You can stroll the heritage town Gyantse in the evening.

          It's the last day on the road and a long one. After breakfast, we'll head towards Lhasa, which takes 5-6 hours from Gyantse. Along the way, we'll drive across high passes like Karo La and Simi La. We'll also stop over a famous lake, Yamzho Yumcho, also known as Lake Yamdrok. Take a little hike alongside Lake Yamdrok's turquoise waters, one of Tibet's four holy lakes, and get lost in the boundless Tibetan countryside. The lake is fashioned like a coiling scorpion and is located several hundred meters below the road. 

            Today is a day full of sightseeing tours to Lhasa's historical and religious sites. Our first stop is Potala Palace. After breakfast at the hotel, we travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Potala Palace, which Tibetans proudly proclaim to be the greatest miracle to have occurred since the world was created. Spend some time wandering through the interior of this magnificent edifice, taking in the housing that the Dalai Lama once occupied and the numerous Buddhist symbols that are housed there.

            We visit the Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. Like most of the main temple buildings, the Jokhang has a number of smaller temples, each devoted to a particular enlightened being, guardian, high lama, or saint. There are images everywhere, both painted and sculptured. The ceiling and every inch of the wall are vividly painted with mandalas, clouds, and other artistic motifs. Three floors of colorful silk banners dangle in various locations. Images, patterns, and colors swarm all around you. The building's centerpiece is a gilded, 30-foot-tall figure of Maitreya Buddha.

            Next, we travel through the back streets of Old Lhasa's Barkhor district. Crowds of pilgrims move through the major Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple while the streets smell of yak butter and incense. One Kora would take roughly 15 to 20 minutes to walk at a brisk pace.

              We continue the previous day's sightseeing tour of Lhasa. Our first stop for the day is Dadong Village, regarded as Lhasa's most picturesque village. The distance from the Lhasa city center to the village is approximately 20 kilometers. First, we'll go to the Nyimatang Monastery. After that, we take a leisurely hike to see a Tibetan family in the area. Here at lunch, you may observe how indigenous Tibetans live in the countryside and eat delectable Tibetan cuisine.

              We visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon. It was founded in 1419 and has long been a significant Buddhist seminary. The monastery is often referred to as "the court of wild roses" because of the abundance of rose plants there. There are 200 lamas living there even today. Before you head back to Lhasa, don't forget to attend the renowned monk debate at the monastery.

              Today is your last full day in Lhasa. If you want to take home some souvenirs, you can shop in the evening. Ask your guide for the recommendation. Barkhor Street is an excellent place to go shopping.

                On the last day of your Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. You'll be dropped off at Lhasa Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.

                If you choose to travel to mainland China from Lhasa, you can take a flight or train to other parts of China.

                We hope you had an amazing time in Tibet with us. 

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                  Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                  What's Included
                  • Twin sharing lodge/hotel accommodation during the tour including breakfast.
                  • All necessary transportation Kathmandu/Lhasa.
                  • Sightseeing tour as per the program.
                  • An English speaking Tibetan guide.
                  • And monasteries entrance fees.
                  • Tibet travel permit and Chinese Visa.
                  • Flight Lhasa Kathmandu or other destinations.
                  What's not Included
                  • Your food (Lunch and dinner) during the tour.
                  • All expenses of personal nature,
                  • Nepal re-entry visa fee,
                  • Airport departure tax.
                  • Travel insurance and Emergency evacuation.
                  • In case of landslides extra charge for porters and transportation.
                  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.
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                  Starts:SATURDAYJUN 22, 2024
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                  Ends:SATURDAYJUL 06, 2024
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                  • We do not have fixed departure dates for the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour. So, any date is available for this trip. Contact us with your favorable dates for the further booking process.
                  • The tour starts and ends in Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal). We have not included your arrival and departure dates to and from Nepal as you need to arrive in Nepal 4 to 5 days prior to the tour departure because the Chinese Group Visa takes 3 to 4 business days to get issued.
                  • Confirm with us your arrival date in Nepal/Kathmandu before you book the tour and pay the deposit amount. Furthermore, we can offer you many trekking trips and tours in Nepal when for the days when your visa is under process. 
                  Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

                  Travel Permits and Visas

                  As the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour begins and ends in Kathmandu, you will need visas for both Nepal and China, along with a special travel permit for Tibet. Here's the list of necessary visas and permits for your travels:

                  Nepal Entry Visa

                  To begin the trip, you'll first land in Kathmandu, Nepal, so you'll need a visa to enter Nepal. Acquiring a Nepal Entry Visa is easy. You can quickly get it at the immigration desk after you land at the Kathmandu International Airport by submitting a few documents and a passport-size photo.

                  Chinese Group Visa

                  A Chinese Group Visa is required for anyone traveling from Nepal to Tibet. You must be in Nepal 4 to 5 days before your travel to Tibet, as the visa application procedure takes 3 to 4 working days. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your tour company will collect your passports and other necessary paperwork and deliver them to the Chinese Embassy there. The visa will then be given to you before you depart for Tibet. You must be in a group of at least 4 people to obtain the Chinese Group Visa.

                  Tibet Travel Permit

                  Every traveler visiting Tibet must have a travel permit. You must first confirm your trip and itinerary with an approved travel agency in order to receive this permit. Your scanned documents and passports will then be collected and sent to the partner organization in Tibet, where they will be turned in to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB). After about 9 to 10 business days, the visa will be issued. Your Tibetan guide will give it to you once you arrive in Tibet. 

                  Transportation for Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

                  A Nepalese driver will drive you from Kathmandu to the Gyirong border in a private vehicle. Once you enter Tibet, you'll meet your Tibetan driver, who will drive you all the way from Gyirong to Lhasa in a private vehicle according to the group size. You'll also have the same private vehicle for your 2 days of sightseeing tour in Lhasa.

                  On the last day of the tour, we'll arrange an airport shuttle to drop you off at the airport for free. These shuttles have a fixed pickup and drop-off time and operate a few times a day. If the time of the shuttle isn't favorable for you, we can arrange a private taxi for which you have to pay from your own pocket. The Lhasa Gonggar Airport is 70 km away from downtown Lhasa.

                  Accommodation during the tour

                  Although you can find some in Lhasa, Tibet is not recognized for its 5-star luxury resorts. Overall, the accommodations are not as good as those in the central and coastal regions of China. But you may find a hotel in Lhasa that fits your interests and budget, from modest but clean youth hostels to 3-star luxury hotels with distinctive Tibetan designs.

                  We've carefully chosen safe and comfortable hotels in Shigatse and Lhasa. You can walk to Barkhor Street and the Jokhang Temple from your Lhasa hotel to explore the local way of life and culture. The accommodations would typically be poorer in rural places such as Tingri, Gyantse, Gyirong, etc. Some may have air conditioning in their hotel rooms, while others may only have electric blankets.

                  The rooms will be set up as twin-sharing or double rooms, but if you'd want a higher level of hotel service or a single room, we may arrange that for an additional fee and with advance notice.

                  Meals for the Kathmandu Lhasa Tour

                  Our Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour Package includes all breakfasts during the tour. Since every person has their own preferences for food, we've not included lunch and dinner. There are many restaurants to choose from serving Tibetan, Nepali, Western, Continental, Chinese, and other cuisines, in Kathmandu, Shigatse, and Lhasa. You can savor regional Tibetan cuisine when visiting Gyirong, Tingri, and Gyantse, including butter tea, tsampa, Nepali staple Daal Bhat (Rice & lentil soup with vegetables), dumplings, noodle soup, simple Chinese, and some Western fare like fries, omelets, pizzas, and pasta.

                  Tour Guides

                  We employ Tibetan native tour guides who speak good English and are knowledgeable about Tibetan history, culture, and Buddhism. Most guides have received training to provide services in line with Western standards. We'll take extra care of your physical well-being and safety the entire time you're in Tibet and help you out as soon as you need anything. Please do not hesitate to contact our customer care if you experience any problems.

                  Tibet Weather

                  The sharp difference in temperature between day and night is one of the most notable aspects of the weather of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Lhasa's seasonal temperatures range from -2°C to 12°C in the spring, 9°C to 22°C in the summer, 7°C to 19°C in the autumn, and -7°C to 9°C in the winter. Wear appropriate clothing, such as a down jacket, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, trousers, a beanie, etc., to beat the cold.

                  You'll also need sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the intense, blinding sunlight on the plateau. As you travel across Tibet, make sure to consume extra water and vegetables. It can keep you from becoming dehydrated.

                  Altitude Sickness

                  Traveling at high altitudes over 3000 meters above sea level presents you with a risk of altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Since we're not flying to Lhasa (3656 m) and taking a road trip from a much lower altitude of 1400 meters at Kathmandu over the course of 5 days, you're less likely to get affected by altitude sickness. 

                  As you'll be crossing high mountain passes along the way, you may experience slight symptoms of AMS. The symptoms include headache, nausea, difficulty breathing, increased heartbeat, trouble sleeping, etc. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your guide immediately. It is advised to drink plenty of water to beat the altitude sickness.

                  Things to remember during Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

                  • According to the policy, foreign tourists are not permitted to travel alone in Tibet.
                  • Photography is prohibited in the monasteries. A polite request for permission would be welcomed if you wanted to snap pictures of Tibetan pilgrims, or you may do it from a distance.
                  • Fishing and swimming are prohibited in Tibet's holy lakes.
                  • Avoid discussing delicate subjects like politics.
                  • Circuit Barkhor Street in a clockwise direction.
                  • Never walk upon unknown trails or territory.
                  • Do all in your power to safeguard Tibet's delicate ecosystem.
                  • Remember to adhere to and respect the distinctive customs of Tibet because Tibetan Buddhism influences every aspect of Tibetan life.
                  • If you are unsure of something, ask your guide first before acting on your own.
                  FAQsKathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour frequently asked questions
                  • Tibet is a region in the southwest of China that shares borders with Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma. Tibet's historical area would make it the 10th largest country in the world. Tibet is occupied by China and has been split up, given new names, and merged into Chinese provinces. When China uses the term "Tibet," it refers solely to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in China, which is only a part of historical Tibet.

                  • Despite having a vast geographic space, the time zone of the entire state of China is calculated from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Hence, the Tibetan time is also 8 hours ahead of GMT. Additionally, it is 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepalese standard time and 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

                  • Tibet is known as the "Roof of the World" for a reason. Numerous mountains in Tibet are among the top 10 tallest mountains in the world. In addition, the Tibetan plateau is the world's highest plateau and the source of a few of Asia's largest rivers. Tibet is also a famous destination for Buddhist pilgrims for pilgrimage visits with the most renowned monasteries in the world. Additionally, it is the home of the Dalai Lama. Tibet is undoubtedly a fantastic location for visitors, pilgrims, climbers, trekkers, and adventure travelers with its expansive grasslands, high mountains, and alpine lakes.

                  • The best time to go somewhere depends on when you're free to go. The exterior factor that determines the best time is the weather. Tibet's travel season is from spring to fall since its monsoon is less severe than Nepal's. In general, Nepal is preferable to visit in the spring and fall months. During the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour, you'll be driving one full day in the difficult hilly terrain of Nepal that's prone to landslides. Hence, spring and autumn are the best seasons for a trip that includes both Nepal and Tibet. 

                  • Unfortunately, you cannot obtain a visa on your own or travel alone in Tibet due to China's extremely rigorous tourism regulations for the region. An authorized travel agency, such as Outfitter Nepal, will arrange all the paperwork, including the entry permit and visa. You cannot even roam around on your own. You must be accompanied by a certified Tibetan guide which your travel agency will provide.

                  • As of right now, there is no age limit for obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit. Anyone from a child (with a guardian) to senior citizens can visit Tibet. Tibet can be a wonderful place for a family vacation, with kids and elderlies. 

                  • Anyone considering a trip to the Himalayas is strongly encouraged by Outfitter Nepal to buy travel insurance. This insurance will cover you in the event of a medical emergency, evacuation, theft, loss of personal property, and last-minute tour or ticket cancellations. You can ensure your trip is safe and pleasurable by implementing this precaution.

                  • Travelers are advised to take comfortable, layered clothing; for the daytime, you may require a T-shirt and cotton shorts, either long or short-sleeved. A thin, warm jacket is also recommended. Sunglasses, lip balm, thermal underwear, warm cotton pants, woolen clothing, hats, gloves, sandals, a towel, a sleeping bag, and a rain jacket will all be beneficial if you remember to take them.

                  • There is no need to be concerned about the language barrier when visiting Tibet. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany every group of travelers, and most of the front desk personnel at large hotels are also able to speak the language. Chinese, Tibetan, English, and Nepali are the four main languages spoken in Tibet.

                  • The Chinese Yuan is the official currency in Tibet. You may convert your dollars, euros, or pounds into Chinese currency from any bank or ATM in China. In Tibet, banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. It is, therefore, advisable to have some cash on hand before beginning your day or excursion. There are ATMs in Lhasa and Shigatse. However, finding one in other small towns in outlying areas could be difficult.

                    In Nepal, Nepalese Rupees are used. You can easily convert your currency into Nepalese Rupees in Kathmandu via a money exchanger or withdraw from ATMs and banks.

                  • In general, Tibet is a very safe place. Most Tibetans are devoted Buddhists who think doing good deeds will benefit them in the afterlife. Crime is also quite uncommon in this area. However, since stray dogs are free to roam wherever, travelers must be aware of them. You must exercise caution when traveling at night. We strongly advise international visitors not to stroll outside at night.

                  • Using the restroom in Tibet is indeed the most miserable experience for many Western travelers. Therefore, please limit your expectations. You won't have any complaints about using a typical Western flush toilet if you stay above a 3-star hotel in Lhasa, Shigatse, etc. But if you visit some sites, like Yamdrok, and EBC, you'll mostly witness the foul-smelling pit lavatory. Carrying enough toilet paper is preferable.

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