Tibet is a truly amazing place that should be high on your bucket list. The region’s dreamy landscape and unique culture and traditions make it a destination that’s like no other. If you’re planning a trip to Tibet, consider the following tips to make the most out of your journey.
Work with a Tibetan Travel Agency
If you want to travel to Tibet, you’ll need to go through a travel agency. It’s important to choose an experienced and reputable Tibetan travel company to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Your agent will ensure you get the necessary travel permits (see next) and arrange your excursions and activities. It’s best to use a travel company that’s Tibetan owned and operated. At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, our entire staff— from the office workers and guides, to the drivers and cooks— is Tibetan to ensure an authentic and amazing trip to Tibet.
Apply for a Tibet Entry Permit
Unless you have a Chinese passport, you are required to obtain a Tibet Entry Permit. You need to apply for your permit at least 20 days prior to your trip. You will need a permit before your travel agency can book your flight or train into Tibet. If you plan on traveling around Tibet outside of Lhasa, you will also need an Alien’s Travel Permit. Diplomats, journalists, professional media photographers, and government officials cannot get Tibet travel permits and must instead go through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office. If you are a foreigner traveling to Tibet from China, you will also need a Chinese tourist visa. Find out more about travel permits and visas here.
Avoid Altitude Sickness
Tibet’s elevation can reach 3,000 meters, or 2 miles, above sea level. There is lower oxygen pressure at higher altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness for travelers who are not used to the thinner air. Altitude sickness can cause headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Take it easy and go up slowing to help your body adjust to the higher altitude. You may also want to talk to your doctor about medication or natural remedies for altitude sickness before embarking on your trip to Tibet.