How to Prepare your Tour to Tibet: Plan your Tour?

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Is Tibet on your travel bucket list? Planning your visit does not have to be daunting when you have a dependable and experienced travel agency working for you. You don’t even have to look further because tours to Tibet are our main specialties here at Tibet Shambhala Adventure.

As Tibetans based in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, we pride ourselves on our ability to organize various tours—including adventures, cycling, and trekking. We also have extensive experience organizing special trips that immerse our guests into one-of-a-kind festivals that provide a glimpse of local cultures and traditions. Our goal is to create unforgettable experiences with our tours to Tibet, so share your travel aspirations with us, and we’ll assist in meticulously planning and organizing your itinerary.

At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, we eliminate the complexities of planning a tour. Our local knowledge and experience enable us to provide personalized assistance. We can help you decide what to see, when to visit, and how to plan your adventure. Don’t hesitate to connect with us online or call +86-13908907271!

Planning your tour with Tibet Shambhala Adventure

In this blog, we will share the simplest way to plan tours to Tibet. Here are some steps to preparing and planning your tour.

Step 1: Get the necessary documents

You will need a passport, a Chinese visa, and the required permits to enter and explore Tibet. Let’s take a look at each requirement.

Applying for a Chinese visa

If you don’t already have a passport, you’ll need to apply for one. If you already have a passport, make sure that it remains valid for at least 6 months from the beginning of your trip, with sufficient blank pages for the visa.

You must apply for a Chinese visa from your home country if you’re traveling through China on your way to Tibet. It’s advisable not to mention Tibet as one of your destinations in your visa application to avoid complications. Instead, list a few Chinese cities as your travel destinations.

Note that citizens of countries like Japan, Singapore, Mauritius, Belarus, and a few others may not need a Chinese visa due to visa-free travel agreements with China for short stays. If you’re eligible for visa-free travel, simply provide us with a scan or photo of your passport so we can proceed with obtaining your necessary permits.

Are you traveling through Nepal?

Another way to get to Tibet is by traveling through Nepal. In this case, you need a Chinese group visa, which the Embassy in Nepal can provide.

Securing Tibet permits

Once you have your visa, we can begin processing your permit application for tours to Tibet. Please provide us with clear copies of your visa and passport at least 20 days before your travel date. We assure you that we will handle all the necessary permits for your tour.

You’ll need these permits to board a plane or train to Tibet. If you’re traveling from China or Nepal, we’ll ensure you have the original permits in hand, so there’s no need to worry.

Step 2: Choose your tour

We have a wide range of tours to Tibet that you can browse on our website! You can pick one depending on how long you want to stay, the destinations you would like to explore, your budget, and your preferred activities. If you need help choosing, don’t hesitate to ask us, and we’ll help you make an informed choice.

Types of tours

If you want more flexibility and freedom to explore, we recommend booking one of our private tours to Tibet.

At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, we offer itineraries like the Tibetan Culture & Nature Tour, Central Tibet Cultural Tour, and Tibet Everest & Namtso Tour.

We also provide itineraries that cater to special interests, such as motorbike, trekking and hiking, mountain bike, train, winter, family adventure, and peak climbing.

Step 3: Determine how to get to Tibet

By air:

Flying is the quickest and most popular method to reach Tibet, with numerous flights linking Lhasa to major Chinese cities. To ensure a smooth boarding process, we will provide you with a Tibet Travel Permit. We’ll greet you at the airport upon your arrival.

By train:

It takes around 40 hours to reach Tibet by train from major cities in mainland China, but the beautiful views will make the trip worthwhile!


There are several overland routes connecting Tibet with China, India, and Nepal, each offering stunning views. The journey through Everest and the Friendship Highway is particularly notable for its beauty and interest. If you’re coming from China, you can take one of two highways from Chengdu to Lhasa, or you can take the route from Xining.

Step 4: Pack right

Depending on the season and your activities, we can give you a list of suggested items to bring. If you’re going on trekking tours to Tibet, be mindful of the limit porters can carry (which is usually around 8-10kg). You might need to hire a pack animal or leave some things in the hotel or vehicle if you exceed this limit.

Don’t forget to check the airline’s luggage allowance if you’re flying to Tibet, and remember to leave extra room in your luggage for souvenirs if you plan to buy any.

Start planning your tour!

Are you ready to book your tours to Tibet? We’re excited to plan your adventure! Chat with us or email You can also leave a message here.

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