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Tibet is one of the most mystical and spiritually holy places on earth. Famous for the most sacred Potala Palace and not forgetting Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, here you will also meet the hospitable and ingenuous Tibetan people with their unique folk customs. Our 2019 best private Tibet tours and Tibet group tours are gearing up to fulfill your dream trip.

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Tibet Small Group Tours (Max. 12)

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Budget Tibet Tours

With essential parts with a guide plus some open free days, our budget itineraries are particularly designed for clients who are on a limited budget and enjoy a measure of independent travel.
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    Do I really need a travel permit if I want to visit Tibet? How can I get one?

    Yes, foreign passport holders including Taiwanese and Non-Chinese ID card holders need to have a travel permit to visit Tibet according to the rules and regulations of the China National Tourism Administration. 

    For clients who book tours with us, we will handle the travel permit for you. You only need to provide us with the necessary information including your full name, nationality, age, gender, occupation, passport number as well as photocopies of your passport and visa at least 20 days in advance. After the application is checked and approved, the Tourism Bureau will issue the travel permit about two weeks prior to your entry to the region. Then we will deliver the travel permit to your destination before Lhasa so that you can board the flight or train to Lhasa successfully. 

    From start to finish, we will help you get everything ready for a memorable and best Tibet tour.

    When is the best time to visit Tibet?

    You can visit Lhasa, Testang, Gyangtse and Shigatse all year round, although May to October is especially favorable for sightseeing. Also, if you want to best explore the Everest Base Camp, we suggest you avoid the period from late October to early April as your journey may be hampered by the severe weather.

    Is altitude sickness a big problem? How can I avoid it?

    Travelers sometimes get altitude sickness when on the Tibetan plateau. Here are some tips to avoid and alleviate altitude sickness.
    • Get a thorough physical examination and seek advice from your doctor if you plan to visit Tibet. If you suffer from anemia, hypertension, or heart problems perhaps you should not visit the area.
    • Be careful not to catch a cold and also ensure you are in good health before heading there. Bring medicines for colds, diarrhea and fever with you. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening lozenges will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.
    • On the first day of your arrival, avoid vigorous activities such as walking fast, running and swimming. Bathing and smoking are also not recommended.
    • Drink enough water and eat lightly. Snacks with high caloric content, like chocolate, will come in handy.
    • Please notify your private guide immediately to get instant help if you feel any discomfort.
    You need never to be nervous or worried about your vacation. Take it easy and you will adapt to the plateau environment very soon with the help of the guide.

    What is the appropriate behavior when visiting religious sites in Tibet?

    Tibetans are Buddhists, so it is very important to respect their beliefs. Below are some tips you should know about.
    • Visitors need to walk clockwise around the religious sites and facilities, like temples, monasteries, pagodas, Mani stones and prayer wheels.
    • Visitors are not allowed to touch Buddhist statues and sutras. Also taking pictures and smoking inside temples or monasteries is prohibited.
    • Avoid wearing shorts at the religious site.
    • Do not touch anyone on the head.
    • Do not step on the threshold of any house, temple or monastery.
    Though Tibetans have some religious taboos, they are always very friendly towards tourists.

    Is it convenient to use credit card and ATM cards when traveling in the region?

    Unfortunately, credit cards are not widely accepted in Tibet, and they can only be used at certain hotels. It is advisable to exchange enough RMB in big cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai or Chengdu before heading to Lhasa.

    ATMs are also not widely available in the region, so you may wish to withdraw money or exchange money at the Bank of China if you run out of Chinese currency. Remember to bring your passport, which must be presented when exchanging currency.

    I found all Tibet tour packages 2019/2020 cost more than those of other major tourist cities in China. May I know why?

    Yes, the relevant travel costs in Tibet are indeed higher than those of other cities. A major reason is that higher transportation fees add to the price. Firstly, there are still only a limited number of cities with direct flights to and from Lhasa, and the airfares are usually higher with fewer discounts. Secondly, there are relatively few licensed tourist vehicles in the area, thus their cost becomes expensive. Thirdly, long drives are involved on trips because the distances from the airport to downtown Lhasa, as well as from one city to another are far, although road conditions have been improved a lot. In this case, the cost of fuel also accounts for a percentage of the total price. Although it is a bit more expensive to travel to the region compared with some other destinations, its landscape, religious traditions, culture and unsolved mysteries are of great value.

    Can I do independent travel in Tibet?

    Independent travel is not allowed for foreigners in the region. All visitors need to join an organized group or have a private trip with a confirmed travel itinerary, a licensed guide and a driver arranged by a travel agency. To meet clients' different interests, we design a 4-day private Lhasa package and some two weeks long Tibet tours starting from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai or Hong Kong via Guangzhou. Besides, we can also extend the private trip from Lhasa to Nepal and India.
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      5.011 Reviews
      Posted on November 16, 2019
      Our trip in Tibet (Nov 2019) was excellent!!! The consultant by email was more than helpful before our trip starts, and during the week we spent in Tibet, everything was perfect: the guide, the driver, also the weather hehehe :P!
      We really enjoy our time, and we strongly recommend book the Tibet tour with TravelChinaGuide :)!
      Sagitta Robertson
      Posted on November 03, 2019
      The whole Lhasa trip was mostly spent in the outdoors. Super enjoyed the feeling of being in nature. Namtso Lake was my favorite spot. There I felt so sacred and devout. I was lucky to enjoy the sunset view, so beautiful!! Had taken many pictures for good memories! I also paid a visit to a Tibetan family to learn about the local’s daily life and was impressed by the devout Tibetans’ power of faith. Thanks to knowledgeable guides, I could better understand the Tibet. It must be my most unforgettable trip in China! ... More
      Livy Ann M. Nario
      Posted on October 31, 2019
      We chose the 8 days Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyangtse, EBC tour. The tour was very informative and fun; challenging yet worth it. We learned a lot about the Tibetan culture. Kudos to Ms. Vera Yu, our travel consultant because she is very patient in answering our inquiries. Also, I would like to give credit to our tour guides Phur Tse and big Chodron, they are knowledgeable about the Tibetan culture and they took care of us during the whole duration of the tour.
      I would recommend this to our friends.
      Posted on October 22, 2019
      The tour arrangements were handled by Emily who was very prompt answering emails and questions. Sonam, our guide, was extremely helpful and friendly. He catered to each member of the group requests and needs. Also, special thanks to the driver.
      Lisa Murray
      Posted on October 14, 2019
      The speed limit in Tibet was very strict. It took 6 hours to visit Namtso Lake! But it was really worthwhile!!! We set out in the early morning and returned to Lhasa in the evening. Therefore, we prepared ourselves well in advance. But when we saw the breathtaking scenery, all the hard work was worthy!!
      Reginia Wong
      Posted on October 04, 2019
      All goes extremely smoothly, my guides were already at the railway station to greet me as I arrived, transport ready to take me to hotel. I was introduced to the various sightseeing spots as stated in the itinerary. My guides are able to give me very detail information relating to the sights, allowing me to appreciate the place and its history in depth. I will certainly engage Travel China Guide next time I visit China again !

      The hotel in Xining is very nice whereas the hotel in Lhasa is a bit old.
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      Posted on September 24, 2019
      The tour guide was very nice and helped to take photos. The accommodation and measles were of high standards. We enjoyed the stunning scenery along the way and had great fun on the Tibet tour. Highly recommended!
      Milan Patel
      Posted on December 30, 2018
      Our Family Visit was amazing! It was a wonderful experience that they gave us visiting this country. Their Guides, Drivers, Transfer Efforts and arranged Hotel Accommodation were beyond my expectations! Their hospitality in tending for my specific needs during lunch or dinner being a vegetarian were spot on. The careful guidance the guides gave our children was outstanding and best of all the guides kept the kids very well captivated in all locations - this is absolute a key requirement - well done! Even though our days were jam packed we were never exhausted the start the next day - more so excited to see what surprises we were in for. TravelChinaGuide exceeded our expectations on truly hosting the 'Patels of Bangalore' in their country. Without a doubt I would recommend this company to all my family and friends. ... More
      Donal & Roxanne
      Posted on December 19, 2018
      Everything they arranged for us more than met our expectations.

      Even when our plane arrived 6 hours late to Beijing from Lhasa, the guide and driver were at the airport to meet us!

      We were very pleased with the hotel arrangements and particularly happy that we could stay at the Lhasa Hotel. Each lunch restaurant was also of high quality.

      Our guide in Tibet was very knowledgeable and contributed immensely to our appreciation and enjoyment of the country's culture, history and spiritual life. Thanks to travelchinaguide, we had a fantastic holiday. ... More
      Maria Fuentes
      United States
      Posted on December 02, 2018
      Our China trip was really great! Thank you! We hope to return to Tibet and do more next time.

      The dishes we liked the best and would recommend were the yak steak, the steamed fish that we had during lunch the second day, and the hot and sour soup we had at the restaurant for lunch.

      Our guides were excellent and very helpful with all our questions. PooPoo had great knowledge about all the palaces, temples, etc...that we visited! We really learned a lot!! Our guide spoke great English. Our driver didn't speak too much, but that was ok, he was focusing on the road when we drove around the city. The car was very clean and our driver was very knowledgeable about how to get to where we needed to be. He was a very nice person.

      Our Tibet tour was great! It exceeded our expectations. Our guide taught us about Buddhism, Tibet's history and much more. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to travel back to Tibet in 2 years and maybe visit more of it! Thanks again for a great vacation!!
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