Tibet Tours

Tibet is a challenging destination and booking a tour is the best way to see more of this vast country. You will experience a totally different culture, spectacular scenery, friendly locals and also get to go off the beaten track. A lot of package tours start in China and Nepal, usually Beijing and Khatmandu and from here you will travel overland to Lhasa. Usually you will travel in a small group in a specially designed overland vehicle and there will be lots of adventures and activities to take part in including hiking - some of the mountains in Tibet are over 15000 feet! There are a wide range of adventure treks, hikes and cycling tours available to book all year round. Get inspired to book a tour to Tibet today.

 
 

Adventure Tours in Tibet

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Book a Tour to Tibet

We highly recommend booking a tour in advance, you can search international and local tour operators on our website and enquire today. Because of the size of Tibet and the rugged terrain journeys can be long and sometimes you will need a good level of health and fitness to join certain trips. All tour guides have lots of experience and will be able to provide information and history behind the places you visit, before departing you will need to check latest safety and visa information as sometimes borders are shut to tourists. You can search our featured tours today but please note due to visa restrictions from the Chinese government sometimes departures are not able to leave on selected dates.

 

 

Popular Places to Visit

Most tours visit the capital, Lhasa which sits high in the wilderness of the Tibetan mountains, the Potala Palace, the Qinghai Lake (Khökh nuur), The Kunlun Mountains, Qiangtang Prairie, Nakqu-Lhasa Highland, Jokhang Temple, Yanmdrok lake, the Brahmaputra grand canyon and the Yanmdrok Lake. The capital city - Lhasa is incredible and located in a spectacular setting high in the mountains. The main tourist attraction is the Potala Palace which is a world recognised building and you will get lots of time for pictures and sightseeing. The Potala Palace first was finished in the 7th century and is a special symbol of this country. Apart from temples you can expect breathtaking scenery and nature in Tibet will leave you spellbound and on one of our small group holidays you will be able to experience the highlights of the country. Tibet is waiting to be explored, there are quient charms and friendly local people dressed in traditional clothing and also tasty cuisine. 

 

 

Top Reasons to Book

  • Get an experienced guide
  • See the best places 
  • Go off the beaten track to see locations difficult to reach
  • Eat at the best local restaurants
  • Enjoy a stress free experience
  • Get an authentic local experience

 

 

Tibet Tours for Solo Travellers

Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide.

 

 

Tibet Budget Tours

We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.

 

 

Tibet Tours for 18 - 39's

Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-39 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.

 

 

Accommodation

Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location. 

 

 

Group Sizes

Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.

 

 

Transport

On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. 

 

 

How to Book

Are you ready to see the very best of Africa? Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice. 

 

 

Tibet Tour Reviews

If you have ever joined a tour and would like to review or share your experience please contact us.

 

 

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A Traveller’s Perspective of Exploring Tibet on a Group Tour 

For Alison Laycock, Tibet had always been a country she wanted to visit, so even in her 20s and 30s it was a country and a holiday she strived to do, however as with most things, time and money stood in her way. In Alisons 30s she made the resolution that if she had not visited before then it would be my present to herself for her 40th birthday and that would sort the problem of time and money as they would also be my present to myself. Here she shares her experience of visiting Tibet on an organsed tour...

I kept a close watch on the political state of affairs, were foreigners allowed in to Tibet and if so for how long and how would it be possible. Conditions changed so often and quickly that this close watch was definitely necessary as it had been known for permissions to be granted and then for them to be taken away just as quickly. I was right to keep a close eye as in 2011 when I was in Nepal for a 2 month experience, Tibet was open when I was there but on my return to the UK it was again closed to visitors of certain nationalities. I kicked myself for not having gone at that stage, however although Nepal borders Tibet, it is even more difficult to go from there than you would think.

Tibet Adventure Tours

I can’t remember what first attracted me to Tibet all those years earlier. Perhaps it was the link with me having chosen Buddhism as my point of reference in life, was it in a film or a book I had heard of it, was it the pull of the Himalayas and the highest mountain, Mount Everest or the fact that it was one of those countries which seemed so far away and so different to life in other countries. Whatever the reason I always felt myself drawn to this mystical country. 

So finally, the year of my 40th birthday in 2014, I found myself checking out the possible ways into Tibet. Not being a fan of China, I found it difficult to accept that I would first have to go through China to get to Tibet, but needs must and looking back I know that on that trip I opened myself up to the beauty of China which I had previously not considered. Another disappointment was to find that I would have to go in to Tibet as a group tour, again not my preferred way of travelling having spent previous holidays roaming solo. It is still a requirement that all visitors go to Tibet in a group tour and therefore you get a group visa. Still, needs must, I wanted to go so I needed to accept the travel conditions placed on tourists, especially as it had to be at that time for my 40th but also I wanted to go before the Chinese occupation changed Tibet so much that it was no longer a case of visiting Tibet but China. 

There were options of getting in and out of Tibet in terms of which tour to do and although I had hoped to combine different possible tours, I found this difficult to do from outside of Tibet. I am still wondering if maybe I could have found different methods once in Tibet as I had been encouraged to do, although I think that was perhaps wishful thinking. 

The tours offered me were one which would have me travel on the fast train from Beijing to Lhasa and as adventurous as this sounded I heeded the advice to perhaps think of a more reasonable way of increasing the altitude bit by bit rather than arrive too quickly in Lhasa and be ill from altitude sickness. With this tour, it would take tourists into Nepal which looked very appealing to be in Nepal gain, however after having just left Nepal in January 2014 after having spent a year there, I didn’t feel the need to spend money on places I had already visited at no doubt a much cheaper price.

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The next tour I found and the one I finally booked lasted around 3 weeks from the departure from and the returning to the UK and would have us spending time in China with an increase in altitude at every stop so that our bodies would adapt slowly but surely to the increasing altitude. It also incorporated a trip to base camp at Everest which I imagine for most on the tour was the main highlight of the trip. For me the main highlight was simply being in Tibet, soaking up the atmosphere, learning about the culture and being a part of it as much as you can be on a group tour and visiting the Buddhist monasteries and perhaps especially the Potala palace. Having said that though once I realised just how close we were to Mount Everest in the hotel we were staying at, I was pretty pleased and then the evening after having been to base camp I had the complete joy of turning my head to the left and seeing Mount Everest looming over me! I doubt I will ever have a better view than that to go to sleep to and if I do then I look forward to such a thing.

In fact, Lhasa as well as certain parts of China completely blew me away in their simplicity and beauty. This was especially true of all the devout Buddhists doing the kora around the palace and other monasteries on a daily basis. Going to the Dalai Lama’s residence was poignant but also heart-warming to see the Buddhists who remain in Tibet tending to the house ensuring that the butter lamps never go out as they believe that to be a sign of Buddha watching over them. There was a strange feeling about this part of the tour as I walked around Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama imagining a younger Dalai Lama before his exile to India, playing in the grounds in the joyful and cheeky manner we have often heard about. There is also something about being able to walk freely around someone’s house when they themselves can’t. 

The atmosphere was unbelievable and although I didn’t believe it to be possible I fell in love more and more with the country and its people to the extent that I already started planning my next visit on the flight home which I hope to be longer, on a different basis to a group tour and hopefully to incorporate Mount Kailash which I know attracts many who wish to walk around it and cleanse themselves of any negativity and going forward into a more positive life. I hope to be able to interact more with the Tibetan people who are tremendously curious and welcoming. 

I consider myself extremely lucky to be amongst those who have made it to this spectacular country and perhaps more lucky that I feel the calling to return once again soon. 

The tour I took and can certainly recommend was a Wendy Wu tour from Kunming through, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, lhasa, Shigatse, New Tingri, Mt Everest, Old Tingri, Shigatse, Gyantse, Tdsedang, Lhasa and Chengdu before flights back via Hong Kong.

By Alison Laycock