Tibet

A Tibet tour package to the "rooftop of the world" steals your breath away, quite literally with a 12,000-foot capital city at Lhasa. Surrounding the peacefulness of the Dalai Lama's palace is the Bakhor market where shoppers bargain for colorful carpets and prayer wheels. In Tsedang, the 1200-year-old Samye monastery mimics the design of the ideal universe described in Buddhist scripture. A discount tour to Tibet with Friendly Planet is like nothing else you'll ever experience!

Tours & Packages to Tibet

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Best of China & Yangtze Cruise
Shanghai & 4 nt Deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus Guilin, Xi'an & Beijing. Stay in 5 star hotels throughout; optional extensions to Hong Kong or Tibet
16 days  •  from $4049 $3649
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Tibet? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Lhasa
Population:  3.18 million
Currency: Renminbi (RMB or CNY)
Languages: Tibetan with numerous regional dialects which are generally not mutually intelligible
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +8

Weather

Tibet is situated on a high altitude plateau surrounded by tall mountains. These mountains catch the rainfall before it reaches the plateau, making most of Tibet a desert steppe, tundra or permafrost. Tibet has large temperature differentials between the day and night and for six months out of the year, it experiences frost.

Entry requirements

In addition to the entry requirements for China, all visitors to Tibet must also obtain a free Tibet Travel Permit, issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). You must apply through an authorized Tibet tour operator such as Friendly Planet. See the China National Tourist Office website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will obtain your Tibet Travel Permit. After you book and have received your Chinese travel visa, please send the following to documents@friendlyplanet.com so that we may process this permit: 1) a color scan or color photocopy of your Chinese travel visa; 2) a color scan or color photocopy of the photo page of your passport; 3) a color scan or color photocopy of a 2" x 2" passport-size photo; and 4) your occupation.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

The best shopping is often at public markets. Shop for Tibetan hats, jewelry (silver and gold), wooden items, clothing, quilts, fabrics, Tibetan rugs and carpets. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Tibet. Some travelers may need to manage altitude sickness with various medications. Pack sunscreen as Ultraviolet rays get much stronger with increased altitude.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plugs A, C & I. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your tour to China. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

It is not customary to tip taxi drivers and restaurant staff in Tibet, but tipping is expected for a variety of other services in Tibet and is a great way to give back to the community. Tour guides, drivers, hotel staff and porters expect to be tipped; this is especially true if they have worked very hard to provide tourists with the best service possible. Many Tibetans use their income to support not just their immediate family, but often their extended family as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in China?

    ATMs are not widely available and credit cards can only be used at some hotels in Tibet.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

I took the 20 day China with Yangtze River Cruise in October 2013 with the extension to Tibet. Truly the trip of a lifetime. What an experience. I highly recommend it. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA
Best of China & Yangtze Cruise