How to Travel Tibet - Ulimate Guide

Often called the Roof of the World, Tibet with all its beauty and mystery offers much more than we can imagine. High mountains with snow-capped peaks, monasteries with astonishing architecture, green valleys, pure water lakes, are just some of the beauties you can see in Tibet. The Tibetan region lies at an average altitude of 5,000 meters, and it is the highest region in the world.

And that height has its advantages, such as the beautiful untouched nature and the incredibly kind people living in the area. Choose the best Tibet vacations for 2020, and enjoy the fantastic journey.

Information about traveling to Tibet

You cannot go to Tibet on your own. For some, this type of vacation is not preferred, but for some is very practical. However, it is the only way as a tourist to have a vacation in Tibet. You will need to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide, and you need to have a driver and organized transportation. That is why you'll need to book a trip via a travel agency. It is advisable to travel with a local travel operator.

If your journey began in China, first you will need to apply for a Chinese visa. And for your entry in Tibet, you need to have Tibet Travel Permit, which you can't get without a travel agent.

These are the only reasons that travelers have doubts about traveling to Tibet. But believe me, nothing is complicated as it looks. All you have to do is to contact the right travel agency. After choosing the right travel agency, you will have all the necessary information about how to get all the permits and documents for your trip.

If you want to travel on a budget to Tibet, you need to know that the best option is to join a small Tibet group tour. There are also offers where you can have a private tour in beautiful Tibet. I choose some of the best Tibet vacations for 2020, both in small groups and private tour. Enjoy!

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1. 15 Days Kailash and Manasarovar Lake group tour

This Tibet vacation includes visiting all major attractions in Lhasa, and then Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Amazing 15 days fulfilled with stunning views over the Tibetan Plateau and Tibetan unique nature. Because you need to be acclimatized before to start your journey to Mt. Kailash, this tour includes a three day stay in Lhasa.

This is an excellent opportunity to visit all tourist attraction near Lhasa. Your tour guide will take you to the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Then you will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. The third day of this Tibet vacation is reserved for visiting Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

The fourth day you will set on a journey across Shigatse via Gyantse to Everest Base Camp. You will have a view of Yamdrok-Tso, and majestic view of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar. At the end of the next day, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset on an Everest Base Camp.

On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himalaya Range. On the eight day of this trip, you will have a trek about 13 km from Sarshung to Dirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers.

The next day you will have trekking over Dromala pass. The days that are following on your Tibet vacation you will visit Mansarovar Lake, ancient Sakya town and Sakya Monastery.

2. 8 Days to Mt. Everest Base Camp group tour

Another Tibet vacation also starts in holy city Lhasa. After your arrival in Lhasa, you will meet the tour guide and driver. They will accompany you to your hotel in the city. While you are in Lhasa for the next two days, you will visit Potala Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery. I am sure that you will have a fantastic time in Lhasa.

This tour includes visiting the Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp, and you will pass two mountain passes - Gyatsola and Pangla pass. There you will have a chance to get out of your car to enjoy the view and take pictures of these majestic wonders.

If you choose this tour, you will also enjoy the stunning view of the sunset on the EBC. You will visit the Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. Next, you will visit Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse, and that will be your last site for visiting in this fantastic Tibet vacation.

3. 4 Days Private Tour of Lhasa

If you don't like trekking or long journey in Tibet, here is one of the shortest trips for Tibet. You will need only four days for this Tibet vacation, and that is enough for visiting all the beauties near Lhasa. After arriving, the driver will take you to the hotel to take a rest. The next day you are going to visit the Drepung Monastery, located in the west suburb of the city.

On the same day, you will visit Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Park. Sera Monastery is the second largest monastery in Tibet, and Norbulingka Park is the most beautiful park in Tibet. Norbulingka Park used to be the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama. The next day is reserved for visiting the Potala Palace and Tibet Museum. After launch that day you will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. And here ends your exploration in Lhasa.

4. 15 Days Mt. Kailash tour for Saga Dawa Festival

Traveling to Tibet for Saga Dawa Festival is a unique lifetime experience. Saga Dawa Festival celebrates the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha, a great time to experience Tibetan religion and culture. And going to Mt. Kailash for this festival together with the pilgrims, is a life-changing journey.

The festival is one month long. It starts from the new moon of the fourth month and ends with the full moon of the next month. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls on May – June. In 2020 the Saga Dawa Festival starts on June 5. If you choose this fantastic tour, you will need to arrive in Lhasa on May 28. First, two days, as usual, are for visiting Lhasa significant attractions.

On May 31, you'll be driving to Kampala pass. From there you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Then along the Friendship southern Highway, you will have a drive to Gyantse. Visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.

Next day you will drive to Shigatse, where you can visit Tashilunpo Monastery and tombs of Panchen Lamas. On June 2, you will explore Rongbuk and see the best view of Mount Everest. Enjoy the sunset over Everest on a clear day.

This Tibet vacation continues to the amazing lake of Peiku Tso and Mt. Shishapangma. On the morning of June 5 starts the Saga Dawa Festival, and you will head west to Tarboche to experience this important religious festival in Tibet. Today starts the first of the three days trekking on Mount Kailash Kora. The trek begins from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying.

Today your trekking leads to the much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring you to one of the highest points at Drolma La.

Day two of the trekking days is reserved for 14 km trekking and then driving go Manasarovar Lake. After stunning sunrise in the morning at Manasarovar Lake, you will start driving back to Saga. From Saga, you are going back to Shigatse and then to Lhasa. And from Lhasa, you are going home richer for yet another amazing experience.

Last Words

Chinese and Tibetan travel agencies have fabulous Tibet vacation packages. You can choose from group tours or private. Also, you can choose how long to last your trip. Before you are deciding which tour to book, carefully choose the travel agent.

The best travel agency need to be flexible and reliable, and most important is to meet your needs. The right travel agency needs to have a licensed and experienced tour guide.

Keep in mind that a cheap tour doesn't always mean quality tour.

I hope that with this article I will help you to choose your Tibet vacation easily for 2020.
Kalyan Panja