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5 Things to Do Before Traveling to Tibet

Time: 30-01-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

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If you’ve decided that the next destination you are going to visit is Tibet, you’re in for a lot of fun, breath-taking landscapes, unique culture, and delicious cuisine. But before you begin your trip, there are certain things you have to do before traveling.

To make your trip stress-free, we’ve compiled the top 5 things to do before traveling to Tibet:

Take Planning Seriously

Traveling to Tibet is not as simple as jumping on the next train. It takes some planning before you can visit one of the most spiritual spots in the world. Why? Because it takes time for travel agencies to make arrangements due to the specific regulations and procedures in Tibet. For instance, it may take up to several days just to get confirmation on hotel bookings.

Furthermore, you will have to wait 10 or more days for your Tibet Entry Permit. The Tibet Tourism Bureau is overflooded with requests and it will take them a while to issue a Tibet Entry Permit for you. This puts us at approximately 15 days. We suggest, just as a precaution, to start planning your travel at least a few weeks in advance.

Pack Accordingly

You will have to take packing seriously when visiting Tibet because even the summers are harsh here. Make sure to get and pack all the things you need before traveling to make the adventure more about the experience and less about your troubles. The absolute must-haves are warm or weather-appropriate clothes, any medications you deem necessary, quality walking shoes, and lip balm.

Get a Tibet Entry Permit

Tibet Entry Permit Tibet Entry Permit

Unless you have a Chinese passport, you will have to get a Tibet Entry Permit. Regulations around these permits are very strict and you won't be able to enter Tibet without one. In addition, you should know that it is not allowed for individual travelers to travel to and stay in Tibet. This is why you have to make your arrangements in time and via a licensed travel agency if you want to visit Tibet.

Once in Tibet, make sure to have your Entry Permit on you at all times. You will be asked to present it on many occasions, such as when boarding a train, checking in a hotel, at the airport, and so on.

Plan Your Vacation Days

Tibet is not tourist-friendly throughout the entire year. If possible, set your vacation days for the period between April and October. During these months, not only is the oxygen concentration higher, but the weather is better in general.

Visit your Doctor

Did you know that at Tibetan high altitudes, the oxygen concentration is 30% lower than usual? This is why you have to make sure that you in pristine health before you visit Tibet. We suggest that you visit your doctor and get a full check-up. Eating healthy and maintaining regular physical activity will only help you.

That's about it. If you do these five things before you visit Tibet, you will enjoy a more pleasant time and be able to experience everything this amazing location has to offer. If you’re looking for a licensed agency to guide you along your Tibetan visit, book a trip with Budget Tibet Tours today!

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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