Tibet, the highest plateau in the world, is a great destination for family travelers from around the world. Many factors contributing to the fascination of Tibet, such as its unique landscapes, pure and transparent sky, remarkable monasteries, colorful festivals, and charming ancient culture. All of these give your family chances to experience a definitely different and charming culture of Tibet. The experience you have in Tibet, something that is out of ordinary, will create memory that you will remember for a long time. If you are planning a Tibet family tours, this guide can be helpful to you. In this guide, we compile some of the most common questions asked by family travelers to give you some insights.
Family Tour in Tibet
In fact, there is no official age limit for Tibet tour. But for the safety of your family members, we do not recommend taking kids under the age of 4 or 5 to Tibet , since the high-altitude sickness might do a negative effect on your children’s lungs, brains, and heart. As for the elders, the idea age for Tibet tour is under age of 65. Besides, there are many other physical requirements for the elders to go to Tibet. To learn more about the limits for the elder to travel to Tibet, you can check this guide.
Safety issue might be one of the most concerned issues among family travelers when planing a Tibet tour. Environmental conditions such as high altitude, thin air, and strong sunlight might be the main factors that parents worry about. Well, is Tibet really not safe for kids to travel?
Actually, it is safe for children to travel to Tibet. But one thing should be note is that kids might develop high altitude sickness, which can happen to anyone at any altitude above 8,000 feet ( Tibet is at 14800 ft). Even strong athletes can experience it, not to mention children. Kids are more likely to get high-altitude illness than adult as their bodies have a hard time adjusting to the low oxygen environment. Moreover, if you bring a young one under 5 years, they might not be able to tell the symptoms of high-altitude illness and this might cause them to miss the chance of treatment. For that, parents should carefully watch for any signs in children.
Note: You are advised to bring your kids to consult doctors even if their physical conditions are fit for a Tibet tour before traveling to Tibet.
Oxygen Treatment for Kids
Thanks to the high altitude, strong sunlight and clear air, Tibet enjoys a pure, transparent blue sky all year round. Actually, Tibet can be visited all year round, but the best time are Spring and Autumn when Tibet's weather is not too harsh and most areas of Tibet are accessible. Summer is the peak season for Tibet tour. Many families would like to choose summer as an ideal time for Tibet family tour, most probably because of the summer vocation of kids. If you are planing a Tibet tour with school-age kids, we suggest you go to Tibet in Summer or Winter, both of the two seasons give tourists a completely different Tibet.
For many parents who travel to Tibet with kids for the first time, they might not have faith in handling all situations during the trip. Actually, you don’t have to feel frustrated like that, because Budgettibetour will help you design the itinerary that is comfortable, safe and fun for every member of your family. Below are the most recommended Tibet family tours, which are short road trips that have a relatively low elevation, mild weather, fun activities, and awesome sights. More importantly, all of them are private tours that can be costumed according to your requirements. Now, you can choose one based on your needs.
Note: If you have any questions about the tour above, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Food - Some traditional Tibetan foods like tsampa, yak butter tea, yak meat, and mutton are worth a try. People often say that food is a reflection of culture and history. It’s a good chance for your kids to experience the local culture by eating local foods. Here are some of the best recommended foods and drinks in Tibet for you to try. While, some of the traditional Tibetan foods might not be to your kids’ liking, don’t worry, there is a wide variety of restaurants in Tibet for them to choose from. includes Tibetan, Chinese, Nepali, Muslim, and Indian restaurants. Even for vegan travelers, there are many vegan-friendly restaurants for them to choose from.
Accommodation - One of the most important things is to choose a family friendly accommodation. If budget allows, we suggest you choose some luxury hotels, which are normally equipped with big rooms, complete facility, comfortable beds and outstanding services. More importantly, some of them set children’s activity areas. However, these hotels might cost you a lot. Expensive might be the only disadvantage of them. If you don’t want to pay a fortune for accommodation, some cost-effective hotels might meet your needs. Besides considering the price, there are many other factors should be taken into consideration while choosing hotels, such as location, environment, and transportation etc. To help you choose the most available hotel, we have compiled some of the most recommended hotels in Lhasa, Nyingchi, and Shigatse for you to choose from.
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.
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?
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
Email to Helen about any question or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side