Tibet, located in the southwestern border of China, is sacred because of antiquity, mysterious because of remoteness. In Tibet, there are white and towering snow mountains, green and rippling lakes, and temples and palaces symbolizing culture and history. In order to experience the magnificent and beautiful natural landscape and the long historical culture of Tibet, many tourists from home and abroad travel to Tibet from thousands of miles away. Tibet opens its arms to welcome all tourists coming along. However, its location on the remote border far away from mainland raises doubts among many international tourists on the safety issue in Tibet tourism: is it safe to travel to Tibet? Is there any travel safety tips for travelers in Tibet?
As a matter of fact, you do not have to worry about safety when travelling in Tibet, because local folks are simple and honest, and Tibetan people are warm-hearted. The public security of Tibet is better than most parts of China. You could see armed patrol officer everywhere in Lhasa City, and there is a public security booth every hundreds of meters, providing 24-hour service. Therefore, Tibet is a very safe place and you do not need to worry about your personal security at all. Is it possible for tourists to travel alone in Tibet since Tibet is a safe place?
Although you do not need to worry about safety issue at all in Tibet, it is not advisable to travel alone in Tibet, in particular under the circumstance that you have never traveled to Tibet before. Tibet is characterized by high terrain and thin air with low level of oxygen, thus likely causing high altitude sickness. If the sickness gets intensified and there is nobody to look after you, you may put your life into danger.
Apart from high altitude sickness, you could encounter other troubles on your trip, such as being stolen, bitten by a dog or coming across natural disasters. Encountering these emergencies, you may not deal with them by yourself, in particular for international tourists because of the communication barriers resulted from the difference in languages. Therefore, it is not advisable to travel in Tibet alone. Contacting a reliable tour group and booking a private tour is a feasible choice. No matter you have decided to book a private tour or not, the following Tibet travel security tips are quite practical.
The overall public security of Tibet is good, but there still exist very few villains stealing, swindling and robbing. You must guard against making friends with them and leaking secrets to them so as to prevent from being taken in and causing loss. There are a large amount of tourists in scenic spots and hotels during tourism seasons; therefore, you should take care of your valuables and ensure your property and personal safety. You should take cash and valuables along with you (in particular mobile phones and wallets). In order to ensure your property security, we offer the following suggestions:
You could enjoy many kinds of local delicacies in Tibet, but do not forget food safety while enjoying the delicacies. Some suggestions on food safety are as follows:
The animals here refer primarily to dogs. For historical reasons, Tibetan people are particularly fond of dogs. They never kill or eat dogs. You could probably see dogs in the street, but you should be cautious and not play with them or get close to them, especially watchdog like Tibetan Mastiff that would probably attack you. If you are bitten by dogs, tell your tour guide immediately and ask him to take you to the hospital nearby to receive rabies vaccine.
There are three means of transportation to Tibet at present, namely by air, by train and by car. These three means of transportation are relatively safe. You could choose either of them for your transportation into Tibet. Upon entering into Tibet, you should drive slowly and carefully because the road conditions in Tibet are not very good. If you are in a tour group, you will not have to worry about the transportation as the drivers recommended by us are all experienced and will ensure your safety. As for transportation details, you could refer to Tibetan transportation conditions.
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 I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
Dear Mr. To***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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