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What to Pack

Before you take a trip, it’s important to know exactly what to pack when traveling to Tibet. Here are some of the important things you should pack.

Necessary Documents to Bring to Tibet

  • Do bring your valid passport, Chinese visa as well as maybe some of your certificate photos and other important documents or materials needed for your travel. You will get your Tibet Travel Permit from us while you arrive in China.
  • Make a card with your personal information on, including your full names, nationality, home phone and address, in case you are ever in trouble.
  • Bring your printed itinerary. A guidebook is also helpful for you to know more about your destinations and will save time when traveling.

Sunburn

It is very easy to get sunburn in Tibet. Sunburn can be more than just uncomfortable. Among the undesirable effects are premature skin ageing and possible skin cancer in later years. Sunscreen (UV lotion) with a high sun protection factor (SPF>30), good quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are good means of protection. Those with fair complexions should bring reflective sunscreen (containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide) with them. Apply the sunscreen to your nose and lips and note how many hours it works.

Medicines to Pack for a Trip to Tibet

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit - consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  • Diamonx, you need it in case AMS happens
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  • Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  • Antifungal cream or powder - for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  • Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.

Clothes to Wear in Tibet

The clothes you will bring differ seasonally, and also depend on where you will visit very much. For warm weather you'll want lightweight cotton garments - loose-fitting but modest, and covering enough to ward off sun and bugs. Shorts and a swimsuit are worth bringing (especially for rafting). A lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho is advisable at any time of year. For cooler seasons, try to dress in layers: a T-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, sweater or fleece jacket and shell will set you up for almost any weather. Trainers or any sort of durable, lightweight footwear will be adequate for most conditions in West China, even on a trek, though higher up you'll need something sturdier. You'll also need a backup pair of shoes in case those get wet.

People who want to travel in Tibet should know the temperature during daytime is around 10-25°C in Lhasa, but the night temperature might be below 0°C and when visit the lake or mountain, down-jacket is needed. Try to dress in black or other heavy color clothes since the road out of Lhasa may be very dusty and dirty. The following are some we are suggested to bring for your tour in Tibet:

  • Jacket A fiber-pile jacket is ideal for evening.
  • Sweater Sweater with a high neck for better warmth.
  • Shirts A long-sleeve shirt made of wool, flannel, or chamois, or a track-suit top. A long-sleeve stay-preen cotton shirt for warmer temperatures. Bring two or three T-shirts as well.
  • Pants For men, one pair of loose-fitting wool pants, wool knickers, or fiber-pile pants, and one pair of light-weight cotton pants. Women should wear a midcult dress or skirt, though pants and knee-length knickers with socks are also acceptable. Shorts are not appropriate at any time in Tibet for men or women.
  • Binoculars Good for observing birds, wildlife, and distant scenery.
  • Money pouch or belt These are much safer than a wallet for keeping your passport, money, and valuable papers.
  • Pictures from home Personal photographs of your children, pet, city, house, and so on are a great way to communicate with local people.
  • Snack foods Nuts, chocolate bars, granola bars, dried fruit, hard candies, beef jerky, and flavored drink mixes are much-appreciated trail treats.

Now that you know what to pack when traveling to Tibet, you can make the most of your next trip to this country.

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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. Do*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash

Hello, can you please let me know he pricing and availablity (departure either in September or in October) for 1 person (group joining basis) for Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash and /or Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Do***

Answered by Helen

Dear Do***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Based on your requests, and I think I would like to recommend you to fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu then take the 15days group tour, as we do not have group tour starting from Kathmandu then head to Kailash from there. All group tours will start from Lhasa. We have the 15 Days Kailash Trekking back to Lhasa group tour on 12th Sept. and 3rd Oct. 2019, sorry we have not set up a tour to Guge yet, but if you take it as private tour, no problem about it, of course the fee for solo tourist would be quite costly in Sept or Oct. and on 3rd Oct we have one female who would like to share room. And I will forward you more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Em*** from: 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake Hiking Tour

Hello,

I am writing you to get more information on your 5 days Lhasa and Yamdrok tour.

Especially I would like to know if you can confirm me the dates and prices mentioned on the website for the month of October 2019 (apparently 8 departures in the month, prices between 590 and 680USD depending if beginning or end of October?). Regarding the price, I would also like to know if it is possible to get cheaper ones if spending the night in a cheaper accomodation, such as guesthouse, instead of 3 star hotel.

I thank you in advance for all this information.
If I get interesting information, I might make my choice of date quite soon, before the end of May.

Best regards,

Answered by Helen

Dear Em***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry.

1) Based on your situation I would like to recommend you 6days Lhasa to Shigaste group tour which will cover Yamdrok Lake too as this tour we can run even if there are 1 people, because we can mix it to 8days Everest group tour and get back to Lhasa by train from Shigaste. As for the 5days Yamdrok Lake tour, we only can start it when they are at least 2 people.

2) You can book the hotel in Lhasa on your own, so I can cut the hotel fee in Lhasa for you, and in Shigaste we can arrange you the guest house which will be cheaper but there will be no breakfast and you can have it on your own with 10-20RMB for meal.

3) If you can come to Tibet after 15th Oct, which will be better as less cost on the tour. And I will give you the choice for the whole month. Right now we have the date on 1st Oct, 3rd Oct, 16th Oct and 24th Oct and all the dates have people booked.

And I will forward more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Ma*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express

I only have single entry China Visa will that be a problem if I go Tibet and go back to China?

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Mac,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Tibet is part of China, so it's no problem for you to travel Tibet and go back to China with your single entry Chinese visa. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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