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Tibet Travel Tips

Trip to Tibet is a most exotic journey which offers you the chance to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, enjoy fantastic views of the highest mountains, to talk to nomadic Tibetan pilgrims, to walk on world's highest plateau etc. To many people a trip to Tibet is a lifetime journey. Tibet was opened to public as a tourist city in 1985. The infrastructure of the tourism industry is in most cases very basic though in 2006 the train to Lhasa is completed.

You are kindly suggested to notice that you don't expect the standard which you are accustomed to back home. Just accept this land as it is, enjoy its ancient spirit, come as friend with open arms and heart and you'll enjoy the trip and Tibet will linger with you forever in your mind.

Our tour company and second travel suppliers will make every effort under the actual circumstances to ensure your safe and memorable travel in Tibet.

What to wear

Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are the most for your trip to Tibet. Make sure to take warm clothing as it is quite chilly and cold during the nights and early morning.

Low Season

high Season

(November to April)

(May to October)

Heavy jacket

Light Overcoat or Raincoat

Warm underwear

Light Jacket

Warm trousers

Thin Sweaters

Warm sweaters

Sun hat

Woolen shirts



Thin Socks

Warm hat & Scarves

Light shoes

Warm socks


Light leather boots in case of snow


Take from your home all possible personal things such as necessary medicine, cosmetics, toilet items, etc. Very often you cannot find them during your trip to Tibet.

What to take

Water bottle
Snacks which you can have in your trip
Your Personal medical kit
Sun screen lotion
Toilet paper
Flash light and batteries
Your day bag-pack
Camera and films
Bandana, scarf or mask for keeeping your lungs from dust
diamox tablets

Altitude sickness

As you are walking over high land, it is likely for you to feel some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness like headache, loss of appetite etc until your body adjusts to the high terrain. Adjustment of your body to altitude can take from a few hours to some days. It all depends on an individual health condition. Please don't worry and take as much water as possible. As you know, proper hydration is necessary for acclimatization? We also suggest you to take some diamox tablets. For further details please visit our Acute Mountain Sickness page.

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of currency in China and Tibet is Yuan (RMB ). US$1 = 8 Yuan (RMB). Your money can be exchanged at the Bank of China in Shigatse and Lhasa. Your hotels also can change money for you. All credit cards are accepted at Shigatse and Lhasa.

Weather & Tourism Seasons in Tibet

Generally, the Tibetan climate is not as bad as many people think it to be. It is suitable for travel to Tibet from April to November, and the best time for travelling is August and September. But if you only visit Lhasa , you can go there any time all year round.

Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. May, June and September are the tourism season in east Tibet. Most annual rainfall falls from June to September. Usually rains come in the evening in Lhasa, Shigatse area. Sometime, the rainfall may block roads and make travel difficult but the views at the time will be the most beautiful.

Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Nyalan
Its Friendship highway is in good shape all year around. But from December to February, the thawed road could cause some trouble. Try to skip over August - landslide may occur in the rainy season.

Mt. Everest Area
Early May and early October are the ideal time to visit Mt. Everest. Because of the clear weather, you have the opportunity to see Mt. Everest's real look. From December to February, we suggest you should not go to this area because it is too cold.

Mt. Kailash
This area is already inhospitable and don't mention the bad climate conditions. Heavy rain and big snow could make the trip worse. However, for those determined tourists, the ideal time is May, June, July, September and October.

Eastern Tibet
Please don't make any plan for travelling in this area in July or August (the rainy season). The heavy rain could ruin the road, and make serious landslides.

Northern Tibet
Due to the average altitude of 4,500m, this area provides very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the best time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

Risk & Liability

Songtsan Travel is trying its best to organize your trip and plan a safe and memorable experience in Tibet. However all the tour programs in Tibet will be done strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau, so our travel agency with its partner shall not be held responsible for any change in the travel itinerary due to unavoidable cases like landslide, road blockage, flood snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost which arises during the trip due to some unexpected cases shall be taken by you on the spot. We strongly suggest you to apply for full insurance against medical and personal accidents in your country.

Book your Tibet trip to local travel agency in Lhasa.

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