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Tibet Travel Tips, Advice & Guide

Tibet Travel Documents

Besides a valid passport and a valid Chinese visa, you need two different kinds of permits for traveling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit) and the Aliens' travel permit (if you want to visit the unopened area in Tibet). Click here to read more about "Tibet visa" and how to get them.

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Best Time to Go

It is suitable for travel to Tibet from April to early November, and the best time is August and September. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there any time of the year. Get real time weather report in different places of Tibet.

What to Pack

High altitude medications, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip creams and roper clothing. Learn more about packing tips for Tibet travel.

High Altitude Travel Tips

Avoid catching a cold before entering Tibet; take a good rest, drink more water, and don't take shower at the 1st day; avoid alcohol and don't smoke; take things a little slowly; try to avoid take any oxygen. More about How to avoid Tibet altitude sickness.

Tibet Travel Taboos - Do's and Don'ts

Do not take pictures without permission; Do not talk the sensitive issues like politics &, religion; alway walk in a clockwise direction; Never touch Tibetan People on the head. Learn more about Tibet customs and taboos. 

Food in Tibet

Tourism in Tibet is still in its infancy so the quality of restaurants will not be as high as in other parts of China. There are no 5 star dining experiences. Of course Tibetan/Nepalese food is the main fare with yak and mutton being the most favored meats. Curries and stews are common. Chinese and western food are easily found and the standard is ok. The Chinese food is a more westernized variety. The eating houses are usually clean even if they are basic in some areas.

Travel with Children

Tibet may not be an ideal destination for young Children. The climate and generally harsher conditions in Tibet may not be ideal for young children. The sights and attractions are not those which children like to visit and facilities will be very primitive. If you do decide to bring your young child to Tibet please ensure that you bring all your child's daily needs with you.

 Also, keep yourself reachable as you have a young child. You can use  any service with international calling or there are few providers that offer free calling as well.

Tibetan dogs

Tibetan dogs are dangerous. Do not approach any stray or wild dogs you see and carry a stick if you plan to wander off on your own or at any time after dark.

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