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Introducing Tibet

When is the best time to visit?
The best times to visit Tibet are April-June and September-October when the weather isn't too cold or rainy and there are great mountain views. Late June through September tend to be cloudy and rainy. November is chilly, but still good to visit most of Tibet, as it is just after the main tourist season has ended. If you don't mind the cold, January and February have great visibility of Everest, but in March there are typically closures throughout the country for Tibetan New Year.

Where should you go?
In Lhasa, you'll want to visit Patola Palace, see monks debating at Sera and Drepung Monasteries, check out Jokhang Temple off Barkhor Square, and tour Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Just an hour away is Ganden Monastery, also worth a visit. Beyond Lhasa, make time for Yarlung Valley (the "Valley of the Tombs"), holy Nam Tso Lake, and Mt. Kailash, which is especially worthwhile at Saga Dawa time (usually May or June) where you can join pilgrims from all over the world at the most important Buddhist festival in Tibet. Other places of interest include Shigatse, Gyantse, Rongbuk Monastery, and Everest Base Camp.

How many days do you need?
With less than a week, stick to Lhasa—you can visit the monasteries and Patola Palace, with an overnight in Gyantse, in about five days. Double that, and you have time for a comprehensive overland tour from Lhasa to Nepal with stops in Shigatse, Shegar, and Rongbuk Monastery. With two weeks, combine a trek around Mt. Kailash with a road trip from Kathmandu to Lake Manasarovar. Have more time to spend? Adventurous travelers can add the Ganden Samye Trek (12 days) or Kong Tso Trek (9 days) to a traditional sightseeing trip, or spend 20 incredible days trekking the Kharta Valley.

Tibet Travel Insights

Potala Palace
Tibet Train Journey & Everest Base Camp - 11 Days

Bordering ten of the world's tallest peaks, the Tibetan plateau is certainly deserving of its "Roof of the World" nickname. See the sky-high sights for yourself on this 11-day adventure. You'll journey to Lhasa on part of the world's longest railway, visit the famous Everest Base Camp, visit lakeside monasteries adorned with colorful Buddhist prayer flags, and more.

Potala Palace, Lhasa
Ultimate Tibetan Experience - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary through the heart of Tibet is the ultimate immersion experience in Buddhist culture. After exploring Lhasa's most important and holy sites, you'll hit the road with your private guide for a series of scenic drives to see the remarkable monasteries, temples, lakes, and markets of Shigatse, Tsetang, and finally Yarlung Valley—the cradle of Tibetan civilization.

Morning sun at Potala Palace
Highlights of Lhasa - 4 Days

This fascinating 4-day itinerary explores the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism: Lhasa, or 'Land of the Gods'. In just a few days you'll tour the capital city's most iconic and sacred sites with a private guide, including temples, monasteries, and bustling markets. Read on to learn more.

Tibet Travel Maps

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Tibet Train Journey & Everest Base Camp - 11 Days
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Tibet Experience - 8 Days
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Highlights of Lhasa - 4 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Amanda Delecca
active 3 hours ago

Amanda Delecca

Originally from Australia, I've been travelling for 15 years and found myself coming back to Nepal time and time again. These days Kathmandu is home and I get to show people around this incredible...

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Travel specialist Erin Green
active 1 day ago

Erin Green

My roots are in Michigan and California, but my adult life has been spent living and leading tours all over Asia. I first visited Nepal in 2003, and I loved it, so I kept coming back. I've been...

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Travel specialist Kunchok Nima
active 2 hours ago

Kunchok Nima

Born in the Himalaya & in Buddhist family, I was taught from very small age to treat our guests and people with great respect and help them with whatever or however we can. Having managerial skill...

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Travel specialist Chhewang Lama
active 3 hours ago

Chhewang Lama

Chhewang originated from the remote Nyinba Valley, located in Simikot-Humla, West Nepal where the people are of Tibetan origin. I believe the rich cultural heritage is what links me with my passion...

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