The Tibet Trekking Tour consists mostly of a hiking trip to the famous mountains and lakes of Tibet, with the path at times going from one monastery to another through remote villages. Trekking in Tibet, where the most extensive expanse of mountains surround the highest and largest plateau on earth, is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Generally from April to October is the best season for a Tibet trekking tour. But the best time for your customized tour really depends on your intended route. A normal winter Tibet hiking tour schedule could be quite comfortable as there are fewer people during the off season with incredibly beautiful winter scenery. A Tibet Trekking Tour is a true adventure no matter what season you decide to go. The hiking in Tibet is strenous, but the opportunity to see some of the world's most remote and untouched corners makes the effort very worthwhile. We have compiled a suggested list of trekking and hiking tours in Tibet for your reference here.
Where and what type of visas do I require for traveling in Tibet?
To visit Tibet, you need at least two visas, Chinese Visa obtained from the Chinese Embassy in your home country, and Tibet entry permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau but applied through an authorized Tibet travel agency. Then, if you trek to restricted areas of Tibet, Alien’s travel permit and/or military permit is required. If you book tour from Tibet travel org, they can help you arrange all the documents.
What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring for trekking in Tibet?
Warm clothes are required if you plan to trek in the remote areas of Tibet. A jacket and a sweater are advised throughout the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time. The recommend items are: A domestic first aid kit, water purification tablets, toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes.
For foreigners, individual travel is not allowed in Tibet at present. Foreigners are required to travel in Tibet with the accompany of local tour guide. Honestly, you are highly recommended to hire a tour guide even without this restriction for the geography of Tibet is very complicated and altitude sickness easily happens at such a high altitude place.
How to avoid altitude sickness while trekking in Tibet?
The most important concern for trekking in Tibet is altitude sickness. Tibet is located at an average altitude over 4,000. Meanwhile, almost all treks involve high passes even higher than 5,000m. So you must have a full acclimation of the high altitude of Tibet before starting your Tibet trek tour. Tell your tour guide if you feel uncomfortable during trekking, like reeling, headache, vomiting, bad dreams, loss of appetite and sleeplessness appear. The best treatment for altitude sickness, once the symptoms appear is to descend down to lesser height.
How much does it cost for a trekking tour in Tibet?
The specific cost for trekking in Tibet is hard to say, depending on the trekking routes you prefer and the length of your trip. Generally speaking, the cost for a hiking tour in Tibet is more expensive than a regular sightseeing tour. You need to prepare trekking gears, hire a driver and a guide even a cook if you are planning to trekking to somwhere off-the-beaten-track.
Since now, we don't provide join in trekking tour in Tibet, as it is not easy to find travel mates who happen to be interested in your travel route. High altitude sickness blocks another parts of visitors away and trekking in Tibet adds more risks of suffering altitude sickness. But if any of our customer shows interest in your trip, we will recommend your trip to them.
To plan a Tibet Trekking tour, you need to prepare trekking gears in advance. You can find most of the trekking gears in Lhasa and rent them after you arrive. The price varies in different season. With the help of our guide, you'll get your trekking tour fully prepared. Therefore, it is suggested to spend 2 or more days in Lhasa.