Do I need a visa to travel to Tibet?
US citizens do need a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet. We can help point you with your TTP. Check the visa requirements
for more specific information.
Is tipping customary in Tibet?
Tipping travel service workers, like guides, waiters, porters, drivers, etc. is an expectation. The amount is up to you, but some guides and others appreciate gifts from your home country in lieu of tips as well.
What is internet access like in Tibet?
We can't guarantee that you will have access to the internet in Tibet. If you purchase a SIM chip for your smart phone, you might be able to get a connection, but it's not probable, especially considering that most of our tours that visit Tibet travel through the mountainous areas where signal strength is far out of range.
Can I use my cell phone while in Tibet?
When traveling in Tibet, you will likely be out of range of cell towers throughout most of your adventure. If cell access is vital to you, then consider unlocking your GSM-enabled phone with your service provider and purchasing a new SIM chip once you arrive in Tibet so that you have access to the local towers. An alternative would be purchasing an international plan or renting an international phone.
Do I need power adapters?
Tibet has outlets that are A (US style two flat prongs), C (European style two round prongs), and the three triangle set flat prongs (I). Power is 220v, but most 110v appliances don't require a power converter to work.
What are the toilets like in Tibet?
In Tibet, like the rest of Asia, squat toilets are the most common in most of the country, however the more developed areas, especially hotels, will likely have Western style bowl toilets. You should always make sure to have toilet paper on hand in case the bathroom you are in does not (which is common), and you should toss used paper in the waste basket next to the toilet rather than flushing it.
Can I drink the water in Tibet?
No, but there will always be bottled or purified water available to you.
Are credit cards accepted in Tibet? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Don't count on using ATMs or your credit cards in Tibet. Our treks and journeys here visit the rural areas of the country where ATMs (and businesses that accept cards) are less common or nonexistent.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Definitely! Especially on the more adventurous treks through Tibet, having travel insurance can be a huge safety net for you, so check out the TravelGuard comprehensive packages available to you on our Once You're Booked