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Journey across Tibet's Wild Frontier, as you explore the most famous mountains in the world - the Himalayas. The dramatic landscapes alone are enough to satisfy any wanderlust you have, but Tibet is also steeped in its own authentic culture. Visit the famous Tagong Monastery or Norbulingka & Sera Monasteries, where the ancient traditions of Buddhism are still practiced today. Take a deep breath, because you'll need all the air you can get as you scale the mountains towards the Everest Base Camp. If nature captures your heart, then you will love exploring the unique national parks, like Jiuzhaigou National Park and the Huanglong National Park. Of course, the best way to get to know a country is by talking to its people - the Amdo Tibet Homestay offers you exactly that, as you cook & live with a native Tibetan family.

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Put the "high" back in "highlights" as you get to know the high altitude plateau of Tibet. This fascinating corner of China features colorful sceneries and rich cultures that are woven seamlessly together into one beautiful tapestry in this mountainous region of Asia. On your Tibet vacation, you can:
  • Trek to the Everest Base Camp, where brave explorers prepare to make their ascent up the tallest mountain in the world.
  • Stay with a native Tibetan family, and learn how they live, eat, and share time.
  • Explore the breathtaking landscapes of the National Parks, like Jiuzhaigou & Huanglong National Parks.
  • Immerse yourself in the Buddhist history of this country when you visit the Norbulingka & Sera Monastery or the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama lived for centuries before fleeing to India in 1959.
  • Feed a Giant Panda & help protect these endangered creatures at the Giant Panda Breeding Center.
Tibet FAQs
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 page. 

Did you know that in Tibet...?

  • Patience is one of the most important manners, and you will find that people not only speak very slowly but also tend to respond slowly too as a way of showing courtesy to the conversation.
  • Yaks are one of the most important animals in Tibet, used especially as a pack animal, but also for their wool which can be woven or used as yarn.
  • Officially, Tibet is a territory of China, but many Tibetans consider it a nation of its own under the direction of their exiled leader the Dalai Lama.
  • Along with patience, hospitality and kindness are woven into the culture of the Tibetan people.
  • Mt. Everest splits the border between Nepal and Tibet.

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