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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2016
One week in Tibet during June  (8 Answers)

We, my wife and me, a senior couple, will visit this country and Bhutan. One week each.
Lhasa, Xigatse, Gyantse,... and whic other places do you advise. Everest Camp,...
It is better a full or half board? Some Tour is better?
Thanks for any comment
Dr Roma Massot, Barcelona.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2016
best months for mount kailash  (2 Answers)

what are the best months to undertake pilgrimage to mount kailash via lhasa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2016
Travel overland Tibet-kathmandu  (2 Answers)

Hi! We are taking the train from Chengdu to Lhasa in may and we want to travel to Kathmandu from there. We would prefer doing it overland, but we can't figure out if that is at all possible now. Do any of you know and maybe have suggestions for budget tours? Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2016
Tour to Tibet  (6 Answers)

I need best travel agency for tour to Tibet. Firstly i want to visit Nepal and through their i want to visit Tibet.Any reference ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2016
question pick up/drop off by travel agency Lhasa  (11 Answers)


I have a question for travelers who´ve been to Lhasa, Tibet and maybe used the train: How much is the average price for tour operators for pick up/drop off from Lhasa train station terminal ? The guide I contacted mentioned 150 USD - to me that is incredibly high for one person, just for being picked up and dropped off at the train station that is 5 km from the hotel / center?

Is this a normal price??

Thank you for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2015
Going from Bejing - Lhasa by train - AMS/Altitude illness ?  (28 Answers)

Hi everybody!

I will book a trip from Beijing to Lhasa, taking the train (48 hours tour) and would like to ask fellow travelers who have done this trip:

- Is the rise of altitude high and will there be enough acclimatization in terms of altitutde increase?
- What's the best advice to prevent altitude illness (I'm 32 and live in a low altitutde zone in Europe) ?

Are there natural prevention measures, or should I take the medical prophylaxis right away?

- Is a tour to Lake Namtso on a day later that week (maybe 6th or 7th day in Tibet) recommendable, considering it's at 4,700 meters above sealevel?

Also, I'd be grateful about more information on the train. Is it comfortable and safe to use?

Thank you so much for your help and advice!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2015
Travelling in Tibet  (1 Answer)

HI Anyone interested in travelling to Tibet this month (August). I am in Kathmandu but the travel agencies have very few trips going there as it is monsoon season in Nepal. I need fly to Lhasa and join a group trip as it is very expensive to have a trip of one person. The friendship highway between Nepal and Tibet is also closed at the moment and will be in September.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2015
Issuing Tibet traveling permits in Kathmandu  (4 Answers)

Hi, Does any one know how long will it take to issue all the required permits for Tibet trekking through an Kathmandu agency? I plan to find a traveling agency to do the arrangements once I get to Kathmandu (September 2015) and was wandering how long will it take. If I understood correctly, the Tibet entry permit takes about 3 days to issue (with some extra costs), but the trek i want to do also requires an Alien’s Travel Permit, which i'm not sure can be issued so fast...

Thanks! Miriam

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2015
Anyone up for Tibet ?  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone !
My name is Juliette, I’m 21 and I’m french. I’m studying art in Suzhou at the moment, but I’ll be taking some time off to travel around China starting the end of january. I have been planning to go to Tibet around the last week of february, but quite honestly, I’m looking for someone (or a group of someones, the more the merrier !) to share the costs with, seeing how the requirements make it quite expensive, and it's always nice to do this kind of trip with someone to share with !
Anyone out there interested in joining me ? :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2014
travel companions for Kailash in September 2014 - German pass holders!  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone,
we (2 germans) are planning a tour in Tibet for Lhasa - Everest Base Camp - Lake Manasarovar - Kailash starting from Lhasa on September 17 and exit Nepal border on October 3. The tour operator has just informed me about the new regulation for Kailash permit that require at least 3 persons of the same nationality travelling together, so we are looking for 1, 2 or 3 germans to join the party. We are female, german, 33 and 45 and will be happy if you join our group!
please feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2014
Travel companions - British passport holders  (3 Answers)

We need at least one (preferably two) UK passport holders to join a trip to Western Tibet, driving across the country from Lhasa to Mount Kailash where we will do the 3 day trek round the mountain. We will then be driven to the Nepal border to end the trip in Kathmandu. (16 - 29 September. One of the best times to visit Tibet.)

The tour has been organized by a very reputable Tibetan travel agency and will cost about 1,500 pounds per person (32,900 RMB for two). You ALSO need to pay your airfare to Lhasa and back from Kathmandu. (The major Chinese airlines now all have very modern fleets of Boeing and Airbus and have a good safety record. The best/cheapest way to get to Lhasa and back from Kathmandu may be to fly to a major Chinese city such as Guangzhou or Beijing and fly in and out of there.)

Our problem is that the Chinese Authorities will only issue a permit for trekking Mount Kailash to a group of at least 3 people of the SAME nationality and there are only two of us.

If you are interested please contact us immediately to discuss details/ask questions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2014
Tibet - Trekking to Advanced Base Camp  (8 Answers)

Last year I have visited Nepal and trekked to Base Camp. There was a lot of info on line and books. However, I'm not able to find such info on Tibet side. Can the trek be done without a guide?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2014
Tibet permit rule in 2014  (4 Answers)

Is it true we Taiwan people can not travel with Chinese or western man? I read the notice on the site Anybody here can clarify? I plan to join in my American friends' group.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2014
advices needed for choosing travel agency  (5 Answers)

we will travel to Tibet during September 2014 in a group. So far, we have 3 travel agencies had made their quotation to us. the price is almost the same. Therefore, we really need experts here to advice us, which has better reputation and services:


Please advice us. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2014
train tickets for chengdu to lhasa  (6 Answers)

hello all,

i have read that it may be difficult to secure the train tickets bound for lhasa. the tickets can only be purchased 20 days in advance? is there any agent we can approach?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2014
Older Couple  (12 Answers)

We have been to 11000 feet, with no problem in South America (two years ago). But when my age of 74 come up
" WOW" you must think twice about high altitudes adventures.
Opinions on Tibet travel for healthy older couple would be appreciated. Please, I do know only I can make that decision but some opinions/ideas might help with decision.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2014
travel companions  (1 Answer)

Hi there
I am a 31 yo Australian female going to Tibet. I will be flying in from Moscow to Kathmandu on the 7th Oct and will need to wait in Kathmandu for a couple of days to get a visa. The tour will leave Kathmandu on around the 10/11th and go for about 17-19 days depending on which tour company we go with. We will trek around Kailash, see the Guge Kingdom, Lhasa and end up back in Kathmandu. Looking at around $2000-2005 depending on how many people. We dont have to be the same nationality any more. Please relply to this thread and leave your email if you are interested.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2014
Looking for Fellow Travellers! (June/July 2014)  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but my friend and I are students from New Zealand and we're travelling to Nepal and Tibet in Late June to Mid July. We will be doing our own thing in Nepal but we will travel with a tour guide/company in Tibet. We're looking at touring with the Tibetan Owned company Snow Lion. We would like like to travel in a group, to reduce costs but to also meet new friends.

We're interested in the tour Himalayan Journey and we're just wondering if any of you would like to join us on our Tibetan adventure?

If you have any questions please ask :)



Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa 3658m

Welcome to Lhasa! Transfer to your hotel and get settled.

Day 2: Lhasa

In the morning, visit the Potala Palace, the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. The Potala is 13 stories high and holds countless treasures in its many rooms. Built in 637 AD, the Potala has been home to the Dalai Lama lineage for more than a thousand years. Also visit the Jokhang Temple, which is located in Barkhor square in Lhasa. The Barkhor is a famous shopping street filled with goods and souvenirs from Tibet, Nepal, and India. Pilgrims from all over Tibet visit the Barkhor to pray in front of the Jokhang. From the roof of the monastery you will have a view of prostrating pilgrims. Afterwards, explore the old Tibetan quarter. Walk through the market and stop to sip sweet tea at a traditional teahouse.

Day 3: Lhasa

Visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Explore the grounds, which include gardens, fountains, and a small zoo. Afterwards, visit Sera monastery, where you can watch monks debate in the courtyard. If you enjoy hiking, walk the hour-long circumambulation path around the monastery complex.

Day 4: Lhasa

Visit Drepung, one of the three most famous monasteries in Lhasa. Drepung is located just outside Lhasa on Gambo Utse Mountain. Once home to as many as 10,000 monks, the enormous monastic complex is the site of many prayer halls, dormitories, and temples. Just below the monastery is the Nechung temple, the former home of the state oracle. Afterwards, visit Ramoche, a small monastery located in the city center. If time allows, explore the alleys of the Tibetan quarter and visit traditional workshops and handicraft stores.

Day 5: Lhasa – Gyantse 3950m, 268km, 5.5 hours

Beginning your adventure in the Himalayas, drive to Gyantse. Along the way cross over the Kamba-La (4794m) and the Karo-La passes (5010m), which boast spectacular views. After Kamba-La, arrive at Yamdrok Lake, a holy turquoise-colored lake with stunning scenery. Stay the night in Gyantse.

Day 6: Gyantse – Shigatse 3836m, 90km, 1.5 hours

In the morning, visit the Pelkor Chode Kumbum and Gyantse Monastery followed by a two hour drive to Shigatse. Here, see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilhunpo monastery. Time allowing, join pilgrims in walking the long circumambulation path around the monastery, or explore the city streets. Spend the night in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse – Shegar (New Tingri) 4500m, 240km, 4 hours

In the morning, drive to Shegar (4350m) over Tso-La pass (4500m) and Gyatso-La pass (5252m). On the way, if time allows, make an excursion to visit Sakya Monastery (4280m). Sakya Monastery is unique because of its medieval Mongolian architecture. Walk up the kora path alongside the monastery to see the ruins of the older buildings, from which you can see great views of the monastery and surrounding valley. In the afternoon arrive in Shegar. Visit Shegar Monastery or climb up the ruins of Shegar Dzong for beautiful views. Overnight in Shegar.

Day 8: Shegar – Rongbuk Monastery 5000m – Everest Base Camp 5250m, 100km, 8 hours

After passing through scenic valleys and driving over rocky mountains, you will reach Rongbuk Monastery, where you will have a fabulous view of Mt. Everest. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in the world. Rongbuk Monastery to Everest is about 8km, and along the way there are spectacular views of the world’s tallest mountain. You can either take a two-hour hike or ride a bus to Everest Base Camp. Stay the night in a warm yak-hair tent guesthouse run by a Tibetan family. (Alternative accommodation: Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse)

Note: During the off-season, buses do not run and the tent guesthouses are closed.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp – Nepal border (Zhangmu) 2300m, 240km, 10 hours

You will see spectacular Himalayan ranges along the way to Nepal border. Once at the border, cross over, pass through immigration and continue on to Kathmandu, or return to Lhasa.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2014
Tour guide  (15 Answers)

Do I have to get a tour guide to travel in Tibet China? I can't go alone?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2013
Internship/Volunteer spots  (2 Answers)

Hi there,

Since I was a child it has been a dream of me to visit Tibet. I am looking for an internship in Tibet and was wondering if anyone could recommend me any organizations or website, or any other information that could help me find an internship in Tibet?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2013
Summer 2014 up on the altitude!  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I am determined to make a trip next summer to Tibet and Nepal. I havent found anyone yet so to have an accompany. That's why I am here and hoping to meet some interesting adventurous people to make this travel even more interesting. I am very flexible with the dates as there is nearly almost 9 months left to get the dates sorted out so ping me if you are thinking this far ahead to make such trip during that time. I will be doing more research so to take on the best possible route for the trip and etc.... and it seems like we can get some hints and ideas from some of the people here in the Forum.

Hope to make this happen.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2013
Qinghai Tibetan Areas  (2 Answers)

Does anybody know any cool things to do in Qinghai besides the big monasteries (Tai'er si, Xiahe, Longwu) and Qinghai Lake? My friend and I would very much like to see some things that are not tooooo touristy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2013
Hello!!, Looking for two travelers.  (1 Answer)

My name is Harry,

My friend and I are going to vistit Tibet in October 10th, 2013.,
We are looking for two travelers to share a land rover.

We expect to enter Tibet form Kathmandu, and have a 10 day itinerary. after that, we migth fly back to kathmandu, or we can go back by land, we still don't know.

We are going to hire a private tour, just the driver, the car and the gasoline, and of course all the help with the required permits.

Food, Acomodation and the entrance fees to the monasteries is on our own.

You can contact me at



Here is the intinerary, It's similar to most of the tours, but we included one overnight at Nam-tso. And one visit to Samye monastery. there is no visit to the EBC.

Day 01 Drive from Zhangmu in the nepalese border to Lhatse ( 250 Km )
Day 02 Drive from Lhatse to Sakya ( 49 km ),Visit Sakya Monastery ,Drive form Sakya to Shigatse (151 Km)
Day 03 Tashulhimpo Monastery Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse ( 90 Km ) , Kunbum Chorten and Phklkor Monastery
Day 04 Drive From Gyantse to Lhassa ( 260 Km ) /Yamdrok Tso Lake, /sleep at lhassa.
Day 05 Lhassa Sigthseeing /Potala , Johkang, norbulingka.
Day 06 Lhassa to Nam Tso ( 220 Km ).Sleep At Nam Tso
Day 07 Nam Tso to Lhassa ( 220 Km ) /Drepung And Sera Monasteries /Sleep at Lhassa
Day 08 Ganden Monastery Norbulingka Monastery Sleep at Lhassa
Day 09 Lhassa to Tsedang/ Visit Samye Monastery /Sleep at Tsedang
Day 10Drive Tsedang to Lhassa ( 300 Km ) /sleep at lhassa,
Day 11. Fly back to Kathmandu

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2013
Where are our two people for a 8 to 10 day tour trough tibet?  (1 Answer)


we are a german couple (31/28) and we looking for two person who would join us in the beginning of october 2013 to a tibet Lhasa / Everest base camp / Nepal Tour. Perhaps from around the 5th to the 15th or from the 10th to the 20th of october.

We stay with some travel agencies in contact and get this offer:

Day 01 : Arrival in Lhasa by flight or train
Day 02/03 : Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 04 : Drive from Lhasa to Gyangtse - Shigatse
Day 05 : Shigatse - Shekar
Day 06 : Shekar - Rombuk
Day 07 : Everest base camp - Old Tingri - Zhangmu
Day 08 : Zhangmu - Kodari - cross border

Now we know only the price for 2 person it is 1280$ per person.

Tour price include :
- all necessary permits for the trip
- local English speaking tour guide
- entrance fees for the sights on the tour
- transfers as per itinerary
- hotel and guest house stays with daily breakfast
- guide and land-cruiser entrance fee for Everest national park
- food and lodge for guide and driver
- travel agency service charge

Tour price exclude :
- any airfare, airport tax, train fare
- lunch / dinner

When you are intrested in our plans or you get a better offer and would join with us the tour, write us as soon as possible!


We looking forward to hear from you!

Norbert und Martina

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2013
Tibet in November  (6 Answers)

Hi, am planning solo trip to Tibet TAR around end November. Anyone done a November trip and able to advise on weather and high altitude precaution, stuff to bring etc? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2013
10 Days in Tibet around October 8th (departure from Chengdu) up to the Nepali Border  (4 Answers)

Hi Everyone!
We are a French couple going to Tibet in October... at least, we are trying to have this arranged. We are looking for another 2 people to join and split the costs down.

This could be our itinerary (can be discussed and amended):

Day1: Arrive in Lhasa
Day2:Visit Drepung Monastary and Sera temple
Day3: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, wandering around Barkor Street
Day4: Namtso Lake
Day5: Visit Yamdrok lake, Kumpum stupa in Gyantse, arriving in Shigatse. Stay in Shigatse
Day6: Visit Tashilunpo Monastery in early morning then drive to Rogbuk monastery via Shegar. Stay at Everest Base Camp.(winter stay at rogbuk monastery or tingri)
Day7: E.B.C to Zhangmu (Nepal border)
Day8: Leave China

I am already in touch with a couple travel agents and if we were 4, price should be close to CNY 4,000 (excluding meals and accommodations - we are backpackers and don't mind cheap places when we are there!).

Please let us know should that be of interest to you - [email]

Looking forward to travelling with you!

David and Andrea

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2013
5 days inTibet in September  (4 Answers)

Hi, I'm planning to go to Tibet in September with some friends. Our plan is to arrive in Lhasa on a Monday and leave by train on Friday. I know it's not a lot of time to explore Tibet. So, with such a restrictive timing, what is the best we can see outside of Lhasa? Do we need to spend a night if we were to visit Lake Namtso? Also, I am aware that independent travel is not allowed in Tibet. But I've no clue where to start in finding a reliable tour operator. Any tips are greatly appreciated, thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2013
looking for partners Lhasa to Kathmandu  (3 Answers)

Hi there,
we are a 30 years old Israeli couple, looking for partners for a journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu. the departure date is flexible and so is the duration of the trip. We are in Shangrila right now and plan to travel for 2-5 weeks in Sechuan and then head to tibet. we want to do it low budget backpackers style. if that sounds good, please be in touch via email [email]! we also have a local chinese phone number: 18701545749.
Dafna and Nir

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2013
Suggestions/partners for Kathmandu-Lhasa hitchhiking  (11 Answers)

Hey there,

We are two girls planning on a 10-day overland trip(±2 days) from Kathmandu to Lhasa starting from 9th July (possibly by hitchhiking).

Any suggestions for female hitchhikers on this route during the monsoon season? We know that the road would be very rough with possible danger of landslide on the Nepali side. We wonder if the road condition would be relatively better on the Tibetan side? We are also informed that hitchhiking in this region is normally not free. Then how much does it roughly cost, say from Xigaze to Gyantse (approximately 90km) by truck? Is there anything particular we should bear in mind?

Wondering if anyone would like to partner up or give us a ride for some part our journey (particularly for the trip to the Everest Base Camp-China side)? We are not that much trekking persons, but we do enjoy exploring relatively un-touristed regions and experiencing local culture very much. See our rough itinerary below:

07.09 Kathmandu-114km-Khasa(Nepal-China border)-45km-Nyalam
07.10 Nyalam-210km-(Tingri)-Everest Base Camp
07.11 Everest Base Camp-100km-Xigaze
07.12 Xigaze-Gyantse
07.13 Gyantse-Yamdrok Lake-Lhasa
07.14 Lhasa
07.15 Lhasa
07.16 Lhasa-180km-Nyainqntanglha Mountains-61km-Namtso Lake
07.17 Namtso Lake-Lhasa

If you are interested to join us or have a suggestion, please feel free to drop a message.


Conny & Leonie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2013
Trek Partner(s) needed for Tibet - Sep 2013  (3 Answers)


I am trying to gather a group of 3-4 people for a trekking trip in Tibet this September. A total of 10 days, the trip will include 3-4 days in Lhasa followed by a 4-5 day trek.

any mix of nationalities can get together. sharing the trip would make sense with the cost and safety aspect both, i guess.

If anyone is interested please do reply.


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