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For centuries the Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet was hidden away from the rest of the world, nestled in the vast snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. A land of mysterious treasures, rich history, sublime beauty and welcoming people, Tibet has long enthralled travellers. With breathtaking mountain peaks, glistening lakes and a wealth of trekking trails, the adventurous will delight in this Land of Snows.

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As the home of the Dalai Lama, and brimming with sacred temples and ancient monasteries draped in prayer flags, Tibet also offers an unique insight into Buddhism. We offer a variety of tours to Tibet included guided group tours starting in China or Nepal and a private itinerary focussing solely on this fascinating country.

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Tibet Group Tours

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Combine the best of Tibet with either a trip to China or neighbouring Nepal on our selection of group tours.

Tibet Private Tours

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Travelling beyond Lhasa

Outside of Lhasa explore the charming town of Gyantse, marvel at the spectacular scenery of Yamdrok Lake – one of Tibet’s three sacred lakes, visit a myriad of ancient monasteries and sacred temples in Shigatse – Tibet’s second most important city, and discover Yumbulakhang Palace – the oldest palace in Tibet.

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Recommended places to visit in Tibet

Nestled between China and Nepal along the Himalayan mountain range, Tibet is certainly not short on incredible natural scenery and panoramic vistas but it's also home to imposing palaces and peaceful monasteries - here's our pick of the best:

Gyantse - history and religion

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Fort on top of a hill in Gyantse

Historic Gyantse wins over those who visit with its relaxed ambiance and small-town vibe, despite once being one of the most important cities in Tibet. Its main attraction is the magnificently constructed Kumbum, a tiered collection of Buddhist chapels with white washed walls covered in intricate patterns. Other sites of interest include the Gyantse Dzong, a fortress built into the side of a rocky cliff face, and the Pala Manor, a well-preserved noble residence.

Lhasa - holy capital

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The magnificent Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet

The mystical aura of Tibet is wholly imbued into the city of Lhasa. There are koras (walking paths) that encircle most sacred sites, which are worth taking the time to wander along. The rich heritage of the city is prevalent in many of the ancient establishments scattered throughout the region. The Nyetang Lhachemo temple and the Ani Tsamkhung nunnery are two sites that should definitely be visited in order to learn more about this culture.

Namtso Lake - incredible scenery

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In English Namtso translates as “heavenly lake”, an apt definition for this stunning stretch of water. Sitting at almost 5,000m above sea level, it is officially the highest saltwater lake on the planet. For those seeking some tranquillity, the lake is the perfect place to have a wander and forget about the chaos of life. Yaks and goats roam freely around the lake and in the crystal clear water fish splash about, making for some wonderful Kodak moments.

Shigatse - hilltop fortress

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Palace sitting on top of a hill, looking over the Tibetan town of Shigatse

This ancient city is Tibet’s second largest and sits at an altitude of 5,200m. Throughout the region are several intricately designed monasteries, giving Shigatse an air of spiritualism. Furthering this is the fact that the city is the residence of the Panchen Lama, the second most important lama after the Dalai lama. Visitors should take the time to check out his palace whilst in Shigatse.

Tsedang - ancient monastery

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The ancient monastery of Samye near the town of Tsedang in Tibet

A small city sitting at a height of 3,100m, Tsedang is a popular destination for visitors to Tibet and is referred to as the “cradle of Tibetan civilisation”. To the east of the city are majestic mountains, within which are three large caves, one of which is, according to legend, the birthplace of the Tibetan people. From Tsedang it is a short journey to visit the country’s oldest monastery in Tibet, the Samye Monastery, which was built in 779 AD.

Tibet Travel Guide

Plan and prepare with our invaluable travel guide resources from how to get into Tibet to the top spots to see and weather to expect.

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Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Tibet

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Tibet

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Tibet and info on getting your visa

Get to know Tibet

Recommended Reading

  • My Journey to Lhasa
    by Alexandra David-Neel
  • Freedom in Exile
    by Dalai Lama XIV
  • Seven Years in Tibet
    by Heinrich Herrer
Did you know...?

Facts about Tibet

  • Around 5% of the entire world's population is dependent on water that flows from Tibet.
  • The Dalai Lama, along with 100,000 Tibetans, established a government in exile based in India's Dharamshala.
  • Tibet is the world's highest region and is commonly referred to as the 'Roof of the World', sitting at 4,500m.

Tibet Travel Advice:

We stay informed of the latest travel advice to Tibet and follow the regulations laid out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Tibet:

REFER TO: Bradt, Fodors, Footprints, Frommers and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official China Tourist Organisation site and the latest China Weather Updates from the BBC.

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