Trips and Tours to Tibet

Tibet Travel with On The Go Tours

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 choice of tours to Tibet in 2019 and 2020, including a guided group tour starting in China and a private itinerary focusing solely on this fascinating country.

Upcoming Tibet Trips 2019 & 2020

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Take me to Tibet - 12 days Beijing, China 11 Apr 2020 R48,900 Take me to Tibet - 12 days Map
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Tibet Group Tours

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Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetTake me to Tibet - 12 days Map

Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM R44,900

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Tibet Private Tours

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Highlights of Tibet

8 days | FROM R34,900

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The mighty Potala Palace in Lhasa backed by a dramatic stormy sky

Tailor-made Holidays

The mystical "roof of the world" is a land of immense natural beauty and unique culture shaped by Buddhism and left untouched until the 1950s, and whether you're looking to explore the incredible capital home to imposing palaces and impressive temples, or head off the beaten track for stunning high altitude lakes and open grasslands, we're here to help. Our tailor-made team are on hand to create your perfect holiday to Tibet, building a bespoke itinerary to your individual requirements and interests.

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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.

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:

Namtso Lake - incredible scenery

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

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.

Lhasa - holy capital

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.

Gyantse - history and religion

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.

Tsedang - ancient monastery

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.