The Tibet Trekking Tour consists mostly of a hiking trip to the famous mountains and lakes of Tibet, with the path at times going from one monastery to another through remote villages. Trekking in Tibet, where the most extensive expanse of mountains surround the highest and largest plateau on earth, is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Generally from April to October is the best season for a Tibet trekking tour. But the best time for your customized tour really depends on your intended route. A normal winter Tibet hiking tour schedule could be quite comfortable as there are fewer people during the off season with incredibly beautiful winter scenery. A Tibet Trekking Tour is a true adventure no matter what season you decide to go. The hiking in Tibet is strenous, but the opportunity to see some of the world's most remote and untouched corners makes the effort very worthwhile. We have compiled a suggested list of trekking and hiking tours in Tibet for your reference here.
You need at least two visas for a Tibetan tour. One is the Chinese visa issued by the local Chinese Embassy in your home country; the other one is the Tibet Visa issued by the Tibet Travel Bureau. You must ask a local Tibet travel agency to apply for the Tibet Visa for you. Then, if you want to go trekking in Mount Kailash or Everest areas, Foreigner Pass and Military Permit are necessary. If your trip is booked with a Tibetan travel agency, just send them the photocopies of your passport and China visa, the agency will handle all the rest stuff to you.
If you want to trek in the rural areas in Tibet, you must wear thermal clothes. The weather in Tibet is changeable so we suggest you prepare coats and sweaters. Recommended items are following: household first-aid case, water purification tablets, tissues, flashlight, sleeping bags, comfortable walking shoes, dust mask, art knife, sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
For the international tourists, traveling alone in Tibet is not allowed at present. They must be accompanied by a local guide. Actually, even if there is no restriction, we still suggest you hire a guide. The geographical conditions are so complex that you may have altitude sickness easily. An experienced guide can give you useful advice when this happens.
Altitude sickness is common for tourists to Tibet. The average altitude of Tibet is over 4000 meters. Meanwhile, almost all trekking routes have even exceeded 5000 meters’ height. Therefore, you must be fully adapted to the altitude of Tibet before you start trekking. If you feel uncomfortable while trekking, such as fever, headache, vomiting, dreaminess or loss of appetite and insomnia, please tell your guide immediately. Once symptoms of altitude sickness occur, the best treatment is to go down to a relatively lower-altitude area.
It is hard to say the specific cost of trekking in Tibet, because it depends on your trekking route and traveling time. In general, trekking in Tibet is more expensive than routine sightseeing. If you're going to trek to a relatively remote area, you need to hire an experienced driver and a knowledgeable guide.
To plan a trekking tour in Tibet, you need to prepare your trekking items in advance. Most of the trekking items can be found in Lhasa and rented after your arrival in Lhasa. The price of renting trekking items varies in different seasons. You can find a place to rent trekking items with the help of our tour guides, who will find the best prices for you.