Best Time to Travel:
Spring, early summer and late autumn are the best times to visit Tibet. Mid-July to the end of September is monsoon season, and Tibet gets half of their annual rainfall during this time.
Tibet is full of Buddhist monasteries, as well as stunning mountain views. Being one of the highest regions in the world, it’s easy to see why so many come here to mountain climb. Driving around Tibet is easy and allows you to experience the landscape while traveling.
Lhasa is the only real major city in Tibet. The Barkhor circuit is a good starting point when you first arrive in Lhasa. Many monks and pilgrims take this route when they come here. One structure to pay attention to is The Jokhang, one of the most important religious structures in all of Tibet. Filled with dozens of chapels, this site is breathtaking. The Potala is also a must see. Resting on top of a mountain, this fortress like building is one of greatest architecture feats in the world. While The Jokhang is full of worshipers, The Potala is more of a reminder that the Dali Lama no longer resides in Tibet. Explore the many rooms and take in the stunning landscape from the top.
While there is plenty to do in the city of Lhasa, the real adventure waits outside. Nam Tso Lake, a large salt-water lake, is located nearby. You can even take a lift up to the top! Be careful not to do it too soon, as altitude sickness will happen. Make the trek out there to see the Tashi Dor Monastery, located on a peninsula in the lake. Camping is ideal near this lake, as there are many nooks and crannies to explore. We can arrange for you to stay in tea houses as well, but don’t expect 5 star accommodations here.
Running along the Yarlung Tsangpo River is the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Hike down into the canyon and see what many have described as a “Natural Zoo”. Teaming with plant and wildlife, this nearly untouched part of the earth is worth a visit.
Tashihunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monstarteries in Tibet. Founded by the First Dali Lama in 1447, this structure has rarely been modified. Inside the temple is the biggest statue of a sitting Buddha. Decorated with gold, copper, pearl, amber, coral, diamond and other precious tones, this statue took 9 years to complete. Tour the upper floors to be able to appreciate the full view of this precious landmark.
Traveling to Tibet is a truly unique, once in a lifetime experience. This is a trip that will change you to the core and open up your eyes to the many different cultures that the world has to offer.
While you’re in Tibet, be sure to also look into traveling to Nepal and Kathmandu. Explore everything that this region has to offer with its culture and festivals.
Please note that a visa is required to visit Tibet. This can be a long process, but we are happy to help if needed.