Tibet, a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, has attracted a lot of followers from all over the world. It has a unique landscape, snow towering mountains, holy lakes, mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, magnificent monasteries, colorful prayer flags, and many other fantastic things for you to explore.
What’s the Best Time to Visit Tibet?
Tibet is a place you can visit all year round, except for mid-February to March when Tibet will close for foreigners due to the Chinese and Tibetan New Year. You can choose the rest of the year to make your Tibet tour.
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October, during which, the weather is the best, neither too hot, nor too cold. You can get a clear view of the most tourist attractions in Tibet. Besides, the oxygen content of the air is higher than other times, which is helpful indeed to reduce the risk of getting altitude sickness. July, August, and September are the peak tourist season, so the price is relatively higher. It’s advised to avoid the Chinese National Holiday(Oct 1st to 7th) when millions of Chinese people head to Tibet and you have to enjoy the scenic spots with a lot of people.
Where to Go?
As a big highlight of Tibet tours, Everest Base Camp attracts 60% of the travelers during their Tibet trip. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is from late April to May and late September to October. Another 20% of travelers would visit Mt.Kailash. The best time to have Mt.Kailash pilgrim trekking tour is from September and October when the weather is moderate and the scenery is the best of the year. It’s better to avoid monsoon season from late June to August. Only 20% of the travelers would visit Lhasa and surrounding areas alone.
Tibet scenery is so diverse and impressive that it worth a visit. Its magnificent mountain ranges, high-altitude lakes, monasteries with a long history, the desolate western desert, and graceful eastern Nyingchi, etc. All these represent the utmost beauty.
The Tibet autonomous region has the highest concentration of lakes in China, accounting for 34 percent of the country's total lake area. According to statistics, there are more than 1,500 lakes in Tibet's vast territory。17 are more than 5,000 meters above sea level, all of which cover more than 50 square kilometers.Tibet's lakes vary in color, like sapphire, turquoise, jade stone, scattered between the snow mountain pasture. The most famous lakes, like Namtso, Yamdrok lake, Mansarovar.
Tibetan culture is Buddhist culture. The best way to get a deep understanding of Tibetan culture is to visit Tibetan temples. There are more than 6,000 monasteries in Tibet, most of which are built on hilltops. The most popular ones are the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, etc. The amazing structural style, unique spiritual experience, and atmosphere of these monasteries appeal to so many tourists.
How Long to Stay in Tibet?
For first-timers, it is recommended to stay for 8~15 days in Tibet. By visiting the main attractions, you can see the unique cultural landscape and natural scenery of Tibet: the magnificent Potala Palace, the turquoise Yamdrok lake, the spectacular Everest peak even Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar in remote Ngari Prefecture. You can take your 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour or 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with us to truly appreciate Tibet.
Knowing what you expect to see or do in Tibet will help determine how long you should stay. The more you want to experience, the more time you will need to take.
Where to stay in Lhasa
Fifty-five percent of tourists like to live in the Business District of Barkhor street and Jokhang temple. Here transportation is convenient, tourism facilities are perfect, featured restaurants and bars are concentrated here. For luxury hotels, you can book the hotel through some popular booking sites such as booking.com, agoda.com, etc. to get the best rate. For mid-range hotels, you can book the hotel through your travel agency, who can probably get a corporate discount price with those hotels.
How to visit Tibet from China? - Beijing to tibet
Beijing, the capital city of China, is well-known as its long history and a booming economy. It’s also a famous tourist place where you can learn Chinese history by visiting the amazing Forbidden City, the sublime Temple of Heaven, the awe-inspiring Great Wall, etc... Besides, you can sleep one night in Hutong, one kind of typical house for Beijing folks, with a totally different appearance and strong flavor of living life compared to other cool modern buildings in Beijing.
After 3~4 days' stay in Beijing, tourists can take a train to lahsa or take a plane. It takes 44 hours to arrive in Lhasa by the only daily train from Beijing. It's a long-time traveling but you can enjoy the wonderful sightseeing along the Qingzang Railway; the other hand it can help you acclimatize to the high altitude step by step. If your itinerary is tight, there are four flights flying to Lhasa from Beijing every day for your option. Overall speaking, you can witness the sharp contrast of two different natures and cultures by joining the Beijing-Tibet Tour.
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