Frequently Asked Questions about Tibet Trekking Tour
When is the best time to do trekking in Tibet?
Traveling to Tibet is possible at any time of the year, but April to October is the best time for trekking in Tibet. In this period, the climate is mild and the temperature is not so cold as winter, when heavy snows always block some mountain roads. In Spring and autumn season, it is especially recommended to trekking to Everest Base Camp under clear air and stable weather. Summer season, on the other hand, is suitable to trek in Tibet as well. The rain is not a big problem, as there is very little rain in the western part of Tibet. And the land turns green with blooming flowers in mountain valleys, making trekking refreshing and pleasing along the way.
How to avoid altitude sickness when trekking in Tibet?
Tibet is at an average elevation of over 4,000 meters, and most treks here involve high mountain passes higher than 5,000 meters. So, it is important to pay attention to the altitude sickness during trekking in Tibet. First, it is suggested to spend a few days acclimatizing in Lhasa, which is at a lower altitude, before you start the trekking. Pack medication for altitude sickness in your first aid kit, drink more water and ascend slowly during your walk. Avoid a cold, or you may get vulnerable to altitude sickness. If you feel any of the symptoms of altitude sickness, you should let your guide know. And the best treatment is to descend to a lower altitude to rest.
What kinds of permits and documents are required to trek in Tibet?
The Tibet Travel Permit and Chinese Visa are essential for any foreigner to visit Tibet. The permit can only be applied through an authorized agency, and is the precondition to obtain other permits for travelling in Tibet. The Chinese Visa can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in your home country or a third country. If you trek to remote areas or restricted places of Tibet, like Mount Kailash or Mount Everest region, you will also need an Alien’s Travel Permit or Military Permit as well. We can help to handle all the travel permits you needed to trek in Tibet. Please feel free to contact us for details.
Can I trek in Tibet individually?
Foreigner travelers are not allowed to travel around Tibet alone, so you will need a tour guide to accompany you during the trek. In fact, even there is no such restriction, it is better to hire a tour guide, since Tibet is complicated in geography and trekking alone may be dangerous especially in high mountain areas. As the leading trekking tour operator in Tibet, we can help to make a suitable customized trekking tour for you, with your preferred itinerary and departure date. Our thoughtful and knowledgeable local guide can also bring you a safe and pleasant trekking journey in Tibet.
What are the most recommended trekking routes in Tibet?
Tibet abounds holy mountains and beautiful lakes for trekkers to trace its diverse landscape of the mysterious land. For trekking beginners, one can try some short routes, such as a two-day Shalu to Nartang trek, 4-day Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek, and 4-day Gandan to Samye trek. These routes follow relatively lower altitude of valleys and passes local Tibetan villages, and are easy to access from Lhasa. For tourists wishing to trek in mountains, one can take the Mount Kailash kora trek or Everest Base Camp trek from old Tingri, to witness the landmark peaks on the roof of the world. The Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek is another wonderful trek that brings one to see the incredible scenery of sacred Namtso Lake.