Be first to get our hottest deals, top tips and advice!
Tibet

Tibet

Travel guide, tips & inspiration

Tibet, known as "the roof of the world" is home to the highest plateau on Earth, and therefore the ultimate playground for a hiker - with it's emerald green lakes, plains decorated with yaks and colorful prayer flags, and jaw-dropping views. Come back down to Earth and you'll find deeply spiritual and welcoming locals, ancient traditions and spectacular monasteries and temples. Tibet has a rich tapestry of culture, which appeals to every type of traveler.

A checklist of places to visit

  • Potala Palace
    Located in central Lhasa, this is the highest ancient palace in the world (it's highest point reaches 3,750 meters above sea level), and it is a symbol for the Tibetan people - murals inside tell their stories.
  • Jokhang Temple
    Considered the most sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, this is also located in central Lhasa. Jokhang means 'House of Buddha', and it houses a life-sized sitting Buddha.
  • Lake Yamdrok
    For some breathtaking scenery, take a two hour drive from Lhasa and visit this sacred lake. It's surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and has turquoise blue water.
  • Mt. Everest Base Camp
    Not for the faint hearted, but definitely for the adventurer - you can set foot on Mount Everest's Base Camp from Tibet's side. At an altitude of 5,200 meters, be prepared for some altitude sickness!
  • Barkhor Street
    Absorb the culture of Tibet by visiting this shopping street - full of shops and restaurants, this is the perfect way to spend a day after visiting the Jokhang Temple.
  • Guge Kingdom
    Far west of Tibet in Zanda County lies the ancient ruins of the Guge Kingdom - stay in a nearby monastery, and experience something that not all tourists get to.

Must-do's on your trip to Tibet

Trek Tibet
Trek the Tibetan Himalayas
Tibet is like a trekkers haven - full of trails and amazing scenery. There are so many treks to choose from, and they give a different view from the ones in Nepal and India as they come from the North. Of course there is the Mount Everest trek but there are plenty more, such as the eight-day Gyama Valley Trek, which many say leads you to one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in the world. Don't take their word for it though - go check it out!
Food Tibet
Sample the local cuisine
Like anywhere, your trip to a new destination would not be complete without trying the local food. Tibetans eat a lot of yak and mutton, noodles and tsampa - which is dough made from barley flour and yak butter. Tsampa is often eaten with butter tea (a Tibet staple, and a must-try).
Tibet
Visit local villages
If you want an authentic, local experience, then visiting some remote towns and villages in Tibet is a good start. Try the charming border town of Zhangmu between Nepal and Tibet, the picturesque Bome village, or 'the town of happiness', aka Gyirong. You'll find that the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and you'll leave with a much better sense of what Tibet is really like.
Tibet Monastery
Check out monasteries and temples
The Tibetan people are incredibly spiritual, and therefore Tibet is full of magnificent monasteries and temples that the locals visit on a daily basis. If you want to visit a fort-like monastery, there's the Key Gompa in the Spiti Valley (google photos, as it looks like something out of an epic film), or the 'tiger's nest' aka Taktsang Monastery which is perched on the edge of a cliff.

Tours and experiences in Tibet

Tibet
Tibet Adventure
This is an epic journey from Beijing to Kathmandu and gives you a proper feel for the country. Highlights include walking the Great Wall of China, riding the Trans-Tibetan rail and trekking to Everest Base Camp.
15 days | From £2,699
Book Now
Tibet
High Road to Tibet
Discover Tibet on this unique cultural tour starting and finishing in Kathmandu. Highlights include visiting the historic Durbar Square, going to the world's highest monastery, and hiking to the Everest Base Camp - plus some free time to explore Kathmandu!
14 days | From £2,399
Book Now

Where is Tibet?

Some consider Tibet to be at the heart of Asia, as it borders India, Nepal, Bhutan and Burma and is located south west of China.

Is Tibet a part of China?

Central Tibet is an autonomous region of China - which means that although it is a part of the country, it is governed by a People's Government - the Chairman is usually a Tibetan.

What is the capital of Tibet?

The capital of Tibet is Lhasa, in the south east.

Looking for some more inspiration? Then head to our STA Travel Blog!

STA Travel Blog

9 foods to try in China that you (probably) won't find at your local takeaway

Read blog
STA Travel Blog

7 things not to miss in Hong Kong

Read blog
STA Travel Blog

Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting

Read blog