Central Tibet Tour Overview
Central Tibet Tour is an exciting and interesting tour with magnificent trip routes, giving you a true insight into the mystic Tibetan land along with the pristine scenery and landscapes. This tour of 9 nights and 10 days will give you a clear picture of the country with its religion, culture, traditions, hospitality, and inhabitants. The scenery and landscapes are very impressive.
Firstly, Tibet is awarded the world's largest and highest plateau, also known as the "roof of the world". Then the Tibetan myths and mythology provide ecstasy and excitement to all visitors. Tibet is home to the distinctive Tibetan Buddhist culture, spiritual landscape, amazing wildlife, and towering peaks.
While Tibet as a whole is a wholesome country to visit, the Central Part of Tibet is a must-visit place for those travel enthusiast who loves to explore the uniqueness and are interested in mysticism. So, we Himalayan Trekkers have designed a trip to the popular places of the central part of Tibet and named it Central Tibet Tour. It is also believed that the original Tibetan race originated in central Tibet, giving a special flavor to this trip. In addition to that, the Central Tibet Tour really helps you get a greater insight into the nation, its landscapes, its culture, heritage, religion, and inhabitants.
We will have the opportunity to see the renowned places of Tibet like Norbulinkha Palace, Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Market in Lhasa, Samye Monastery in Tsedang, Tashilunpho Monastery in Shigatse, Gyantse Monastery and Khumbum Stupa in Gyantse along with snow-capped mountains of Nyenchen Thanglha, holy lake Yamdrok, authentic Tibetan villages, and nomadic people.
As this trip starts from Kathmandu, you will also get a glimpse of Kathmandu’s culture, arts, and architecture. You will get to explore the UNESCO World Heritage of the Kathmandu Valley such as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, and Durbar Squares as well as get to gain a hiking experience in one of the most popular and beautiful hills in Kathmandu.
So, if you are interested to discover this unexplored particular region then pack your back and join us to create some beautiful memories and experiences.
Central Tibet Tour Highlights
- Opportunity to get a brief insight into the history, culture, art, and architecture of Kathmandu by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Experience one of the most adventurous and scenic flight journeys from Kathmandu to Tibet over the Himalayas.
- A great chance to explore the “Roof of the World” which is also a “once forbidden kingdom”.
- Get a better understanding of Tibetan art, culture, tradition, and custom.
- Visits to numerous, ornately decorated monasteries inspired by Tibetan art and architecture.
- Enjoy the mesmerizing views of the holy Yamdrok Lake and mountains from the Gampala/Kampala Pass and Karo La Pass.
- Explore the well-known central Tibetan cities of Lhasa, Gyantse, and Tsedang along with a day in Shigatse.
Best Time to do the Central Tibet Tour
Tibet, which is perched high on a plateau, spends most of the year in cold temperatures and frost. And only during the summers, do daytime temperatures average about 70 degrees. Additionally, summertime has the largest oxygen content, which makes adjusting to the altitude simpler. As a result, Tibet is best visited between June and August.
However, spring and autumn are also great times for Tibet Tours including this Central Tibet Tour. The nights are colder than in the summer months, but you can avoid the summer crowds in these seasons. Also, the weather is mostly bright, blue, and warm enough to reach the double digits and some of the vistas are even better than in summer times.
Traveling to Tibet in winter can be challenging because the temperature drops quickly and stays low until the beginning of spring. You might have a harder time breathing and some restaurants may close for the season due to snowy roads blocking access to isolated destinations. But, as for the Central Tibet Tour, it is possible to do it in winter too because this trip covers places with permanent accommodations and the road blockade percentages are also low. On top of that, Yamdrok Tso Lake which is a part of Central Tibet is more than outstanding in winter. It is partially frozen, giving you the impression of flowing water, a frozen lake surface, and icy waves against the surrounding snow-capped mountains
Required Permits to do the Central Tibet Tour
Travelers are required to obtain the following three permits to explore the central part of Tibet.
1. Chinese Group Visa
While entering Tibet from Nepal, a Chinese Group Visa is mandatory which is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Any kind of visa for China that is obtained elsewhere other than Nepal would be invalid. Also, Individual visitors cannot obtain visas from the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu by themselves. Only those who have reservations for tours from an authorized travel agency are eligible and the agency will obtain it on behalf of the travelers once they arrive in Nepal as to obtain the visa, original passports are required. Also note that it takes 3-4 working days to obtain the visa, so you must be in Kathmandu 3-4 days prior to your departure to Tibet.
2. Tibet Travel Permit
Once you confirm and book the trip and travel plan with us, you will need to send us the scanned copy of your passport and photo. Then we send those documents to our Tibet travel partner and they submit those papers to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB). Once TTB checks and grants the permit, our Tibet Travel Partner will obtain them. Your Tibetan guide will keep it with him throughout the Tibet trip and he will show it where required.
3. Alien Travel Permit
If your trip covers only Lhasa, only the Chinese Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit are necessary. But when you are traveling to any place other than Lhasa, Alien Travel Permit is mandatory. It is easy to obtain this permit because it takes only 1-2 hours to obtain it after you are in Tibet. But, your guide should be the one to obtain it with your original passport, the Chinese Group Visa, and Tibet Travel Permit.
Note: All these permit costs’ are included in this package.