Visa for Tibet
Like every country, a valid passport and a set of visas (china group visa with Tibet permit) are required for visiting Tibet either by air or via land. The visa rates depend on the nationality of travelers. Himalayan Trekkers will arrange the required visa and permit for any kind of Tibet tours and treks.
Weather & Climate of Tibet
The weather is not that tough as people may imagine. Temperatures in the mountains and highlands are particularly cold, and strong winds are common year-round, temperature ranging from 12 degrees below Celsius to 9 degrees above Celsius. Lhasa and chief Tibet have an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius in December and a normal of 17 degrees Celsius in June. On a sunny day, the temperature can rise from 3 degrees Celsius earlier sunrise to 27 degrees Celsius by midday. The temperatures in Tibet frequently drop as the sun goes down.
April to November is considered the best time to travel to these areas like Central Tibet, including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tsedang, though July and August can be showery. October and November offer some superbly clear weather and daytime temperatures can be quite comfortable. Winter starts with December to February, but the low altitude gorges of Tibet (around Lhasa, Shigatse, and Tsedang) offers a snowfall.
Weather in Shigatse; with the yearly average sunshine time adding up to 3,300 hours, Shigatse weather is mild and sunny. It becomes windy and dry from October to next April.
Nagqu Weather in Tibet; average altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea level, Northern Tibet Grassland is typical sub-Frigid Zone weather with chilly, arid, lack of heat and oxygen.
Lhoka Tibet Weather; Dishonest in the Southern Tibet Valley, Shanna has a typical temperate arid climate. The annual sunshine duration amounts to more than 2,600 hours.
Linzhi Tibet Weather; Known as “Tibetan Jiangnan” and “the Switzerland of Tibet” weather in Nyingchi is completely different from other regions. Thanks to its lower elevation, Nyingchi has higher oxygen content, abundant rainfall, plenty of sunshine as well as the slighter temperature difference between day and night.
Lhasa/Tsedang: The climate and tourism amenities in these cities are quite decent, so you can visit as per your wish for those amazing experiences.
Shigatse /Gyrong/Nepal & China Border: It's not trending to travel from December to January due to heavy snows all around.
Mt. Everest Region: October to April, travelers are not directed to visit this part because of the low temperatures.
Mt. Kailash Region: You can adore the sensation of this area from May to September, excluding August where there may occur some landslides.
Mount Kailash Weather
The climate in the Mount Kailash region in the western curve of Tibet is not that easy to predict, it changes swiftly. No one is confident about those changing weather, one can see the pyramid-like peaks of Mount Kailash, the next day. The weather that we sorted out from the National Weather Bureau and from our first-hand experience are some of the main statistics for this reason. Mount Kailash Trekking, the area outside Darchen of trekking trails into mountains could be colder, particularly in the early morning and night.
Some travel tips based on Mount Kailash Weather:
1. The best flavor to visit the Mount Kailash is from mid-May to mid-October, however the precipitation in July and August are higher than in other months, yet, and it’s still very low related to a real “rainy season”.
2. April to October, warm outfits are always guided because of snowy weather, when trekking over the arduous Drolma-la Pass at the elevation of 5680 meters.
3. The perfect season for your visit Kailash will be from mid-May to June and September to mid-October if you still worry about the literal “rainy season” problem in July and August.
4. We will not recommend visiting this region from the 3rd week of October till the start of April.
East Tibet: Sidestep this area in the midwinter and in July and August due to heavy snows and occasional landslides.
North Tibet: Being an elevation at 4,500 meters above sea level, this region is best-loved during the warmer summer.
Lodging & Fooding
The food and drink in Tibet are similar to the people themselves - exclusive and with a very distinct character. Tibet has exclusive food and drinks due to its highland climate, religious & beliefs, and distinctive ethnic customs. Most people traveling to Tibet appreciate sampling authentic Tibetan food, but few can really get used to it. The most popular among the best are Featured cuisine, buttered tea, and ZanbaZanba.
It is also a great way to learn more about Tibetan philosophy, and there is no better way to get to know somebody than by breaking bread with them.
Most Recommended Tibetan Food You Should Try
- Tibetan Noodle (Thenthuk or Thukpa)
- Milk Curd and Yogurt
- Tibetan Sausages
- Momo as Tibetan dumplings
- Butter tea -Yak butter tea
- Beef and Mutton
Best Dining Areas
As Chinese food is considered as the most popular food for all around the world as like, the hotels in Tibet serve Tibetan food and the Tibetan restaurants along Eastern Beijing Road in Lhasa enjoy quite a reputation among visitors. Now in Tibet cities, Lhasa for example, tourists can also try Sichuan cuisine and Western-style dishes as well as Nepalese and Indian food in some hotel restaurants for your satisfaction.
Bars and Nightlife in Tibet
Usually, Tibetans would spend their evenings at Tibetan performances, or talking with friends and visiting the evening markets. More recently, it has become popular in Lhasa to approve a more western method to nightlife, which has given growth to a multitude of bars, resto-bars, and nightclubs, as well as the more calm tea houses, cafes, and cinemas. Among those ''Make Ame'' is considered as the most popular bar in the Lhasa Streets with classic Tibetan style offering the good views of Barkhor Street.
Tibet Travel Tips
What to Carry?
Truly, it will not be that important to pack a large backpack to Tibet unless you try to get more remote areas. Essential things are easily be found on the market of Lhasa. Packing the minimum, thus you can enjoy entirely your trip without extra burden are some of the important this be considered for your travel.
It is necessary to carry waterproof clothing and raingear meanwhile frequent rainfalls happen during the crowning tourism season of Tibet. A down coat and raincoat, 4-5 pairs of cotton or woolen underwear, 4-5 pairs of woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts are must for traveling to remote areas and in case the temperature varies extremely within a single day.
Also, you are highly recommended to wear casual shoes, such as walking shoes, hiking boots or comfortable sneakers as per your comfort.
Banking & Forex
Renminbi (RMB or CNY) is the official currency since there are few banking facilities (ATMs) in remote areas of Tibet, you are strongly recommended to take an adequate amount.
Souvenirs & Shopping
Rambling around Barkhor Street, your eyes will be amazed by the numerous kinds of handicrafts available such as ornaments, knives, tangka (A Tibetan religious painting on fabric, typically portraying the Buddha or lamas in stereotyped aspects) tapestries, religious musical instruments, gold and silverware, and masks.
There are many old replicas presented which are created in great numbers, but you can also find real treasures--precious natural gems, valuable porcelain ware, excavated ancient coins and relics from temples. Yak horns and the skulls of wild takin are very standard among tourists.
Note: Medicinal herbs such as saffron, aweto, and snow lotus are some types of tourists who tend to buy for their betterment.