You are here Home > Tibet Tour Blog

Tours to Tibet from the U.S.

Time:21-03-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Tibet is one of the most mysterious and spectacular places to visit. Lying on the world’s highest plateau, it boasts magnificent landscapes and beautiful cities, perfect both for backpacking adventurers and city-dwelling travelers.

While far away from the United States, Tibet is still one of the most affordable places to visit and can fit any budget. So, if you want to experience something completely different and exciting, while saving a few pennies, Tibet is the best place for you.

Let’s take a look at everything Tibet has to offer.


Potala Palace in Tibet

Before You Start

As a foreigner traveling to Tibet, you’ll need to get a Tibet permit. Independent traveling is not allowed there, so you’ll want to find a Tibet travel agency, and arrange your journey through that.

It might seem like a lot of hard work to apply for permits and await approval, but it’s actually much easier than it sounds. When you book a tour with a Tibet travel agency, your tour operator will handle all permits, and can even handle your accommodation, food, tours, and your overall travel inside Tibet.

If you’re more of an outdoorsy type who’d like to hike mountains and trek through different trails, you should check with your tour operator about the best seasons for those activities.

Travel Options to Tibet

If you travel to Tibet from China, you can decide whether you’d like to travel on a domestic flight or a train.

The plane is your fastest and most comfortable option, however, if you want to enjoy the view, opt for the train. A train offers cost-effective transportation for travelers on a budget, and you’re sure to enjoy the entire experience.

During your train ride, you’ll be traveling on the highest railroad in the world, and you’ll get to see spectacular scenery.


Train to Tibet

Most Notable Places to See

Tibet’s friendly people are highly religious, and you’ll see devout Buddhists, Hindus, and the followers of the Bon religion, among others. The importance of religion will be seen in Tibet’s buildings, as you’ll come across countless beautiful monasteries.

One that you should definitely visit is the Samye Monastery. Samye monastery is considered to be one of the most important monasteries in the Himalayas, and having been founded in the 8th century, it’s Tibet’s first monastery.

Lhasa

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, and no journey would be complete without a visit to the capital. It’s a large city that you’ll enjoy exploring. You’ll get to visit amazing restaurants that serve traditional Tibetan food, go sightseeing, and more.

The most iconic structure in Lhasa is the Potala Palace which dominates the skyline. The Old Town in Lhasa is home to the Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s holiest temple, which will take your breath away.

Mt. Everest & Mt. Kailash

The north base camp of Mt. Everest in Tibet offers a spectacular view. The overland journey from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is the most popular tour, and you won’t regret taking it.


Mount Kailash in Tibet

Another amazing site is Mount Kailash, which is considered to be a highly spiritual place as it is a common destination for pilgrims.

Tibet is home to countless pristine lakes, amazing mountains, beautiful architecture, and more. It’s a perfect destination for any U.S. traveler. Book your tour  from the U.S. today!

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Pa*** from: Can I apply for the Chinese Group Visa if I travel only by myself alone?
October 16, 2019 12:26

I want to take the train from Lanzhou to Lhasa on the 12th of Nov. 2019 and need a permit for Tibet. I want to spend 5-6 days in Lhasa. I need to book a train ticket and accommodation I am a U.S. citizen and a solo traveler. My 4th time to China.

Please help!! I have had no success with other tour agencies.

Answered by Nancy
October 17, 2019 02:03

Dear Ms. Pa***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. From your travel time, here we recommend one 6 days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities group tour to you, and we currently have one departure date on 14th of November. Taking train from Lanzhou to Lhasa will cost you about 24 hours, and we are happy to help you book train ticket. Please kindly note that there is no "permit-only" or "accommodation-only" service, foreign tourists are not allowed to travel Tibet alone, you have to book a pre-organized tour including guide, car, and hotel as well. As you are only one person, joining a group tour is the most economical way. We will prepare guide, car, accommodation, Tibet permit for you. Applying for Tibet Permit requires copy of your passport and Chinese visa, and it usually takes about 15-20 days, if you want to join our tour, please send copy of your passport and visa to us quickly. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Best regards.

Email to Nancy about any question or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side

Travelers’ Reviews on Us