Detailed Guide About Where Is Tibet and How to Get to Tibet

For numerous travelers, the highlight of Tibet will be of mysterious cultural beliefs - Tibetan Buddhism that features a number of rituals and spiritual practices. Apart from this, its unique geography, abundant flora and fauna sources, as well as fabulous natural landscape also catch the eyes of people all over the world.

The Pilgrim in Tibet

To catch a glimpse of this holy land, a lot of people travel thousands of miles away from their home to Tibet. No matter you’ve already been to Tibet or get ready to go, Tibet always remains a dream destination. Where is Tibet located and how can you travel to this mythical realm? If you have no idea, let BudgetTibetTour tell you the specific location of Tibet before you going there.

Where Is Tibet?
Where Is Tibet Located on the Map of the World
Surrounding Areas of Tibet ( Chinese Provinces and Neighboring Countries)
How to Get to Tibet ?
Travel From Chinese cities to Tibet
Travel From countries neighbouring Tibet

Where Is Tibet?

The Tibetan Plateau is also known as the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau or Himalayan Plateau which is situated in southwestern part of China. It is the westernmost autonomous region among the Chinese provinces. In the world map, it is located in the Middle East Asia. For more detailed information about the location of Tibet, you can refer to the following text.

Where Is Tibet Located on the Map of the World

Tibet in the World Map

Location: Located in the southwestern part of China and in the Middle East Asia.
Total Area: 1,228,400 square km, covering 12.8 % land of China
Average Height: The average altitude of Tibet is above 4000 km. It is also called “the Roof of the World”.
Capital City: Lhasa (3658m), with about 560 thousands of people, is the largest city of Tibet. (the second large city is Shigatse)
6 Prefectures: Besides its capital city Lhasa, it has 6 prefectures, respectively, Shigatse, Ngari, Shannan, Nagqu, Nyingchi, Chamdo.
4 Neighboring Provinces in China: Xinjiang to the North, Qinghai to the northeast, Sichuan to the East, Yunnan to the Southeast.
4 Neighboring Countries :India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar.
Language: Tibetan and Mandarin Chinese.
Main Ethnic Groups: 90% are Tibetans, 8% are Han, 2% are other ethnic groups like Hui, Mongolian and Yi nationality.
Traditional Food: Tsampa, butter tea, yak, goat, mutton, Tibetan momo, Droma sho etc.
Religion: The predominant religion of Tibet is Buddhism, which plays a key role in shaping the culture of Tibet.
Economy: Agriculture and animal husbandry plays a dominate role in Tibet’s economy.
7 Well-Known Mountains: Mt. Kailash, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt.Shishapangma, Mt. Everest and Mt. Namche Barwa.
5 Major Rivers: Yarlung Tsangpo, Yellow River, Lancang River, Nu River and Indus River.
Attractions: Potala Palace, Mount Kailash, Jokhang Temple, Lake Manasarovar, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc.
Wildlife: Wild yak, snow leopard, Tibetan antelope, black-necked crane, wild ass, wolf, marmot,Tibetan gazelle, vulture, etc.
Mineral Deposits: Borax, uranium, iron, chromium,etc.
Tibet Transportation: Airlines and railways.

Surrounding Areas of Tibet ( Chinese Provinces & Neighboring Countries)

Located on the world’s biggest and highest plateau, Tibet looks like a huge dragon that runs across the desert, over the mountains, through the valleys. It borders the 4 Chinese provinces as well as 4 countries. These bordering places also have some special attractions that worth to go.

Neighboring Chinese Provinces to Tibet

Neighboring Chinese Provinces to Tibet

Neighboring Provinces : Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan.
Attractions in Xinjiang: Sayram Lake, Jiangbulak Scenic Spot,
Karez Well, Southern Pasture, Erdaoaqiao Grand Bazaar, Jiaohe Ancient City, Grape Valley, etc.
Attractions in Qinhai: Qinghai Lake, Sun & Moon Mountain, Kanbula National Forest Park, Lijia Gorge, Taer Monastery, Chaka Salt Lake , etc.
Attractions in Sichuan: Jiuzhaigou valley, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Mount Qingcheng, etc.
Attractions in Yunnan: Lijiang Ancient Town, Shangri-La (the Lost Paradise), Dali(Bai culture), Kunming (the Spring city), Yuanyang Rice Terrace (the World Heritage).

Countries neighbor to Tibet

Neighboring Countries to Tibet

Neighboring Countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar.
Attractions in India: The Taj Mahal, The Holy City of Varanasi, Jaisalmer (The Golden City), New Delhi, etc.
Attractions in Nepal: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Bodhnath, Pokhara, etc.
Attractions in Bhutan: Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Zuri Dzong Hike, Uma Paro Hotel, etc.
Attractions in Myanmar: Bagan, Golden Rock, Shwedagon Pagoda, Taung Kalat, etc.

How to Get to Tibet ?

No matter you wander around one bustling Tibetan street, hike up to picturesque mountains, or linger in a tranquil monastery, you will be surely attracted by the fascinating scenery in Tibet. Say to here, you probably can’t wait to go. If you want to travel into Tibet, there are no other but only two directions for you: travel from Chinese cities to Tibet & Travel from Nepal to Tibet.

Mount Kailash in Tibet

Note: If you are a non-Chinese citizenship tourist, you will be required to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit (also known as Tibet Visa or Tibet Permit) before entering Tibet, and you must book a Tibet tour organized by a certified travel agency like BudgetTibetTour with a local tour guide included also.

Travel From Chinese cities to Tibet

If you are now already in Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu, you have choices to go Tibet by air, train or car. Besides these modes of transportation, self-drive from Chengdu, Xining or Yunnan to Tibet is getting more and more popular. No matter which mean of transportation you choose to Tibet, you will never regret having this trip.

Routes from Chinese cities to Lhasa

What follows you can see available train travel routes from Chinese cities to Lhasa, a train tour to Tibet is regarded as the most economic ans scenic way to access Tibet.

Route 1: Xining to Lhasa > Route 5: Guangzhou to Lhasa >
Route 2: Beijing to Lhasa > Route 6: Chongqin to Lhasa >
Route 3: Shanghai to Lhasa > Route 7: Lanzhou to Lhasa >
Route 4: Chengdu to Lhasa >

From Counties Neighbour to Tibet

Besides traveling from Chinese cities to Tibet, you can also choose to enter Tibet from the neighboring countries like Nepal, India and Bhutan.

Kathmandu to Lhasa International Flight Route

Until now, Nepal is the only neighboring country that open the airline to Tibet. If you wan to enter Tibet from India or Bhutan, you can travel to Nepal first and then fly to Tibet.


Tibet is one province in the southwestern part of China with neighbouring countries including Nepal, India, Bhutan and Myanmar. Currently, there are both railways and flights available from Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and etc) to Lhasa, Tibet. Meanwhile, tourists can also enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal by air and car. No matter which direction you choose to enter Tibet, you have to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit in addition to Chinese visa. Hope you have got the picture where is Tibet and how to get to Tibet. If you have any other questions about Tibet, just leave your comments below. It will be a pleasure to help you out.

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. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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