Despite the controversy surrounding its sovereignty, a tour of Tibet has much to reward the curious visitor. Our specialists have a deep respect and a passion for this enigmatic land — its multi-faceted, pervasive Buddhism, its outpost-like towns, and its Himalaya landscapes. They’ll plot a course that can take you to Lhasa to visit the long-empty white-and-gold wedding cake of the Potala Palace. And then there are even less developed places such as Gyantse’s old town, a living repository of traditional Tibetan architecture.
They’re also brimming with ideas for how to see Tibetan culture at its most undiluted, suggesting experiences that you can easily weave into your own holiday to Tibet. You can watch monks debate with unexpected vociferousness at some of Tibet’s most beguiling and oldest monasteries. You can camp and stargaze by isolated ice-blue lakes. Or, you can make the short-day trek from Rongbuk Monastery for a back-door view of Everest few people will ever see.
Suggested itineraries for Tibet
These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to Tibet could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Our expert guides to travelling in Tibet
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Tibet. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Tibet at its best.
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