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Tibet - Roof of the World


The Abode of Snow

Humans inhabited the Tibetan Plateau at least 21,000 years ago. There are over 800 settlements in Tibet. Lhasa is Tibet's traditional capital and the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. It contains two world heritage sites – the Potala Palace and Norbulingka, which were the residences of the Dalai Lama.


  • Population: 3.145 million
  • Capital: Lasha
  • Area: 1,228,400 km²
  • Major Language: Tibetan
  • Major religions: Buddhist & Bon
  • Currency: Renminbi

The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, though tourism has become a growing industry in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism.

General Information
  • Visa & Entry Formality

    For traveling to Tibet, one of the first things you will need is a Chinese Tourist Visa. It is important that you NOT list Tibet as one of the destinations. It is important to understand that you are still able to go to other places in China, including Tibet, even if you don’t list them on your visa application. 

    When entering Tibet from Mainland China, you can apply for a Chinese tourist visa in your home country or at most other Chinese Embassies/Consulates across the globe. When entering Tibet from Nepal, you will have to obtain a Group Chinese Visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. You will not be able to use a Chinese Visa obtained from anywhere else, it must be from the Kathmandu Chinese Embassy. 

    Getting a Tibet Travel Permit

    A Tibet Travel Permit is similar to an entrance ticket. In addition to a Chinese Visa, all foreign travelers must also have a Tibet Travel Permit in order to enter Tibet. TTP’s are issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa and not by Chinese Embassies/Consulates. These permits are valid for the duration of your journey in Tibet. 

    Dzo Journey will fill out the paper work for your permit, submit it to the Tibet Tourism Bureau and then mail or email the permit to you so that you can board a flight or train to Tibet.

  • Best time to Visit Tibet

    The main feature of Tibetan climate is the great range of temperatures possible during a single day. The nights are cold with temperatures below 0°C, but it can be hot, up to 38°C at noon. Snow is rare except on the Himalayan border, but the winters are very harsh. July and August are the rainy months. The centre of Tibet has milder weather. The best time to visit Tibet is May and June and also in September and October when the weather is dry and sunny with mild temperatures during the day.

Trips we offer - Tibet