In Tibet, uncover a combination of stunning natural scenery, immersive culture and historical temples. Your heart, mind and spirit will be opened to the friendliness and mysticism of this remarkable region and we'll help you plan a trip to remember.
Unique and Memorable Experiences
While every part of this trip will be a great adventure, you'll especially love the chance to witness the daily morning monk chants at the further afield Pabongka Monastery. Here you'll also experience meditating in a 14th century cave – truly not to be missed. Visiting the Sera monastery, you'll observe the "monk debates" or young monks in training who pair up daily for 2 hours to ask each other questions in a lively courtyard. Tibetan pilgrims will be walking alongside of you wearing the brightly colored and authentic local dress from various regions across this land. Insider Tip: Make sure to taste the Sweet Yak’s Milk Tea- a Tibetan tradition that is found throughout the Himalayan foothills.
Where to Stay
Ready to experience luxury? Then you’ll want to stay at Virtuoso preferred property, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, within walking distance of the major temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lhasa. Make sure to enjoy a cocktail on their upper floor lounge or outdoor patio and witness the setting sun’s warm light over the stunning Potala Palace.
Reach New Heights
We recommend 3 days and 4 nights in Lhasa and to allow for some time to explore the Himalayan foothills nearby, including a visit to the crystal blue Yamdrok Lake for breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Considered Tibet's most sacred lake, Yamdrok is located 15,000 feet above sea level — be sure to bring a "well wishes" scarf (available at your hotel or the local markets) to add to the nearby prayer flags.
Know Before You Go
You’ll be walking at high altitude all day which takes a physical toll. The first few days you’ll want to consider a slower pace than you may be used to. Also, Tibet requires a tourist permit with plenty of lead time. We recommend utilizing a local tour company such as our partners, WildChina. Insider Tip: Don’t forget to pack chapstick and lotion. This region has very little humidity in the air and your skin will thank you.
You've travelled this far, why not add the city of Beijing to your itinerary? At the top of our list is The Forbidden City, constructed by the Ming Dynasty in 1420 — you'll spend hours stepping back in time, admiring the architecture, and soaking in the fascinating stories of this grand complex. Beginning in 2020, the Qianlong Garden—said to hold “some of the most significant, exquisitely designed interiors to survive relatively unchanged from imperial China”—will open to visitors for the very first time since its creation centuries ago.