What is the best time to travel to Tibet ?
April to October is the best time to travel, and peak season is from May to September.
November to March - Very cold
The climate in Tibet can be extreme varying from 25ºC. in the day time to 5ºC to 10ºC. at night. Winds blow at a speed of 50-60km. per hour.
From October to March warm clothes are required to fight the frosty cold and from April-September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However, a jacket and sweater are advised throughout the years as the weather may unexpectedly changes at any time.
The recommended items are: A domestic first aid kit, water purification tablets (mineral water can be bought as well) toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sun glasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes. A good guide book on Tibet, Kathmandu - Lhasa route map Details of Clothes and other Accessories.
From May to September, we advise you to carry light clothes such as T-shirts and Jeans. However, from October to April, warm clothes are advisable.
Tibet Money & Banking
Tibet uses the Chinese Renminbi (RMB), or CNY. Detailed currency exchange guide please kindly check this link for reference: http://www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html
ATMs are available in Lhasa and Shigatse area. The Bank of China accepts Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express and Plus. The Agricultural Bank accepts Visa, Plus and Electron. Check before trying your card as many ATMs can only be used by domestic account holders. The maximum amount you can withdraw per transaction is RMB2000/per day.
Money Exchange & Credit Card in Tibet
Bank of China is the only place to change foreign currency and travelers cheques. The currencies of Australia, Canada, the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, the euro zone and most of the rest of Western Europe are acceptable at the Lhasa Bank of China. Some 4 to 5-star hotels in Lhasa also have exchange services for guests. The official rate please kindly check this link for reference: http://www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html
Outside of Lhasa, the only other locations to change money are in Shigatse, Zhangmu, Purang (cash only) and Ali, and at the airport on arrival. Other than that, credit card acceptance is rare. This will undoubtedly change in the future but, right now, it means that you need to use cash for most transactions.
Lhasa Central Branch of Bank of China is the only place to officially change RMB back into foreign currency. You will need your original exchange receipts. It is not possible change RMB into dollars at Lhasa Gongkar airport.
Moneychangers at Zhangmu (by the Nepal border) will change RMB into Nepali rupees and vice versa. RMB can also easily be reconverted in Hong Kong and many Southeast Asian countries.
Budget in Tibet
Living cost of Tibet is much cheaper than western countries, might be slightly higher than some Asian countries such as India or Vietnam. So, the cost is relative depending on from where you arrive. The common meal cost in Tibet is around USD7/per person per meal.
Hotels in Tibet
With the rapid development of Tibet tourism, various levels of hotels are established recent years. Tourists making a Tibet tour could choose the accommodation according to your own budget. The most important thing you should noticed is that the facilities and services of hotels in Tibet may not up to standard comparing with other hotels in other places
You can also find some kinds of guesthouses in Tibet. One is the twin room with or without the bathroom in it. The other is triple, four-bed rooms, and more beds rooms named dormitory which all have no private bathroom in them. Former one can be easily found in Lhasa and Shigatse, while later one is often the choice in remote area in Tibet.
This page aims at introducing the noted hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Zhangmu, Tingri & EBC and Nyingchi for you who are planning to pay a visit to Tibet.
How to Get to Tibet
Currently tourists can get to Tibet via trains, flights, or overland travel for following cities:
1) Flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Kunming, Shangri-la, Guangzhou, Nepal
2) Trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xian, Xining, Lanzhou.
3) Overland travel from Kathmandu, Nepal.
A: Sometime why visitors book the flight or train to or out of Tibet, the internet booking platform might refuse the booking from visitors, so we would suggest clients to book the flight or train from us as the booking platforms do not refuse the booking from a travel agent.
B: The overland travel route from Sichuan/Qinghai/Yunnan provinces to Tibet is forbidden to foreign visitors, only Chinese visitors are allowed to travel by car from these provinces to Tibet.
C: The soft sleeper train to Tibet is very limited tickets and on hot demand, usually it is hard to buy from internet especially in peak season, so travel agencies mainly buy the train tickets from their long-term cooperated ticket scalpers by paying additional booking fee.