Hidden high on the roof of the world, Tibet is a land of golden monasteries, spectacular mountain scenery and a deep spiritual heritage that lives as much in our imagination as it does in the remote Himalaya.
Many travellers will be drawn to Tibet by the spectacular Buddhist temples, stunning high-altitude scenery or huge blue salt lakes. Epic journeys beckon everywhere, from the world’s highest railway trip to the classic overland drive across the Himalayas to Kathmandu in Nepal. A recurring highlight wherever you go is the Tibetan people, always quick with a smile, from visiting bands of pilgrims to nomads in their yak-hair tents.
Once the very definition of remote, arduous and forbidden travel, Tibet is now surprisingly well connected by road, plane and even rail links. Massive change is reshaping the politically troubled plateau and complicated travel restrictions make independent travel tricky, so check current regulations and the political situation before planning a trip.
Travellers to Tibet should check with tour operators or travel agents and monitor the international media and this travel advice for information relating to travel to Tibet.
Travellers should be aware that ongoing political and ethnic tensions can lead to the spontaneous eruption of unrest and violent protest in Tibet. While foreigners are not normally targeted during such unrest, travellers should remain alert to the possibility of being caught up in unexpected outbreaks of violence.
Travel to Tibet or the ethnic Tibetan provinces requires the permission of the Chinese authorities.