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How Much Does it Cost to Travel to Tibet? [2024]

In this post, we’ve put together for you a quick summary of sample costs of some common Tibet tour packages.

Chinese companies are usually cheaper, but be careful about making a choice based on price in the Tibet travel market.

With those cheapie tours, you definitely get what you pay for!

We recently heard from a traveler who took the cheap path and who regretted her decision when she realized the service with her company was so poor. She actually wanted to change companies, but it was too late. We hate to hear this, and would so much rather introduce you to a great, fair-priced agency to start with.

Paying a fair price to a reliable, Tibetan-owned company when you visit Tibet means supporting local, Tibetan-owned businesses, and the Tibetan guides and drivers they hire.

Pricing for Common Tibet Tour Packages

Tibetan Money

The prices on this page are estimates, based on double occupancy. The supplemental cost for having a single room can run from $200 to $400 or more USD, depending on the trip. No flights or trains are included.

If you need help for any of these tours, a free referral for a reliable Tibetan-owned agency, and precise costs for your specific journey, contact us here

2024 Travel Advisory: 

China is piloting visa-free programs for certain countries for entry to China, but all international travelers to Tibet also require a special Tibet permit.

US travelers must have both a Chinese visa (which you get on your own in the US) and a special Tibet travel permit, which you must get from an official Tibet travel agency. Starting January 1, 2024, China is simplifying the visa process for Americans, removing required proof of round-trip flights, hotel reservations and itinerary.

If you need help traveling to Tibet, ask us for an introduction to a reliable Tibetan travel agency here, at no cost to you.

Small Group Tours

Note: If you are a single traveler, please send a inquiry, and our recommended agents will organize you to join with other clients.

Everest Base Camp Adventure

Tibet Tour Packages: Everest Base Camp Tibet

8-day journey to Everest Base Camp, starting in Lhasa and including highlights of Central Tibet.

Note: There are fixed date departures basically every week starting mid-April to October.

Everest Base Camp Easier Acclimatizing

Everest Base Camp on the Tibet Side.

This 10-day journey to Everest Base Camp that allows you more time to adjust to high elevation. Highly recommended!

Note that the price of this tour depends on the number of people in your group. (If you want to go alone, you need to book a private tour. )

Low Season: January to June, and mid-Oct. to December

High Season: July to mid-October

Mount Kailash Trek

Tibet tour packages: Dolma La Pass on Mount Kailash

15-day journey to Mount Kailash that includes 3-day trek around the holy mountain and many of the highlights of Central Tibet.

Lhasa Highlights

Lhasa Tibet: Potala Palace at night
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

At 4 days, the Lhasa highlights tour is the shortest trip to Central Tibet you can take.

Tibet-Nepal Overland Journey

Boudhanath Temple Kathmandu Nepal

Classic 8-day journey that takes you from Lhasa to the Nepal border, including Everest Base Camp. Learn more about this popular Tibet-Nepal package.

Cultural Tibet

Monks at Shalu Monastery in Tibet

6-day journey to Lhasa and stunning destinations nearby. Learn more from our favorite, most reliable, Tibetan-owned agency. Ask us to introduce you here.

Private Tours

Everest Base Camp

Everest: Altitude Sickness Prevention

Journey to Everest Base Camp, starting in Lhasa and including highlights of Central Tibet. (8 days or more, customizable)

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage

Tibet tour packages: Mount Kailash tour

For a solo private tour prices will likely exceed $2500 USD for a 15-day tour. If you are interested, please fill out the inquiry form here.

Horse Trek in Kham

Riding horse in the water

19-day journey on horseback with a company that specializes in horse trekking.

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10 responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Travel to Tibet? [2024]”

  1. Wilfredo Pena-Flores Avatar
    Wilfredo Pena-Flores

    Hello Dear,
    A couple questions:
    1.- I am interested in the 4 Days Lhasa Highlights during high season, just one person but I would like to be part of a group tour. Is that Possible? Can you provide a description of the tour? Prices?
    2.- If my understanding that I have to have a Visa to enter China and the Special permit to enter Tibet. Question: While requesting the Visa to Enter China, do I need to request the permit for Tibet, also?
    Thank you for your attention,

    1. Hi Wilfredo!
      We’re happy to give you an introduction to a Tibetan travel agency who can help you go on a group tour for the 4 Days trip to Lhasa. Just fill out this form: https://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/referral.html No, you don’t need to ask for the Tibet permit when you get your Chinese visa. In fact, you should not mention Tibet on your Chinese visa application. Your Tibetan agent will handle the permit. Cheers!
      Yolanda and Lobsang

  2. Nancy Avatar

    Hi I have been quoted a huge amount for a 12 day private tour in And around Lhasa and monasteries around U Tsang- $3200- seems excessive to me. Everything included but not flight. Can you comment? Thanks

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Sorry for the long time in replying. We asked our Lhasa agents and they said it is hard to know without knowing the whole itinerary and the time of year. If you fill out the travel request form here (no cost) our agents will give you a quote for that trip. https://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/referral.html
      Best to you,

  3. I plan to go to Kham and Amdo next June. So could you please share the contact of your agency.
    My mail mgyalo (at) gmail.com

    1. Hi, We have replied by email. Cheers!

  4. Last July we made a 22 day Kham and Amdo private tour from Chengdu to Xining, 9 people with 3 Pajeros, 3 drivers and 2 guides. We asked for quotes for full board trip (including everything, also food) from 6 Tibetan owned agencies and the prices varied between 4050€ and 2265€. Even the cheapest offer, which we chose, worked just fine. Looking at the prices of hotels and food and considering the salary levels in Tibet the agency still must have made a decent profit. Lesson learnt: bargain and ask around.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Petrus!

    2. Michelle Lu Avatar
      Michelle Lu

      Hi! Would you be able to share which agency you went with in the end? I am planning to go in April with a friend and looking at a 10 day from Lhasa to EBC and back. But similar to you, I am perplexed as to why there are huge price discrepancies. So I would rather go with the recommendations of past travellers. Hope you would be able to help.

      1. Hi Michelle, We have sent your travel request to a great Tibetan owned agency. You will hear back shortly!

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