Top 7 Cool Things to Do in Tibet:Be Proud to Have Done these when Traveling to Tibet

Last updated: July,22 2020

Tibet is an amazing land, where high Himalayan Mountains tower over ancient Buddhist monasteries, where the climb to the 17th century Potala Palace is a feat in itself, and where the mighty Mount Everest lies within reach.

There are a large number of cool things you can try while you are traveling in Tibet, so why not check out our list of the top things to do on the Roof of the World?


    Take a Train to Tibet

    Riding along the Qinghai-Tibet railway as you ascend thousands of meters to Tibet plateau is the journey of a lifetime.

    Traversing the World’s Highest Railway, you can depart from seven gateway cities in mainland China, and make your trip to Tibet a more awesome experience.

    Qinghai-Tibet Railway to TibetQinghai-Tibet Railway to Tibet

    All of the trains to Tibet run overnight, some including at least two nights on board, talking from 22 to 53 hours to reach Lhasa.

    Traveling this way is easier on the body, as you get chance to rest and relax on the trip, without worrying about stress or jet-lag from your international flights to China.

    And with amazing views and excellent services and facilities, it is like a home from home on the Tibet trains.

    Travel Tips for Taking a Train to Tibet

    It is suggested to take the train from Xining to Lhasa and stay in Xining for a few days before your journey. It can help you to acclimatize the high altitude easier.

    Don’t worry about the altitude sickness onboard. Each train to Tibet is equipped with two kinds of oxygen supply systems to ensure that the oxygen content on board is maintained.

    Instand Food on Tibet TrainsYou can bring some instand food, like the instand noodle, on Tibet trains.

    Books and games are useful to help pass the time on the train, as the long train journey to Tibet can be tedious in places.

    It is worth noting that the food on the trains usually only consists of Chinese and Tibetan dishes. So you can bring some instant noodles or snacks onboard if you don’t get used to Chinese food.

    Climb 432 Steps to the Potala Palace

    It is normal to visit the Potala Palace in a Tibet tour but do you know how cool it will be when you finish the 432 steps to reach the palace?

    Climb steps to the Potala PalaceClimb steps to the Potala Palace

    One of the cardinal landmarks of Lhasa, the Potala Palace lies at an altitude of around 3,719 meters, rising thirteen stories above the summit of Moburi, the Red Hill.

    With no lifts or escalators to help you, the climb to the Palace takes around half an hour, for someone who is moderately fit, and you will climb up 432 steps to reach the palace itself.

    So after visiting the Potala Palace, you will not only get a must-see spot but also climbed over 400 steps on a plateau approaching 3,800 meters above the sea level.

    Travel Tips for Visiting the Potala Palace

    It is a good idea to watch and pace yourself on the climb up to the palace, and while you tour around.

    While it may not seem like a large ascent, it is enough to bring on altitude sickness again.

    It is best to make the climb slowly, and use some comfortable shoes for the trip, to help ease your aching feet.

    Prostrate Yourself in front of the Jokhang Temple

    A uniquely Buddhist religious practice, the prostration is a major form of abeyance in Tibetan Buddhism and show reverence o the Buddha and the sacred site in front of which you are praying.

    Prostrations are also a method of cleansing the soul and purifying body, heart, and mind.

    Jokhang Temple in TibetJokhang Temple is the most sacred Tibetan Buddhists temple

    Nowhere can prostrations of the Tibetan Buddhists be seen better, than in front of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa.

    The most sacred man-made shrine in the region, this ancient 7th century temple is the center of this unique religion.

    While visiting the Jokhang Temple in your Lhasa city tour, you can learn how to make a prostration with a Tibetan local guide and experience the power of faith more deeply.

    Travel Tips for Prostration Experience in the Jokhang Temple

    The best time is early in the morning, when the temple is open for religious prayer, rather than the afternoon’s tourist time.

    It is possible for you to try prostrations while you are here, but you should remember that this is a devout religious ritual, and should not be taken lightly or joked about.

    Face to Face with Tibet Mastiff at Yamdrok Lake

    One of the largest breeds of dogs in the world, the Tibetan mastiff is a native breed to the region and can be found all over Tibet, especially in the camps of the nomadic herders.

    A vicious and dangerous animal, they are used to protect the yak herds from attack.

    Take a Tibet Mastiff photo at Yamdrok LakeTake a Tibet Mastiff photo at Yamdrok Lake

    Although they can be dangerous in the wild and unfamiliar surroundings, here at Yamdrok Lake, with their owners, they are as docile as normal pets.

    These beautiful and regal animals make for a great photo opportunity with the stunning view of Lake Yamdrok as your backdrop.

    The photo with a Tibetan Mastiff can be one of the coolest photos in your travel album.

    And your payment for the privilege of the photos supports the livelihoods of the dog owners. It is also a great way to help the locals during your Tibet tour.

    Facing the Top of the World at Everest Base Camp

    At around 5,150 meters above sea level, the infamous Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the pinnacle of mountain adventures.

    Lying in the desolate region of the Chomolungma National Park, this awesome campsite is the closest place you can get to Mount Everest from any side, without actually being on a mountaineering expedition.

    Visit Mount Everest in Rongbuk MonasteryView the summit of Mount Everest in Rongbuk Monastery

    The best places for a clear view of the summit of Mount Everest are the base camp and the nearby Rongbuk Monastery, where you can have the closest view of the Top of the world.

    Besides, on your way to the Everest Base Camp, you can have a panoramic view of Himalaya ranges with the five highest mountain peaks over 8000 meters, including Mt. Everest (8844.43m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), and Mt. Shishapangma (8012m).

    Travel Tips for Visiting Everest Base Camp

    The best time for an Everest base camp tour is from April to May and September to October, when the weather is at its best and you have less chance of clouds covering the peak.

    It is highly recommended to spend one night at the base camp, for the stunning starry skies view.

    Tibet Everest Base Camp stunning starry skies view in nightEnjoy the amazing starry night at Everest Base Camp in Tibet

    The accommodation is quite basic but manageable. You can bring your own sleeping bag if you do care about hygiene.

    Since it is a trip to the place over 5000 meters above the sea level, whenever you feel uncomfortable, especially during the night time, tell your travel guide immediately.

    Complete the Kora around Mount Kailash

    If you are looking for the ultimate in religious experiences in Tibet, then the three-day Kora Trek around the sacred Mount Kailash is the journey for you.

    An intense and arduous hike around the most sacred mountain in the world, this is not for the faint-hearted.

    The sacred Mount Kailash Kora TrekThe sacred Mount Kailash Kora Trek

    The Mountain Kailash Kora takes three days, and takes you to some of the most remote monasteries in the world, as well as climbing one of the highest manageable passes in Tibet, the Drolma La, at 5,630 meters.

    A hike of around 52 kilometers, you will spend your nights camping or staying in the basic accommodations in the monasteries of Drirapuk and Dzultripuk, but the journey is worth it, both mentally and spiritually.

    Travel Tips for Mount Kailash Kora

    It is best done in spring and autumn, from April to June and September to October, due to the harsh weather conditions in the region.

    You can hire porters to carry your gear, to make the high-altitude trekking a little easier.

    If you can time it right, making your Mount Kailash trip coincide with the devout Saga Dawa festival is an experience you should not miss out on.

    It’s COOL to travel to Tibet!

    Whatever you want to see and wherever you want to go, when you step on the land of Tibet, it is pretty cool in itself!

    No matter where you travel in this high religious haven, you can find yourself on some adventurous quest for an obscure monastery, or a high mountain peak, or exploring the shores of a lake thousands of meters in the sky and thousands of kilometers from home.

    Making this cool dream come true is not that hard either.

    The first thing is to apply for Tibet travel permit, which is a must for entering Tibet.

    Tibet Travel PermitTibet Travel Permit

    Then, you can book your flight or train to Tibet. Recently, you can only take the flight to Tibet from Nepal and mainland China.

    If you want to travel to Tibet by train, you can only get to mainland China first, and take the train to Tibet through Qinghai-Tibet railway.

    To make all things easier, you can travel with us. We can do almost everything for you, such as getting the Tibet Travel Permit, Tibet tour arrangement, Tibet flight and train ticket booking, and so on.

    When you travel with us, you travel in safe and hassle-free.


    Tibet has long been a land of mystery and mysticism, full of tales about devout Buddhist monks, ancient deities, mythical stories, and the lost land of Shangri La.

    To travel to Tibet is a kind of lifetime adventure, which is full of unexpected and unusual experiences.

    How to explore the cool destination? Anything to make the normal travel much more unforgettable?

    You can travel with us, to explore the different aspects hidden in the ordinary travel in Tibet. To make the coolest page in your travel journal.

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