How To Plan
Tibet’s geography is very diverse, creating a unique environment. Tibet’s climate is severely dry with little humidity and strong winds often whip through the barren landscape. During the summer months, it is almost unbearably hot while in the winter, it is quite the opposite. It is always the travelers’ choice of when to visit Tibet but the most popular months are between April and November.
Based on your interests, it is very important to pick the right season for which you would prefer to travel. Many people would like to spend most of their time trekking through the Himalayan range so Spring or Fall would be the best times to do that. Some people would like to see many festivals so the Summer months would be ideal for those individuals. And still some, with a more adventurous spirit, would enjoy braving the cold during the Winter months.
The Tibetan plateau is as large as Western Europe and has about as many wonderful sites to see as well. One may wish to travel the whole plateau in a single trip but unfortunately this is just not possible. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a plan of where to visit and what to see. Tibet itself is conveniently divided into seven geographical regions: Lhasa(the capital city), Central Tibet (Kyichu Valley), Southern Tibet, Western Tibet(the lower and upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river and its lateral valleys), Northern Tibet (Jangthang Plateau); Far-Western Tibet(Ngari), Eastern Tibet(Kham); and Far-East Tibet (Amdo), but there are certain parts of Tibet that travelers are prohibited to visit.
It is often said that the choice of times to visit and places to visit can make any trip either a fulfilling one or a miserable one. Everyone has different interests so it is important to travel according to those interests. At Explore Tibet, it is our job to design a trip with your needs and wants in mind. So please, send us an email letting us know when you would like to go and what you would like to see or experience. We love listening to what our clients have to say and making these trips as enriching as possible.
As much as you want to get away from things like computers and enjoy your trip in Tibet, finding ways to stay in touch with family and friends back home are essential. Most cities like Lhasa and Shigatse have internet cafes where you can send and receive emails before leaving for remote areas. You can make phone calls from public telephones (VOI) that cost as little as 10-cents per minute. If you need to be able to receive more frequent phone calls, purchasing a local SIM card for your unlocked phone (or you can buy a basic phone in China for ~ 500 rmb) would be the best option. Surprisingly, cell phones have decent reception in most major towns and even in some surrounding villages of Lhasa. The Chinese cell phone companies (mainly China Telcom and China Mobile) keep installing more cell phone towers. Alternately, you may want to send family members the phone number of your tour guide where you can receive phone calls. Remind callers of information sensorship in China and be careful about what you say or send.
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