Explore Tibet Issues Tibet Travel Advice
2013-01-23

Preparing for international Tibet travel can be daunting task, but careful planning can eliminate risks and hassles. Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based travel agency, has put together guidelines for packing and preparing for a Tibet tour. Here are a few things to remember: 

 

 

 

 

  • Pack light. Even for long trips it is essential to pack with a minimum of clothes and other supplies, because luggage will sometimes be carried by hand, possibly in steep or rugged terrain. One medium to large backpack or rolling duffel and a day pack should be enough for a 2-4 week trip. Explore Tibet suggests that travelers test the weight of their bags by packing them then carrying them several blocks. If they feel heavy it would be wise to remove non-essential items.
  • Tibetans dress conservatively and visitors should do the same. For men and women shorts are inappropriate, and jeans or skirts are recommended instead.
  • Travelers should be prepared to wash and rinse their own clothing. In the summer and spring the strong sunlight and arid environment dry clothes out quickly. Consider packing a portable clothesline.

 

Because of the high altitude, it’s important to bring appropriate cold weather gear. Some areas of Tibet can get wet and muddy, so travelers should check with their agent about appropriate weather gear for their destination. 
Essential clothing, basics: 

  • 1 pair of hiking boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Sleeping bag and insulation pad
  • Rain gear (waterproof pants and jacket)
  • 3-5 t-shirts
  • 1 lightweight fleece or wool sweater
  • 2 pairs of nylon pants
  • 5-7 pairs of socks (polypropylene or wool are recommended)
  • 3-5 pairs of underwear
  • Wide-Brimmed Hat
  • Swimsuit (for hot springs)
  • Bandannas
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Lightweight thermal shirts or long underwear ( recommended but not required)
Essential personal items, basics: 
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses (very important)
  • Personal toiletries, including lotion, lip balm and sun block
  • Personal medication
  • Camera, batteries and film or digital memory cards
  • Adapter and surge protector
  • Cloth or tarp for ground (recommended but not required)
  • Personal music player
  • Journal
  • Binoculars
  • Money belt
  • Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, jerky and dried fruit are good options)

 

More details: https://www.exploretibet.com

Rather than carrying too much gear with them on an international journey, travelers should consider renting gear in-country. They should check with their agency about availability and fees. 
Explore Tibet is a Tibetan-run travel agency focused on responsible tourism and sustainable practice.

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