The kingdom of Tibet has a colorful history steeped in ancient religions and complex politics. It’s a place where a sense of adventure runs from the depths of its rolling hillsides to the top of its snow-capped mountains. Chengdu often serves as a jumping off point for trips to Tibet—here’s what you need to know.
Take in the stunning scenery—deserts, grasslands, lakes, and snowy mountains—aboard the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
Explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed cultural landmarks, like the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.
Learn more about Tibetan culture while shopping the stalls of Barkhor Street’s busy market.
Listen to monks debate Buddhist scriptures at Drepung and Sera monasteries.
Journey to sacred Nam-Tso Lake, the highest salt lake in the world at an elevation of 15,479 feet (4,718 meters).
Things to Know
Tours to Tibet from Chengdu can last anywhere from three to six days, depending on the option chosen.
Most tours include a Tibet travel permit and round-trip transportation (by train or air) between Chengdu and Lhasa.
Choose between the value of a small-group tour or the flexibility of a private tour.
Dress in layers, as temperatures can vary widely in Tibet.