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.