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What to pack for Tibet travel
Written on 21st March 2017

What to Pack for Tibet Travel

When facing this question----Of course you will not forget the camera, passport, China visa, Tibet permit. But what other important items you need to pack for Tibet travel? Here is a thoughtful collection of the must-have items to ensure you a safe and comfortable Tibet tour.

Tip: Travel light! Heavy baggage will weaken you on the plateau. But the things mentioned below are essential since Tibet is on the roof of the world and most part of Tibet is remote area.


  • A large backpack and a smaller one. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and be put into the large backpack when necessary.

  • If you are going out of Lhasa for a few days, you do not have to bring the big suitcases with you, instead you can take the backpack and leave the heavy one in Lhasa hotel.

  • A waist bag to put important documents and property.


  • It's advisable to dress in layers that can be easily added or removed as temperatures vary greatly within a day in Tibet.

  • A windbreaker is advisable at any time of year.

  • A pair of durable and comfortable shoes. Water-proof and warm-keeping climbing shoes are recommended.

  • Waterproof clothing and raingear are highly recommended if you come to Tibet in July and August because it rains frequently during this period.

  • A down jacket (better with hat) together with other warm-keeping clothing is necessary if you want to travel into remote areas or to have a trekking tour.

  • Women should avoid skirts or dresses or high heel shoes.

Daily articles

Hotels or guesthouses in some remote areas are very simple, without towels, soap etc. You need to bring your own items such as a cup, a small towel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Or you buy in Lhasa. It is not convenient to wash clothes when traveling at remote places, you can buy some disposable underpants.

Avoid Sunburn

  • High SPF sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm to against intense sunlight and dry weather.

  • Sunglasses and sunhat can protect you effectively from being exposed to the scorching sunlight.

First Aid Kit Packing List

  • Please consult your doctor prior to your Tibet tour, and better have the body examination before coming!

  • Your prescription medication

  • Medicine to prevent and lessen High Altitude Sickness, such as Diamox.

  • Medicine for cold, headache, stomachache, diarrhea, nausea, insect bite, etc. such as Aspirin, Diphenoxylate, and Prochlorperazine.

  • Band-aids or other wound dressings.

  • Nasal ointment and throat lozenges if you are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

  • Multivitamins

  • Headache medication such as Tylenol or Advil. Tylenol is good too especially if you end up with a fever.

  • Bandaids for the occasional blister from long walks.

  • Anti-bacterial ointment

  • Alcohol swabs

  • Hydrogen peroxide or other cleaning agent for small cuts.

  • Cotton swabs

  • Cotton bandages

  • Bandage tape

  • Ace bandage for the twisted ankle that might occur on the Great Wall or other hikes.

  • Nail scissors - perfect for cutting bandages and other essentials.

  • Diarrhea/nausea medication is essential as even if the food you eat is fine - it could upset your stomach because you aren't used to it. For bad cases of diarrhea, it's great to have Cypro along with you. Ask your physician about prescribing it for you.

Other Equipment

  • A water bottle;

  • A solar flashlight (in case of black-out);

  • Oxygen canisters are easily available in Lhasa. You can buy them from hospitals, hotels, downtown markets, etc. if necessary.

Trekking Equipment 

Most hiking areas in Tibet are remote and with very few people living there,  if you book with us, we can prepare the trekking equipments for you in advance. 

  • Sleeping bags

  • Sleeping mats

  • Cookware and camp kitchen

  • Stoves

  • Compass

  • Tibet map

  • Water filter and purifiers,

  • Backpacks,

  • Dry bags,

  • Pack liners,

  • Trekking poles,

  • Hydration system,

  • Headlamps and torch,

  • Camp bathroom

  • First aid kits

  • Emergency shelters

  • Random handy gear

  • Navigation, expedition food

  • Hammocks

  • Swiss army Knives