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Potala Palace, Tibet

Tibet holidays

It’s hard to resist the mystique and charm of Tibet. The Potala Palace and Rombok monastery are revered by travellers far and wide – and we can take you right to them on your unique itinerary.

Tibet is a country within a country and a culture within a culture. Although experienced travellers will inevitably say that it has changed dramatically over the years, Tibet still exudes a magic that is hard to emulate.

Mount Saipal with prayer flags Nepal Tibet
Himalayan Mountains, Tibet

Why we like Tibet

The simplicity of Tibetan everyday life is, to the western eye, unimaginable and yet the spirituality and unfaltering faith which prevails somehow seems to diminish the hardship. The landscapes are stark and yet dramatically beautiful, the yak butter tea truly an acquired taste. For most visitors, Tibet is one of the great highlights of their travelling life.

Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet
Shigatse, Tibet

What to expect on your Tibet holiday

The weather-beaten faces of pilgrims prostrating themselves on their arduous quest for enlightenment, isolated whitewashed villages, the smell of yak butter, stunning landscapes, prayer wheels and monasteries all combine to create an atmosphere of mystery and remoteness in Tibet.

Once the very definition of remote, arduous and forbidden travel, Tibet is now surprisingly well connected by road, plane and even rail links although the standard of the roads is not great. Generally, hotels leave much to be desired, although there are a select few deluxe properties in the main centres, if standards of accommodation are a high priority then Tibet is probably not the place for you.


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Rongbuk Monastery

The Tibetan side access point for Everest base camp and claimed to be the highest monastery in the world.

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Tashilhunpo Monastery

Visit the resting place for several Dalai Lamas.

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The Potala Palace

Visit the former home of the Dalai Lama, as it towers above Lhasa and houses some of Tibet’s greatest treasures.

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Mount Kailash

Discover the iconic Mount Kailash, visited by over one billion people and drawing pilgrims from across the world.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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From our very first call to Steppes and speaking to Clare, everything went like clockwork. Clare arranged a fantastic itinerary for our trip to Japan and we were extremely impressed with every aspect of our holiday.


Ours was rather a last minute holiday for 5 adults wanting slightly different experiences and needing to fit in two Rugby World Cup matches. Steppes absolutely nailed it in terms of helping us put the itinerary together and dealing with last minute changes of plan.


The Temple House is probably one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Quite gorgeous, central, quiet and beautifully run.

Destination: China
Hotel: The Temple House

Clare's guidance enabled me to achieve my objectives, to photograph giant panda. The three guides were absolutely excellent in every respect - knowledgeable, responsive and always smiling.


Clare was brilliant when I was organising my holiday and understood my brief from the word go. Some of my trip was as a lone traveller and she made sure I was well looked after the whole time - every part of my itinerary worked perfectly and was very well organised. All of the guides were excellent with wonderful local knowledge and lots of ideas to keep the itinerary interesting and flexible.

Malaysia and China

Paul put together our trip very quickly, within a month of leaving! He did a great job and we loved the little add ons such as a cookery class and fan making. All of the guides, drivers and vehicles were amazing.


The design and operation of this holiday was excellent and took us to places that we had hardly heard of. A great experience and opportunity to sample " Old China" before it becomes overcrowded. We were very happy with the whole procedure.


Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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