Top Tibetan Foods and Beverages you must try

If you’ve been planning a trip to Tibet, you are likely to be wondering what Tibetan foods and beverages [cuisines] you might expect to try on your journey. As with other dishes in the world, Tibetan food culture is also heavily influenced by its neighboring regions so not all of the foods you’ll be savoring will be unfamiliar to your taste buds.

Residing on the Tibet plateau with an average altitude of 4000 meters, Tibetans have developed their unique recipes based on the distinctive natural resources available. Tibetan foods, to a large extent, are influenced by the distinct alpine environment, profound Tibetan Buddhism, and subtle impacts of adjacent cultures such as Indian and Nepalese foods.

On the flip side, traditional Tibetan cuisines are mainly based on dairy products (like yak milk and cheese), yak meat, and barley. You can try them during your trip to Tibet.

The following Tibetan foods and beverages are something you couldn’t afford to miss while you are in Lhasa or Tibet.

Note:- Though we will be highlighting all the popular Tibetan foods and beverages in and around Tibet in this blog as an interesting source of information, our trip to Kailash Mansarovar is generally guided by vegan cuisines.

1) What to eat in Tibet? – Tibetan foods

a) Tsampa

Tsampa (糌粑) is a type of roasted barley flour and one of the staple foods in Tibet. Tibetan people generally eat Tsampa daily and bring it as ready-made food when embarking on a local tour or simply during travel. If you visit a Tibetan family as a guest, they will welcome a palatable mild tea, Tsampa, and a few other local dishes. The dough prepared with roasted barley flour and Ghee (Yak’s butter) is the peculiar food of local Tibetans.

b)Tibetan Noodle (Thenthuk or Thukpa)

Tibetan Noodle (藏面) is generally served with simple vegetables, diced beef, and chopped scallions in the brews. Especially, people living in the cities of Tibet pick to have Tibetan noodles and sweet tea as their breakfast. Some restaurants also offer pickled radish and chilly sauce to season the noodles.

As per many travelers, Tibetan noodle soup is the most enjoyable meal, as the soup tastes nice together with a bit of shallot to keep our body warm.

d) Tibetan Yak Meat

Among the most frequent livestock in Tibet, Yaks are the predominant ones. These tough and mild animals live on the plateau with an altitude from 3,500m to 5,300m. Do you know what? And their red blood cells are three times more than normal cows. Their chewy and nutritive meat with delightful flavor is the trademark of Tibet dishes. The high-calorie yak meat is usually shredded and spread with salt and other natural seasonings on it. After that, it is hung i.e. the shredded yak meat on a rope so that it can dry.

Besides Yak and its consumption purpose, Tibetan nomads also use yaks’ hair to make tents, raw materials for carpets and boots, and milk for drink and butter, etc. The harmonious bond between and among Yak and Tibetan nomads is the key to understanding Tibetan culture. All in all, Tibetan Yak meat is a must-try food in Tibet.

d) Milk Curd and Yogurt

As is already discussed Yaks are an indispensable part of Tibet and they raise yaks and Tibetan sheep which results in extensive consumption of items yielded. Besides, we can watch out for Tibetans eating all kinds of dairy products, including ghee (butter), meat, yogurt, and milk curd (Tibetan Cheese).

Milk curd or milk sediment (凝乳) is solidified sediment obtained from boiled milk, which tastes sour. Tibetans carry it when traveling to avoid environmental adaptability. It can be served or consumed as snacks or used to make Tibet buns. Besides, fried milk curds taste good too, and are comparatively hard to bite.

Among must-try foods in Tibet, this Yogurt is a must-have. As it is fermented from yak’s milk, Tibetan Yogurt tastes mellower than ordinary yogurt. Shoton Festival, a yogurt feast in the Tibetan language, is one of the most important and interesting festivals in Tibet. The raw sour yogurt will surprise any soul without any sugar too.

e) Tibetan Mo: Mos

Mo:mos are Tibetan dumplings, made up of either meat or vegetables and covered with a thin layer of flour. Half-Moon-Shaped Mo: mo can be either steamed or fried and served with chili sauce. Hot Mo: mo dumplings are among the most loved dishes in Tibet, Nepal, India, and other South Asian countries.

It could be round, oval, or crescent while the yak meat often is used as the filling as “keema”. Of course, for vegetarians, also, it can be filled with cabbages, onions, mushrooms, etc. which are widely used ingredients for making Tibetan mo:mos. In Tibetan eateries, the most common Tibetan mo: mo is the steamed and fried ones. Sometimes, Mo: Mo is served with soup. However, the most demanded Tibetan mo: mo is made by steaming. After steamed, they are served with spicy sauce, ketchup, and pickles.

Mo:mos are the most recommended staple foods one must not miss during a Tibet outing.

f) Ginseng Fruit Rice

Ginseng Fruit Rice (人参果饭) is regarded as a propitious esculent by Tibetans which is eaten during weddings, special occasions, or festivals, especially at the Tibetan New Year Festival. As the name implies, The Ginseng Fruit Rice is covered with cooked Ginseng fruit, little sugar, and ghee juice.

It is not only an auspicious gesture of good fortune but also enriched with all kinds of nutrition and benefits to your digestive system and health.

g) Tibetan Sausages

As mentioned already, Tibetan people have been using Yaks to the fullest. The Yaks are not only the guardians of the Himalayas but also the companions and domesticated cows. They have been using the best of yak and sheep products for a living. Tibetans are fond of a variety of sausages, including meat sausage, blood sausage, flour sausage, sausage made from the liver, lung, etc. Among all, blood sausage and white sausage are the most common, consumed, and popular ones.

When it comes to sausage, Blood sausage is prepared from small yak or sheep’s intestine tied to sections and filled with chopped mutton variegated with sheep blood, salt, Tsampa powders, and Sichuan Pepper.

I) Boiled salty/spicy potatoes

The top list of dishes in and around Tibet is incomplete without this item. Potatoes look and sound very simple as they are boiled potatoes but if you sprinkle them with Tibetan herbs and spices it has a completely different taste! It will amaze us for sure.

j) Tibetan Pastries

Tibetan Pastries are long-established sweet as well as crunchy pastries, made up of dough that has been shaped into thin warped ribbons. They are deep-fried stuff and dredged with powdered sugar or salted. For more, just soak them in buttered tea or hot chocolate, it’s yummy!

K) Dre-Si

Dre-Si, not so popular dessert, is a notable one, normally eaten on Tibetan New Year (also known as Lhosar). The ingredients include Droma (a kind of nutritious guard-shaped root) and butter broth accompanied by sugar. Dre-si is widely taken as an auspicious cuisine, and sometimes you may also see it being positioned before the Buddhist shine for Buddha.

Miscellaneous Items:

Gundam [h4]: It is a variety of a Tibetan pastry that is prepared and served during special occasions. Gundam pastry uses barley as its basic ingredient. While you preparing, first of all, the barley is mixed with some activated yeast and water then it is fermented into barley beer later Tsampa, dry curd, wild ginseng, and some yak cheese are used as the sub-ingredients, and some brown sugar is also added for a new taste. We can see, that Gundain, is often served during the Tibetan New Year and the Losar festival as a starter.

Gyabrag: Gyabrag looks like a pancake. Certain ingredients such as barley flour, butter, and cheese made from yak milk, freshly prepared yogurt, and sugar are added to obtain its sweet taste, to make this dish.

Gyaho: This typical Tibetan recipe is prepared by using the Chinese style of preparation and cooking. To prepare, certain ingredients are used commonly like a hot pot of vermicelli, meatballs, mushrooms, and also the sprouted bamboos. This dish has a greater significance and is eaten by dignified monks during special occasions and ceremonies.

Gyatog: Gyatog is a dish which mainly contains noodles. The preparation method of this dish involves the Han variety of cooking. This is a common noodle dish. Noodles are mixed with eggs, flour, and bone soup.

What to drink when you are in Tibet? – Popular Tibetan Beverages

We already read about the food of Tibet. Similarly, this section will shed some light on drinks i.e. famous beverages around Tibet. Here is a listicle of Tibetan beverages one can’t afford to miss.

1) Butter Tea

Butter tea (酥油茶) is a must-drink stuff during our Tibet travel and another staple meal of the region. To put it in a simple note, the butter tea is boiled strong tea which is mixed with ghee and salt. Tibetan people sip butter tea to keep themselves warm and it is usually drunk while having Tsampa.

Some may find it tastes more like soup rather than tea and some think it tastes funnier Whether you are a new entity to Tibet or not, you’d better try the butter tea which can assist tourists in combating high altitude sickness, and prevent lips cracking due to dry weather.

FYI: While serving or having tea there are some rules, especially with butter tea and guests. Don’t be in a hurry to finish it when the host Tibetan fills up your bowl or cup with butter tea. It is taken as an elite gesture to chat with the hosts first and drink the tea slowly when they come before you with the teapot. It’s a courteous and respectful way.

2) Sweet Tibetan [ Milk ] Tea

Tibetan Sweet Tea (藏式甜茶) is another famous tea in Tibet. There is a saying that “Tibetan Sweet Tea acts as the blood of Lhasa”, from which we can easily predict the importance of sweet tea in Tibetan life. Unlike the reputation of Butter Tea, Sweet Tea has lots of affection among visitors for its alluring smell which is more pleasant and light taste.
It’s easy to prepare. We can boil the milk with brick tea and sugar added which sounds simple but only tastes good when Tibetans blend it. Many sweet tea houses in and around Lhasa and Shigatse are common recreation spots for Tibetans and tourists. Tourists can find a tea house to drink the sweet tea and chat with friends all day to relax where the charge is surprisingly economical for an unlimited refill.

3) Chhang – Tibetan Barley Wine

Chhang commonly known as Tibetan barley wine (青稞酒) is brewed from fermented barley grown on high-altitude terraces. It tops the list of most favorite alcoholic beverages of Tibetans. Chhang is mild, slightly sweet and sour, and comprises of little alcohol level. The taste of Chang differs from one to another as per the brewing process and time taken. Inherited more than four centuries ago, the fragment mellow tastes nice and nearly all Tibetan families can make Chhang by themselves. They often relish upon this barley’s wine during special moments such as festivals, New Year, weddings, baby birth, visiting relatives and friends’ gatherings.

4) Lhasa Beer

Lhasa Beer is regarded to be the first Tibetan beer available to the rest of the world. It is blended with the finest ingredients such as Saaz hops, yeast, Himalayan Spring Water, and most importantly Tibetan barley.


So when you are ready to try all these above-mentioned dishes and sip with Tibetan tea? Book your trip with us. We will be more than happy to guide and assist you, your family, and your friends in Tibet.

Reasons for Trekking, Hiking, and Expedition in the Himalayas

Hiking and Trekking might not be everyone’s cup of tea. People have different passions and areas of interest. Some find relaxing by the lake, some souls are open up to the giant Himalayas while the rest may have more inclination to party all night with their friends. And some are home bugs too.

No matter what our interest lies in, Trekking is what one must experience at least once in their lifetime. It is just more than walking, it is a walk to free our soul, to rejuvenate, and to change our perspective to perceive worldly things.

In the current era, life is a fast-paced journey moving somewhere advanced yet chaotic with innovation and revolution in technologies. Almost, everyone is in a rush, to get somewhere, to make something, to advance, and that rush hardly seems to end.

Langtang Trek – (7246m).

In other words, we’ve built an automated way of life around us – one where it is easy to get lost in stupefaction. On a certain note, there are several ways to pause everything for a moment, take a short break, and zoom out from your own life.

Any idea of how to accomplish that best? The answer my friend is trekking in the Himalayas. Trust us! Give yourself a chance to cuddle with Mother Nature for as long. If you doubt with the idea of trekking and have avoided trekking away in favor of parties, get-togethers, or a staycation, you should re-contemplate the same once.

Provided that the Himalayas are so close to us, how can one miss a chance to trek in the shadows of mighty mountains? Those fortunate few, who have walked the mountains will be able to perceive and tell how affordable and unique trekking in Nepal does exist. Here are reasons why one should choose to embark on an adventure like trekking, at least once ( many more times, if possible) in your lifetime.

Reasons why one should trek?

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Everest Base Camp-5,380 m (17,600 ft).

1) To escape the pre-scheduled routines and monotonous calendar

Have you felt it yet? No matter how interesting the journey of life is, our daily life, gets monotonous at some points. The urban rush of life works on certain rules and predefined patterns that keep everyone organized and proceeded.
Although the work calendar is inevitable, it restricts us from exploring life and living it to the fullest. Of course! A seasonal break is necessary to refresh us, once in a while. On a precise note, trekking and hiking get us drastically to the set of different life zones altogether.

What can be more exciting than travel? Travel with no boundaries. After all, after a certain period, life will get back to your regular life. Hence, it is highly recommended to draw inspiration from trekking experience in the Himalayas. You walk, stay in unique places, encounter strangers, gossip and make plenty of new friends. What more you could ask for? That’s not monotonous, is it?

2) To feel the journey and its rush

Oh! Yes! It’s also about feeling the entire trip and its rush. Have you ever felt your body being excited, thrilled, threatened, and immensely joyful at the same minute? If not yet, pack your bags right now and leave for the gigantic Himalayas.

People who have undergone adventurous stuff like Bungee jumping, rafting, and sky diving have more rendezvous with the definition of adrenaline rush and its nature.

Hiking in nature is the best way to live the rush for a long period, all while experiencing the serenity around us. You should hear a few experienced trekkers who will be able to tell you the calmness they feel as they keep pushing themselves uphill into Nature’s arms.

3) To bid farewell to stress

Well, the energy and time we spend while trekking is always an investment. Once we trek it balances not only physical but also mental facets of our body, mind, and soul. It helps us stay positive and stress-free. Thus, trekking has been a great stress buster in this world.

4) To challenge our fitness level

Of course, as it is a moving type of activity from one stopover to another, the fitness level gets pumped up of everyone. We have to hustle as we are being challenged by steep uphill as well as random downhill stretches through the route. Hence, if you are embarking on a trek, get ready to be challenged by your fitness level and optimize your capacity with rising altitude and dropping mercury levels.

5) To collect memories and photographs

Trekking, traveling, hiking, and so on are the major sources of collecting memories. In a certain span of life, we all strive for the happy hours and best moments. Therefore, on a travel journey, you get to know many new friends, places, languages, attires, cultures, etc., and lifelong cherishing memories can be carved.
And no rays of doubt, while you are in a trek you can freeze the moment as per your wish.

Hiking up the hill, breathing in the thin air, pushing our limits further, and getting captured at the same time add extra flavors to Life, and hence the golden memories on Earth.

So how much are you excited to accumulate the memories for a lifetime?

6) To broaden our perspective

To travel is to live, to see, to perceive, and to apply. Traveling – Hiking and trekking are the best teachers. Nevertheless, we do not attend regular classes, these are master classes to broaden our perspective.

Trekking might help us to see the world from a high altitude. Who knows? Maybe, the greatest insights in life are achieved amid the mountains. It strengthens our perceiving angle, and we start to think more astonishingly.

7) To enlighten spiritually

Well known that travel helps us in the pursuit of knowledge, perception, and deep understanding of other cultures. But travel goes much deeper- it directly enters our horizon of spirituality and makes it wider.

We ask ourselves a set of questions while traveling. It is because travel makes us think outside of our comfort zone, and daily expenses and ask why are we here and what is our purpose. It might seem a bit fancy, but, in an honest tone, trekking really can be a spiritual, philosophical experience, especially when you leave for our Kailash Mansarovar Tour.

8) To set our new limits

Trekking is not just about making intimacy with giant hills and narrow trails. It is also about challenging ourselves so that we can set new limits further. A legion of trekkers, novices, or experts, enjoy the hurdle that a trek presents to them. Furthermore, trekking can be a great rewarding walk, but to reap the winnings you have to put in hard efforts. It can challenge a person on many different levels and in many different facets (like physically, mentally, spiritually, and even financially). Hence setting the goal before leaving on a trek is considered an important decision.

9) To relish in the beauty of Mother Nature

Simply, a trekking adventure can take us to places we’ve only dreamed of as well as heard of. Most of the world’s untainted treasures can only be accessed through the long journey that is secluded from the high-density tourist attractions and hot spots. Hence, to soak in the beautiful nature, we should trek. Rara National Park in Nepal is more renowned as Heaven you can book a trip with us to relish the bank of tranquil Rara.

10) To create awareness

Lately, there a trend to run marathons and participate in trekathons so that people can be involved in such activities to raise awareness on several issues. Several activists have climbed mountains and peaks to create awareness about climate change, global warming, and pollution while some climb to spread good words.

Reasons why you will love trekking in Tibet

mount kailash
Mount Kailash (Tibet) – 6,638 m (21,778 ft).


Like Nepal, Tibet is also a holy place that is full of miracles and surreal landscapes. Some people confess that Tibet is a paradise on Earth for tourists, where one can not only capture fantastic photos but also get to explore Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, even Everest Base Camp Trek. However, Tibet has much more to offer to its visitors. Here are our top five reasons to visit Tibet.

1) Tibet’s surreal landscapes

Tibet’s exceptional landscape is like no other place on Earth: rugged, remote, and incredible. The vast Tibetan plateau placed against the snowcladded peaks of the world’s highest mountains will push any soul in awe.

It is common that, Tibet is often termed as the ‘roof of the entire world’. As the majority of Tibet perches at an altitude of 4500m above sea level, it is called the ceiling of the world.

Book your Tibet trip with us. We wish you clear weather so that you can capture the views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and countless other peaks stretching into the horizon with your naked eyes and gadgets.

Tibet, being the superb trekking destination in the world is comprised of beautiful landscapes and Himalayas. The views are one of the greatest reasons to explore Tibet. As we trek the higher through winding trails that are bedecked with Buddhist prayer flags we will feel immensely inspired by this ancient land.

2) Tibetan Locals and their Culture

Tibetans are intensely religious people. Their devotion to Peace i.e. Buddhism can be traced back to the initial days of Buddhism’s introduction into Tibet, more than a decade ago. The radical influence of Buddhism on the Tibetan people is a day’s highlight.

Besides, Buddha, the preacher of peace, Tibetan people have keen faith in the Mountains. All over Tibet, we can readily spot pilgrims spinning prayer wheels and circumambulating around temples, monasteries, and mountains.

Despite the grandeur of the scenery, the most cherishing experiences of Tibet are likely to come from locals’ tales. Be it the yak-butter tea offered to you by a monk in a monastery in a far-flung village or a spontaneous gathering with a herding family on the bank of a remote lake, you are bound to bid farewell to Tibet with thoroughgoing insights and appreciation into their unique yet interesting cultural identity.

3) Unique Festivals of Tibet

Over 100 festivals in Tibet are observed throughout the year. Experiencing a festival in Tibet is a life-affirming way to get an insight into Tibetan Buddhism.

One of Tibet’s most celebrated festivals is the Saga Dawa festival which is held at Mount Kailash – The sacred place of the Universe.

During the Saga Dawa Festival, legions of pilgrims throughout Tibet pay homage to Mount Kailash. Do you know more about Mt. Kailash? It is the sacred mountain that has been regarded by Hindus and Buddhists as the Mythical Mount Meru, the cosmic center of the universe from which all life flows for long.

Visitors will gather and pay homage to the mountain by participating in a Kora, or clockwise circumambulation of the base of the mountain. The trek lasts for a week and crosses a 5800m high pass.

4) The enchanting Monasteries

As we talked about earlier, ancient monasteries were built throughout Tibet and were the most significant social foundations of historical Tibet. With religion being extremely significant to Tibetans, Chortens are centers for learning where monks and nuns are responsible to preserve and spread Buddha’s words.

Besides, there are many monasteries and temples in Tibet that extend a warm welcome to visitors and even in the countryside, and they will often host travelers at night. Remember this! Paying a visit to a monastery in Tibet is not only a religious deed but also a fascinating way to get an insight into the religion that has deeply molded the shape of Tibet today.

5) Friendship Highway

One of the most important highlights of Tibet Travel is the Friendship Highway. The voyage on the Friendship Highway is an epic drive over 850km from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Trust us, it is one of the most spectacular tracks in the world.

So when you are leaving for Tibet? Book your exciting trips with us.