Children can be a great icebreaker in Tibet and generally generate a lot of interest. Many hotels have family rooms, which normally have three or four beds, sometimes arranged in two connected rooms.

Most foreign-orientated restaurants, and especially Nepali-run ones, have dishes like pizza and pancakes. Crisps (chips) and sweets are available in supermarkets everywhere; healthier options are hard to find.

You should bring your own car seat if travelling overland with small children. You need to be particularly careful with children and altitude sickness; children are not more susceptible to altitude than adults, but they are often less able to describe their symptoms. In general Tibet is a physically tough destination for adults, let alone younger children.

A fun book to get kids in the mood for a Tibetan adventure is Tintin in Tibet. If entering via Kathmandu, several bookshops sell colouring books featuring mandala and Tibetan thangka (Buddhist painting) designs.

Check out Lonely Planet's Travel With Children for handy hints and advice about the pros and cos of travelling with kids.

Practicalities

  • Tibet is probably not a great place to bring a very small child.
  • You should bring all supplies (including nappies and medicines) with you.
  • Small spoons can be useful, as most places have only chopsticks.
  • There’s plenty of boiling water to sterilise bottles etc. It’s possible to make a cot from the copious duvets supplied with most hotel rooms.
  • Be especially careful with children and altitude sickness, as they won’t be on the lookout for signs.
  • Children under 1.5m (5ft) or under a certain age (the definition depends on the site) get in free at most sights in Tibet.