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Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before Planning Your Tibet Trip

Time:05-03-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

If you plan on visiting Tibet, you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime. Tibet’s breathtaking natural landscapes, beautiful sacred spots, and stunning cultural landmarks will absolutely amaze you. But before you go, there are several important things you should know about traveling to Tibet.

Tibet Travel Permit

1. You Must Have a Tibet Travel Permit

All foreigners traveling to Tibet must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit. Without it, you cannot even board a plane or train to Tibet. You can get a permit after you get your Chinese visa, as you’ll need the visa for the permit.

In addition to this permit, you’ll need another one if you want to visit Mount Everest. It’s called an Aliens’ Travel Permit, and you can easily get it once you arrive in Tibet. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to get the travel permit in late February and March, so visit Tibet earlier or later if you don’t want to miss Mount Everest.

2. Independent Travel Is Not Allowed

You cannot go to Tibet as an independent traveler, which means that you must book a Tibet travel tour  in advance. You will not even be able to get a Tibet Travel Permit without a prearranged tour.

It’s not allowed for foreigners to move around the Tibetan Plateau without a travel guide, nor can they take public transportation. So, arranging a tour well before your trip is a must.

Once you’re in Tibet, you’re free to explore all squares and markets on your own, but you’ll need your guide when visiting all the tourist attractions.

Train to Tibet

3. Get to Lhasa by Train or Car to Acclimatize Better

Acclimatization is one of the most important things to prepare for before going to Tibet. The average elevation is over 14800 feet, so it’s common for foreigners to experience bad headaches, dizziness, and altitude sickness when coming to such high altitudes.

That’s why it’s recommended that you don’t fly into Tibet. You can fly out, but it’s better to arrive by train or car to avoid altitude sickness and truly enjoy your trip.

4. If You’re Traveling from Nepal, Cross the Border at Gyirong Port

Gyirong Port

If you choose the acclimatization option above, and you’re visiting Tibet from Nepal, don’t cross the border at Zhangmu. This crossing has been closed ever since it was damaged in an earthquake in 2015.

Instead, go to Gyirong Port. It’s the best scenic route to Lhasa. You’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the world’s highest peaks and sparkling lakes along the Friendship Highway.

5. It’s Best to Visit Tibet in Spring and Summer

Since Tibet has very high altitudes, winters are pretty harsh. That’s why it’s best to visit Tibet in spring and summer, when you can also enjoy some spectacular festivals, such as the Shoton Festival and Saga Dawa Festival. If you want to visit the legendary Mount Kailash, it won’t be shrouded in snow in summer.

Tibet is definitely a place that you should visit at least once in your life, as each of its wonderful jewels will leave you in a state of awe. So, have these things in mind before planning your trip, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish forever.

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Mr. Ul*** from: Mount Kailash Weather & Mount Kailash Temperature
September 15, 2019 05:31

Hi Nancy

I want to visit in Oct 2020 and do the Mt Kailash tour. I want to bring two of my grandchildren - aged 8 and 10 years old. Do you think it is possible?

Thanks

Answered by Nancy
September 15, 2019 07:06

Dear Mr. Ul***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I think it will be no problem for you to bring your grandchildren to do the trekking, as we had clients before who took child less than 4 years old did it, and they hired porter to carry him for some part. If you like, you can hire a horse and horse man to carry them to save the energy there. And also I recommend you to arrive in Lhasa1-2days earlier to make the children adjust the high place better if you have enough time. And I will send you the tour details, please check it by email. Best regards.

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