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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 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.

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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 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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The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Ol*** from: Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp Temperature and Weather

Hi there,

Its Olympia. I will be in Nepal with a friend on 7 August and we really fancy doing a trip from kathmandu to Tibet for 4, 5 days. Could you give us a price for 10 august including flights from and to Kathmandu?

Many thanks.
Ol***

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ol***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu, which takes at least three working days. Could you please tell me what time of 7th Aug you will arrive in Kathmandu? If you arrive in Kathmandu on the early morning of 7th, you can start to apply for group visa on that day, and you'll get your visa on 9th and fly to Lhasa on 10th Aug. However, if you get to Kathmandu after 10:00 of 7th, you have to start to apply for visa on 8th, and you'll get your visa on 12th (10th and 11th are weekend), under this situation, you can join our tour starting on 13th Aug. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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