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FAQ

Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?

No, you cannot have 100% independent tour in Tibet; instead, you will have either a private tour or a group tour including a guide, driver and etc. Even before 2008, independent tour in Tibet is rare, and after 2008, the restriction has been reinforced by adding many checking-points on the way, particularly if you travel outside of Lhasa or visit some sensitive areas. There are always someone checking your permit, and you must have a tour guide to help you go through those formalities.

How much tour freedom do I have if I must need a tour guide?

Your tour guide is neither your 24 hours guardian nor nanny, so long as you do not visit scenic spots without him or her, you can hang out any where you like. Just tell your guide you want to spend today alone and he or she will be waiting for you somewhere else at your disposal or even stay home. But you must follow the rules not visiting scenic spots alone. If you were caught by the policemen, not only you but also your guide, your travel agent would be in great trouble. So, please travel responsibly while you want to have a free day in Tibet.

What all travel permits do I need to apply for if I travel to Tibet?

There are several kinds of travel permits in Tibet tourism. To make it simple, you only need a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) permit if you just want to have a few days in Lhasa city or somewhere near Lhasa. However, if you travel outside of Lhasa to some areas like Mt. Everest, Tsedang, Nyingchi, you still need PSB permit and ATP permit, your agent will take care of them all if you book tour with them.

Can I get the permit in my country before arriving in China?

Generally not, because this will make the cost high if international delivery is used. As a common practice, you will get your permit after your arrival in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu where you enter Tibet by train or air. Your travel agent will deliver the permit to the hotel that you book in a specific city; you must provide your agent with the name, address and phone number of this hotel.

Is it possible to extend my visit in Tibet after my permit expires?

Yes, it is possible to extend if you only intend to overstay one or two days in Lhasa not somewhere else. And you must tell your plan to your agent in advance, and they know how to help for you. It will make extension more difficult if you tell them at the very end of your tour.

Can I travel in Tibet by public bus as the private vehicle rental is expensive?

No, public bus is not allowed for non-Chinese tourist in Tibet. And even no public bus driver would like to let you get on board; they will be fined if been caught. Private vehicle rental in Tibet is expensive as most time your tour agent has to use a land cruiser for you due to the poor road condition; while in Lhasa, you can choose not to use a private vehicle as Lhasa city is really small, from Potala to Johkang Temple, it only costs 15 minute by walking. And if you want to travel to a certain monastery that is located on the outskirt of the city, a taxi costing USD 3 is pretty enough. So if you just some few days tour in Lhasa, you can choose not to rent vehicle in order to save.

Can I stay in Tibet without a guide, or can my driver be my guide at the same time?

It is impossible as explained above. Besides, it is also impossible to have your driver to be your tour guide at the same time even your driver speaks fluent English. This is just the rule of Tibet tourism.

How much is a Tibet permit?

Please note that we never just SELL a permit as this is illegal. We only help you obtain a permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The cost for a permit includes both the charge by the government and the service fees by our travel agency. The cost will be calculated into the quote of the whole tour package including tour guide and other items.

What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Tourism is Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.

Can explain what the budget guesthouse, comfortable hotel and best available hotel are?

One thing you should bury in mind is that hotels in Tibet concerning its facility and service are not what you imagine. Not like hotels in big cities in China and other cities abroad.

Budget guesthouse has a few kinds. One is the twin room with or without the bathroom in it. The other is triple, four-bed rooms, and more beds rooms named dormitory which all have no private bathroom in them. Former one can be easily found in Lhasa and Shigatse, while later one is often the choice in remote area in Tibet.

Comfortable hotels on our website refer to middle class hotels, or standard hotels regarding to its location, or price, or comprehensive service ability. They are usually three star hotels, or comparatively good 2 star hotels.

The best available hotels are the 4 star hotels. 4 star hotels can only be reached in Lhasa. The best available hotels in the region out of Lhasa are generally 3 star hotels, and in some places hotels with no star, but comparatively of good condition.

What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?

Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?

Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.

Is there 24-hour hot water running?

Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.

What can I eat in Tibet?

In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, western food, Nepali food and Tibetan food as well. But in remote towns and areas, choice is limited, Chinese food or Sichuan cuisine is the best choice.

Other Travelers' Questions

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 Mr. David Jesus Dominguez Santos from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
I am interested in the Lhasa tour with the Everest base camp ($830 p.p). I would like to ask you two questions:

1) The tour could be done starting on September 15th. I would arrive in Lhasa at 16:30 from the city of Kunming (in Kunming I would take a flight that departs at 1:30 p.m. on the same day 15).

2) On the 7th day, instead of going back to Lhasa, I would like to continue to Kathamandu. In other words, he would arrive in Kathmandu on the 21st at night. Would this change be possible?

3) If there is no problem with these changes, I would like to confirm the tour and the payment method, since I need the paperwork to make the China Visa.

We are 2 persons interested.

Many thanks

regards

David
Answered by Nancy

Dear David Jesus Dominguez Santos,

Thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. For your needs, I think you’d better choose 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, which feed your needs exactly. And we just need 200$ per person as deposit, and you can pay the balance when you arrive in Lhasa. For your visa paperwork, I think you will need Tibet travel bureau official visa invitation letter which we will apply for you based on the time. Please check your email to get more details.

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user portrait Ms. florencia from: 6 Days Holy Sky Lake Tour
Dear,

I am interesting, in book a tour for 5 night for  two persons this July 2018, I need to know the payment terms, and how do we need to be dressed, the clothes necesary and the hotels names. I am already living in china, with a studi visa, and from argentina, the other partner also from argentina but with normal turist visa. Thank you, looking forward to your reply. Florencia
Answered by Nancy

Hi Florencia,

Greetings from Nancy at BTT. Thank you visiting our website and sending your inquiry, no problem for the tour choice, and for payment, we just 200$ per person as deposit, and balance can be paid when you arrive in Lhasa. You need to bring one warm clothes for evening as it will cold( might below 0 ℃ in the evening). For the hotel in Lhasa we will use Yak hotel or The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. No problem for your visa, as student visa we just need your school of admission letter copy extra, for tourist visa, visa and passport copies will be enough. Please check your email for details. Best regards

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user portrait Ms. Fabry from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
Good evening,
Could you please tell me if you give any discounts for 2 ladies over 65 years old and for early booking? We are retired and have a modest budget. We are interested in your September 22nd tour for 7 days Lhasa-Katmandou Tour.Thank you in advance.
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Fabry, Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. Ha-ha...no problem we can provide 5% discount as early bird booking. And we have this date avaibale and 2 clients booked this tour already. I will send you the tour details to your email. Have a nice day to you.

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