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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 Ms. Nico Yip from: 8 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp Group Tour
Hi, we are 2 adults planning a Tibet trip. We plan to take the train from Chengdu into Lhasa, for a 8-9 days Tibet tour, and flight out from Lhasa to Chengdu. Timing will be in mid-June. Would you be able to arrange the Chengdu-train-Lhasa and Lhasa-flight-Chengdu for us and advice the price?
Thanks!
Brgds/Nico
Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Nico Yip,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. We exactly have one departure date on 15th June for the 8-day Tibet Mt.Everest tour, and you are quite welcome to join us! Taking train from Chengdu to Lhasa will cost you about 36 hours (2 nights) on the train, and we are happy to help you book the train tickets. Please kindly note that the direct train tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa is not a daily train, and there is no direct train on odd date on June, I was wondering whether you mind taking connection train with a stop at Xining, you can walk out and have a good lunch there. About the flight ticket Lhasa to Chengdu, there are some discount tickets in June, eg: China Eastern Airline MU5474, Sichuan Airline 3U8698. You can look it on the airline official website. Have a good day.

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user portrait Ms. Alice from: 6 Days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities
HI all,

I am interested in this tour. I would like to know before:

1) DO I need to pay extra if I would like to have 1 bedroom for myself? If yes how much?

2)I have been to around 3200m before and I had altitude sickness. Should I come 2 days before in Lhasa to get acclimatized?

3)If I registered now, would you be able to help for the Tibet permit for me? I have French passport.

Thanks and regards,

Alice
Answered by Helen

Dear Alice,

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, and welcome you to join our tour! For your questions: Firstly, our tour price is based on two persons in one room, if you would like to have 1 bedroom for yourself, there is extra single room supplement fee. And the single room supplement fee is different in each month. Secondly, Please feel free worry about the high altitude sickness, keep calm and don't be excited, which is no big problem. If you are afraid of the altitude sickness, you can arrive in Lhasa one day in advance to get acclimatized. Lastly, The Tibet Permit is included in our tour price, we only require your passport and Chinese visa (clear scan or photo copy) to apply for the permit. Have a nice day.

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user portrait Mr. Benedikt Wyss from: 8 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp Group Tour
Dear Budget Tibet Tour Team

I'm planning to make a journey in August in China. I want to combine that with your everest Base Camp Tour. Now i have some questions:
How is that with the Permissions, did i get it right that I have only to look for the chinese Visa and you will look for the Tibet Permit?
And if so how have i to proceed, shall i first look for the Chinese Visa or does it make more sense to look for all the permissions at the same time.
Another Question is about the price. Is the price for august your suggesting  fix or is it dependent on how big the group is. Because I dont want to reserve already now  if that means that I have to pay at the end more than I thought.
And my last question concerns the high altitude, whats your experience about that. Are there many tourists struggling with it or is it more or less harmless. (I am from Switzerland so not completely unused to high altitudes).

Thank you for your efforts

Benedikt Wyss
Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Benedikt Wyss,

Greetings from Nancy at BTT. We have 8 Days Lhasa to Mt. Everest then back to Lhasa group tour on 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 19th and 22nd, 29th Aug. and all dates are available for you. And also the price is fixed, and we will not charge extra no matter how many people in the end. And the group size is 2 to 13 people, so the maximum is 13, please worry free in Aug. all the groups are running on time as it is easy for us to collect enough people. You need to apply China visa in your place firstly, then we will use your passport and China visa to apply Tibet Travel Permit, so for you to travel to Tibet, you just need your passport, China visa and the permit we will provide to you, three of these. 98% of our clients were ok in Tibet after resting 2 or 3days in Lhasa before head to higher places. And also bring some anti-altitude in Lhasa to Everest will help you a lot, and I have clients who were more than 80 years even visited Everest without problem. So you can worry free about it, it is not struggling or that terrible if you relax yourself there.

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