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Tibet Travel FAQs

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.

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Is it possible to travel to Mnt. Kalish during Saga Dawa with only other international Buddhist pilgrims, practitioners, monastic monks and/or nuns? It would be a very inspiring trip to actually experience Mnt. Kailash with other serious Buddhists. Thank you.
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Dheypa,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. No worry you will come cross many tourists during the tour, and you will have chance to get close to other international Buddhist pilgrims, practitioners, monks and nuns, there will be many pilgrims there in Kailash in May or June. I will send you more details to your email. Best regards from Budget Tibet Tour.

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Hi, I am currently working in China on a Z visa and I'm curious about what added documents I would need to produce to be able to partake on the 8 or 10 day mt Everest tour. How much extra time do you think this would take? Thank you
Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Emma,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Applying for the Tibet Permit, we need your passport, Chinese visa and experts certificate (clear scan or photo copy). In general, we will start to apply for the permit for you 25-30 days before your departure date. And the permit application needs about 15 days. If you would like to join our tour, please leave yourself enough time to apply for the permit, and for the detailed itinerary of our Mt. Everest tour, please check your email. Best regards,

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Hello,

I am interested in a Tibet tour (probably 8 days) and would like to ask if this is possible as solo traveler. Is there an extra charge for the hotels? Do you recommend having a travel partner or do you think it is okay to join the group alone?

Thank you and kind regards from Hong Kong,
Marius Richter
Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Marius Richter,

Thanks very much for your inquiry and welcome you to join our tour! It's no problem for you to join one group as a solo traveler. We also have many solo tourists each year. As you know, there is extra single room fee if you travel alone. In diffierent month, the single room fee is different. But this fee can be spared if there is another person can share the same room with you. Have a nice day.

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