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When to get my Tibet permit

For a normal Tibet tour, including tours to Mt. Everest, permit application must be carried out 15 days before the trip starts. The permit application checking and approval takes about 8 days, because not only Tibet Tourism Bureau but also Tibet Public Security Bureau will check all the documents carefully. So, it’s about 7 days before the trip the permit can be issued to your Tibet tour operator. The Tibet Tourism Bureau does not accept very early application, like 20 or 30 days before the trip, so it’s impossible for you to get your permit very early.

             Rough schedule to get your Tibet permit depends on your entry
 Day 1 Submit permit application to the Tibet Tourism Bureau
 Day 2- 7 Permit application check & approval by different governmental departments
 Day 8-9 Obtain permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau & send the permit by email to those who take train into Lhasa; print the permit out (get it)
 Day 10- 12 Courier the original permit to a hotel in China for those who take flight into Lhasa; claim the permit at the hotel reception (get it)
 Day 13-15 Take flight to Lhasa with original permit

Your Tibet tour operator will either courier or email you the permit depends on how your enter Lhasa (flight or train); original permit is required if enter by flight while permit printout is ok if enter by train, to conclude, it will be about 4 days before the trip you can get the original permit if you take flight as the courier process takes 3 days; while, it will be about 7 days before the trip you can get the permit sent to you by email if you take train.

The above mentioned case (time for permit) couldn’t be more common from April to October, and it will be earlier to get the permit from November to February during the low season of Tibet tourism as there are not many permit applications have to be done by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Sometimes, you can even get the permit 10 days before the trip.

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user portrait Mr. gene raymond kinne from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
how much walking is there per day.  can a older man over 70 years old in good shape do the walking
Answered by Nancy

Dear Gene Raymond Kinne,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. For the 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, there will not be much walking daily as you will be driven to each place and dropped off there. And please no worry about your age, ha-ha… we had clients who were 83 years old taking this tour before without problem, and I think you will be ok too. best regards to you.

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user portrait Mr. Meena Vyas from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Hi
I am interested in 15 day Kailash-Mansarovar tour probably in Late Oct 2018 so that I will have enough time to obtain visa etc. Which aitrport you expect people to arrive at. Do you help with booking airfares. Does tour include walk around Mt Kailash?
Thanks
Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Meena Vyas,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. We will have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 15th Oct. and I am sure you will have enough time to apply your China visa. Normally people will arrive in Lhasa Gongga airport(LXA), then our guide will be there to meet people and transfer to downtown with 3 times daily. There will be 3days for trekking around Kailash included, so you will have enough trekking if you will take this tour. I will send you more details by email. Best wishes to you.

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user portrait Ms. Barbora from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Aloha,
I would love to attend your 15 day Kailash tour. I am rather restricted by time, leaving Honolulu Sept 8 or 9 (plus 2 days) arriving Lhasa probably sept 10 or 11; and need to return between Sept 25-28; do you have any availability?
Thank you,
Barbora
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Barbora,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT, ha-ha…we have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 12th Sep. and it is confirmed to depart on time. As this tour will be from 12th Sep to 26th Sep. which will be exactly your time. And I will send you the details by email. Best regards.

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