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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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I heard that a new road had been opened in June this year to Mt Kailash. I am interested in a 20 day package to Mt Kailash , Mansa rover in October 2020. I am convinced of the new road, pictures showed that we can reach Mt Kailash by jeep. I ask coz my husband is a triple by pass heart patient, he wont b able to trek. please reply with cost and Inf. Regards
Dear Ms. Pa***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. At present we do not set any date in Oct 2020, and we can set any date based on yours, and if possible I hope you can come in next half of Oct as all the cost would be cheaper and less people there.
There is environment bus in Kailash, and people can take about 10 km with bus taking, but after that, no vehicle will be available during the trekking, so if your husband cannot take trekking, he has to rest in hotel with our driver and wait all of you come back. And also there is horse hire, people can hire a horse to ride, but as the road off mountain, because it is quite cliffy, so people are not allowed to ride a horse and need to take foot on own. And also the highest mountain pass will be around 5300meters high. So better for him to rest in hotel. But we will visit the holy lake without problem. I will send you more details by email, please check it there, best regards.
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