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Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before Planning Your Tibet Trip

Time: 05-03-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

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.

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1. You Must Have a Tibet Travel Permit

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.

2. Independent Travel Is Not Allowed

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.

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3. Get to Lhasa by Train or Car to Acclimatize Better

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.

4. If You’re Traveling from Nepal, Cross the Border at Gyirong Port

Gyirong Port Gyirong Port

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.

5. It’s Best to Visit Tibet in Spring and Summer

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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user portrait Mr. St*** from: Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

ello, we are willing to organized a tour of Kailash from Lhassa for a group of 4 persons (3 french and 1 from Kazakstan) around end of august. Could you provide a private tour for 4 persons ? and for what price ?

Thank you very much

St***

Answered by Helen

Dear St***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I do not know if your friend who hold Kazakstan can apply China visa, as it is quite strict for them to get China visa, and almost the embassy would turn them down. So please tell your friend about it. No offence, and we had Kazakstan clients before but failed to get China visa so cannot come to join in the tour. If there are 3 or 4 of you, and I just wonder whether it will be OK for you to join in a group tour, and we have the group tour on 12th Sept, which I can provide you some discount if all of you would like to join in, and also our group size is 4 to 12 people, so not large group.  I will provide you the private tour quote too with 3 people and 4 people and also you can start it in Aug or Sept any time you want. And 30th Aug. will be Tibet Shoton festival which will last about 1 week in Lhasa, and the highlight will be the first day in Drepung Monastry for Thangka Buddha Show there. Best regards.

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user portrait Ms. jo*** from: 10 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour

hi

I am interested in your 10D Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour for the departure date on 20 May. However I may likely book the flight arriving Lhasa on 17 May. is it possible to arrange the Tibet tour permit from 17 May before start of tour?

as my flight will be arriving at around 6pm after the free airport pick up time, can I take the airport shuttle bus by myself to my accommodation without a guide? how do I arrange pick up from my own-arranged hotel to the hotel booked by this tour on day 1 of itinerary?

also I am booking for one pax only and will like to share room. currently only one pax has booked. may I know if there is a minimum group size for the tour to be confirmed? or will it be last minute cancelled if the tour booking does not meet the minimum pax requirement.?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. jo***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry, and we currently have one departure date on 20th of May, you are quite welcome to join us! I was wondering whether you could fly to Lhasa on 20th or not. Well, you can also arrive in Lhasa on 17th, but there is extra fee. When you arrive in Lhasa at 6pm of 17th, you'll miss our free pick up on 20th, please note that you can't take bus or taxi from airport to hotel by yourself, because when you enter Lhasa, you must be escorted with a guide according to the policy (there will be policeman check-point on the way from airport to downtown), so the guide will pick you up at the airport and help you pass the check-point, and there is extra pick up fee. There is one tourist who has booked this tour, but he will stay in a single room. We will try our best to find a roommate for you, but if we fail, I was wondering whether you mind staying in guesthouse (dorm-bed, public bathroom, with breakfast), which can avoid single room supplement fee for you. The minimum group size is two persons, now there is one tourist has booked this tour, if you book this tour, there are two persons together, we won't cancel it. I will send detailed itinerary to you by email, please check it. Warm regards.


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user portrait Mr. Ro*** from: Mount Kailash Tour Cost

Hi ,

Can I get information to do the Inner Kora Darshan of Mount Kailash. I am planning to start my tour from Lhasa. Appreciate if you could provide details//// Tour Operators . Please note I will flying from Canada to Lhasa and I do have a mutiple Chinese Visa.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ro***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Normally people are not allowed to take the Inner Kora unless they finish the 13 circles outside kora, so at present we never managed it successful for the inner Kora tour there. And we only have the 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp tour available every month from April to Oct. Please kindly let me know when you would like to do this tour? So I can recommend you the proper date. Your visa will be No problem for us to apply Tibet permit. I will send you more details by email. Best regards.


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