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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Hello I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
Dear Mr. To***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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