Depicting splendour and grace in its every dimension, Tibet continues to flaunt the age-old city scenario and has religiously clunged onto its primeval culture. Visit Tibet Travel & Tours offers you the once in lifetime opportunity of digging at the serene and scenic beauty of Tibet often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'. Live the simple and earthern life of the jovial inhabitants, peep into the decades old culture and know Buddhism at its very depth that might have been restricted to only your books or stuff picturized on the social media. Lay awestruck at the mesmerizing landscapes and the far spread wildlife all canopied with a spectacular view of the majestic Mt. Everest. We're sure its tempting !! Without any further adieu book a 10 days overland tour with Visit Tibet Travel & Tours that leads you right to the base camp of the towering snow-peaked Everest. There are a list of other tour plans as well that cater to all other diversities of the region, Come and join us on this amazing tour....
Q: Why do foreigners need to get Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)?
A: The Chinese Government requires that non-Chinese citizens (foreign tourists, Taiwan and overseas Chinese tourists except Hong Kong and Macao residents with Chinese SAR passports or Home Visit Permit), must get TTP issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) before entering Tibet due to :
1. Tibet’s unique national traditions
2. Requirement for ecological environment protection
3. Limited traffic situation and reception capacity
4. Tourism service facilities
It is also stipulated that foreign journalists and diplomats may not enter Tibet as tourists. Application for TTP usually takes 3 working days.
Non-Chinese citizen compatriots are required to join a guided trip, organized in advance by an authorized travel agency. They may not travel independently.
Q: What’s the difference between “Tibet Travel Permit” and “Tibet Group VISA”
A: Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) is the permission for foreign tourists to enter Tibet, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.
Tibet Group VISA is a special Chinese VISA only valid in Tibet. It is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Tourists who want to enter Tibet from Kathmandu (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) must apply for a Tibet Group Visa in Kathmandu even if already holding a Chinese VISA.
Q: If I want to enter Tibet from China mainland, what should I be aware of when applying for the Chinese VISA?
A: We recommend obtaining the visa before leaving the home country. When applying for the Chinese VISA, we advise NOT to mention Tibet in any way on the application form. It is advisable to refer to other places in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, etc. Chinese VISA officer may reject the application otherwise.
Q: Do I need a double/multi-entry VISA if I go to Tibet from China mainland and return to China mainland after the trip?
A: No. Tibet is part of China, Single-entry visa would be enough.
Q: If we want to enter Tibet from Nepal, how to apply for Tibet Group VISA? Is it possible to obtain it before arriving in Kathmandu?
A: It is only possible to apply for the Tibet Group VISA after arriving in Kathmandu. We would need the original passport to apply for the VISA on your behalf. A special VISA is required when entering from Nepal. The extra cost is currently USD 114 and USD 198 for American passport holders. It can only be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Nepal. Our agency can apply for it on your behalf once you are in Kathmandu. The Chinese Embassy in Katmandu is only open in the mornings Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note, in this case, you don’t need to apply for the Chinese VISA from your own country in advance.
Step 1: Book the tour with us (contact us) and send us the scanned copy of your passport
Step 2: We will apply for the ‘Visa Invitation Letter’ from Tibet Tourism Bureau and send it to our Nepal office before you arrival in Kathmandu
Step 3: After your arrival in Katmandu, our Nepal colleagues will collect your original passport directly from your hotel and apply for the Chinese VISA. It usually takes us one day to complete the process.
Q: Is the original permit required to travel?
Entering by train: the original permit is not required. We will email you a scanned copy of the permit for you to print. Please bring the copy with you, it will be enough to board the train.
Entering by plane: if you are traveling from a city in mainland China, we will send the original permit by express courier to your designated address (private residence, company address or hotel). If you are only stopping in mainland China for a flight connection, a member of our staff will hand you the permit in the airport.
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Q: Why some of your programs choose Nepal as the door for entering Tibet?
A: Nepal authorities issue a visitor VISA on arrival, thus saving the time, money and troubles of a regular VISA application. Only a few agencies have the required authorization to organize this special travel arrangement, and our company is the most experienced.
Q: Is it safe to travel in Tibet?
A: 201.35 million non-Chinese citizens visited Tibet in 2010 and none of them suffered any dispute or inconvenience during the visit. As in any other country, it is required to abide by local laws and regulations.
Q: What currency is it in use in Tibet?
A: The legal currency is the Chinese RMB (CNY). Foreign currencies may not be used directly in Tibet although they can be obviously converted into RMB at all banks in Tibet.
Branches of The Bank of China in Tibet specialize in forex exchange.
Q: Is there any ATM in Tibet?
A: Yes, they can be easily found in Lhasa, Shigatse and Zhangmu. Please be advised it is significantly more difficult to find one in remote areas or smaller villages.
Q: How is the quality of accommodation in Tibet?
A: Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4-star hotels is quite limited. Newest hotels have been built away from city centers in order to protect historical city architectures and the environment.
Quality standards of services and facilities may not be comparable to international hotel ratings. Our agency normally reserves 3-star hotels, but we can also reserve hotels of higher or lower ratings according to your request.
Q: Is there internet access in Tibet?
A: Yes. Internet cafes and some hotels provide access to the internet.
Q: Is there anything I should bring according to Tibet’s special environment?
Bags: a large backpack and a smaller one. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and can also be put into the big one when necessary.
It is advisable to bring a waist pack to put personal properties and documents.
Cold-proof clothes: Air temperature can swing dramatically on the altiplano. In northern Tibet, peak temperatures rarely exceed 4-5 degrees Celsius and snowfalls are not unusual even in summer months. As a reference, local people wear thick coats all year round.
In Lhasa, temperatures in July swing from 30 degrees at daytime to 10 degrees at night. It might snow or sleet at night, making it advisable to take some down garments (those with hats would be best), woolen sweaters, warm gloves, warm and wind-proof shoes and socks. Wearing several layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed is usually the wisest choice since temperatures may vary greatly within a single day. A down coat is necessary for those who are traveling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse into more remote areas such as the Everest Camp. A windbreaker plus a sweater will work nicely for strolling around Lhasa in summer. During the peak touristic season, frequent rainfall makes waterproof clothing and rain gears an absolute necessity. Other essentials to pack include several pairs of cotton or woolen underwear, woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts. Women should avoid skirts or dresses.
Shoes: It is very important to have a strong and comfortable pair of boots. Lightweight boots could do, but Tibet can indeed become wet quickly and our trips involve extensive walking. It is therefore strongly advisable to double check shoes fit well and are suitable for cold and wet weather. It will be handy to carry a pair of comfortable and robust sandals.
Protection against sunburn light: As solar light during sunshine is particularly intense, sunglasses, sunhat and suntan lotions are required.
Ladies and people with sensitive skins are particularly advised to bring high SPF sun-creams.
Medicine: it is advisable to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medication you may use regularly, including inhalers for asthma. Most over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin and anti-diarrheal pills, are available in Lhasa, but are more difficult to obtain outside of urban areas. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to bring enough cleaning solution for the term of your stay, since this is hard to find, and noticeably expensive, in Tibet.
Diamox pills are believed to prevent altitude sickness.
Please always consult your doctor prior to traveling to Tibet.
Trekking equipments: Some trekking supplies (down and fleece jackets, boots, bags, etc.) are available in Lhasa, but it is always best to source them before departing as supplies are unpredictable.
Electrical current: The electrical current in Tibet is 220v, AC 50 Hz. There are numerous different plug types used in Tibet , so it might be easier to purchase an adapter upon arrival.
Q: Can I have a Tibetan guide who speaks my language?
A: Most guides of our agency are natural Tibetan; they are all holding qualified guide license and foreign language certificate.
Should you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our professional consultants will answer your questions as soon as possible.