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TIBET PERMIT UPDATE 2012
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For travelers wishing to travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region a permit is required along with your normal Chinese visa. This permit is checked by officials when boarding any flights to ... more »
I'm about to finalize my 8 day Lhasa - EBC tour in late December and noted that EBC has been closed since mid-Oct due to snow. Most information I have seen indicates that EBC is unlikely to open by late December.
Can anyone confirm if Rongbuk Monastery is open? My tour operator said Rongbuk is closed (I'm not sure how much to trust them since they just told me about EBC being closed yesterday). SnowLions website indicates that it is open. Another report stated that it was open, but only for non-American and non-Japanese tourists. I think I will be just as happy viewing Everest from Rongbuk as from EBC...thoughts?
Is there a good source for obtaining the most recent news?
Ok my husband and I are wanting to go to Lhasa. I have received a quote from a guide in Nepal (Kathmandu) and it is 8 days total with 5 of those days being driving to Lhasa then 2 days in Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu. Price is $1305 usd per person. So here are my questions. 1. This seems a bit expensive, am I correct? 2. I don't want to drive that much, we have been to Nepal before and done trekking so this trip is more about Tibet, is the 5 days of driving a lot? 3. Is Tibet more or less accessible from china side? 4. Can you do an independent trip into Lhasa or is it necessary to be part of a group?
I am sure I will come up with more questions however this is a start. Please feel free to share advice from your experiences or if you have worked with a good group tour. Thank you!!!
I' planning to go to from Xining to Lhasa with the train, stay few days in Lhassa, and then head to Nepal... The fact is that I'm alone for the moment and of course, have a small budget... i would like to be in Lhasa around the 10th december... is anyone interest to join me?:)
i just recently travelled from Langmusi to Larung Gar here's some info people might find helpful with transport etc
From Langmusi i took a shared minivan to Zoige at 7am 30RMB per person,also there is a bus leaving at 7am also for 22RMB. the trip took about an hour in the minivan there were 7 passengers.
From Zoige there is only one bus a day going to Ma'erkam at 7am or earlier,but it is possible to reach Ma'erkam the same day via Hongyuan which is what we did.
we took another minivan from Zoige (right outside the bus station ) to Hongyuan (bus station) cost 45RMB per person,took about 2 hours including picking up a few passengers in the town.
From Hongyuan we then got a public bus at 12pm to Ma'erkam cost 49RMB and took about 4 hours.
when we arrived at Ma'erkam we then had to take a public bus to the main bus station for 1RMB was about 10-15mins through the main part of tow... more »
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
A review of Snowlion Tours Tibet.
In September and October of 2013 my wife and I booked a specialist photographic tour through Tibet for a month with Snowlion Tours. The tour was divided into two halves each two weeks long. The first part departed from Xining and visited the northern Tibetan regions of Amdo and Kam. The second part originated in Lhasa and explored the Tibet Autonomous Region. For both tours we had booked our own vehicle with a driver and guide. What we did not realise was because of travel restrictions placed on Tibetans, both driver and guide would change when we changed areas.
Our experience in the north was exceptional in every way. The owner of Snowlion tours ( which is based in Xining ) prepared an itinerary that suited our needs and interests with attention to every detail. The guide and the driver were both excellent in t... more »
I will be in Kathmandu for 2 weeks, and would like to visit Tibet after that.
However, as my flights are booked to and from Kathmandu, I will have to go to Lhasa from Kathmandu, and then from Lhasa back to Kathmandu.
I can do the Lhasa-Nepal Border overland tour, however, it is getting to Lhasa that is the problem. All the Tibet tours are only 1 way to/from Kathmandu.
Is there any other cheaper option other than flying? I am also worried about acclimatization so I would prefer not to get to Lhasa by flight.
Any advice will be much appreciated!
As we all know that its impossible for us to enter Tibet by ourselves, we should pay more, get a permit, and have to be stay with some boring travel group...bla bla bla
But infact, the whole Tibet area is much larger than Tibet. If you are really intreseted in tibet people, culture and landscape, you still have many chances! The Amdo(mostly in Qinghai province), The Kang(moslty in Sichuan province).
This time I have been to several amazing places which belongs to Tibet but not in Tibet province. For example Rebgong, the homerown of Tangka(the amazing tibet ancient painting),and there has a big monastery named Longwu Temple, Xiahe, the little city where Labrang is, Langmu Town, its an amazing little town located between Sichuan and Gansu, I love this place!
If you want to go to the center of Amdo, you can go to Golog, and Darlag, they are not famous cities, but tha... more »
Will either fly to kathmandu or chengdu.
1) in kathmandu after all the paperwork I fly to Lhasa to start the tour back to kathmandu.
2) If I go to chengdu I get paperwork there and then go to Lhasa to start the tour to kathmandu.
I want to be back in kathmandu for another tour.
Been emailing with someone from Nepal. But no info yet from the chengdu side. Anyone have info? As to where is easier to do/get the paperwork done? And whether the price is comparable for the tour regardless of where I get it? Which may be better deal? Any info would be greatly appreciated !!
I have heard that Tibet University is not accepting foreign students (since around September this year?), and I was wondering if anyone has any further information on this and when they may accept foreigners again?
Thanks in advance for any information you can share.
Anyone with knowledge about trekking from Nepal to Mt Kailash? We are a group considering such a trek in September next year. Would it be cheaper to arrange it locally in Kathmandu, instead of pre-booking online?
The Tibet Permit situation for Norwegian citizens seems to be ever-changing. This stems from the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to a Chinese dissident a couple of years ago.
Sometimes the news is that Norwegians now can visit Tibet again, then there are other news to the contrary. At least, I gather that groups now can be of mixed nationalities. Anyone who knows anything?
Hello. Im trying to organise a trip to Tibet in April 2014. So far I have a basic understanding of the permits required but I am confused on one thing. It seems you have to book a tour with an agency and get them to organise your Tibet Travel Permit. But I want to do 3 different tours with 3 different agencies. A trip to Everest Base Camp, a Nomadic home stay in Amdo and also some hiking in Kham. Is it possible to have 3 permits? Is what I am saying making sense LOL, sorry. I cant find an agency that will do all 3 trips. Thanks for your help.
I m planning to visit Lhasa, Tibet in the end of this Nov and currently looking for some other people
visit there as group trip. I m planning to visit Lhasa first, then head to Kathmandu.
I m in touch with a few agencies right now and let me know if any of you are interested.
I'm going to be studying in Beijing for a few months (on a student visa) and I would really love to get over to Tibet for a little bit.
I understand this isn't necessarily straightforward. Does anyone have the latest information on getting a permit to visit TAR and travel independently? Even just Lhasa and surroundings?
Hi all..! :)
I'm a white male hailing from the UK, and in May next year I'll be going with a group to Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and then to Western Tibet to see the great Mount Kailash and do the 3-4 day walk around it.
Now, seeing how "close" the Mt Kailash region is to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kashmir etc, would people here with experience say it was entirely safe in regards things like the Taliban/ specific dangers to Westerners.
Or, as I suspect, are there absolutely no dangers of this kind?
I've done some research on the internet but am struggling to find any specific references to the Taliban reaching that far East into Tibet...
I apologise if this is a bit dramatic, but I've been advised to at least ask about this as I was told apart from this there is relatively no dangers apart from the obvious like Altitude sickness, roads etc..
Many thanks more »
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