Kathmandu to Lhasa
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 26, 2013 4:30 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Mar 21, 2013 11:57 PM
Kathmandu to LhasaHi,
We're 2 people on British passports looking for information/companions for Kathmandu to Lhasa in mid may. Looking to organise it with exact dates etc. when we get to Kathmandu (and find out exactly what the permit situation is), and looking at travelling on into China after Tibet. We're late 20's, budget fairly important.
If there's anyone who has information or needs people in a group, or is keen to join us let me know,
Mar 22, 2013 1:25 AM
1You can travel on into China after Tibet but the "group" visa you get in Kathmandu only gives you limited time there before you must leave. The visa cannot be extended or changed for a normal tourist visa. You will most likely get 21-25days. And if they put other names on it, you must also leave China together. At least now travel agents can organize the visa with just a single name on it.
Mar 22, 2013 7:02 PM
2westwood -- I just contacted a travel agent in Chengdu, who gave me the option of a private tour of Lhasa without other members of a group. I did tell him that I have a USA passport. Is this true just in the city of Lhasa? The price is 500 RMB for 3 people on 4-days tour; however that is just for the guide and does not include cost of transportation in the city, cost of flight from Chengdu roundtrip, cost of accommodations, or cost of food. Maybe I should check out other tour agents? What do you think? Do you have recommendations?
Mar 22, 2013 7:54 PM
3You dont need drivers, vehicles or guides for most places in Lhasa itself. However, there are still places you cant enter without the guide. I dont remember what transport was available within Lhasa itself as we didnt use any. Bear in mind we went before current restrictions of prebooking but it was still a time when you couldnt take public transport outside Lhasa and had to arrange your trips to get the permits to travel south.
I'd perhaps contact other travel agents telling them what I wanted then compare prices. I'd perhaps want to make sure they used a Tibetan for a guide rather than someone Chinese. User "everbrite" has in some of her posts made a list. See if you can find it. We used Sims to arrange our permits and train tickets to Lhasa from Chengdu.
Mar 23, 2013 5:11 AM
Mar 26, 2013 1:48 PM
This is how it used to be before restrictions. We were there in 2001. They would assemble 3-6 people in Chengdu and make that a group. Just consider it a cost like plane tickets etc. We did go on two of the 3 day tours and they were OK.
We bought cheap bicycles and went outside Lhasa. We smiled and waved a lot when passing the soldiers guarding the bridge.
We also took a pilgrim bus at 5:30 AM to Ganden monastery, but as said, it was before restrictions.
Mar 26, 2013 4:30 PM
6I checked the website: http://www.cafespinn.com/en/tibet which answered all of my questions. If the rules don't change in April, I would need a tour guide every day that I am in the city of Lhasa, but would only need one with me when I enter Potala Palace or the monasteries. I would be able to walk around the city of Lhasa on my own, but not allowed to wander outside the city on my own. I would need to get the permit to travel in Tibet before boarding a flight to Lhasa, then be met at the airport by my travel guide, who will drive me to my guesthouse.
No foreigners are allowed at the Everest base camp and some other areas. Currently, just 2 tourists with the same nationality passport are required for a tour through Tibet. I don't know if 2 are required for the city of Lhasa. The more in a group, the lower the costs for each member of the group. Estimated costs are detailed in the cafespinn website.
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