Backup plan if TAR doesn't work out?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 8, 2013 3:31 AM Last Post By: roamtheplanet
Jun 28, 2013 12:37 AM
Backup plan if TAR doesn't work out?So, as I said in another post, I've been talking to a tour operator in Lhasa about doing a trip from Lhasa - Kathmandu in early August. So far, I've got my ticket into Chengdu and a ticket out of Kathmandu, and I'm working on the Chinese visa in Jakarta.
It certainly seems like with the sudden changes in the regulations regarding visits to TAR, you can't take it for granted. Apparently it was closed for a few days just recently, now open again -- but who knows what will happen by August?
So, I need a backup plan. I gather that I could get a reasonably priced ticket from Chengdu to Kathmandu. If I all of sudden can't spend ten days going through TAR, what would you recommend in the way of other trips from Chengdu, perhaps to the regions that are culturally Tibetan, but not in TAR (and thus not subject to the same restrictions)?
This is an emergency contingency plan only. I'm still seriously hoping that I can proceed with the visit to TAR.
Jun 28, 2013 12:59 AM
1While you certainly can't take it for granted - I think you've got a very good chance of getting permits without major dramas this August. However you're smart in having a plan B in place.
You have quite a few options - here is a couple:
1. Head out to Tagong (Tb: Balhagong) area - this is in western Sichuan but ethnically Tibetan. Then you could go as far as Dege area if you wish. The Dzongsar Valley another 3 hrs beyond Dege is incredible and worth the effort to see. This area has everything most travelers want to experience (Tibetan culture, monasteries, nomads, mountains etc) There has been political problems out there too - but it is open and likely to stay open.
2. You could head up to Gyeltang (Shangrila) as there is a direct flight from CTU on certain days of the week. This area is amazing too (but there is lot of domestic tourists there and it can be very busy in August) You could then fly out to Kunming and connect with a KTM flight there.
My pick would be western Sichuan. I've travel extensively in Tibet and had an amazing time in the Dzongsar Valley last summer.
Jun 28, 2013 1:18 AM
Jun 28, 2013 2:55 PM
3read Losangs (long time poster here but not so much these days. He has a long connection with the area) web site here He covers all of Tibetan areas.
Jul 6, 2013 11:05 AM
4Tibet is currently closed to me and my fellow travellers because we are Norwegian Citizens. Months of planning, reading and preparing for the ultimate "on top of the world"- experience must be revised. Our plan A is definitely now plan B. Kham is an alternative or we can focus on other parts of China, of course. Would appreciate advise on whether to go to Kham, or revise the entire travelling plan.
Jul 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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