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David LyAug,15 2016 11:46:32
Hi,
I am planning on visiting Tibet in April of 2017 and would hope to do some climbing in the Lhagoi Kangri East area, particularly Naji Kangsha, Unnamed Peak, Mt Qunyang and Kaluxung. I read somewhere that I would require CMTA climbing permit as well as requiring a permit and a guide. However, I am unable to find any information about guides from Lhasa. Is this something Explore Tibet can help me with?
admin(08-24,2016): Dear David Ly,
Tibet Travel Permits info: Tibet Travel Permit is very essential and must for foreign travelers traveling to Tibet, it can be obtained within 15 days. So we request and appreciate you to confirm booking a tour at least 15 days before your trip starts, the earlier, the better. Then we have enough time to prepare and to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you.
Will need you to send us clear scan copies or photos of passports and Chinese tourist L type visa. If other type of visas, need also either work permit or invitation letter. Once I receive all your documents with your tour deposit then I will process them further to work on Tibet Travel Permit.
Since after 2007, the Tibet Tourism Bureau announced that all the foreigner should contract with a Lhasa based local agency where every group or individual tourist is compulsory to lead by a licensed guide and driver for whole trip whether a traveler is doing cycling, trekking or driving tours in Tibet. So, any trip in Tibet is selling in packages or organized tours, freelancers or independent travelers are not allowed in whole Tibet. So all our tour is quoted with packages tour include tour guide, tourist van, permit, accommodation in Tibet. Please take the above point into serious consideration and then plan your tour, since those rules are directly from local government and that is out of our hand.
So you need to firstly either book a Private tours or a Group tours with a tour agency, then can help with applying for your permit. Foreign travelers are not allowed to travel in Tibet freely without leading by a guide.
Best Regards
Sherry (Your Trip Advisor)
Jackson HigginsAug,14 2016 20:14:23
Hello,
I am looking to plan a Tibet tour for the last week of September into October, so I will just layout my dream itinerary and hopefully you guys will have something that would work!
September 24: Arrive in Beijing
September 25-26: sightseeing in Beijing
September 27 : Beijing to Xining train
September 28: Arrive in Xining
September 29: Xining to Lhasa train
September 30: Arrive in Lhasa
October 1-5 Sightseeing in Tibet, hopefully including EBC visit
October 6: arrive at Nepal border to continue my trip
I would like to know if you guys have anything similar going on in that time frame.  My only restriction is that I have to arrive in Beijing on September 24, but after that I am really flexible.  If I need to head straight to Tibet after arriving in Beijing I would be perfectly happy to skip some of the Beijing sightseeing.  Oh and I will be a solo traveller.  Please let me know!  Thanks!
Regards,
Jackson Higgins
admin(08-24,2016): Dear Jackson Higgins,
At this moment, the Tibet – Nepal border is still closed, so you will have to fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Is that OK?
As you are travelling solo, I would like to suggest you to join our 8 Days EBC Adventure starting with arriving In Lhasa on either Sep. 26th or the 30th.
Best Regards
Sherry (Your Trip Advisor)
JulianaAug,07 2016 18:53:18
Good morning,
Myself and my husband are planning to visit China next year and we would like to include a trip to Tibet as well.
We are both Brazilian journalists, but we will go on holidays. It won't be a work trip.
That is why we are in doubt. Can I get Tibet Permit as tourist or I need to apply as journalist?
Thank you,
Juliana Yonezawa
admin(08-11,2016): Dear Juliana,
Permit information: We can help you get the Tibet Travel Permits for you, include the Tibet Travel Permit, Frontier Permit, Alien Permit for you.
Travel Permits is an essential permits needed for all the foreign travelers and this permit can be obtained with 18 days. The cost will include in the total cost, you do not to pay extra.
If you will take plane to Lhasa, you will need to give me your last hotel’s name/address in mainland China before flying to Lhasa, so that when your permit is issued, we will mail it to your hotel, that usually takes 3 days, with the permit, you can board the plane to Lhasa. Thank you.
As you will apply visa, I suggest you can apply “L” type visa. when you apply visa it is much better not to mention Tibet as sometimes the visa and sometimes they will give you lesser duration like a month. If you tell them that you want to travel freely in other cities in mainland China they will give you 3 months on tourist visa but they will ask your flight ticket and a hotel booking in China. So that is what you need to prepare first. After that I am sure all will work smoothly. It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination.
Best Regards
Mia (Trip Advisor)
Jacob LaboissonniereAug,06 2016 22:07:10
Hi, I am interested in taking your 8-day EBC tour near the end of May 2017. I am wondering if you could tell me when your scheduled tours will be around this time so I can begin to plan, as I don't see them on your site right now.
Thank you!
admin(08-08,2016): Dear Jacob Laboissonniere,
Now our group tour for 2017 still not arranged out, so please wait for a while and I will keep you in file and let you know when we work out the plan. Is that OK for you?
Best Regards
Mia (Trip Advisor)
JohnAug,04 2016 05:07:43
Hello,
I would like to visit Tibet next year and stay in one of the inexpensive hostels I have found on the internet. The difficulty is in finding a tour agency to book the hostel through. I am told I must go through a tour agency to obtain a Tibetan visa. Can I go through you to book the hostel and obtain a visa? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
John
admin(08-08,2016): Dear John,
I am really sorry according to Tibet travel regulations we cannot sell Tibet Travel Permits without arranging a tour for travellers, any other tour agencies cannot either. Because when we apply for the permit, we need the detailed itinerary and daily program, places you will visit, all detailed information of the tour you book with us, or we are impossible to get your permit, I hope you can understand, thank you.
Since after 2007, the Tibet Tourism Bureau announced that all the foreigner should contract with a Lhasa based local agency where every group or individual tourist is compulsory to lead by a licensed guide and driver for whole trip whether a traveller is doing cycling, trekking or driving tours in Tibet. So, any trip in Tibet is selling in packages or organised tours, freelancers or independent travellers are not allowed in whole Tibet. So all our tour is quoted with packages tour include tour guide, tourist van, permit, accommodation in Tibet. Please take the above point into serious consideration and then plan your tour, since those rules are directly from local government and that is out of our hand.
Best Regards
Mia (Trip Advisor)
DaniAug,03 2016 23:11:00
Hello,
I will be travelling to Nepal on 7 of September till 7 of October. I'm planning from there, to visit also Tibet and Bhutan. I have some questions about my Tibet trip and maybe you can help me.
First of all, I guess for what I read, but I need a visa Tibet group and I can not get an individual visa to entry in Tibet from Nepal.
Second, I wanted to cross the border by land, but i think that now is closed, and I don't know if you have some information about when It will be reopened.
Third, is about the flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa (if the land border is closed), when I should buy the flight tickets, before getting the Tibet visa or after?
Fourth is about your tour options in Tibet. My planning is to spend there between 7 and 10 days there, and what I would like sure to visit es Everest Base Camp, and if its possible in 10 days, Mount Kailash. I would like to know possibilities about itineraries, prices and if its possible to customise the tour, and the transport.
Thank you for all the
admin(08-08,2016): Dear Dani,
As you plan to come to Tibet from Nepal, you don't need to apply for Chinese visa, all you need to do is to send us your passport scan or clear photo and we will apply for the Tibet travel permit here, at the same time we will obtain the Tibet group visa invitation letter here and send it to our Nepalese agent, so then our Nepalese agent will meet you at your arrival in Kathmandu and collect your passport to apply for the Tibet Group Visa which is compulsory for travellers entering Tibet from Nepal. The group visa application takes at least 2 full working days in Kathmandu, therefore please make sure you have enough time for that. (Note: the group visa is only applicable from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu).
The Tibet Nepal Border called Zhangmu or Kodari was closed since after the the earthquake last year, it is said by the government that the border will closed for another 3 years, as it is under reconstructions. So, you will need to take the Flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu.
Regarding your Trip, I would suggest to join with our Group Tour 15 Days Kailash tour, Trip Departure date from October 8th, though we already confirmed with 8 travelers and there is only one Tour seat available at the moment.
Best Regards
Kalsang Namgyal (Your Trip Advisor)

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