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ChanakiDec,24 2017 10:07:18
Greetings!
I'm planning a trip to Bhutan in first week of April and trying to see whether I can also visit Tibet .
I am a solo female traveler , Buddhist , spiritual seeker holding Srilankan passport.
I like the itinerary of 10days cultural and spiritual odyssey.
As I understand , Single travelers cant travel in Tibet , am I right ?
do you have any smaller groups I can join ?
I also like to to the train tour from Xining to Lhasa or other way around .
Can you please advise the current procedures .

Thank you ,
Chanaki
admin(12-26,2017): Dear Chanaki,

Thanks for your inquiry, this is Mia from Explore Tibet, I am very happy to be your personal trip advisor, I am confident that I can answer all the questions you may have based on my own experience and help you plan a memorable tour in Tibet.

Explore Tibet is one of the few Tibetan owned agencies based in Lhasa, we practice Responsible travel by using local services and employ locals as much as possible. We use Tibetan drivers and tour guides for their strong Tibetan Cultural and religious background to make your travel unique and authentic.

Tibet Travel Permits;

Tibet Travel Permits, is an essential permits needed for all the foreign travelers and this permit can be obtained around 18 days. To apply for the Tibet Travel Permits, I will need you to send us, your clear scan copies of passports and Chinese visa.

Take train to from Xining to Lhasa is a good idea. If you will take the train to Lhasa, then you only need the copy of the permit to aboard the train.

The soft sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa is CNY1, 100 per ticket.
The hard sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa is CNY700 per ticket.
Tour information:
(Option A) According to your interest, I recommend our 10 days cultural and spiritual odyssey private tour, for private tour, there are only you four, guide and driver in this group, you can decide on when you would like to start and end this tour, on the way of traveling, you can decide where to stop to take pictures or stay for longer or shorter time, if guide says it’s safe and are allowed, it’s more flexible.

The cost of the 10 days cultural and spiritual odyssey private tour is USD2, 700per person based on one people in the group &twin-bed room.

10 days Cultural and Spiritual Odyssey;

(Option B)
According to your interest, I suggest that you can join our 8 Days EBC Exploration group tour

Best Regards
Mia (Trip Advisor)
Chris PittsDec,17 2017 09:50:26
Hi, I am interested in doing a trip through Kham in the TAR in April or early May. From Lhasa traveling to Rawok on Hwy 318, and then looping back to Lhasa on Hwy 317. Is this possible at this time or are some parts of this area closed to foreigners? Thanks!
admin(12-26,2017): Dear Chris Pitts,

Tashi Delek (greetings) from Lhasa, Tibet.

Thanks for your inquiry, this is Samdup from Explore Tibet, I am very happy to be your personal trip advisor, I am a local born Tibetan and have been working in Tibet travel industry for more than 7 years as tour guide and 4 years as Trip Advisor, I am confident that I can answer all the questions you may have based on my own experience and help you plan a memorable tour in my homeland.

Explore Tibet is one of the few Tibetan owned agencies based in Lhasa, we practice Responsible travel by using local services and employ locals as much as possible. We use Tibetan drivers and tour guides for their strong Tibetan Cultural and religious background to make your travel unique and authentic.

First of all, I would like to inform you that the Kham is not located in TAR region as it’s in Sichua province and you don’t need to travel there in a booked tirp. You can travel there freely and I am sure it will be cheaper too. Especially, if you travel alone to Tibetan regions in TAR.

Secondly, I am sure that some part is opened for foreigners where some are not, you can visit areas around Ranwu lake (near Pashul) from TAR region and then you can extend your travel till Markham from Sichuan part. So, if you want to do such trip then you need to do two different tours from Lhasa and from Chengdu.

Thirdly, I can try with the special permit and see if you can extend your trip from Lhasa, Pashul, Chamdo, Markham and Chengdu but I cannot guarantee. Please note that the best time to do such tour is from mid May and April is not a good time.
Best Regards
Samdup (Your Trip Advisor)
Ivy LeeDec,03 2017 14:22:34
Hello there,

My family is planning to visit Tibet in July 2018. My friend told me that the Potala Palace would not be open to all visitors start in January 2018. Is it true? If yes, we need to plan a short trip to Tibet during Christmas 2017 which might be in a rush. Can we still visit the Pitala Palace next July? Thank you.

Regards,
Ivy
admin(12-26,2017): Dear Ivy,
thank you for your inquiry.
No worries, Potala palace is open in every month for international travelers. except for March.
Yes, if coming to Tibet around Christmas,timing is not enough. since we need at least 20 days to apply for the permits for you.

Kind Regards,
Rex
Mona BrendelNov,25 2017 08:43:36
Hey, I would be interested in doing the 8 days Tibet Overland Tour to Nepal on May 17th. As I am by myself, is it possible to book a single room occupancy and if yes, how much is the supplement?
If I am entering Lhasa via plane from Kathmandu, is it time enough for the permit if I arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon, 12th of May?
Looking forward to your answers.
admin(12-27,2017): Hi Mona,
Thanks for your inquiry!

Tibet Group Visa:
Please note: if 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, then the agent will meet you at your arrival in Kathmandu and collect your passport to apply for the Group Visa which is compulsory for travelers entering Tibet from Nepal, you will need to pay for the group visa fee and the agent’s service fee to the agent seperately, this fee is not included in our tour cost. for the fee, you can refer to this link, http://www.exploretibet.com/visa-permits/ just for reference. Your schedule in Kathmandu should be like below:

Day 1: Arrival in KTM
Day 2: group visa apply (must be embassy working days)
Day 3 :group visa collection(must be embassy working days)
Day 4: obtain visa by 11:00 (must be embassy working days)
Day 5: fly to Lhasa
So, you better arrive in Kathmandu on 11th May, it you cannot, I think arrive on 12th will be okay, I can let our friend agent in Kathmandu to rush for Tibet group visa for you.

Best Regards,
Rex
Laura TaitNov,19 2017 04:14:11
Hi,
my friend and me would like to partecipate to the 8 days of Tibet next year in May but I would like that to provide us the visa to come into Tibet through Nepal .. Is it possible for you?
admin(11-21,2017): Dear Laura Tait,

Thanks for your inquiry

Entry Tibet from Nepal;
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 Group Visa which is compulsory for travelers 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).



Once you booked your trip with us, then we will just need your and your friend’s passport copies to apply for the Tibet Group Visa’s Invitation letter, this will be applied with the Tibet Travel Permits.

Best Regards,
Kalsang
PEADER ORDERLEYNov,13 2017 23:43:29
Hi there,

I have a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Chongqing departing 28th December arriving 26th December at 12:45am. I then have a connecting flight on 26th December at 8am to Lhasa. I wish to stay in Lhasa until 31st. Will it be possible for me to collect the visa early on the 26th December or can I collect it at the airport while in transit?
Thanks
Peader
admin(11-21,2017): Dear PEADER ORDERLEY,

Thanks for your inquiry,

Yes, we can mail permit to our local agent in Chonging, and the agent will go to the airport waiting for your landing and deliver the pemit to you. This will cost additional CNY400.

According to your schedule, I suggest you go for our private 6 days cultural experience tour, starting from capital city Lhasa to 2nd largest city Shigatse, and back, en route, you will see one of the 3 holy lakes of Tibet, Yamdrok Lake, and also several famous Monasteries and Temples, to know better about Tibet history, culture and the beautiful scenery.

Warmly,
Sherry(Trip Advisor)

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