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In order to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit, you need to apply for a Chinese visa in the Chinese embassy or consulates in your country first. If you book a tour with us, we will send an invitation letter to you to help you apply for a Chinese visa.
Once you get a Chinese visa, please send the photocopies of the visa and your passport to us, and we will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you. Please note that international tourists must book a tour with a local travel agency in Tibet if they want to travel to Tibet.
After the permit is issued, we will send it to your hotel or the places you stay in China. You need to show the permit while boarding on a train or flight to Tibet. The government do not allow travel agencies to send the permit overseas.
Lhasa is home to many world-famous iconic attractions, each offering a unique insight into the region's rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Lhasa:
There are usually two ways to get to Lhasa , depending on your starting point and travel preferences.
(1) By Air: You can fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport from major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guangzhou, as well as from some international destinations such as Kathmandu, Nepal. The airport is located about 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) from Lhasa and can be reached by taxi or bus.
(2) by train The Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects Lhasa with several major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, and Xining. The train journey is a popular way to reach Lhasa as it offers stunning views of the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan mountain range. However, the journey can take several days, so it's important to plan accordingly.
Once you arrive in Lhasa, our team at Asia Odyssey Travel will be there to greet you with English-speaking guides and experienced drivers. We'll escort you from the airport or train station to your hotels in Lhasa.
Shigatse is renowned for its rich Tibetan culture and history. Some of the most popular attractions in and around Shigatse include Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Perklor Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Mt. Everest Base Camp.
On the way to Shigatse, you won't miss the natural wonders like Yamdork Lake(Holy Lake) and Karola Glacier (the location of the film Red Valley/Hong He Gu). If you head to Shigatse via Gyantse, you should pay a visit to Perklor Monastery which is famous for its 100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda and is one of the most important cultural relics in Tibet. You can also catch a view of Gyangtse Fortress (Gyantse Dzong) from there.
The top highlight of Shigatse is Tashilhunpo Monastery, which was founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama. It is also good spot to have a stunning bird's eye view of Shigatse City. Shigatse is the gateway to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and you can have a photograph stop at Gyawu La Pass (5,200m) for a glimpse of Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and the zigzag road that looks winding to the end of the world. Before reaching Mount Everest Base Camp, you can have the first incredible view of the Mount Everest summit from the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. Then enjoy the starry night in EBC and have the chance to witness a sunrise over the north side of Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest).
As a foreigner who wants to do a Tibet Tour , it is essential to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit (TTB permit; Lhasa) before entering Tibet for travel. If your tour in Tibet covers areas beyond Lhasa, aditional permits for Tibet are required, such as the Aliens' Travel Permit (PSB Permit; Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp), and Military Travel Permit (Shannan, Kailash). You can contact AOT Team for all the Tibet Permits you need for free and enjoy a worry-free trip with us. Your guide in Xining can help to arragne your train boarding with your Tibet permit.
The average elevation of the region is over 4,000 meters and altitude sickness is a common concern for travelers visiting Tibet. Not everybody will suffer from altitude sickness when traveling in Tibet and most visitors will be in good condition when they arrive.
The symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It is important to allow time to acclimate to the high altitude and to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness. Travelers should drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and eat light meals that are high in carbohydrates. It is also recommended to take it easy for the first few days, avoiding strenuous activities and allowing time to adjust to the new altitude when arrive in Lhasa. Some travelers may also benefit from taking medication to prevent or treat altitude sickness.
If symptoms of altitude sickness persist or worsen, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Many hotels and travel agencies in Tibet have oxygen supplies on hand to help alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to consult with a doctor before traveling to Tibet, especially if you have a history of heart or lung problems, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions that may be affected by high altitude.
Good News! The wait is finally over - Gyirong Port (China Nepal Border) is open to tourism and ready to welcome you with open arms, in 2023. Currently, the Gyirong Port is used for tourism, while the Zhangmu Port is primarily used for freight (not for tourists).