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Yunnan Tibet Tours, China Tibet Tours from Yunnan

You may be curious about why one would choose to visit both Yunnan and Tibet in a single trip? Yunnan and Tibet are two most breathtaking destinations in western China with some differences and similarities. It is a good choice to put Yunnan and Tibet in one trip for in-depth discovery.

Yunnan is known for its diverse ethnic cultures, with over 25 ethnic groups, including the Bai, Yi, and Naxi people, each with their unique customs, traditions, and cuisine. Additionally, Yunnan boasts stunning natural landscapes, such as snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and picturesque rice terraces.

Tibet, on the other hand, is renowned for its rich and unique Tibetan culture, deep spiritual traditions, colorful festivals, and fascinating architecture and monasteries, holy mountains and sacred lakes. Moreover, Tibet offers a range of adventure activities, such as hiking, trekking, and mountain climbing, making it an ideal destination for thrill-seekers.

How to Plan a Yunnan Tibet Tour?

Yunnan (Shangri-La) lies approximately 1570 kilometers away from Lhasa. Flying is the preferred mode of transportation for travelers seeking to reach Tibet from Yunnan, with a journey time of around 2 hours. Visitors can spend 6-8 days in Yunnan, indulging in the charm of Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Shangri-La, or Yuanyang Rice Terraces before embarking on an adventure in Tibet.

For those with 4 to 8 days to spare in Tibet, a plethora of plans await to fully immerse oneself in the wonders of Lhasa and its surroundings. A trip to Mount Everest from Lhasa is a must-do, with highlights such as Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery on the way. For an extended journey, one can venture to Mount Kailash after completing the EBC tour. No matter you want to go in private way or take a group tour at affordable prices, you can get a customized Yunnan Tibet tour totally based on your likes.
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Best Yunnan Tibet Tours

The following are best Yunnan Tibet tours that you can explore Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La) first and then go to Tibet either by flight. Besides, our Yunnan Tibet tours can be customized to meet your individual preferences and just tell us your ideas!
Yunnan Lijiang Old Town
Kunming - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Lhasa
Located in southwest and western China, Yunnan is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant ethnic cultures of the region’s Bai, Yi, Tibetan, and Naxi people, while Tibet is celebrated fo...
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Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Yunnan is the most diverse province in southwestern China. A journey to Yunnan is a journey into the colorful ethnic cultures of the region’s Bai, Yi and Naxi people, as well as the various splendo...
Tibet Tour to Mount Everest
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Lhasa
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Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
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Mount Everest in Tibet
Shanghai - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Xian - Beijing
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Yunnan Tibet Tours Planning & Useful Articles

Planning a Yunnan Tibet tour can be a complex process, with many factors to consider. As a foreign visitor, you are required to travel with a registered travel agency and obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, or Tibet Military Permit before visit Tibet, which can add to the complexity of planning your trip. To make things easier, we offer a wealth of travel information to help you plan your Yunnan Tibet tour. Besides, if you want more choice to explore Tibet from other gateway cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Xining, Hong Kong, you can check the following tour packages and travel guide to plan your China Tibet tour.

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    1. How many days for a classic Tibet tour?
    For most travelers, they would like to spend 8 to 15 days to travel within Tibet. For 8 days, it is highly recommended to visit Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Mount Everest - Lhasa for classic exploration. To extend further, you can cover Mount Kailash (3 Days), Guge Kingdom & Zanda Earth Forest (1 Day), Namtso Lake (1 Day), etc.
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    2. Which city/destination to start a Tibet tour?

    Tibet Tours can be started from various cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Guangzhou, and more. Additionally, visitors can also start their Tibet tours from Nepal, as it is a neighboring country with convenient transportation options to Tibet

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    3. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

    The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October, during the spring, summer, and autumn seasons. The weather during this time is mild and comfortable, with clear skies and warm temperatures. The peak tourist season is from late June to early October. However, visiting in the shoulder seasons of April-May and mid-October to November can offer fewer crowds and lower prices. You can decide your best time to come to fulfill your Tibet dream.

    Besides the weather condition, there are some grand festivals such as Saga Dawa Festival (May/June), Tibetan New Year (February) and Shoton Festival (August). If you are interested in the cultural experience in Tibet, feel free to contact our travel experts to match your ideas and likes.

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    4. When will your Tibet Travel Permit be checked?

    Your Tibet Travel Permit will be checked at various points before or during your trip to Tibet. Here are the main checkpoints where your permit will be checked:
    Checkpoint at the point of entry: When you first enter Tibet, your permit will be checked at the checkpoint at the train station or airport. Without Tibet permit, even you are not allowed to board a train or plan.
    Hotels: When you check into a hotel in Tibet, the staff will ask to see your Tibet Travel Permit.
    Attractions: Many tourist attractions in Tibet, such as temples and monasteries, require visitors to show their Tibet Travel Permit before entering.
    Checkpoints on the road: If you're traveling by road in Tibet, there may be checkpoints where your permit will be checked.
    It's important to keep your Tibet Travel Permit with you at all times during your trip to Tibet, as you may be asked to show it at any point.
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    5. How long does it take to get my Tibet Permit?
    Generally, it takes 15-20 days to receive your Tibet Permit after your application has been submitted. It takes 8-9 days for the processing of Tibet Pemit in Lhasa. Then it needs to take 3-5 days to send to your hotel in the mainland of China
    However, it's important to note that the application process can take longer during holidays and festivals or when there are special events or political situations in Tibet. The processes are also not available during weekends. So we suggest you email documents to us 20 days ahead. It's better not to leave it to the last min.
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    6. Should I worry about altitude sickness when travelling in Tibet?

    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.

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    7. How do you get to Tibet Everest Base Camp?

    Travelers can get to Tibet Everest Base Camp from China Tibet side or Nepal side. To reach the Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side, travelers can either take a flight or a train to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and then travel by road to the base camp. From Lhasa, it takes around 8-10 hours directly to Tibet EBC, depending on the route taken. Some travelers prefer to join a tour group to explore from Lhasa to Shigatse to Everest Base Camp for 4 days to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.

    If traveling from Nepal, you will cross the Gyirong Border and then travel by road to Everest Base Camp.

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    8. When is the best time to visit Mount Everest Base Camp?

    The most recommended time for visiting Mount Everest is from April to June and September to November. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear, providing optimal visibility of the mountain. The temperatures are also mild, making it easier for travelers explore Mount Everest Base Camp and surrounding area. It's advisable to check the latest  Everest Base Camp weather reports and consult with our professional travel consultant before planning your Tibet trip.

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    9. Can I travel independently in Tibet?
    No, it is not possible for foreign travelers to travel independently in Tibet. The Chinese government requires all foreign travelers to obtain a special travel permit and join an organized tour with a licensed tour guide in order to visit Tibet. If you are interested in traveling to Tibet, it is recommended that you work with a licensed travel agency to arrange a tour and obtain the necessary permits. They will be able to advise you on the most current regulations and ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.
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