Tibet is situated on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau with an average altitude of above 4000m. Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is bounded to the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, to the east by Sichuan Province, to the southeast by Yunnan Province, to the south and west by these countries: Burma, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The region covers an area of around 1.22 million km2, which accounts for 12.8% of the total of China. The unspoiled alpine scenery and pervasive Tibetan Buddhism atmosphere and easy access to its neighboring country Nepal make Tibet rank high of the travel bucket list. Its distinct topography and geographical location allow it to share the world’s grandest mountaineering and trekking resource with its neighbor country Nepal.
Tibet Standard Time ( IST ) is 0800 hours (6 hours) ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).
All foreigners except citizens of China (including Hong Kong, and Macau), are required to obtain a visa and special permit before traveling to Tibet. In addition to the visa, it is necessary to obtain the "Tibet Travel Permit" for travelling in Tibet.
B) China visa or Tibet Group visa
C) Tibet Travel Permit (TTB)
D) Alien's Travel Permit (ATP/also called PSB permit)
There are overall four documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel freely in Tibet.
* One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your country (If you go to Tibet via mainland China). Please be aware that: if you enter Tibet from Nepal, no China visa but Tibet Group visa is needed.
*One is Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB), which you have to obtain in order to enter Tibet. This is for Entry to Tibet.
*One is the Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) when you are planning to travel to the 'unopened' areas in Tibet.
*The other ones include Military Permit, Foreign affairs permit, etc, which you have to obtain if you are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas.
All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
To enter Tibet via Mainland China, firstly you need to apply China visa for entry to China
Tibet is part of China, under the Chinese Central Government's Sovereignty. Thus to travel from China to Tibet, you have to obtain a China Visa at first stage before all are followed up. Visas for individual travel in China are very easy to get from most Chinese embassies. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five working days (an 'L' Visa means travel). If you are lucky, some embassies abroad may give you a 60 or even 90days. But in Hong Kong it is very easy to get a 90 day visa; most agencies can arrange it in one day. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry visa. Well, for those who are to work, study or live temporarily in China, you may need the other related China Visa such as "F" Visa, "X" Visa or "Z" Visa, etc. All these kind of visa holders can travel in Tibet with the Tibet entry permits and other travel permits which can be obtained by local travel agency in Tibet with strict and serious procedure.
Since the country extends high altitude, it is often hard to predict the weather. It is cold mostly. Lhasa and around it is cool, sunny day during the day time but evening, night and morning will be cold. Need to bring warm enough clothes.
Spring and summer are considered to be the best seasons in Tibet. Mostly April – September is the best month to travel in Tibet. Oct – Nov is also considered as travel month in Tibet but some of the places like Mt. Kailash region might have much snowfall those months.
The US dollar is the most widely accepted currency. Chinese RMB notes come in RMB. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Our Tibetan guide will help you change your money. You can use ATM facilities in Lhasa. You are advised to bring Cash USD, your own travelers Cheques can be changed in Bank.
In Tibet, it is compulsory for all the travelers to visit everywhere accompanied with the guide.
We use modern, well-located hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and other major cities in Tibet and other small town will be best available.
Tips is not compulsory but most clients want to give something to their guide and driver as a gratitude. It is not necessary to tip the hotels but if you want to tip your guide and driver than an average of US$10/day for your guide and about US$7/day for your driver should be a good reward. You can even make it lesser, it is all up to you.
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