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New Announcement of Tibet Tour in 2012
A new policy on Tibet Travel Permit is issued and it might last for some time. That is the Tibet permit can only be issued under the condition that the tour group is 5 or more people with the same nationality, traveling from the same city to Lhasa and arriving in Lhasa on the same day. If your group does not have 5 people of the same nationality, we are afraid that the permit can not be applied and issued according to the new policy, but we will endeavor to find you the ways to organize a memorable trip. We will follow up the news and release the newest information here. Besides, we offer a confirmed Tibet tour list here for people to share. You may find a trip that suits all your needs to participate.
Do I need permits to Tibet? If yes, can you get permits for me? And how much would be the cost?
Note: 1) If you only go to Lhasa, a Tibet permit will be sufficient but, if you want to go further to the "unopened" areas, you also need an Alien's travel permit issued by the PSB of Tibet. 2)If you have not booked a tour, the travel agencies can not help you get the permits. No travel agency can provide "permit-only" service. Here is a note from Lonely Planet. "Lhasa PSB will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency. Agencies can arrange a travel permit to almost anywhere but only if you book a Land Cruiser, driver and a guide." It is impossible for a travel agency to SELL you a Tibet permit if you have not booked a tour with them. Do not "buy" a travel permit only or you may get in trouble! 3) Most people can obtain a Tibet permit through their travel agency except diplomats, journalists and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of the Tibet Government. 4) If you want us to help you with your Tibet permits, you need to give us your information including: full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality and occupation.
Could you indicate us how to avoid the high altitude sickness?
Here are some suggestions: 1) Drink extra fluids. The dry air and evaporation of sweat may cause dehydration. 2) Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don't smoke. 3) Avoid sedatives. 4) Avoid catching cold before entering Tibet. 5) Walk slowly, especially on the first day. 6) Take more deep breath; 7) Prepare an oxygen bag if you don't feel well on the first day; 8) Get more advice from our local guide.
What is the best season for travel to Tibet? What do you suggest we bring with us if we travel to Tibet?
In fact, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. It is suitable for travel to Tibet from April to the beginning of November, and the best time is August and September. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there anytime of the year. For the clothing, we suggest casual attire style and layered clothing. In day time you may need only a T-shirt or at most a jacket, but at night you may need a coat. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, the Everest Camp or further to Mount. Karlash. Sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture cream are very necessary to be in your packing list.