Tibet Travel Information

Tibet Visa & Travel Permit

While arriving at Tibet-Lhasa via mainland China, you need to apply for Chinese visa at the Chinese Embassy in your country. Or else you are not eligible to get the Tibet Travel Permit without the Chinese visa

Once you have obtained the Chinese visa, you need to scan the visa and email to us along with the copy of your passport and PP size photo. Both the documents should be clear and readable, if not will be rejected by the Tibet Travel Bureau in Tibet  

Along with the copies of the Chinese visa and passport we will apply for your Tibet entry permit from the TTB. Once your Tibet permit is issued, you can collect it from anywhere in mainland China where you are supposed to arrive or have it delivered at your hotel you would be staying while in mainland China at an extra charge of US$ 30 for courier.

Traveling Tibet via Kathmandu or overland via Zhangmu or Simikot or any Nepal’s side border you need to arrive in Kathmandu at least 3 to 6 days before to apply get the  visa with normal charge for entry into Tibet.

Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu visa are issued only on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 09:00 to 11:00 hrs AM. In order to get the Tibet visa need to submit your original passport with visa form and photographs of PP size at the Chinese Embassy.

Tibet Visa Fee

Travelers  Normal (5 days) Urgent (same day)
US Passport Holder US$ 175 US$ 198
Other Nationalities US$ 85 US& 114

Most Important Consideration for Tibet Travelers

Do not apply the Chinese visa in your country with diplomat passport if you are intending to travel to Tibet else you will not get the Tibet travel permit. Himalayan Mentor always recommends you to travel Tibet with normal passport.

Do not apply for the Chinese visa in your country if you are intending to travel to Tibet via Nepal. If you obtained the Chinese visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled once we get the Tibet visa for you here in Nepal.

The Chinese-Tibet visa issued in Kathmandu as a group visa is not stamped in your passport but on a separate sheet of paper and it is also meant for other person or a group consisting of two or more persons.

Best Time to Travel in Tibet

The best time of the year for overland tours in Tibet is from April to November and for treks and Mt. Kailash tour from April to the beginning of October. From April to November the average temperature ranges form 15-25 degree Celsius and the skies are generally clear and blue. From July to August though there can be an odd shower during the day however, the night can be very cold and temperature can be dropped below 0 degrees Celsius.

Trekking in Tibet

Himalayan Mentor organizes trekking in Tibet’s other region and Mt Kailash tours are fully catered by our own qualified and experienced staff team from Nepal and a professional English speaking Tibetan guide and loads which are usually carried by Yaks.

Your typical day begins with a hot cup of tea/coffee, be refresh and after packing luggage and having a breakfast then commence the morning hike. All you need to carry is a small daypack containing a water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain-jacket and a warm jumper etc and porters or yaks will carry everything else for you. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 PM and after dinner the evening is often spent playing cards or talking fantasy of the day or rest.

Tibet Travel Group Size

Himalayan Mentor doesn’t require minimum and maximum size of group for any private tours and treks to Tibet. If travelers like to travel in Tibet with friends, families, colleagues are welcome to choose any trekking or tour packages at your convenient time frame. We will be happy to organize a small group like minded people to give them an unforgettable experience and opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. However the best group size consideration 5, 10 or 15 are highly recommended for smooth way of tour operation to adjust in 5 seater Land Cruiser.