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1. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Hi folks,

Me and a friend are looking to include Tibet as part of our 6-month Asia trip next year.

We were going to make our way there from Chengdu.

Is it possible to go to Tibet without being part of an organised tour? I understand we will both need Tibetan Permits?

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Traveloid

Hi folks,

Me and a friend are looking to include Tibet as part of our 6-month Asia trip next year.

We were going to make our way there from Chengdu.

Is it possible to go to Tibet without being part of an organised tour? I understand we will both need Tibetan Permits?

China wants to encourage group travel and and therefore it won't issue permits to individuals.

You need a Chinese Visa needless to say since China still considers Tibet to be a part of its territory. As regards permits you can arrange those via any travel agency. Here are a couple of them: Access Tibet Tour and China Tibet train

3. Posted by kashgaria (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi there ,
it is true you need to get permit to Tibet and you should get this around ten days before you entering tibet .
it is ok leave from Cheng .And if you take train from Xineng it costs 800 Yuan and to get permit you should have hotel room confirmation for two nights at least .for more info please email .
Chears !

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Blinq

[quote=Traveloid]Hi folks,

You need a Chinese Visa needless to say since China still considers Tibet to be a part of its territory.


"considers" what, are you one of those "I'm political or spiritual backpacker"?... Tibet is over rated and ridiculously over priced. There is Nepal and Bhutan... and Sichuan and Qinghai have TIBETANS everywhere. China is so huge and Qinghai and Xinjiang has infinite destinations to die for.

Tibet is attracting a breed of travellers that forget that politics is a science and that spirituality is not something you can buy through a package tour.

Backpackers and their Tibet monologues, is so 1980's.

5. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quite disappointed in this as I didnt want to join an organised tour really. They all seem very expensive.

Is it possible to just book a 4 day Lhasa tour in order to get the permits then just stay in Tibet when the tour ends?

6. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Traveloid

Quite disappointed in this as I didnt want to join an organised tour really. They all seem very expensive.

Is it possible to just book a 4 day Lhasa tour in order to get the permits then just stay in Tibet when the tour ends?

Your best bet would be to call the Chinese Embassy and see what they have to say.

But as you see from this Times Newspaper article, once somebody exploits the situation, it ruins it for everybody.

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