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1. Posted by NikWal (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,
Yes, so I have this reasonably big plan of making it to Tibet without a plane. I would like to start off in Berlin, then make it through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia to China and then to Tibet.
This is the trip, roughly:

Alright, so please, if you're just going to say something along the lines of 'idiot', 'not possible', 'insane', then please spare it.

I do not know a lot about geography, I don't even know if the tour on the map is crossing any mountains that you can't really pass or any other stuff one might be expected to know when he or she has planned such a huge trip. If anyone of you has info on crossing some of those countries I'd be glad to find out more about that. Even if it's only say.. Poland->Lithuania or Russia->China.

The choice of countries was due to me being a European citizen, I therefore won't have trouble travelling up to Latvia, as it's part of the EU. I would then need only a VISA for China, Russia and Tibet. I don't even know if you need a VISA if I just want to pass through Russia, then again, with tramping it will probably take a very long time and therefore I'll prolly need a VISA.

I'm aware I'm not very well informed, that is why I'm coming here. If you have advise, tips, anything, I'd be glad to hear it. I will obviously gather more information before starting the trip, but maybe some of you have already gathered some information that I need and could spare me work.

All the best to all you travellers,

Ps.: I wasn't sure where to put this, as it is Europe and Asia, but also not a world trip.

Ps.: I am in the process of informing, hence it is no wonder I do not know a lot, I just wanted to stress that once more. I just checked and it doesn't seem like it would work out very well to cross the Russian border to Chian via the small gap between Kazahkstan and Mongolia.... but I'm not sure yet.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jul-2010, at 15:09 by NikWal ]

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I won't knock it one bit. I've done some - shall we say 'Different' trips in the past that have needed a lot of planning, but they've come off OK.
I'm not going to give you a long winded saga of advice - just a few snippets of help to assist you on your way.
Yes - you will need a visa for Russia - and no you cannot get it at the border. They are not the easiest things to obtain and if you tell the authorities at the visa department that you're going to be walking to Tibet - well, oh I don't know quite what they'll say, but it's going to raise a few eyebrows for sure. Again, what the Chinese Consulate people in their visa department would want to ask you - is anyone's guess.
I'm on your side though all the way.
Please let us know how the visa applications go. It could make for some entertaining reading.

3. Posted by NikWal (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Haha, I sure will.
I decided that it would be wisest to get the Visas in this order Tibet/China, Russia. Because if I don't get the Visa for China and Tibet, I don't even need the Russian Visa. I also don't believe that the authorities have to know anything. I just pose to be a regular tourist and I assume things will just go fine. I assume that the usual tourist applicant doesn't mention how he's travelling either, whether by train or car so I don't see why I'd have to tell them that I'm going to walk/hitchhike.

Anyways, I'll let you know about progress. If anyone else has any info for my trip, I'd be glad to hear!

All the best, N.