Going in Tibet from Nepal
Tibet is a wonderful destination full of adventures. It is mentioned as “roof of the world” as it possess high valleys that are higher than highest mountains of the world.
Going in Tibet from Nepal is from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. From Apr to Nov, Kathmandu operates two flights a week, from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Because from end November to end March the region gets very cold and snowy and flights are not operated during this period. Going in Tibet from Nepal takes one hour to travel to Lhasa by flight and scenic Himalayas will add more delight to the passengers. But when you consider going in Tibet from Nepal as an individual you neither get visa nor an air ticket. Tickets are available only to members in organized groups.
Traveling by road is more adventurous and full of beautiful sights like Shigatse, Gyantse and the Everest Peak base camp when you opt for going in Tibet from Nepal. It takes around 5 to 7 days to reach Lhasa by this route traveling all over the Tibetan Highlands and valleys. Going in Tibet from Nepal though this route too has the same restrictions as that of traveling by flight. Going in Tibet from Nepal by road passes via Dram from Kathmandu and uses the Qinghai Tibet Highway. The other highway, which is China Nepal Friendship Highway, is a most famous route for traveling.
Travel guidance and information in Tibet is very graceful and changes often. Mostly you will be free to travel anywhere in this area. But you need a special permit apart from your Chinese visa to enter certain places in Tibet like TAR where individual travelers are forbidden from entering the place. Still some lone travelers have their own way of entering these places and they have been doing it for years.
TAR is a special place among the Tibetan areas under China. The foreigners are required to carry a permit provided by the PSB to enter this particular area. This permit allows you to buy air or bus tickets and it is mandatory. When you decide going in Tibet from Nepal or through common routes like Chengdu to Lhasa by air, Golmud to Lhasa by bus, the foreigners should acquire a permit along with your tickets.
Chinese Visas acquired from overseas are not ideal to visit Tibet when you consider going in Tibet from Nepal. You have to get the visa from Nepal’s Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. The Embassy issues visas to Tibet only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays exclusive of Chinese holidays. This work schedule of the Embassy might leave travelers who are Going in Tibet from Nepal to make two night halts in Nepal before entering Tibet. The visa period can be extended by paying an extra fee through your tour organizer otherwise it is valid for only 20 days or few days more.
As you decide going in Tibet from Nepal the necessary Tibet Tourism visa and the related approved documents have to be submitted to the Chinese Embassy channelizing through a recognized Travel Agency and independent visa application is not applicable.
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