Can Americans Travel to Tibet? Some tips for Americans to travel in Tibet
Located on the third people in the world, Tibet, the pure of land is a good destination for Americans. Every year, thousands of Americans travel to Tibet to learn about the mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and visit Mount Everest-the highest mountain in the world.
1 Top attractions for American Travelers in Tibet
According to statistics from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, apart from other foreign tourists who came from other countries, there are about 70% of foreign tourists who came from America travel to Tibet every year. With many years of experience of Tibet tourism, we have a good understanding of popular travel destinations and attractions for American travelers. The most popular Tibet travel route is from Lhasa to EBC with 8 days. Many American travelers want to learn more about mystic Tibetan Buddism and explore Everest Base Camp from Tibet side. Start this tour from Lhasa, you could visit the most famous monasteries in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera monastery, and Drepung Monastery. Continue this tour, you will drive to EBC from Lhasa via two big cities- Gyantse and Shigaze. On the way, you could enjoy the beautiful natural landscape though visiting Yamdrok Lake, Korola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. When you reach EBC, you can appreciate the stunning sunset of Everest peak and enjoy an unforgettable night in EBC tent. Mount Everest is the main peak of the Himalayas and the highest mountain in the world. If you have enough time, you could spend two days visiting Namtso Lake, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and enjoy an unforgettable hot spring in Yampachen.
Trekking in Tibet is also one of the popular travel ways to travel in Tibet. If you prefer to take an adventure trek tour, there is a famous trekking route from Tingri to Everest Base Camp. The four-day Tibet trekking, stretching 70 kilometers, is one of the most spectacular treks in Tibet. It spans vast plains, mountains, and hikes to the Everest base camp. Hiking is a good way to visit more natural landscapes, allow you to communicate more closely with Tibetans and learn more about Tibet culture. The more important thing is that your Everest dream will become true in a cool way.
3-day mount Kailash trekking is also a good trekking route. For 15 days Lhasa Everest and Kailash trekking tour, you will visit the most attractions in Tibet includes Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Korola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum, the sunrise of Everest, Mount Kailash, and Lake Manasarover.
If you want to travel to Tibet from Nepal, there is a popular route from Kathmandu from Lhasa by overland. It takes about 8 days from Kathmandu from Lhasa via Everest Base Camp. You will be transferred from Kathmandu to Gyirong Border in a day, then you will arrive in Tibet side. Continue to Everest Base Camp, you will enjoy the stunning view of Himalaya mountains. When reaching Everest Base Camp, you will enjoy the stunning sunset of Mt.Everest. Later, you will reach to Lhasa to visit many famous monasteries. Also, you can drive to Kathmandu from Lhasa via Everest with 7 days. It’s also an unforgettable experience in your life.
2 Travel Documents Needed for American travelers
For traveling to Tibet from America, you need to get several documents to enter Tibet. First, you need to apply for a Chinese visa from the Chinese embassy in America. Then, you need to send us the copies of Chinese visa and passport by email, so that we can apply for your Tibet Travel Permit in Lhasa before the Tibet tour starts. Tibet Travel Permit is a necessary document for all tourists who want to enter Tibet. It takes about 15~20 days to get it in Lhasa, once we get it for you, we will send it to your hotel in a China city or send the copies if you take a train to Lhasa from a China city.
Apart from Chinese visa and Tibet Travel Permit, if you travel to other areas in Tibet such as Everest Base Camp, you will also need Alien’s Travel Permit. If also want to travel to Mount Kailash, which is in Ngari Prefecture, you also need Military Permit, which takes about 30 days to get it. So you’re suggested to book a Tibet tour 30 days in advance so that we can get all Tibet permits in time. If you don’t have enough time, don’t worry, you can apply for urge Tibet Permits.
3 The Best Time to Visit Tibet from the USA
Most people thought that the best time to tour in Tibet is from April to November when the weather is warm and the landscape is very beautiful. To be honest, Tibet is a good place that can be visited all year round. The best time for you depends on your travel date, and what you want to see in Tibet.
From April to November, it’s the peak season to travel in Tibet. Most people will choose to travel to Everest Base Camp from Lhasa or Mount Kailash kora tour. Also, if you prefer trekking in Tibet, the weather is good from April to November.
From Dec to March, it’s off-season in Tibet for Americans, but the cost of flight ticket, tour guide fee, accommodations will be much cheaper than peak seasons. Also, it’s not crowded in Tibet, so you can enjoy a real Tibet and learn more about Tibetan Buddism. Some people may worry about the low temperature in Tibet in winter. Don’t worry, Lhasa is well-famous for “the Sunlight Of City”. The weather is warm in the daytime, and there is an air conditioner in the hotel at night.
4 How to Get to Tibet from US
Apart from Kathmandu, there is no international flight to Lhasa from the USA directly, you need to fly to a China city such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc, then transfer to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
You can search the direct flight to a China city from your city of America, then choose the cheaper and convenient flight route and book it. Besides, there is two way to get to Lhasa from a China city such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Xining, etc. If you prefer to save travel time and take less time on the road, you can fly to Lhasa directly from those cities in China. The flight cost to Lhasa is from as little as US$ 200 per person for a one-way economy ticket. The closest airports to Tibet are the cheaper flights, while flights from Beijing and Shanghai can cost more than $USD350 dollars each way. If you want to adapt to high altitude and experience the stunning landscape of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, you can take a train to Lhasa from Xining, Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai. The travel time varies depending on the station of departure and takes from 22 to 55 hours to make the trip. Train ticket prices for the trains range from $USD80 to as much as $ USD 220 depends on the seat and depart city of China.
5 How to book your Tibet tour from US
To book a tour to Tibet, you are suggested to contact our travel advisor who can tailer-made your itinerary to Tibet and provide the best service for you when you plan a Tibet tour. When you confirmed the Tibet tour itinerary with our travel advisor, you are required to send us a payment advance and your copies of Chinese visa and passport. If you need us to book all your flights or train tickets to Lhasa, please also tell us the details and we will book it for you with the best ticket price. Later, your travel advisor will help you get all Tibet Permits and send it to you by email or to your hotel in a China city. What you need to do is only prepare your luggage, then take it to Lhasa.
6 Is it safe for Americans to travel in Tibet?
Of course, it’s safe for you to travel to Tibet. First, we will provide an excellent Tibetan tour guide and driver who are born in Tibet and have many experiences in Tibet tourism. They will take good care of you when you are traveling in Tibet. Second, the law and order in Tibet are very good, and most Tibetans have deep religious beliefs and are very friendly. What’s more, for Altitude sickness, you don’t need to worry too much, we will provide the First aid kit and oxygen tank in every vehicle. Also, the tour itinerary we arranged for you do not hurry, you can have enough time to adapt to high altitude in Lhasa.
7 Other Dos and Don’t for American travelers Visiting Tibet
As Tibet belongs to the Buddhist city in China, you need to notice some things not to do when you visit a monastery or visit a Tibetan family.
A You’d better not take a photo when you are in a monastery or local Tibetan people without permission.
B you’re suggested not to talk about political issues with a local Tibetan people because Tibet is a sensitive area.
C Don’t drink alcohol and smoke when you are in Tibet as it may cause altitude sickness.
Extra Tibet Permit & Tibet Group Visa
In addition to Tibet Travel Permit&Tibet Visa, you also need to have some other extra supporting documents if your Tibet tour plan include out of Lhasa. There are three documents include Alien’s Travel Permit, Border Permit and Military Permit. If traveling to Tibet from Nepal, you are required to have a China Group Visa in Kathmandu instead of Chinese Visa.
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