Firsthand Tibet Travel Tips from a Lhasa-based Travel Agency
Firsthand Tibet Travel Tips from a Lhasa-based Travel Agency

There’s nothing like travel advice from a local Lhasa-based travel agency! Tibet Ctrip Travel Service- uses its 14 years of experience operating Tibet tours to provide firsthand Tibet travel tips.

Travel in Tibet is world renowned for opportunities to see its stunning landscapes and learn about its fascinating culture. Tibet’s political environment, combined with its varied geography and climate, make it important to be up-to-date on the latest travel information. With over 14 years of experience operating Tibet tours, Lhasa based travel agency Tibet Ctrip Travel Service ( is providing travelers with firsthand travel information and helpful tips to make Tibet travel easy and worry free.

Tibet Travel Tip 1: Tibet Travel Permits

At the time of writing, May 2018, Tibet travel permits are available for groups of all sizes, including individuals. Like other countries, travelers should have a valid Chinese visa in order to enter China. When applying for a Chinese visa, it is best for travelers to mention their inbound destination in Mainland China (such as Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, etc) on the application. Due to Tibet’s sensitive political environment, some travelers have had Chinese visa application refused when mentioning Tibet on the application form. The application process works as follows:

1. Travelers schedule a Tibet tour with Tibet Ctrip at least one month and a half in advance.
2. At least 20 days prior to arrival in Tibet, travelers will need to provide their travel agency with copies of passports and Chinese visa pages.
3. As soon as possible, provide a mailing address in China (such as travelers’ hotel) for permit delivery.
4. Bring Permits to the airport or train station and head towards Tibet worry-free!

Tibet Travel Tip 2: Health and Safety

Travelers will need to prepare for weather that can sometimes be harsh. Most importantly, travelers need to take steps to prevent acute mountain sickness, also known as altitude sickness! Symptoms can range anywhere from headache and mild dizziness to vomiting or fainting. To minimize the altitude’s affects:

1. Try to ascend gradually, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization. Sleep at lower altitudes if possible. Tours of Tibet operated by TCTS allow for plenty of time for acclimatization in Lhasa!
2. Learn how to recognize the symptoms. According to the US National Library of Medicine early diagnosis is important, travelers who notice symptoms early can more quickly take oxygen or move to lower altitudes.
3. Acetazolamide (Diamox), may help improve breathing and reduce symptoms of AMS. When taking this drug it is important to drink lots of fluids and avoid alcohol.
4. Keep well hydrated while in Tibet, especially when engaging in physical activity!

Tibet is a travel destination drastically different from many other travel destinations, keeping up to date on the latest travel information can help travelers avoid last minute hassles. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service aims to help travelers to have a smooth and easy trip! All questions and concerns are welcome. With summer in Tibet right around the corner, travelers are advised to start planning now!

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