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Best time to do Tibet Kailash Kora – the Ultimate Spiritual Tour of Tibet

When one thinks of Tibet, one of the primary things to pop in their minds is the Kailash Kora. A religious pilgrimage thought to bring about enlightenment and good fortune, this Tibet Kailash tour is opted by many from around the globe. However, with severe climatic conditions, the question arises that what is the best time to do Tibet Kailash Kora? The answer is two-fold.

If you wish for beautiful sights, fully accessible areas, and a weather which makes your heart gleam in awe – the months from middle of April until early July, and end of August to the first week of October are the best time of the year for you. The temperature is comfortable and just right – not too cold, nor too hot. The maximum temperature it could attain would be below 12 ℃, whilst the minimum stays within -10 ℃. As the sunlight streaks through the land, the cold fresh air of the area supports the journey; making it the perfect trekking climate for the Kailash Kora.

On the other hand, if you are a fan of rain and wish for a mysterious and fog-laden Mount Kailash to greet you, visit in the Tibet Kailash tour season of monsoon rains. Contrary to usual opinion, the area does not turn muddy or with standing rainwater. Instead, the vibe of the mountain turns magical as the rain fills the atmosphere at regular intervals, and the temperature always stays above the freezing point. Grab your waterproof jacket as you make your way for the yatra and watch your step for the roads are bound to be slippery post-rain.

Kailash Parikrama experience with Tibet travel agency in Lhasa
A fascinating Full Kora around Mt. Kailash, once a life time spiritual journey! – Best time for Kailash

However, opting for the Tibet Kailash travel service from November to March is a definite NO. The weather is unimaginably cold, with the temperature falling as low as -18 ℃ in January. Blizzards are a common feature of the climate, whilst the snow blocks various paths. The cold also proves detrimental to the health of the visitor, causing extreme headaches.

Tibet Travel Permits for Kailash Manasarovar Tours
Kailash Manasarovar Spiritual Tour – The Real Journey to Sole – Chose the right season for Kailash Tour

Planning your trip to perform the Kailash Kora? Do not get worried with weather details for your Tibet Local Guide Travel service will give you all the information you require. Or if you wish to travel eastern Tibet and areas like Lhasa, a Lhasa local Kailash tour agent will be at your service.

Read further about Tibet Kailash tours and Tibet permits via our faqs resources.

Kailash Tour Faqs (1)

Well this is a very common question asked by many Indian travelers, especially many questions are raised by travelers from India. However due to the Tibet Kailash permits strict restrictions, all travel agencies here in Lhasa Tibet have no rights to apply any Tibet permits for Indian nationality passports holders for Kailash travel. This business is controlled by government pilgrimage office, namely they say they may have very strict and serious tourism arrangement management and they do not allow any travel agencies to organize these tours. However as travel agency in Lhasa, Tibet, we can organize all Kailash Manasarovar tours for any none Indian passports holders. If you are overseas Indian immigrants, we can definitely organize any tours in Tibet. The solution for Indian travelers Kailash tour booking is that, these travelers should book the Kailash trip with India based tour companies. Read further about Kailash tours here.

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Tibet Travel Permits Visa FAQs (23)

When you fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal, the airport custom will check passports, your China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit), however guide will need to show these permits and help you clear the customs easily. After that, guide will take permits back. Hope this helps. Any reliable Tibet travel agencies here in Lhasa know very well.

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Tibet Alien’s travel permits are for foreign travelers to travel in the not fully open regions in Tibet. And these places refer to Tsetang (such as Samye Monastery, Mindrolin Monastery, etc), Mt. Everest Base Camp, Saga, Payang, Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom Ruins, and Lake Draksumtso in east Tibet (Nyingchi prefecture). We apply these permits in local “Public Security Bureau“, so that is why this permit has another name of “PSB permit”. If your travel includes Lake Draksumtso and if you leave Lhasa for this sightseeing and Nyingchi is your last stop, we will need to apply this permit in Lhasa.

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Updated on April 24, 2017: Do I have to find Malaysian travelling companions to travel Tibet? In my group, do we have to have the same nationality? Some travelers from Malaysia still ask this question. However since 2 years ago, the Tibet travel permits restriction on the same nationality is already cancelled. Now different foreign nationality travelers can travel together in Tibet. This is a favorable policy so far in Tibet tourism. We wish more and more travelers can travel together, sharing the group tour cost.  

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Foreign Tibet travelers frequently asked that whether they can fly to Kathmandu without a tour guide accompany and permits at Lhasa airport. The answer to this question is that: You will have Immigration problem if without providing “Tibet Travel Permit”. As you know, all foreign travelers flying from Lhasa to Tibet after Tibet travel, they need to provide passports, China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit). The airport custom authority will check all these Tibet travel permits documents, however your Tibetan tour guide will help you show all these Tibet permits. 

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How to get Tibet travel permit?

Many foreign travelers often tell us that: some travel agencies say the Tibet travel permit is totally free. Well as local Tibet travel agency, we want to tell you that, this is their promotional words and it is not free at all. This is a tourist trap and they do not offer your permits only services. They must sell you something before they can apply Tibet travel permits. And few other agencies may tell you that the permit service fee is around RMB 1500-2000, this is sky high price and this is not true as well. So for Tibet permits only, there are lots of rumors. Here lets state it clear that travel agency in Tibet must prepare lots of work to apply Tibet travel permits according to the permits schedule. If your trip is with Everest base camp, you d better confirm a tour booking at least 15 days before arrival date, and if your trip covers Mt. Kailash, it is safer to confirm a tour booking at least 30 days before arrival date. For easy cultural tour in and around Lhasa, you can even apply permits 10 days in advance only. Here below we will share how to get the Tibet travel permits.

Tibet travel permits application process:

  1.  confirm a full tour or minimum tour service with local Tibet travel agency per above time schedule. It is better to confirm earlier to avoid urgent situation.
  2. Once local Tibet travel agency gets your passport copy and/or China visa photo copies, they can prepare to apply permits 1 month-45 days at most.
  3. Permits will be ready at least 1 weeks before your arrival date in Lhasa, as experienced Tibet travel agencywe get permits almost 20 days in advance.
  4. One permits got from Lhasa, agency can send permits to your address in China, and it is not wise to send permits abroad. as the international express from Lhasa is too complicated and too risky.
  5. Then at least 2-3 days before your arrival date, you can get the Tibet travel permits and fly to Lhasa without any problem.
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To buy Qinghai-Tibet train tickets, you need to email your valid passport photo copy to our Tibet travel agency and once the tickets are on sales (normally at least 30 to 60 days before train departure date), we will help you buy the train tickets. While to be able to get the paper tickets and board the train from mainland China to Tibet, you will need a valid physical passport, a Chinese visa and a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit (original or photo copies). The original copy of TTB permit is needed when you board the train to Tibet from Chongqing, Xian and Lanzhou, however except for three cities, the printed photocopies of permits are fine for you to claim the train tickets and board the train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. Your Tibet TripAdvisor will reconfirm to you at least 5-10 days before your arrival date in Tibet.

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On one hand, you don’t have to keep your original TTB permit because you already have the photocopy in your mind. On the other hand, we need to return the permit to the Chinese government. So please understand our duties.

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How can I obtain Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) for my Tibet Travel? This is another common question about Tibet permits. Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP). So if you want to travel to places besides Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, you will need Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) issued by Local Public Security Bureau (PSB). A single permit (with a group’s all name list) is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together and the permit just name one of them and states how many others are accompanying him. After you arrive, we need your original passport and visa to apply for the permit in Lhasa or Shigatse and it normally takes only 30 minutes to get this. Our Tibetan tour guide will apply and keep the permit for you.

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You may want to ask whether you can take one agency’s Tibet travel permits to join different Tibet travel agency’s tour. Well the answer is absolutely no. On one hand, it is not legal per local provisions. On the other hand, even if you succeed by a fluke, it is not likely that you will have more pleasure with other agencies.

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How long can my Tibet travel permits be valid? and can I have the permits valid as long as I wish? The answer is  “YES”. As a well-experienced and responsible Tibet travel agency, we can guarantee that during the time of your schedule with us your TTB Permit will be valid. If you want to change your schedule, please let us know in advance. We need time and extra efforts to rearrange your tour. If you arrive Tibet earlier than your scheduled date, this will be an urgent situation and we will charge extra service fee to reapply for your TTB permit. If you arrive later than your scheduled date, we can extend your trip for a few more days (normally 2-5 days) to help you finish the scheduled trip.

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Normally our Tibet travel agency can obtain the Tibet TTB travel permit 10-30 days before the starting date of the trip. If you book the trip earlier, we can get the permit earlier. However one month in advance is the earliest we can. If you are going to fly into Tibet from any airport in China, you will need the original permit to board the flights. We will send the original permit to you by EMS or Air-Express which takes 1-3 days within China and we need your exact post address such as your hotel or residence address in China (including contact person, contact phone number and the correct name under which the hotel booking is made). If you take the train to Lhasa from Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, you also need the original permit to get the ticket and we will send it to you by EMS or Air-Express as well. We suggest you take the train ticket in advance to avoid any urgency or unexpected situation. If you take the train from any other city’s station to Lhasa, you only need to have the photocopy of the permit and we will email you the electronic copy to you in advance. The police in Golmud station will check the permit so you should keep it safe. However, our local tour guide will collect your TTB permit after your arrival and guide will need to hold it for your whole trip in Tibet and return all Tibet travel permits to our agency after the trip.

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To all foreign tourists who want to travel to Tibet, you must have a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit. You are not allowed to apply this by yourself, so we will help you get this. You need to send us clear scanned or photo copies of your valid passport date page and China Visa. No matter whether you hold “Z”, “F” or “Q” type China visa, or APEC visa, we can help you apply permits smoothly.  We will need your specific schedule (including the entry and departure dates, means of transportation, cites you come from and leave for in China) to fill in the blanks on the permit, so we strongly suggest you arrange your travel schedule at least 15-30 days  before the starting date of your trip in advance. As a professional Tibet travel agency, we can apply for the Tibet permit one month before the starting date to guarantee the whole process successful.

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Normally it will be easy for you apply for a China tourist visa, “L” Visa. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five days. If you are lucky, some embassies may give you a 60 or 90 day visa. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China for several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry or multiple entry visa. For those who work, study, or live temporarily in China, you need other related China visa such as “F” Visa, “X” Visa, “Z” and “M” Visa. We strongly suggest that you would better not mention any words of Tibet on your China visa application form due to its sensitive political condition. If you have any trouble applying for a China visa, we can help you apply and send you an electronic copy of Tibet visa invitation letter to help you solve the problem. And we normally apply this visa invitation letter 1-3 months in advance. However, we do not receive clients who is a congressman, journalist or military.

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To be responsible, our tour guide will keep your Tibet travel permit safely during all your tours with us. We can give you the photocopy if you want but it is not necessary. If you want some free time in Lhasa, you can take the photocopy with you but we strongly suggest you join our many optional Tibet day tours packages because there are many local tour guides to share their knowledge and insights about Lhasa with you. Should you have any more questions on Tibet permits, please check our Tibet travel permits FAQs.

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Once we applied the Tibet entry travel permits, it normally takes 2-5 days to post Tibet permits from Lhasa to any cities in mainland China. We do not post permits abroad. But remember that permits are only ready around 1 week to 2 weeks before your arrival date, we can not send permits too early and it is not recommended to send permits abroad.

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As one Tibet tourism booking gateway, our Tibet travel permits application staff members handle all permits application professional. We have serious application schedule according to the local authority’s permits issuing schedule. We can not apply permits Half year in advance, but we do not apply permits 1 week before your arrival date in Lhasa. So with our know-how, we can definitely assure the accurate permits will be applied and available to you on time. Once we received your booking, you do not need to worry about further, since you are in the right hand. Here below is our normal Tibet permits application schedule.

Lhasa Tsetang Yamdrok-Gyantse Shigatse, Namtso tours

  • deadline permits submission: 10-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight/train to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Mt Everest Base camp Tour

  • deadline permits submission: 12-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Kailash Tour, Kham tour in Tibet

  • deadline permits submission: 20-60 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.
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Question: Hello, dear local agent in Lhasa, can I come in early this February? Does your agent get permits for foreign travelers?

Answer: Since March 2008, every February and March Tibet is closed and all travel agencies do not organize foreign travelers to visit Tibet. However the permits regulation keeps changing year by year and till now, Tibet is still open for foreign travelers, and for the coming up February and March, foreign travelers can plan a tour of Tibet, but if in case there is urgent closure, you’d better have a travel plan B.

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When you travel under a foreign passport, you will have to travel legally  according to the Tibet local authority. During your traveling in Tibet, the three main primary documents are passports, China visa (or Tibet group visa) and Tibet entry permits. Different tour destination will need further document such as military permits, foreign affairs border passing permit, alien’s travel permits. Here is the document list for Tibet traveling. Please double check before coming to our land.

  1. Valid Passports (at least valid for 6 months after your departure date of Tibet)
  2. Valid China visa (for entering from China);
  3. Tibet group visa (for entering Tibet from Nepal, you do not need to apply China via in your country, even so it will be cancelled);
  4. Tibet entry travel permits for all Tibet tours;
  5. Alien’s travel permits for trip covering Everest. Tsetang (Samye monastery), Kailash and north-loop Grand Tibet, eastern Tibet such as Draksumtso lake;
  6. Foreign affairs permit (policy keeps changing on this section)
  7. Border defense passing allowance permit (trip between Nepal and Tibet)
  8. Military permits.

And here is another list of the documents which you will have to provide by email to us when you book a tour, we need these docs to apply some of the above necessary permits.

  1. Photocopies of valid passports data page for all travelers (upon booking)
  2. Photocopies of valid China visa (you can send it after you get it)
  3. Working certificate or student Id card copies if you do not hold “L” China visa but Z or F type of China visa.
  4. Marriage certificate or relatives’ statement with signature if you hold Q category China visa.

While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Read further: Can I apply for Tibet Travel permit or Tibet group visa by ourselves?Definitely No, you cannot apply for Tibet travel permit or Tibet group visa directly. Tibet Travel Permit is only issued by Tibet Tourism Administration in Lhasa, together with other Chinese authorities such as military office, and foreign affairs office, national security office, public security bureau, etc. Therefore, an only local registered travel agency based in Lhasa can help you apply for it. Hence it is impossible for you to apply permits by yourself, and you will have to book your Tibet tour directly or indirectly with a local travel agency in Lhasa.

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We do not suggest this kind of action because all procedures need time and strict inspection. But if you have any urgent situation and have only one week to prepare for everything needed for the Tibetan trip, as a professional and well-experienced Tibet travel agency, we can help you with all the documents you need (Group Visa for entry from Kathmandu by flight, TTB Permit). But this can be only possible for city tours like visits to Lhasa (Lhasa, Namtso and Ganden etc short distance and fully open area), Lake Namtso, Lake Yamdrok, Gyantse and Shigatse. However, we cannot guarantee 100 percent although we will try our best. If it is unlucky, you do not have to pay us single dollar for this TOP urgent case.

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While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

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This is a common question about Tibet travel permits and Tibet visa. Well, you need a Tibet Group Visa. However, you cannot apply this by yourself. We will send an electronic copy of visa invitation letter to our local travel agency in Kathmandu and they will apply this for you. There is no need to apply for an individual China Visa in your country if you decide to travel to Tibet from Nepal because the Chinese Embassy will cancel your China Visa when you receive your Tibet Group Visa.

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Well this is a very common question asked by many Indian travelers, especially many questions are raised by travelers from India. However due to the Tibet Kailash permits strict restrictions, all travel agencies here in Lhasa Tibet have no rights to apply any Tibet permits for Indian nationality passports holders for Kailash travel. This business is controlled by government pilgrimage office, namely they say they may have very strict and serious tourism arrangement management and they do not allow any travel agencies to organize these tours. However as travel agency in Lhasa, Tibet, we can organize all Kailash Manasarovar tours for any none Indian passports holders. If you are overseas Indian immigrants, we can definitely organize any tours in Tibet. The solution for Indian travelers Kailash tour booking is that, these travelers should book the Kailash trip with India based tour companies. Read further about Kailash tours here.

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Yes, as of Jan.25,2020, it is already closed and there are no any single travel permits to Tibet can be processed, for those permits which were already issued out for traveling in late January and February, all these permits will be suspended and foreign travelers must cancel the trip plan for late Jan. whole month of February and March, and it is quite possible that Tibet travel permits closure will be until end of April or till end of May. Because of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in some parts of China such as Wuhan, for the public’s safety and health concern,  Tibet tourists scenic attractions were closed already for public.

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