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Top things to know before visiting Tibet(II)

Publish Time: 2018-10-26 Author: From: China Tibet Online

If you are entering from Nepal, the Chinese Entry Visa is not valid, and a Group Tourist Visa will be applied for on your behalf by us once you arrive in Nepal. You need to be in Kathmandu at least five working days before your travel date, as processing of the visa can take around three working days. The agent in Kathmandu can meet you in your hotel to get your passport, and use that and the Tibet Travel Permit that was already issued to obtain the visa. 

The Tibet travel permit is the most important document you will need for Tibet, as it is required in order to board the train or flight to the Tibetan capital. Without it, the station or airport staff will not let you board the flight, and you may find yourself in trouble with the authorities. 
What is the Most Popular Itinerary in Tibet?   
With hundreds of thousands of people traveling to Tibet every year, the most popular tour of the region is always going to be the trip to Mount Qomolangma, the world’s highest mountain. The border line between China and Nepal crosses the peak of the mountain right on the summit, cutting the mountain in half, with the northern side being in Tibet and the southern side in Nepal. At the summit, it only takes a step to cross from Nepal to China, and vice versa, though you would not be able to descend on the opposite side. 
Undoubtedly, the tour from Lhasa to Qomolangma Base Camp (EBC) is the most popular tour itinerary in Tibet, as almost everyone that visits wants to go and see the massive mountain, especially on their first trip. Many even want to see it every time they visit, as it seems to not go out of fashion to stand at the foot of the highest peak on the planet and take selfies. 

Qomolangma is not the only major highlight of the Lhasa to EBC tour, and from the first full day in Tibet, you will get to experience this unique land and culture in all its Buddhist glory. Tours start in the capital, Lhasa, a stunning city that is a mix of ancient Tibetan and modern Chinese, which actually blend together seamlessly. Stunning sights await you for the two days you will spend in Lhasa acclimatizing, such as the sacred Jokhang Temple, home to what is thought to be the oldest Buddha-blessed statue of himself in the world, and the amazing Potala Palace, the center of Tibetan governance for many years.  
As if the awesome sights of the capital were not enough, the rest of the tour to EBC is just as exciting and adventurous. On the long and winding road to Qomolangma, you will pass alongside one of Tibet’s most holy lakes, Lake Yamdrok, one of the great three holy lakes of Tibet, as well as getting to visit and walk around in the region’s most unusual and unique stupa, the Gyantse Kumbum. 32 meters tall, with 108 individual chapels inside its giant walls, this stupa is unlike any other on the plateau. 
Shigatse is also on the itinerary, and includes a visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama, who nominated the Panchen Lama as the incarnation that would hold the seat of power there. From Shigatse, it is a long drive over some of the plateau’s highest passes, which are over 5,000 meters above sea level, and on to the world’s highest Buddhist monastery, Rongbuk Gompa. Lying at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier, which runs down from the slopes of Qomolangma, this stunning monastery was only founded in 1902, and was a place of rest for mountaineers heading to Qomolangma’s dangerous slopes in the early days. 


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