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Tibet is a historical region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Qiang, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.
The Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century, but with the fall of the empire the region soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet (Ü-Tsang) was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations, these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. Thus Tibet remained a suzerainty of the Mongol and later Chinese rulers in Nanjing and Beijing, with reasonable autonomy given to the Tibetan leaders. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule after the Battle of Chamdo, most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century.

Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash, known in Tibetan as Kang Rinpoche or “Precious Jewel of Snow”, is the most sacred peak in Tibet. It is located in far western Tibet’s Ngari prefecture, more than 1200 kilometers from the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. It is not particularly high as far as peaks in the Himalaya go as it only rises to 6714 meters/22,027 feet, but there is no other peak in Tibet that is as holy as Kailash. Each year thousands for Buddhists and Hindus do the 52 kilometer pilgrimage circuit around the mountain. A journey out to Kailash will take between 15 and 20 days to complete, but is absolutely worth it!

Everest Base Camp
Mount Everest, known in Tibetan as Chomolangma, lies along the border of Nepal and Tibet, so there are 2 base camps: south side and north side. The north side of Everest in Tibet offers a far superior view compared to the Nepal side. Unlike the south side of Everest which can only be reached by trekking, you can drive all the way to the Tibet side Everest Base Camp, elevation 5200 meters. Around 8 kilometers (5 miles) before Everest Base Camp, you will come to Rongphu (Rongbuk) Monastery, elevation 4950  meters. The monastery offers an excellent view of the world’s highest peak. The 8 to 10 day overland journey from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is the single most popular journey that people take in Tibet. It allows you to see many of the most important and most beautiful places in Tibet. You can also extend this journey a couple of more day and go all the way to the Nepal border and continue on to Kathmandu.

Nam Tso
Nam Tso Lake is located 5 hours north of the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa at an elevation of 4718 meters. It is the largest lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region and certainly one of the most beautiful. The lake is surrounded by the snow-covered Nyenchen Tanglha Range, the highest mountains in northern Tibet. During the summer months from late May through mid September, nomad Tibetans can be seen in the area herding their yaks and sheep. If you only have time to visit one lake in Tibet, Nam Tso is the easy choice!

Guge Kingdom
Located in the extreme west part of Tibet, the ancient Guge Kingdom གུ་གེ་ is an amazing place that few travelers get to experience. Guge, pronounced “Goo-Gay”, was established in the late 10th century near the modern day town of Zanda. For nearly 700 years, Guge was a major Buddhist religious center as well as an important trade hub between Tibet and Central Asia. Guge is divided into a few different areas all in and around the town of Zanda. The most popular place is the Tsaparang Citadel, located 20 kilometers outside of town. Tsaparang is spectacular ruin set in an unreal badlands setting. The citadel is in ruin and is an intricate set of caves linging the base of a mountain. The top of the mountain have summer and winter palaces of the royal family that used to reside here. The entire area is unbelievable and spectacular in every way. Other parts of the Guge Kingdom are Tholing Monastery, Dungkar Village and the Piyang Caves.

Lhasa
No journey to Tibet is complete without spending at least 3 or 4 nights in the capital city of Lhasa་. Yes, it’s true that Lhasa is now a big city and that large parts of the city are completely Chinese style. However, the Old Town in Lhasa is incredible in so many ways! The site of the Jokhang, Tibet’s most holiest temple, can be life-changing. Each day, thousands of devout Buddhist pilgrims can be seen walking around the Jokhang while spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras. Their devotion is incredible. Other important sites in Lhasa include the Potala Palace, which dominates the skyline. This 1000 room building is the most iconic structure in Tibet. Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Ramoche Temple, Sangkhung Nunnery, Lhukang Temple and Drubthub Nunnery are also in Lhasa and are recommended places to see.

Samye Monastery
Samye is Tibet’s first monastery and was founded in the late 8th century. It is located about 200 kilometers east of Lhasa in the fertile Yarlung River Valley at an elevation of 3630 meters. It is surrounded by pleasant mountains and, surprisingly, large sand dunes are found not far away. This is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Tibet and the Greater Himalaya and the place from which Buddhism in Tibet expanded. The monastery’s unique layout in the shape of a mandala is unique. It is a major pilgrimage destination for Tibetans, especially during Losar, or Tibetan New Year.

Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar, or Mapaham Yum Tso in Tibetan, is Tibet’s most sacred lake. It is found in far western Tibet near Mount Kailash at an elevation of 4590 meters. It is one of the highest freshwater lakes on the planet. The lake lies near the border of Nepal and offers a sweeping view of the Himalaya to the south. The mighty peak of Gurla Mandhata, elevation 7694 meters, can be seen rising above the lakeshore. Most people going to Manasarovar also do the 3 day trek around nearby Mount Kailash. For more information on Lake Manasarovar, go to the following link: Lake Manasarovar.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery is located 130 kilometers west of Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and lies at an altitude of 4315 meters. It is unique among monasteries in Tibet due to it’s fortress-like appearance and because it is painted maroon, gray and white (all monasteries of the Sakya sect are painted this color). The monastery was founded in the year 1073. There are several other smaller temples located close to Sakya Monastery. The mountains surrounding the monastery are great for day hiking. There are now a couple of decent hotels in Sakya making this a great place to spend one of your nights in Tibet.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake, known as Yamdrok Yum Tso in Tibetan, is one of the main holy lakes in Tibet. Famous for its turquoise-colored waters, it is easy to see why Yamdrok is such a popular attraction. The massive 7191 meter high peak of Nojun Kangtsang forms the background of the lake, which is shaped like a scorpion. The lake is best viewed some 90 kilometers past Lhasa from the top of the 4700+ meter high pass of Kamba La. From this pass, you can an outstanding panoramic view of Yamdrok Lake. This lake is visited along the overland route from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp.

Gyantse
Rounding out the Top 10 places to visit in Tibet is the pleasant town of Gyantse རྒྱལ་རྩེ་, located 260 kilometers west of Lhasa. Though a small town, there is a lot to see and do here. The Palcho Chorten Monastery is located here, which is over 600 years old. The walled monastery contains the largest stupa in all of Tibet, which rises 32 meters high. A short hike to the base of the massive wall surrounding the monastery offers a panoramic view looking south towards Bhutan. The old Gyantse Fortress dominates the skyline of the town. Though now abandoned, this was once a large military base for Tibetan soldiers. Lastly, the Old Town of Gyantse will take you back to generations past as you stroll the streets lined with traditional Tibetan homes.

Almost all People’s Republic of China (PRC) embassies in foreign countries issue individual tourist visas for China, which can also be used for Tibet. At Chinese embassies in most countries, you are typically given a 30 or 60 day visa. Visas cannot be extended in Tibet , but can be easily extended in cities such as Chengdu and Kunming. After you have obtained your visa, GoingNepal will arrange your Tibet entry permit and flight tickets (or road permits) in advance and deliver them to you in the city in China from which you are entering Tibet.
As per today’s regulation of PRC, you will not be able to obtain an ordinary individual tourist visa for China from the embassy in Kathmandu unless you have proof of an air ticket to a city within China such as Chengdu (that is, not to Tibet ).
If you want to travel to Tibet from Nepal , you must get a group visa from a travel agent in Kathmandu who will go to the Chinese embassy on your behalf. These ‘group’ visas typically cannot be extended once in Tibet and/or China. If you intend to enter Tibet from Nepal you should not get a China tourist visa before you arrive in Nepal as it will be cancelled.

No matter how large or small your group, GoingNepal will arrange your group visa in Kathmandu through our affiliate agents there for up to 2 months duration, as well as the Tibet entry and road permits. The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu works for visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only and normally we have to apply the visa on Monday and then get the visa on Wednesday or Friday.

The visa fee in Kathmandu has been increased from this year. The new visa fee is as below:

Visa fee for Europeans and Asians:

  • Normal: U.S. $58 ( Need 1 week to apply)
  • Urgent: U.S. $80 ( Need 3 days at least)
  • Top urgent: U.S. $114 ( Same day)

Visa fee for Americans:

  • Normal: U.S. $142 ( Need 1 week to apply)
  • Urgent: U.S. $164 ( Need 3 days at least)
  • Top urgent: U.S. $198 ( Same day)
  • Visa fee for Europeans and Asians:
  • Normal: U.S. $58 ( Need 1 week to apply)
  • Urgent: U.S. $80 ( Need 3 days at least)
  • Top urgent: U.S. $114 ( Same day)

Visa fee for Americans:

 

  • Normal: U.S. $142 ( Need 1 week to apply)
  • Urgent: U.S. $164 ( Need 3 days at least)
  • Top urgent: U.S. $198 ( Same day)

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