Tibet is open for foreign tourists from April 2023

Tibet is open for foreign tourists from April 2023

Tibet is finally open for foreign tourists to travel from April 2023. After three years of restrictions owing to Covid 19, the mystic land is finally open for inbound tourism. The news has dragged the attention of thousands awaiting to visit the alpine desert at the roof of the world. The summer of 2023 is the best time to travel to Tibet avoiding the usual crowd. 

Opened in January for domestic tourism

Earlier in January, domestic tourism was promoted with the winter tour campaign. Entry into the historic Potala palace was made free for Chinese and Tibet tourists until March 15 before Tibet was open for foreigners. 

There is a huge difference between how Chinese, Tibetan and foreign tourists can travel to Tibet. China also restricts visas for journalists, Tietan in exile and civil societies. Foreign visitors are obliged to obtain permits in addition to Chinese visas before entering Tibet. 

Tibet Tour in Summer 2023

The summer months of June, July and August are the best time to visit Tibet. Since Tibet was only open in April, it will still take some time for people to plan a Tibet trip. Also the flight back from Lhasa to Kathmandu will be high for some time. The additional health and safety protocols are likely to make the visa and permit process more complex at the beginning. Tours will be slightly expensive as people will have to travel in small private groups. 
However, travelling while there are few tourists is an advantage of Tibet tours in 2023. 

How to get Tibet Travel permit in 2023 ?

To obtain a Tibet travel permit for your tour to Tibet from Nepal, we require a valid passport copy, a vaccination card, travel insurance, and a photograph. The process for obtaining a permit involves submitting an application to the Tibet Tourist Bureau in Lhasa, receiving a scanned copy of the travel permit by email, and then applying for a visa at the Chinese.

Popular Tibet Tours from Nepal 

Most of the travelers like to visit Tibet from Nepal as the two countries share the highest peaks and less discovered Himalayan valleys. A Nepalese travel agencies can organize tours to Tibet. Both Lhasa and Mt Kailash in the western Tibet are easily accessible from Nepal. Tibet Overland tour of Lhasa and Mt Kailash tour are the most popular Tibet tours from Nepal.  

Lhasa Cultural Tour - 4 day

This is the easiest and shortest Tibet tour one can extend while visiting Nepal. Lhasa, the spiritual capital of Tibet is the cultural and religious center of Tibet. The 3 day tour of Lhasa gives good insight of Tibetan history, culture and landscape. 

Tibet Overland Tour - 8 day

The 8 day overland tour follows the historical trans-Himalayan trade route to Tibet's popular cities like Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa. This is a mixed tour of Tibetan culture, history and the pristine landscape. Cruising through the plateaus dotted with turquois lakes, you can overlook at the worlds highest peaks including Mt Everest. 

Mt Kailash Tour - 12 day

A journey to Mt Kailash is more remote and adventurous thrived by nomads or spiritual seekers only. There are several pious mountains and lakes revered by Bon, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain from the time immemorable. A trip to Mt Kailash is combination of driving tour and a short trek around the holy mountain, Mt Kailash. 

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Tiji Festival 2024

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The most mystic mask dancing festival in the Himalayas is celebrated in Upper Mustang of Nepal. Monks after three months of fasting and retreat, participate in the three days long mask dancing to ward off the evil spirit.

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