If you have grown up in the UK and never left your home, you may be eager to have more different things. Tibet, where has a deeply spiritual place with the ancient culture, the traditional Buddhism and the pious Tibet people and monks is a complete world, not like a western world.
Before starting your trip to Tibet, the most important things are to prepare your important travel documents to enter Tibet.
As you are a UK citizen, you need to apply for a China visa to enter China. You can get China visa easy through Chinese embassy in the UK or any affiliate visa centers for a one-time fee of thirty pounds. A typical travel visa (“L”) takes only three to five days and allows you to stay in China for thirty days. Make sure you don’t get a “J” visa which means you are a journalist. As a result, you will not be allowed to enter Tibet. If you can’t get the visa in person, you can deliver it to your home address, but if you choose to do so, you should pay attention to the time you can deliver to three weeks.
To get a China visa, you’ll be required to carry your passport. You will be asked to answer all the questions about your upcoming trip. Be ready to explain your travel schedules such as your transportation and the route you plan to take. Of course, no one will contact you during your trip dates to ensure that you insist on the journey you provide. So, don’t care too much about this; you don’t have a commitment to a rigid plan. You just want to show that you have spent your time on a planned trip.
China Group visa
If you want to fly from your country to Nepal and then go from Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal) to Tibet, you need to stay about 3 days in Kathmandu to get the Chinese Group visa through the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. That means it is not necessary for you to get a Chinese visa in the UK in advance. When you finished your Tibet tour and want to go to cities in China, it’s also okay for you.
Tibet Travel Permit
In addition to a Chinese visa or a Chinese Group visa, a specific travel document from Tibet is required to enter Tibet. That is Tibet Travel Permit. It may take 1 to 3 weeks to obtain Tibet Travel Permit, so make sure that the waiting time is included in your schedule. We are a local Tibet travel agency which has been recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local travel agencies with over 10 years Tibet tour running experiences for both domestic and foreign travelers, so we could surely get all your necessary permits to Tibet after your tour booked with us.
Options 1: fly to Xining from London- take a train from Xining to Lhasa
The Qinghai Tibet Railway itself is a miracle of the world. As the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, Xining is the most popular way to enter Tibet by train. You can fly from London to Xining, and then take a train from Xining to Lhasa. Along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, you will enjoy the Gobi desert, the magnificent Kunlun Mountains, Hoh Xil Nature Reserve, Qiangtang grassland. It can save you a lot of time and ensure that your Tibet tour schedule.
Options 2: Fly from London to Beijing – Fly or take a train from Beijing to Lhasa – drive to Kathmandu from Lhasa
Beijing is considered as the best place to travel to Tibet because Beijing is the capital of China and one of the most dynamic international metropolises in China. Beijing Capital International Airport is the second largest and busiest airport in the world. For travelers from the UK, they can choose to land in Beijing to visit Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and some other attractions that cannot be missed, and then fly from Beijing to Lhasa.
Since 2017 August, Gyirong port was opened to foreigners, take an overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu become more and more popular for travelers in the world. Our travel agency also launched a 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour
Day 1 Arrival In Lhasa (3680m)
Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx 6hrs
Day 5 Shigatse – Tingri – EBC(5200m), 350km, Approx 7hrs
Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, Approx. 8hrs
Day 7 Gyirong To Nepal Border