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Post by Skeffie » Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:58 am

I would be interested in travelling to Tibet as well, however won't be able to make it in October :? .

Did you guys concider the fact that the 1st whole week in October is a national holiday in China? Pretty much the whole country is travelling around at that time, so it might be difficult to get tickets if you wait too long. In addition, Tibet might be swamped with Chinese tourists. If you are lucky though they all left Tibet by the second week :).

I would be interested in seeing your pictures and to get to know your travel itinery as a reference for my future trip down there!

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Post by soundless » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 12:43 am

haha yep, but it can't be helped, by mid oct sometimes Namtso lake will be closed as the lake starts to freeze over so we have to get there before it freezes. We don't think it's a good idea to go any later than oct for fear of the weather getting too unbearably cold for us in everest.
And lastly, we aren't able to get any leave off work earlier than Oct, so since the 1st week is national holidays, we have to compromise and go on the 2nd week :)

Tickets being hard to get is something I think you can't get away from especially if you're talking about train tickets. They are only available for sale 10 days before so either way it's gonna be tough :P

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Post by etsuyue » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 11:25 pm

Back from Tibet..

According to the new policy, all the foreigners need to have a guide during their stay in Tibet. So you need to get a guide and a driver from travel agent. Make sure that the agent will get all the permits for you. Before we went there, our agent promised that they could get all the permits ready in advance. But they only did that when we arrived. It almost affected our itinerary. So it's important to find a reliable agent.

The high altitude sickness is something that you need to prepare. I got headache for the whole day. One friend even had to go to the clinic the second day. So not to plan anything the first day. If you don't feel comfortable, not to go to the Base Camp, which is 5000m. Going by train could be better...

Two days are enough for Lhasa. You need at least 3 days for the Everest Base Camp and 2 days for Nyingchi. Both are very far from Lhasa and you will be sitting in the car most of the time. Namtso Lake is one-day tour from Lhasa.

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