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Tips on How to Drive to Tibet

August,21 2018 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

Can you drive to Tibet? The answer is definitely. Currently, there are four major routes to drive to Tibet, yet so far only two of them are available to foreign tourists.

Drive to Tibet by Road

a.Drive from Xining to Lhasa (1956km, around 35hours' drive)

drive from xining to lhasa map

b.Drive from Kashgar to Lhasa (2755km, around 60hours’ drive)

drive from kashgar to lhasa map

c.Drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa (1300km, around 16 hours'drive; currently, it will be available again in June this year via Gyirong Port).

kathmandu lhasa road map

d.Drive from Chengdu to Lhasa. (2038km, around 44hours’ drive, currently unavailable to foreign tourists)

drive from chengdu to lhasa

So far drive from Yunnan or Sichuan province to Tibet is not available to foreign tourists.

Travel Documents You Need

a.Chinese Visa and Passport
b.Tibet Visa (or Tibet Travel Permit)

Documents for Self-driving in Tibet

a.Vehicle Entry Formalities
b.Chinese Driving License
c.Licensed Vehicle Plate

Documents Needed for Self-driving in Tibet:

a.copies of your passport, and Chinese Visa,
b.three photos of your vehicle from the front, side and back
c.two photos yourself, with white color as the background

In fact, the best way to travel to Tibet is by Qihanghai-Tibet train. You can enjoy the diverse plateau scenery and have better acclimatization to high altitude than fly to Tibet. It’s highly advisable to have a well-established travel agency like Tibet Vista to handle the application of the above travel documents.

Drive to Tibet Safely

As the road conditions of highways to Tibet are not very good in some places due to the complicated geographical circumstances on the plateau. In addition, there is less oxygen on these high-elevation roads. It is a great challenge to the driver's health and driving skills to enter Tibet by car. A health check is recommended to those who will drive to Tibet.

Travelers should consider safety as the top priority for trips to Tibet, avoid driving by their own and hire a professional driver if possible. Self-drivers should not entering wild fields and uninhabited areas. Carry maps, fresh water, electric torches and enough oxygen supplies and charging up mobile phones before departure to call for help if there is an accident.

Sonam Tenphel

About the Author - Sonam Tenphel

Energetic, responsible and reliable, Sonam is a guide with more than seven years experience informing visitors about heritage sites and attractions places in Tibet.

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