Dude Valley Trekking and Tour


Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transfer to the hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.
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Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.
Hotel in Lhasa
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As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.
Hotel in Lhasa
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Morning drive to Dode Valley from the hotel. Trek in Dode Valley, then drive back to the hotel in downtown Lhasa.
Hotel in Lhasa
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Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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What is Included?

By the law of the People’s Republic of China, in addition to China visa, foreigners also need Tibet Travel Permit (TTB) to be able to board a train or plane to Lhasa. For this, you need to pre-arrange an itinerary through a legal travel agency in Lhasa before arriving in Tibet.

You need travel permits to travel outside Lhasa Prefecture, eg. Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit, and you can currently only get these by hiring transportation and a guide as part of your itinerary.

If you plan to enter Tibet from Nepal, besides all the Tibet Permits, you will have to travel on China Group Visa which can only be obtained through the joined effect of travel agencies in Lhasa & Kathmandu.

Here at Great Tibet Tour, a Lhasa-based local travel agency, with all the advantage of a local company, we provide you with a worry-free Tibet travel experience by taking care of all these permits applications.

What We Need to Apply TTB

We need the following documents & info from each and every traveler to obtain Tibet Travel Permit (TTB).  The time needed to apply for it changes irregularly. But we usually need at least 16 days prior to file the application with these documents &. info. Tibet Tourism Bureau will issue TTB permit about 7 days or so prior tour starting date.

*Colour-scan/photo of valid passport photo page

*Colour-scan/photo of valid China visa page
(except L Visa, tourist visa, any other types of China Visa need additional stamped paper in Mandarin from your school/company in China, in which your name, passport No., position, company add should be stated.)

*From which city of China you plan to enter Tibet;                  
 Of which city of China you plan to depart to after your Tibet tour     
(please be aware, entering/departing city will be print on your permit, once issued it would be the only city you be able to enter/depart. takes extra time & fee if later you want to change it)

* Job occupation. If currently unemployed or retired, pls let us know your former job.
(journalists, government officers, and  professional film/photography team, etc. won't be able to travel Tibet through travel agency)

Tibet Travel Permit (TTB)

Tibet Tourism Bureau PermitA TTB permit is currently required to get into Tibet. Without one, you will not be able to board a flight or train to Tibet and will not be able to secure the other permits you need to continue traveling throughout Tibet.

Nowadays you can only get a TTB permit through a tour agency in Tibet (agencies outside Tibet can arrange trips, but ultimately they subcontract to travel agencies in Lhasa, such as Great Tibet Tour). You can no longer travel to Lhasa, meet up with some travelers and organize a tour there. Everything must now be arranged beforehand, including any trekking itinerary you have planned.

To get a permit you need to:
*Work out an itinerary detailing exactly where you want to go in Tibet
*Agree with a price and send a deposit
*Send us documents & info we needed to apply for TTB permit
*Arrange an address in your entering city before Tibet (eg. hotel), to receive your posted TTB permit, if flying to Lhasa

You can book your own train or air ticket to Lhasa or have Great Tibet Tour arrange this for you.
You need to have the original TTB permit in your hands in order to board a flight to Lhasa. Mostly we arrange TTB permit to post to your hotel of your entry city in China by S.F Express, usually, takes abt 2~3 days.
A photocopy or scan of an original TTB permit is currently all that is required to board a train to Tibet.


Notes:
*Chinese resident of Hong Kong & Macau does not require a TTB permit to enter Tibet.
*Taiwanese need to consult us case-by-case since the rules change often
*Foreigners visitor on business/study/resident visa in China need additional docs to apply for TTB permit
*Journalists and embassy staff won't be able to get a TTB permit as a tourist

 

What TTB Looks Like
TTB Permit usually combined with two pages.
On Page 01, it states your tour details, such as your travel agency’s name, your tour number, when you first arrive in Tibet, when you depart, entry & departing city, etc. but above all, check the Permit No. on the upper right corner which is printed in red by Tibet Tourism Bureau.
On Page 02, you will see your name(printed in Chinese way,family name + given name)/ nationality/ gender / passport No. / profession / date of birth.

 

 
Other Permits: Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit

With TTB permit you will be able to enter Tibet and travel Lhasa and around. but if you were to go further to the regional capital, eg. Mt Everest, etc., you will have to budget an hour or so in Shigatse for your guide to process the Alien Travel Permit, which is issued by the Public Security Bureau ?PSB). Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa.

Sensitive border areas – such as Mt Kailash, the road to Kashgar and the Nyingtri region of eastern Tibet – also require a Military Permit.

You should give your agency 20-day or so to arrange all you permits, 30-day if Military Permit. the authorities generally won't issue permits more than 15-day in advance and certain areas can close without warning, so you’ll need a certain flexibility if headed off the beaten track.


Alien's Travel Permit
 
alien's travel permitIn addition to TTB permit, if you were to visit certain areas, Alien's Travel Permit will be required. Unlike TTB permit which will be applied in advance without your original passport, Alien's Travel Permit will be applied after your arrival in Tibet with your original passport.

Areas require Alien's Travel Permit:
Tsetang:   all the places you will visit such as Samye, Yumbulhagang, Trundruk etc.
Shigates: Sakya, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Gyantse:   Pelkhor Chode Monastery, Kubum Stupa
Ngari:        all the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri:    all the places you will visit such as Draksumtso, Pomi etc.
Chamdo:  all the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.


Military Permit
 
Military PermissionMilitary Permission is required if you want to visit the border areas such as Mt Kailash, eastern Tibet, or overland tour to Tibet from Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang and Qinghai.

Areas require Military Permit:
Ngari:       all the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri:   all the places you will visit such as Pomi etc.
Chamdo: all the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.
Overland from/to Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang or Qinghai

 

What is not Included?

Trip Introduction

The high mountain, valleys, and plains of Tibet offer incredible opportunities for trekking. Find the detailed Tibet Trekking Kora tours here at Great Tibet Tour. The remote assent of Tibet combined with climatic extremes poses special challenges for adventurous hikers – and unique rewards. In the higher reaches of Tibet plateau snow storms and blistering heat are both possible on a single day. The amazing part of the Tibet is its natural environment are enhanced by the native people met along the trail, heirs to an ancient and fascinating way of life. Blessedly, it is still possible to trek for days in Tibet without encountering modern civilization.
Should you like to do light trekking in Tibet, Dode Valley is an excellent choice for those don’t have too long a time in Tibet. Dode Valley is at the northern suburb of Lhasa which is nearby and convenient, yet as soon as you’re here it feels like you’re in the countryside far, far away from the noise and busyness of Lhasa. Dode Valley isn’t very famous comparing those more prominent sights of Tibet, and rarely visited by foreigners, which makes an even better getaway. A number of historical hermitages belonging to Sera Monastery are located here in Dode Valley.
Create Himalaya Adventure organize the private customized Tibet tours which are ideal for families, small groups and individual travelers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet as Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa Suburb
Day 03: Lhasa City
Day 04: Dode Valley - Lhasa
Day 05: Departure From Lhasa by Train/Flight
 

Tour Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Create Himalaya Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.


Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Create Himalaya Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

China Group Visa ≠ China Visa

The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu doesn’t issue visas to individual travelers, only to those booked on a tour and then only group visas. If you turn up with a Chinese visa in your passport, it will be canceled.

A group visa is a separate sheet of paper with all the names and passport numbers of the group members. It’s important to get your own individual ‘group’ visa (a ‘group’ can be as small as one person), as otherwise, come the end of your tour in Lhasa, you will either have to exit China with your fellow group members or split from this group visa at considerable cost and hassle. Splitting from a group visa can only be done by a local Lhasa travel agency that arranged your travel into Tibet. It is a real pain to be avoided at all costs.

After you book your Tibet tour with a local Lhasa travel agency, we will prepare an official Invitation Letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your ORIGINAL PASSPORT + 1 HEADSHOTS. With the Invitation Letter & your passport, we can obtain your China Group Visa.

Meanwhile, we will apply for all necessary Tibet permits in Lhasa. Whether you fly to Lhasa or overland to Gyirong Port, besides your China Group Visa, your Tibetan guide shall have to wait for you there with Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB).

Since 05 Jun 2017, officially, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu requires China Group Visa application to be submitted 3-working-day in advance with your original passport. And if you have no sightseeing plan in Nepal, this would be rather annoying. 

Our Nepali partner charges service fee as below, of which you need to pay in CASH in Kathmandu aside from your tour balance. 
Note: in the case of rising on the fee by the local authority, the additional increased portion shall be added on top of the suggested visa cost.


NORMAL (3-working-day Service): passport remains with the embassy for 3 days, returns it with China Group Visa on the 4th day.

USD/PERSON Times of Entry 3-working-day Service

US Citizen

Single

$175 + Service $20

Canadian Citizen

Single

$155 + Service $20

Romanian Citizen

Single

$115 + Service $20

Montenegro Citizen

Single

$95 + Service $20

Serbian Citizen

Single

$52 + Service $20

Albania Citizen

Single

$55 + Service $20

Maldives Citizen

Single

$55 + Service $20

Bosnia Citizen

Single

$55 + Service $20

Herzegovina Citizen

Single

$55 + Service $20

Other Citizen

Single

$85 + Service $20

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Dude Valley Trekking and Tour

From $700 USD
Duration 5 Days

Tour Grade beginner
Group Size 1-20 Max
Max. Altitude
Starting point Lhasa
Ending Point Lhasa
Meals Breakfast During Trip
Accomodation Hotels During Trip
Transportation All Ground Transportation

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