1. What does the group tour means?
Tibet Tourism Bureau does not allow tourists to travel in Tibet individually and one must need to be a part of group. If you are a single travelers also take part on Tibet tours and treks. www.alltibet.com takes booking of both individual travelers and groups.
2. Is individual traveling possible in Tibet?
Individual traveling is possible nowadays in Tibet but you need to get a special "Alien Travel Permit" from the local PSB Aliens Exit and Entry Division, we can arrange this permit for you consulting with our counterpart in Lhasa. For all of your travel needs, you should consult with the local travel operator as restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.
3. Where and what type of visas do I require for traveling in Tibet?
The Chinese embassy changes the visas rule frequently. At current there is only one type of visa available - Group Visas (visas in separate sheet of paper) even if you are traveling individually. Chinese visas can be obtained in your home country too but you must present your passport at the embassy in Kathmandu through a travel agency and get the Group Visas (in such a case you do not need to pay extra money as visa charge). In both cases (group travel or individual travel) you must need the "Alien Travel Permit".
4. In which places can I travel being as a part of the group tour?
The group tour will be handled as per the agreement between you and the operator, the Align Travel Permit will be issued accordingly. However since all the tour programs will be handled strictly under rules of Tibet Tourism Bureau, there can be the chances of change/alteration in the program.
5. Shall I need Alien Travel Permit if I'm from inseparable parts of China like Hong Kong and Taiwan?
Yes! the citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan also requires to get the "Align Travel Permit" however they are from the inseparable parts of China.
6. What is the best time of year to travel in Tibet?
Travel is possible at all times of year but from April to October is the best season.
7. How should I behave with the Tibetan beggars?
You will see many beggars around the monasteries in Tibet and these religious beggars are an accepted part of Tibetan society. Giving money or food to them is considered as an act of merit but not compulsory. Also notice that if the beggars are old men dressed in shredded, bulky clothing. There are also young ones may have a monkey on a chain, a spectacle of great interest to the Tibetans. These beggars are professionals, having less meritorious intentions than religious pilgrims. You can discourage simply not giving anything.
8. What are the norms if I contact with the Tibetans?
You will find Tibetan people very kind and friendly, you can feel free to talk with them. Do not go around photographing the people, ask first, show some respect. Buy some local products and encourage them, they are cheaper. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion things!
9. What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring for traveling Tibet?
From Oct. to March warm clothes are required due to cold and from April to September only light clothes will be enough. However, a jacket and a sweater are advised through out the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time. The recommend items are: A domestic first aid kit, water purification tablets, toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sun glasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes.