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Mount Kailash Permits- Required Permits to Mt.Kailash
Located at Nagri area of Tibet, Mount Kailash is well-known as the holy mountain in the world. It’s considered as the center of the world by Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon - native religion in Tibet and Jainism. Hinduism believes that Mount Kailash is the residence of Shiva. Tibetan Buddhism believes that Mount Kailash is the dwelling place of Chakrasamvara, which represents endless happiness. So every year, many Tibetan pilgrims and Indian come to Mt.Kailash and start their practicing.
Since Mt.Kailash is located in the military control area of Ngari, foreign travelers require several necessary permits to travel to Mount Kailash. Apart from Tibet Travel Permit and Chinese visa, you also need two documents like Alien’s Travel Permit(PSB) and Military Permit.
#1 Chinese Visa or China Group Visa
As Tibet belongs to China, you are required to get a Chinese visa to enter China first. You can apply for it from the Chinese Embassy in your home country in advance. The fees for Chinese visa application depends on the days you visit China and Tibet and your home country. If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you are required to get a China Group Visa in Kathmandu within 3-working days. So that you don’t have to apply for a Chinese visa to enter China.
#2 Tibet Travel Permit(Tibet Visa)
For foreign travelers, Tibet Travel Permit also called Tibet Visa is a necessary document to enter Tibet which issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. No matter where you plan to visit Tibet, you should get your Tibet Travel Permit first. You need it to board the flight or train to Tibet. According to the policy from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet does not allow individual travel for foreign travelers. So you need to get this permit through an authorized Tibet travel agency, which can 100% Tibet Travel Permit guaranteed. As a local travel agency in Lhasa, Tibet Travel Dream can easily get your Tibet Travel Permit. Usually, it takes a 30-working day to get it for you if your travel plan includes Mount Kailash. The cost of Tibet Travel Permit is free if your Tibet tour booked with us. What you need to do is send your passport and Chinese visa copies to us, we are 100% sure to get this permit to you before the tour starts.
#3 Alien’s Travel Permit(PSB)
Alien’s Travel Permit is needed when you want to travel outside of Lhasa such as Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash area. When you arrive in Lhasa, our tour guide will help you get it from the Tibet Public Security Bureau with your original passport, Chinese visa, and Tibet travel permit. It takes about 30mins to get it and costs RMB 50/person.
#4 Military Permit
Since the Ngari area is considered a sensitive military area in Tibet, you should also obtain Military Permit when your Tibet travel plan includes Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. We can get it for you in Lhasa in advance with your passport and Chinese visa copies. It usually takes 10~15-working day to get it from Lhasa Foreign Affairs office. So if you plan a Mount Kailash tour, you need to confirm this tour with us at least a month in advance so that we can get all your Tibet permits in time.
Useful tips for Mount Kailash Permits
1 How do you apply for Tibet permits if you want to travel to Mount Kailash from Nepal?
As a foreign visitor, if you want to take a trip to Kailash from Nepal, the Tibet permits application will be a little bit complicated. According to policy, you need to get China Group Visa in Kathmandu within 3-working days. That’s means if you want to travel to Tibet from Nepal, you need to stay at least 3-working days to get your China Group Visa in Kathmandu.
Here is the guidance for applying all Permits and visa to Kailash if entering Tibet from Nepal as below,
1)Before you start this trip from Nepal, you are required to confirm your Mount Kailash tour itinerary with us and send us your passport and Chinese visa copies by email. We can get you all Tibet permits includes Tibet Travel Permit and Military Permit, as well as an Invitation letter for China Group Visa application in advance in Lhasa within at least 20-working days.
2) When you arrive in Kathmandu, you can contact our Nepal partner, who can help you get China Group Visa in Kathmandu with your original passport and an Invitation letter. It needs 3-working day to get it, then you can fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu and start your Tibet trip.
3)Upon arrival Tibet, you can start your Kailash tour now. Also, our tour guide will help you get Alien’s Travel Permit in Shigatse.
2 How do Indian pilgrims apply for Tibet permits for Mount Kailash tour?
As Mount Kailash is considered as the center of the world by Hinduism. They believe that Mount Kailash is the residence of Shiva. So every year, many Indian pilgrims travel to Tibet and visit Mount Kailash. However, the procedure for Indian pilgrims to get a Tibet permit is very different from that of other foreign nationalities. Currently, only two organizations can arrange Kailash tour for Indian pilgrims, Lhasa Foreign Affairs Office, and Pilgrim Center. All travel agencies can’t arrange Kailash tour for Indian pilgrims, but only other areas like Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and so on. As a local travel agency, Tibet Travel Dream are happy to help you contact Lhasa Foreign Affairs Office or Pilgrim Center, who can arrange Kailash tour for you.
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