Explore Tibet Successfully Conducted the First Group to Travel to Tibet After Two Months’ Closure

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On April 1st, the Tibet travel agency Explore Tibet received its first private group, a group of 4 people from a German family. They took train from Xining to Lhasa, which is one of the highlights of traveling to Tibet. Explore Tibet has managed to get their soft sleeper train tickets in the same cabin so that this family can have their private space.

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On April 1st, the Tibet travel agency Explore Tibet received its first private group, a group of 4 people from a German family. They took train from Xining to Lhasa, which is one of the highlights of traveling to Tibet. Explore Tibet has managed to get their soft sleeper train tickets in the same cabin so that this family can have their private space.

This family is very lucky to get a Tibet permit, because many other foreign tourists cannot get a permit for many reasons, such as multiple nationalities in the same group and single traveler, etc.

This is the fifth year in a row that Tibet has closed to foreign tourists in March since 2008. All the Tibet travel agencies do not receive clients in March. Explore Tibet says that anyone who wants to travel to Tibet cannot plan Tibet travel in March. Besides, the best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. Choosing the best time to travel to Tibet mainly depends on the tour destinations. If the tour is going to EBC, the best time to visit would be in May, June, the beginning of July, September and October. In these months, EBC is warmer and clear, blue skies allow people to view the mighty peak of Mt. Everest clearly. If the tour is going to Mt. Kailash, the best time to visit is during the months of May, June, July and September. There will be no rain during Kailash Tibet trekking, and there is also an opportunity to see local pilgrims doing the Kora (trek). Festival tours are mostly took place in August, in which there are numbers of popular festivals both ritual and cultural celebrated in Tibet, such as Shoton festival, Wongkhor festival.

However, having a winter tour from November to February can be pleasant. There is less tourists during this time and the costs are comparatively much cheaper. Nevertheless, many devoted Tibetans from all corners of Tibet travel to Lhasa for pilgrimage in winter.

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