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Required Travel Permits for Mount Kailash Tour in Tibet

Duo to the beautiful scenery and sacred position in religion, Mount Kailash has always been a hot tourist destination in Tibet. Mount Kailash is located in the frontier military-controlled area in Ngari Prefecture. Therefore, it requires extra travel permits to take a tour in Mount Kailash. Apart from the Tibet Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, there are another three kinds of permits required for tourists who plan a Mount Kailash tour, including Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign affairs permit, and Military Area Entry Permit, which are issued by different administrative organs. Thus, the permit application for Mount Kailash tour is relatively more complicated. Besides, foreign tourists are not allowed to travel to Tibet by oneself, they can only let a local authorized tour agency apply for the permits on behalf of them. As a professional local travel agency focusing on Tibet tour for many years, our company can guarantee 100% successful application of all permits for you and customize your Mount Kailash tour.

Necessary Permits for Mount Kailash Tour

Foreign travelers have to obtain four types of permits for Mount Kailash trip: Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign affairs permit, and Military Area Entry Permit.

1.Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa, is the most important permits for Tibet Travel. No matter where you want to visit in Tibet, you have to first obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. Without it, taking the train or plane from mainland China to Tibet is impossible. Because you will be asked to show the Tibet Travel Permit before boarding the train or plane to Tibet.

Tibet Travel Permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. You cannot apply for the permit by yourself. You can only let a local authorized travel agency to obtain the permit on your behalf. The only one thing you need to do is sending the photo image of the passport information page and Chinese Visa page to your travel consultant. Application procedure of Tibet Travel Permit normally takes 8-9 business days. It is recommended to apply for it 10 or 15 days before you travel to Tibet.

2.Aline’s Travel Permit

Alien's Travel Permit, also known as the PSB Permit, issued by the Public Security Bureau at a cost of 50 Chinese Yuan. It is a necessity for your “unopened areas” tour in Tibet, such as Shigatse, Nyingchi, Mount Everest, etc.

Compared to the Tibet Travel Permit, the Alien’s Travel Permit is much easier to obtain. You can apply for it at the Foreign Affairs Office either in Lhasa or Shigatse. Your Tibet tour guide will help you to process the application. This procedure will take around 1-2 hours.

3.Military Area Entry Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit

If your itinerary includes military sensitive areas: Ngari (Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, etc.), Nyingchi, Chamdo, you have to apply for Military Area Entry Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit. The Military Area Entry Permit is issued by the Military Office in Lhasa while the Foreign Affairs Permit is issued by the Foreign affairs office in Lhasa. All you need to do is submit your Passport, Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit to your tour guide then he/she will handle all the related documents for you. The application procedure normally takes 10-15 working days.

Special Permit for Indian Pilgrims on Mount Kailash Tour. As Mount Kailash is a holy place for Hindus, thousands of Indian pilgrims would travel to Mount Kailash for a spiritual journey every year. The application of Tibet Travel Permits for Indian pilgrims is a little bit special.

The Foreign Affairs Office of TAR, Tibet Military Region, Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps and the Department of Public Security of TAR work together to verify and issue the Tibet Travel Permit for Indian pilgrims. In fact, only two organizations could authorize the Indian pilgrimage tour. One is the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Autonomous Region (governmental). The other is the Tibet-India Pilgrim Reception Center (non-governmental), also called Pilgrim Center for short. It is located in Tuanjie New Village of Lhasa. Other organizations and travel agencies are not allowed to receive pilgrims. However, being an official agent of Tibet-India Pilgrim Center, our company is authorized to provide free consultancy service of Mount Kailash pilgrimage tour for Indian pilgrims.

We guarantee 100% successful application of all permits needed

Despite there are some difficulties in application of the travel permits for Mount Kailash tour, our travel agency could guarantee 100% successful attainment of all permits needed for the Mount Kailash tour. We customize for you the most classic 15 days trip to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar tour, which will take you deeper into this mysterious land and enable you to discover the beauty and sacredness of Mount Kailash. It would be an unforgettable experience to follow the pilgrims' path for a kora around Mount Kailash. Once you book Mount Kailash tour packages through us, we will provide a free permit application service for you.


Mount Kailash lies in the west of Tibet, at an altitude of 6638 meters. As the world recognized sacred mountain, Mount Kailash attracts countless visitors every year from both home and abroad. If you desire to take a tour in Mount Kailash, currently you are required to obtain 4 kinds of permits: Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign affairs permit, and Military Area Entry Permit. Besides, you can only apply for these travel permits through a local authorized travel agency, like us. It is highly recommended to send us all the required documents as early as possible if you plan a Mount Kailash tour, especially in the peak tourism of Tibet. If you still have any problems concerning travel permits for the Mount Kailash tour, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are always at your service.

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