Foreign travelers are required by law to book a tour when securing a Tibet Travel Bureau permit. Enforcement of this rule has increased in the wake of riots in Lhasa in March 2008, and flexibility has disappeared. The classic six-day trip to Everest Base Camp (Y5,000-Y9,000, depending on group size) is the most popular tour, but others include the two-day trip to Nam Tso Lake (Y1,000-Y1,500), the two-day trip to Samye Monastery (Y800-Y2,500), and the 12-day trip to sacred Mount Kailash (Y7,000-Y14,000).
Agents should advise you on the latest changes to travel restrictions and permit requirements. Typically, the cost of an organized tour for a week runs $1,000 to $2,000 per person. When booking a tour, be sure to get confirmation in writing, with details about your hotel and meal arrangements; tours within Lhasa often don't include hotels.
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