Still only £1 a night so who cares!) to book the flight/permit combo to Lhasa which cost 2100yuan (£135/$275).
I didn't think that was too bad as at the time it was the only way of getting in. If I went again I'd use the train and see some of Xinjiang province. Looking at the prices for flights now the cheapest is Air China @ £107 anyway without the permit.
The permit we recieved was just a fax with 4 names on it! According to the new rules you need to book a tour with whoever booked your permit (or something like that anyway) but we just rocked up in Lhasa with nowhere to stay, no tour booked and no flight out.
Found a great hotel (Yak Hotel, highly recommend!) without any difficulty, walked down the road to Snowlands hotel to book the tour (3800yuan between 4 people £60 each) for 6 days to Everest and back. I'm sure any guesthouse in Kathmandu will be able to sort you out a tour.
Hmmm.... I met many travellers like you in Lhassa, all doing the same thing. All tripping to EBC. Boring. That is not *real Tibet*.
Also, the issue , despite what it states in my travellogue diary, THE FACT IS YOU WERE ILLEGAL , if you did not have a permit, YOU NEED ONE . You may get a travel agency to help you too, but some agencies are CRAP.
DO you always want to travel in group - another issue.
What if you *actually* want to experience the real Tibet, on bike, or do something different. There are other options.
If you ARE NOT IN a hurry, you wont suffer altitude problems, its only if you are the zip in and out part of the 'I saw Tibet' been there got the T shirt brigage in 5-7 days, NO WHERE NEAR enough time for this AMAZING country.
Too many independant travellers ALL with no imagination ,nor brains and I met a lot of em!!! Especially in LHASA