I am slowly building the information required, but to those looking at this option i was sent this from a friend who travelled last year through on a vehicle with european plates.
We got our Group Visa in Kathmandu, it took about a week, and at the time, only Groups could get in. But i also heard you can officially be a 'group of one', just as long as you have a Tibetan AND Chinese guide with you. The guides must be with you "at all times" in Tibet, and although it sounds totally unreasonable, the Chinese troops and police do try to enforce it. We got held up by police while we were shopping for Cook Team, and were not let go until our guide found us, and smoothed it over with some baksheesh. The rules change day to day, depending on the mood of the Chinese Government. It's always going to be hard to get into Tibet. All Individual Visas were denied to backpackers we met at the bars in Kathmandu.
We went north from Kathmandu, heading to Kodari. We stayed at the Last Resort, a great bungy spot and shangri la of camping. The Chinese border took all day to pass through, the swine flu screening was excessive and long. The truck paperwork took the longest to get. We kept our regular European plates on, but had to have a laminated photocopy of the Chinese plate number in the front window at all times.
Just for those who are looking, i have removed some of the information as it is advertising etc and i will confirm the who's etc and paste them in later.
Salween & 5KTM's
have you had any luck with NAVO ? I asked and they gave me a price that was more than my motorbike cost when i bought it new in england !. Anyway, amongst your questions with them, could you find out if you need two guides one for tibet and one for china, following your route. Very intersted in the different answer from differnet sources.