INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO TIBET: Tibet’s vast landscapes includes world’s highest and largest plateau although changes has taken place with wide network of roads and railway lines with tall building around the major cities of Lhasa-Shigatse and Gyantse, but still remains one of the most interesting country retaining its past glory into its pristine forms. Tibet with limited facilities for travelers especially outside main cities is now approaching to a reasonable standard. The road between Tibet and Nepal is not up to standard at places. It is rough, bumpy and full of bends which is often obstructed temporarily during monsoon months. However our Tibet counterparts will do the very best with effort under the circumstances to ensure your holiday in Tibet a smooth and pleasant.
Altitude sickness: Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude areas could be strenuous sometimes, travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases needs first doctor's advice before booking Tibet trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day while on the tour against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and dehydration.
Clothing accessories: The climate in Tibet with high altitude remains cool throughout all year round. From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April to September, light clothes for the day and warm jacket or a sweater must for the evenings. The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.
Head wear: Head wear is important to keep your body warm and to save you from UV as well, above 3,000 meters strong light of UV due to thin air hat or caps will be good as protections; Woolen cap for morning and night time.
Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday): T-shirts, Short Pants, Trousers: Light weight & Heavy weight for cold temperature above 3500m, Wind and water Proof trousers are also suitable for trekking, Track-suit useful for trekking, Lightweight long sleeved shirt (this will save from sunburn as well), Thermal underwear useful for cold at night, Down / Duvet jacket which is essential for trekking above 3000 m, Gloves, water and wind proof wear or Poncho, snow gaiters for Trekkers above 4000m.
Foot wear: For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also. For hiking a good comfortable boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.
Equipments: Day-pack: A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.
Personal: Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.
Note: If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.
Food and drinks: Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.
Customs: No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese govt. are prohibited specially books and pictures of Dalai Lama or any other monks and priest on exile.
Insurance Policy: It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
Booking formalities and visa: Minimum one week is required to book the trip from Kathmandu in advance along with full deposit, passport for visa process and full payment of the tour should be made before Tibet departure. From overseas, at least 2 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per our company rules and regulations.
Cancellation: In case of tour cancellation prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per company's rules and regulation will be applied.
Risk and Liability: Tibet tours are run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, Holiday Nepal and our counterpart Tibet agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.
Time Zone: Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours). Which is 2 hrs 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time. Currencies in Tibet Chinese Remimbin Yuan which is 1 Yuan to US$ 8 but subject to change any time.
Temperature and Precipitations in Tibet: Month Temperature ( 0C ) Precipitations
|Maximum ||Minimum || (in mm)|
|January||08 to 12||0|
|February||10 - 10||0|
|March||13 - 04||2|
Four different seasons in Tibet - winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit for plant lovers is in spring, when flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season starts from early March to late May. Even though days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Autumn / Fall season begins from September to mid November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.
Package cost includes: Air fare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, an English speaking guide, transportation by private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.
Cost excludes: Airport departure tax, lunch and dinner, Nepal re-entry visa fee, air ticket reconfirmation charge, personal insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc. Travel in Tibet are restricted by the Government of China where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel Chinese and Tibetan agencies, where Destination Holidays have counterpart agents to make your travel safe and enjoyable.
Note: Please don’t forget to check with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not for Tibet and its high altitude destinations.
We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking
Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.
List of some recommended items: Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.
Currency: The official currency in Tibet is Remimbuin Yuan, One Yuan is made up of 100 Zian a smaller unit. There are small bills and coins denominations of one, two, five and ten Yuan and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, Remimbuin Yuan. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Tibet. At present since 2000 till now US$ 1 = 8.9 Yuan but subject to change any times.
Money Exchange: Bank of China (National Bank) does set the exchange rate and listed into daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity. The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate. There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and so on. Where you can get cash (only Yuan) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 10,000 Yuan day from your Card.
Accommodations: In Tibet most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour. It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Tibet trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.
Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Destination Holidays trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in Tibet.
Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Tibet is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour. Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Local Clothing.
Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!