Tibet Travel Info
BOOKING CONDITIONS & VISA ARRANGEMENT
Confirmed reservation with full payment for the Tibet package is required at least 03 weeks prior to the departure date in order to reconfirm the arrangements and get authority for Tibet visa.We will process visa for you and we require the following details while making your booking:
a) Name in Full
c) Date of Birth
f) Passport Number
The Embassy of China is open every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10 am – 11 am for Tibet visa.
If the tour is cancelled in less than 3 weeks before the departure date, then Tibet Authorities will forfeit full payment of the package value of the tour – hence no refund will be granted. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
November to April warm clothing and May to October light clothing is required. Though jackets and warm pullovers are always necessary. Take shirts, comfortable walking shoes, trousers and skirts, sweater, jackets, dust mask, shocks, sun hat, sun glasses, sun tan lotion, utility knife, water bottle/ thermos (1 lts), flashlight, water purification tabs. Also bring all the film, medicines including Aspirin and Diamox, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. A small first aid kit is also a good idea.
Month Maximum Minimum Rainfall (mm.)
January + 9 - 13 0.2
February + 10 - 12 0.5
March + 13 - 5 2
April + 16 + 1 5
May + 20 + 5 25
June + 25 + 9 77
July + 26 + 10 129
August + 27 + 9 138
September + 21 + 8 56
October + 17 +1 8
November + 12 - 7 2
December + 8 - 13 0.5
ALTITUDE SICKNESS & PHYSICAL FITNESS
As Lhasa lies at over 12000 ft. you are likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, mild nausea, loss of appetite) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the individual. Take if lightly but drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Proper hydration is critical to acclimatization.
We would like to advise you that the journey to Tibet could be fairly rough and tough one. Due to its high altitude, the travelers with a pre-existing problem of heart, lungs or anemia should definitely consult their doctor before this trip.
The journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa by road should be viewed as an adventure, not sightseeing tour by bus. The road itself was poorly constructed and is prone to closer by landslides, particularly from June through September. It can be very dusty and some kind of facemask is a good idea. As you drive to altitudes of over 17000 ft. at some points, altitude sickness becomes a real possibility and most will feel some symptoms. You must make sure to drink plenty of fluids to help you acclimatize. Mostly unmetalled road within Tibet – due weather conditions road can be blocked sometime by sudden floods, landslides of snow fall
The choice of hotels enroute (except Lhasa) is extremely limited. Hotels are basic with showers, flush toilet, a small shop, and a restaurant and laundry facility only. Food is not readily available enroute until the stopover hotels are reached. We recommend you carry packed lunch from the hotels. We suggest you to bring a canteen or water bottle with purification tablet or water filter pump and refill your bottles at every opportunity. Meal enroute (until Lhasa) tend to be greasy and you may want to bring snacks or other foodstuff with you. We therefore suggest you to carry tinned food, Biscuits, Chocolates, Cheese, Drinking chocolate/ coffee, soup cubes, instant noodles, Nuts and Raisins, Chewing gums etc.
Full travel insurance coverage, particularly for trip cancellation and interruption is strongly recommended.
RISK & LIABILITY
We will put every effort to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, all the programs in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, we OR our Tibet counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most advisable all clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
CUSTOM: There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders as long as they're registered with a custom official, printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese government are prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts demed to be excessive.
FOOD & DRINK: Tibet has only a handful of towers and Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is handy to carry, anything that can be brewed with hot, water instant coffee, drinking chocolate, tea (bags) soup cubes, powered milk, other food items worth considering are instant noodles, vegemite, nuts and raisins, chocolate, dry foods and biscuit.
BUSINESS HOURS : Government offices are usually closed on SATURDAY and SUNDAY.
CURRENCY : RENMBI, the people's money used by millions of Chinese everyday, cirdulates in notes of 1,2,5,10 and 50, 100 yuan, 1,2 and 5 jiao; There are also coins for 1,2 and 5 fen. With the Chinese currency Renminbi, one yuan is divided into 10 jiao, into 10 fen (US$ 1= 8 yuan).
AIRPORT: Lhasa Gonggar airport is approx 96kms away from Lhasa]