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General Information
Our tours and treks are based on entry and exit from Kathmandu. However, you can also enter from parts of Mainland China (i.e. Beijing, Chengdu etc).
Air China flies between Kathmandu and Lhasa across the mighty Himalayas and this flight offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and many other Himalayan giants. All of our trips, which begin by flying into Lhasa, can be joined from Kathmandu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Chengdu or Bangkok (via Chengdu). In the cities above you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will then have the chance to see the sights before being transferred to the airport the next day for your flight to Lhasa. Additional accommodations in Kathmandu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Chengdu can be arranged, and if interested please feel free to ask us for more details.

Transportation in Tibet

The roads in Tibet can at times become quite rough and impassable for many vehicles which is why we use tried and true Land cruiser 4WDs (Toyota 4500). These vehicles are extremely reliable and will make the journey as comfortable as possible. As for the trekking and climbing, there will be a separate truck for carrying all luggage and trek equipment. We’ll drive for several hours, stopping along the way for photographs or places of special interest, before stopping for lunch at around midday. After lunch we'll continue our journey, generally arriving at our destination by 3 or 4pm.
 
Best Time to Visit Tibet

Despite the high altitude of the Tibetan Plateau, the daytime temperatures are actually quite mild. Between April and November the average temperature ranges form 15-25 degrees Celsius and the skies are generally clear, blue and beautiful. From July to August you can expect occassional daytime showers while the nights can be very cold, and temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius. During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings.

Clothing & Equipment

  • Down jacket or warm fleece top
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Cotton shirts (short and long sleeved)
  • Warm, cotton trousers
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Beanie or warm woolen hat and gloves
  • Scarf (to keep out dust as well as cold)
  • Sandals (flip-flops)
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag (for camping/trekking)
  • Rain jacket
  • Strong sun cream and lip protector
  • Moisturizer
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (and plenty of film and spare batteries)

Guide & Accommodations

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan way of life.

In Lhasa, accommodations will be at Dhood Gu or similar standard hotel. It is renowned for its hospitality, warm Tibetan atmosphere and is perfectly situated in the centre of town just a few minutes walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkor. Elsewhere along the route, accommodations will be in the best available hotels. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). Whilst on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available.

Visa and Passports
 
Passport
A traveler should bear with him a passport that's valid for no less than 6 months. Make sure that it has plenty of blank pages for visas, entry and reentry stamps and extensions. Besides a passport, holding other IDs like student card or driving license will be an advantage. IF you loose your passport in Tibet, you'll have to travel to Beijing in order to have this replaced. Keep yours close!
 
Visa-Travel Permit
Travelers to Tibet are required to obtain a special Group Visa/Permit. The visa process is initiated only after you book a trip with a qualified travel agency. The original passport has to be submitted along with the Visa Application Letter (Invitation Letter) of Tibetan Tourism Authority to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or abroad. We are eligible to process your visa/permit and can fax you the Visa Application Letter (Invitation Letter) if you wish to apply the visa abroad. Normally, Chinese embassy of Kathmandu works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:30am to 11:00am. The regular visa fee is USD$26 and you can collect the passport on the third working day. Emergency processing incurs an additional fee.