Guaranteed Fixed Departure 2017

Trip Facts

Tour Name	: 8 days Central Tibet					
Entry / Exit	: Fly in / Fly out (Nepal & China) 
Grade		: Easy & Adventure
Max Elevation	: 5045m/16548ft
Accommodation	: Hotel
Meal		: Bed & breakfast 
Transport	: Flight & Private vehicle
Tour Days	: 08

Highlights:

  • One hour Trans-Himalaya flight and breath taking aerial view of Everest and other highest peaks from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa.
  • The Yamdrok Tso (The Turquoise lake) & high mountain passes
  • Major and important historical sites – The Potala Palace, Sera, Drepung Monasteries, Jokhang Temple etc.

Trip summary:

Tibet -a land so rich in Culture, tradition and steeped in religion along the far flung unique landscape, also called the roof of the world. Let the age old Tibetan Myths & mysteries cast an enchanted spell that holds an every visitor in thrill and excitement. This tour offers you most of the popular sightseeing tour in Tibet including Samye, Yambhu Lakhang, Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. Khumbum Stupa, Tashilumpho monastery and Barkhor market.

The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide.

Itinerary

Days Itinerary Overnight (BB)
01: Fly to Gongkar airport & drive to Lhasa Hotel Kyichu or Similar
02: Sightseeing of Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market. Hotel Kyichu or Similar
03: Sightseeing of Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery Hotel Kyichu or Similar
04: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake. Visit Khumbum and Pelkhor Stupa and the Gyantse Dzong. Hotel Yeti or Similar
05: Drive to Shigatse. Visit Shalu monastery en-route. Visit Tashilumpho Monastery & Local Market Hotel Mansarovar or Similar
06: Drive Shigatse to Tsedang. Hotel Tsedang or Similar
07: Visit Samye Monastery, the village of King & Yambu Lhakhang. Hotel Tsedang or Similar
08: Drive to airport for flight to Kathmandu.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Fly to Gongkar Airport & drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:
Day 01: Fly to Gongkar Airport & drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

You will be met at Gongkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3660 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. You can go around the hotel area for light walk and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

 

Day 02: Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market (3600m/11811ft):
Day 02: Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market (3600m/11811ft):

After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Then your guide will take you on a tour to Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market respectively.
Jokhang Temple: Jokhang a seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa is the most sacred temple of all Tibet. It is considered to be a Power Place in all Tibet. Queen Bhrikuti, a Nepalese princess married to King Songtsen Gampo founded Jokhang Temple and in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti the main gate of the temple faces west towards Nepal. The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple is the many chapels surrounding the temple.
Sera Monastery: This monastery is approx. 5km drive away from Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded in 1419. It sits in the prettiest and most charming atmosphere at the base of Mount Purbuchok. Sera Monastery used to be an important center for learning where in the past approx. 5,000 to 6,000 monks resided. Currently about 550 monks are supposed to be living there. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories).The most intriguing feature here is the nine-meter image of Maitraya which was erected in 1419; here one can also witness the practicing of debate among the monks, who pitch their knowledge against each other.
Barkhor Market (Bazar): The most popular Barkhor Market (Bazaar) is a square where Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings etc. are all in sale for your delight.

At the end of the day your guide will escort you back to your hotel. Lhasa offers variety of Restaurant for both Lunch and
Dinners. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

 

Day 03: Lhasa – Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery (3600m/11811ft):
Day 03: Lhasa – Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery (3600m/11811ft):

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery.

 

Potala Palace: Also known as the “winter palace”. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. is a 13th storied complex monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines and over 200,000 images and about 1000 rooms.As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.

 

Drepung Monastery: is a beautifully landscaped monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

 

Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

Day 04: Drive to Gyantse (3950m /12956ft) 265km, 4 hrs:
Day 04:  Drive to Gyantse (3950m /12956ft) 265km, 4 hrs:

Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4970 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-Tso Lake and Mt. Nojin Kangsang, standing at 7191m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. After driving 265 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse, an old Tibetan Town against a backdrop of magnificent 14th-15th century fortresses and temples. Here we will visit the Khumbum Monastery and Pelkhor Chode Temple.  O/N at Hotel in Gyantse (BB)
Khumbum monastery: is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. It is an architectural masterpiece built in the style of 108-sided Mandela. It is the most revered Stupa in Tibet and houses 112 chapels of which only 23 are open to the public.

Pelkhor Chode Temple: which is a fort dating from the 14th century. From there you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.

Noted:Opportunity to experience the Yak Ride (Yaks are found mostly over 4000m elevation and is the most important animal in Tibet) and see Tibetan Mastiff Dog in Khampa La pass (extra cost).

Day 05: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m/12795ft) 90km, 1hr:
Day 05:  Drive to Shigatse (3,900m/12795ft) 90km, 1hr:

After exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. En-route we drive approximately 6km off the main highway to visit a very important ancient Monastery. Later drive to Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilumpho Monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

 

Shigatse the capital of Tsang Province was one of the first towns to be visited by westerners due to close distance with the Indian border. Here in Shigatse you will be visiting Tashilumpho Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. There are about 39 amazing chapels inside including the huge Maitreya Chapel coated with gold; its workmanship certainly impresses everyone.After detailed visit of Shigatse, we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Shigatse (BB)

Day 06: Drive to Tsedang (3,510m/11512ft) 320km, 6hr:
Day 06:  Drive to Tsedang (3,510m/11512ft) 320km, 6hr:

Drive to Tsedang via northern route along the Brahmaputra River. Drive is very interesting as you pass through Holy Mountain, one of highest and most popular railway line on earth and village. You will visit Samye Monastery en-route one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD and modeled on the University of Otantapuri in India, it was planned as a representation of the universe. This is the first Monastery belongs to Nginma order and built by great Master Padmasambhawa. This place brings you to the third largest city in Tibet, Tsedang. Here in Tsedang, we visit YumbuLakhang, meaning ‘the palace on the leg of a female deer’, located on the east bank of the Yarlong River southeast of Tsedang Town. The view from the castle is awesome. O/N at Hotel in Tsedang (BB)

Day 07: Visit Samye Monastery, the village of Kings and Yambhulakhang (3,510m/11512ft):
Day 07:  Visit Samye Monastery, the village of Kings and Yambhulakhang (3,510m/11512ft):

Visit YumbuLakhang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley, is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yearlong Kings, later visit Tandruk Monastery. O/N at Hotel in Tsedang (BB)

Note:Offer “Lungta” and prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with your Tibetan Guide. Offering Lungta in high passes and temple is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Tibetan culture.

Day 08: Tour Concludes (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

After breakfast, your guide will give you a final departure transfer for your next destination.  Tour Concludes.

Customize your trip

Fixed Departure

Month Tour Starts Tour Ends Entry / Exit
May 21 May, 2017 28 May, 2017 Fly in / Fly out
June 18 June, 2017 25 June, 2017 Fly in / Fly out
July 16 July, 2017 23 July, 2017 Fly in / Fly out
August 20 Aug,  2017 27 Aug,  2017 Fly in / Fly out
September 17 Sept, 2017 24 Sept, 2017 Fly in / Fly out
October 15 Oct,  2017 22 Oct,  2017 Fly in / Fly out
November 19 Nov, 2017 26 Nov, 2017 Fly in / Fly out

Cost Inclusion / Exclusion

Cost Per Person:All months 2017

Hotel Hotel Yak*** or Similar (BB)
Group price
US$ 765
Single Supplement US$ 245

 

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Supplement cost : Hotel Shangri La  (BB) Four Points by Sheraton (BB)
Per Room per night
LOW SEASON
US$ 200 US$ 85
Per Room per night:

HIGH SEASON

US$ 260 US$ 105

 

  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Lhasa– Kathmandu (Fare range from US$ 640 per person in economy class)
  • Airfare: Kathmandu - Lhasa (Fare range from US$ 440 per person in economy class).

NOTE:  Airfare is subject to change as per the Airline rules.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed & breakfast (BB) basis.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
  • Monastery entrance fee.
  • Tibet Travel permits.
  • Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
  • Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
  • Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
  • Trip Information pack.
  • Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).

Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungta (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

  • Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in US$ cash only).

US national          US$ 175
Canadian:             US$ 155

Romanian:            US$ 115
Other National:    US$   85

  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses during any rescue operation.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner ( US$ 10 – US$ 15 per meal )
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Gratuity to staff approx. Total Guide 75 and Driver US$ 50
  • Services of Porterage and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services.
  • Additional portable oxygen cylinder (US$ 20 per bottle).
  • Services not mentioned herein.

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Please read these carefully when you make a booking, then the (Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions Private Limited) legally binding contract is made.

INTERPRETATION:

“The Company” refers to Basanta Adventure Trekking & Expeditions Private Limited; License number 621/059 from Tourism Department and Revenue Department PAN number 301125961. The official register contact address is P.O. Box 8110, Narayan Chaur, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal. Tel. + 977-1-4440237 Fax: + 977-1-4436931.
“The Client” being Tour or Trekking company using services provided by Basanta Adventure Trekking & Expeditions Private Limited
“Trip or Trekking or Expedition” means the Basanta Adventure Trekking & Expeditions Private Limited program offered to Tour or Trekking Company including all information.

AGREEMENT:

This agreement is made between: The Basanta Adventure and Tour or Trekking Company Private Limited as a client.

  • This is GUARANTEED DEPARTURE every month.
  • Maximum group size is 16 person and minimum 2 person.
  • We will cancel the departure if we do not receive minimum number of person until 20 days before the departure.
  • Package rate is based on Twin sharing and there will be single supplement extra

PAYMENT:

  1. Cost are Net, non-commissionable and inclusive of 13% VAT
  2. Payment: 100% before departure. Failure to make payment will affect in the process of permit formalities.

Note: As per the TTB rule, we have to submit proof of full payment or bank receipt while applying for Tibet permit.

  1. Flight:  as per the Airline regulation
  2. Our costs are based on Van and Bus.
  3. Cancellation will be applied as per our booking terms and conditions.

CANCELLATION WILL BE APPLIED AS BELOW:

TOURS CHARGE INCURRED
30 days before departure US$ 150 per person
07 days before departure US$ 50% of total cost
02 days before departure US$ 100% of total cost

AIRLINE CANCELLATION  POLICY:

S. No. Particulars
01. We require full payments before issuing tickets.
02. Cancellation must be done before 72 hrs before departure time. Airline will charge cancellation fee of US$ 90 per person and refund balance amount

Important formalities before departure:

  1. Visa fee must be paid in cash US dollar as per the rule of Chinese Embassy which will be paid directly to the Embassy.
  1. While entering Tibet via China, Chinese visa must be obtained in their home country. We will issue Tibet permit and deliver in any Gateway cities of China. We must require scan copy of passport and copy of Chinese visa at least 20 days prior to arrival in gateway cities in China.
  1. Entering Tibet via gateway city of Kathmandu, Nepal, client must spend at least 2 nights in Kathmandu for final process of Tibet visa as per the visa working days i.e. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  1. We need the following documents to apply the Tibet permits:
  1. Clear, color scan copy of passport must be provided to us at least 20 days prior to the arrival.
  2. Chinese Embassy visa form. (We have simplified the visa form and request client to duly fill it up and send us in advance.)
  3. 1 Color passport size photo (once clients arrive in Kathmandu)
  4. Original passport (once clients arrive in Kathmandu.)
  1. Booking cut off time is 20 days prior to the departure.
  1. You must travel in same passport that you gave copy for permit formalities in advance. Passport must be valid more than 6 months and it must be ordinary passport.
  1. You do not need to bring Chinese visa if you are entering Tibet via gateway city of Kathmandu. Likewise, Tibet visa will also be valid for China mainland. If you are traveling to China, please let us know your program in China and length of stay in order to apply visa as your length of stay in China. Please avoid splitting or extending Tibet visa for your further journey to China in Tibet or in China which is extremely complicated and authority may refuse to do so in China, so please carefully plan and organize before booking the trip to avoid problem in future time.
  1. Chinese Embassy is closed during festivals; however Embassy accommodate by accepting visa application in advance and issue visa upon the verification of the original passport. You are required to pay urgent visa fee and all necessary documents.
  1. In Tibet, briefing is a must in order to provide any latest information and make aware of any sensitive issues. And entertain any last minutes questions. We provide in-depth trip briefing by Tibet expert we highly recommend the last minute briefing for better understanding of the nature of the Tour.

Risk and Liability:

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you realize and accept the potential risks and hazards that can be involved in trip of this kind, up to and including death. Therefore, you must carefully read the following Liability Release Agreement before signing at the bottom of the form.

  1. The Company reserves the right to cancel your program or trip. In the case of The Company canceling any
  2. Trip due to unforeseen circumstances an alternative of similar standard will be offered. If this is not acceptable any money paid by the trip member to Basanta Adventure will be refunded (less any expenses    incurred by The Company for the purpose of the Trip). The Company does not accept liability for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of cancellation.
  3. The Company will not be responsible for any loss, damage or accident to any luggage and property even when carried by a third party (e.g. porters or support vehicles).
  4. It is in the nature of a Trip of this kind that arrangements and participants have to be flexible. The day-to-day agenda and ultimate goal of the Trip are taken as aims and not as contractual obligations. It is a necessary condition of you joining to any trip that you accept this flexibility, and that you also accept that the Company cannot be held responsible for delays or alterations to the program or for expenses incurred, due to international or internal flight cancellations, automobiles and other means of conveyance, strikes, sickness, weather and other forces of nature, war, quarantine, force, major political closures and disputes.
  5. In the event of civil unrest or any political situations, The Company undertakes to inform of the situation as soon as The Company has knowledge of it.
  6. On a trip of this nature, it is necessary that you abide by the authority of the Guide who represents Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions. Trip Guide and staff will do their utmost to ensure that any problems are solved for the benefit of the group as a whole. The decision of the Guide as to the conduct, itinerary and objectives of the trip is final. Signing this contract signify your agreement to this.
  7. The Client understand and hereby acknowledge that there are inherent and other risks involved in a trip and activities of this kind and I freely and voluntarily assume those risks.
  8. The Client agree to hold harmless and indemnify, Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions Private Limited and any of their guides, leaders, agents, employees, officers, directors, owners, associates, affiliated companies, manufacturers of equipment and subcontractors, for any loss or damage, including any that results from any claim for personal injury, death or property damage. I do hereby expressly agree to defend the above-named parties against any kind of liability, actions, causes of action, debts, suits, claims and demands of any kind whatsoever, including attorney's fees, which I or my heirs, assignees, successors or legal representatives may now have or which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with my trip or participation in activities arranged for me by the above-named parties.
  9. The Client hereby release and forever discharge, Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions Private Limited any of their guides, leaders, agents, employees, officers, directors, owners, associates, affiliated companies, manufacturers of equipment, and subcontractors, from any and all liabilities for damage and injury or death to myself from any claim based upon negligence, recklessness, breach of warranty, contract or other legal theory, accepting for myself, my heirs, assignees, administrators, executors and all members of my family, including minors accompanying me, full responsibility for any and all such damage, injury or death which may result.
  10. The terms of this agreement shall also include, but not be limited to, a covenant not to sue or make a claim against any of the above-mentioned parties.
  11. Proper medical checkup and other preliminary arrangements of all document to Basanta Adventure in well advance as per the time limit given by Basanta Adventure related to visa process are entirely the responsibility of The Client and The Company accept no responsibility in the event that these are not completed in time for departure.
  12. No refund or compensation will be made or given for any unused hotel accommodation, air tickets or any other unused service or feature of the trip.

Refund, complaints and acceptance:

The Company's agents and representatives, other than the Director, are not entitled to promise refunds for whatever reason and The Company will not be bound by any such promise.

Neither Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions Private Limited nor the owners of the services provided will entertain any complaint unless written notice is given to Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions Private Limited within 28 days of the end of the trip.

The Director of the company in writing may only waive the booking conditions.

The terms and conditions of all agreements made with The Company shall be subjected to, and Governed by, the Nepalese Law.

SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE BASANTA ADVNETURE TREKS & EXPDETION PVT LIMITED

NAME: Basant Bajracharya
DATE: 1st December 2016
SIGNATURE:

SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE Tour or Trekking Company

NAME:
DATE:
SIGNATURE:

Thank you for your kind support and we continue to ensure quality and personalized services at all times. Should you have any questions and need clarification, please feel free to call us or write us.

General Info

• This is GUARANTEED DEPARTURES every month depart on Saturday.
• Rate is net Payable to Basanta Adventure before departure.
• Package rate is based on Twin sharing basis
• For Sing occupancy, single supplement cost will be applied.
• Maximum group size is 16 person and minimum 2 persons.
• Cut off time of booking is 30 Days prior to the departure
• We will notify 15 days prior to the departure if minimum number of person is not complete; we give option of supplement charge or cancel the departure.
• There will supplement for less than 2 persons in order to cover minimum cost.
• We provide higher category hotel option such as Shangri-La Hotel, St. Regis, & Four Point by Sheraton for anyone interested. We use best hotel en-route.
• We use deluxe van or coach with all the safety features in place.
• Client can join Tour in Lhasa however; there will be extra cost of pick up and permit formalities.
• We can arrange hotel accommodation/airport transfer/sightseeing and handover Tibet permit in China mainland for that travel to Tibet via China mainland.
• We will provide farewell complimentary dinner at Tibetan Family Restaurant.
• We provide complimentary bottle of water daily.
• Guide speaks only English Language.
• Guide will perform Prayer flag offering ceremony in high pass according to the Tibetan culture for wellbeing of all participant
• Opportunity of Yak ride and see Tibetan Mastiff Dog
• Optional visit to Dadung Tibetan village & visit Tibetan family ( extra cost)
• Optional blessing ceremony in one of the local temple ( extra cost)

Tibet, standing at an average elevation of 16,500ft above sea level, till today, still remains one of the most interesting, mysterious, enchanting, remote and in many of the areas still underdeveloped. Besides being the highest plateau in the world; its transformation from a warring and aggressive to a peaceful, pious and gentle people by the influence of Buddhism, is very amazing. Its isolation nearly till the second half of the twentieth century; its diverse climatic and geographical conditions strongly attract people of all types from historians, adventurers, pilgrims and so on.

A trip to Tibet is more of an adventurous and spiritual for those who believe Tibet as a Power Place. Due to its high altitude, those travelers with a history of heart, lung or anemic problems should consult their doctor before considering a visit.

Overland travel between Kathmandu and Tibet is an incredible journey where you get to see the world’s highest plateau and the Himalayan Ranges in all its glory before you. The trip becomes more wonderful and amazing as you pass through high winding roads and passes.

It’s most important that visitors should understand that Tibet was only opened to tourism since the mid eighties and you should be ready for a bit of adventure regarding hotel accommodation and other services especially en-route.

Hotels En-Route:

Budget hotels en-route are very basic provide dormitories accommodation and common toilets. Most of the hotel staff do not speak English. However, many popular deluxe category hotel of international standard have employed English speaking staffs, many of them are from Nepal. There are several continental restaurants available in Lhasa.

Transportation:

Overland Transport:

We use Land Cruiser 4500 (New Model) or  van, mini bus, coaster and deluxe coaches as necessary. All vehicles have air-conditioned.

Flight: Air China is the only airline fly between Lhasa – Kathmandu, this is the only airline in the world that fly over Mt. Everest, make sure you take a left hand seat while flying to Lhasa and vice versa to view the majestic Himalayas including Everest.

Photographs:

Taking photographs is prohibited in sensitive areas like in Check Posts/Army Areas. There is an extra charge if you wish to take photographs inside Monasteries. Sometimes, Monasteries charge extra for each different section of the same Monastery. If you want to take a photograph of an individual please ask him or her first, Carry plenty of rolls of films and batteries.

 Road Condition:

The road from Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal-China Border) is quite narrow but most of it is tarmac. The driving in central Tibet is much more comfortable since roads from Zhangmu to Lhasa are fully pitched except in some area between Zhangmmu and Shigatse which is under construction and about to be completed. From Zhangmu to Nyalam it is one of the most mountainous with many twists and turns, you will enjoy breathtaking views including water falls pouring down to the river Bhotekosi. The landscape changes from green forest to barren Tibetan plateau or vice versa.

Toilet En-Route:

Toilet en-route Zhangmu to Lhasa during drive is a problem for ladies, you will require going to toilet often due to required consumption of water, it is best not to use common toilet, we advise using open air toilet which is available. One can go behind the rock or off the road. We suggest asking driver to stop the vehicle for toilet in less populated areas before stopping for a meal in town where clean toilets are not available.

Languages:

Tibetan and Chinese are highly spoken in Tibet Autonomous region, in remote areas more majority speaks Tibetan Language however, there are different Tibetan dialogues used.

Food:

Traditional meal of Tibetan is Tsampa (roasted Barley flour) and butter tea. There are not so many choices of restaurant in small towns. However, there are many Tibetan, Chinese and continental restaurants in big cities such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Tsedang. Mostly you get yak meat, sheep meat sometime pork.

Some recommended restaurants:

Lhasa: Kyichu restaurant, Snow Land restaurant, Lhasa Kitchen, Third Eye, Tashi Restaurant, Crazy Yak,  Duniya

Bars: 52beer bar, Last Bus Bar

Shigatse: Mandala Restaurant, Tashi restaurant

Entertainment in Lhasa: There are discotheques, nightclubs, bars, karaoke, well organized spa facilities, Nangla (cultural show) with traditional music.

Exchange Rate, ATM and Credit Card: 

The exchange rate of - approx. US$1 = Yuan 6. Banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Regarding the budget for your tour, it is entirely up to you how much you want to spend with shopping etc. However, we advise you to carry at least US$150 per person for a week. Major currencies such as US Dollar, Euro, UK sterling can be exchanged at the Bank of China branches in Zhangmu, Shigatse and Lhasa. There are ATM Machines in Lhasa and Shigatse. Big stores, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards.

While entering Tibet by overland through Nepal border, you can change with local moneychanger in Zhangmu but consult with your guide for reliability of the money changer in order to avoid any counterfeit notes.

Communication from Tibet:

There are internet centers and private phone booths in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, it is best to ask your tour guide, it is usually written INTERNET CENTER on their signboards. Nowadays, there are Wi-Fi facilities in most of the hotels and restaurants in major cities.

Local Transport: 

Taxi is available, charges Yuan 10 within the city centre. There are three wheeler pushbikes as well for short distances. You will have to make sure you have someone with you who speaks Chinese while taking taxi or any local transport or you must know the Chinese and Tibetan name of the your destination.

Electricity: 220 volt.

Passport Size Photographs:

Please make sure that you carry some passport size photographs in case it is needed.

Itinerary:

The agency reserves the right to amend the itinerary at the last minute without prior notice as per the local conditions.

Acclimatization & Altitude Sickness:

Due to the very high altitude - over 12,000 ft, acclimatization is very important. You may be likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headaches, mild nauseas, 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. Do not exert yourself and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. It is very important to drink at least 4-5 liters of liquids daily to avoid any altitude sickness; this is probably the best remedy for AMS.

Do not forget - the common effects of altitude such as:

  • You may feel breathlessness on exertion; some headache is treatable by aspirin.
  • May be some difficulty sleeping and a little loss of appetite.
  • You might also wake up suddenly at night trying to catch your breath. Do not panic! Your metabolism has simply slowed down.
  • You may also experience an exaggerated thumping headache, which will not go away, breathless even at rest, extreme nausea.
  • The lack of oxygen in the system will first affect either the brain (HACE - Height Altitude Cerebral Edema) causing loss of physical and mental coordination OR the lungs (HAPE - Height Altitude Pulmonary Edema), coughing up persistent sputum or both.
  • Do not drink any alcohol specially on the first two days of the tour. It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.

The following medication has been found to be helpful:        

Diamox the common name for Acetazolamide originally developed as a diuretic, but pragmatically found to aid acclimatization available in Kathmandu pharmacies. Some people feel it is ‘cheating’, but as trekking at altitude is not a competition and you are here to enjoy it to altitude, not just mask the symptoms. It will make you pee more as intended, and possibly give you a tingly feeling in your fingers, but is understood to have no more serious side effects. Taking it is entirely down to personal choice, but if you do decide to use it as a preventative we have found that a half a 250 mg tablet works just as well as a whole one and minimizes the side effects, each morning and evening, from the night before the trek through to the start of the descent from the highest point.

Oxygen Cylinder:

We provide reserve oxygen cylinder in our private tours. There will be minimum charges for using it.

Drive:

The length of time of drive everyday may vary from 3 hours to 8 hours including lunch, tea break depending upon the condition of the road; you will notice continuous construction of road in many places. There are many check posts en-route specially while driving outside Lhasa. There are Speed limit rules also and very strict monitoring on vehicles moving on the highway.

 Political Situation:

The political situation in Tibet is highly sensitive. You would be well advised not to discuss or talk or take anything of political with the local people that may aggravate the situation. Confine yourself to the interests of the tour.

 Single Supplement:

Please note that all tours are organized on twin sharing basis. If you want to stay in a single room than you will be required to pay single supplement, and you must inform us before the start of the tour so as to enable us to book the room in advance, otherwise it will be difficult to get rooms. Hotels in Tibet normally do not have triple sharing room.

Guide:

We always use our own Guides employed by our office. Guiding is considered the most important factor to ensure quality services. Tourism is still considered new to Tibet compare to many Asian countries, so Guides in Tibet do not get enough exposure, Tibetan Guides have limited English and you may not expect a fluent explanation about culture and religion or any other academic topics however Guide will try to do best to their capacity. Your frequent questioning will encourage him/her to explain more in details.

Immigration Formalities: 

Zhangmu Immigration is the main immigration point while entering Tibet from Nepal by overland. Gongkar airport is the main immigration where you have to go through the formalities while flying into Tibet.

Tipping:

It is customary to give US$75 each to Guide and Driver per week. It is not compulsory to tip, only if you believe staff have done remarkably good job putting extra effort to make your trip enjoyable.

I suggest you to buy few prayer flags and Khadas (scarf) from Kathmandu to offer to your guide and driver upon arrival.

It can easily be bought in local market in Lhasa as well to offer in monasteries in Tibet.

Clothing:

  • Thermal underwear, Down Jacket, Warm Trousers and sweaters, Woollen Shirts full sleeves.
  • Hat (ear cover), Gloves water proof, Woolen socks
  • Comfortable trousers, T-shirt, Windproof jacket, Fleece jacket, Scarf
  • Casual wear and comfortable walking shoes, Sleeping bag (if you are trekking or using guest houses)
  • Bring all your films, Cosmetics, Personal toilet items that you will need from home, Wind breaker
  • Sun hat, Food snacks along way (power bars), Water Bottle, Sunglass, Swiss knife, Sun Cream
  • Toilet paper, Flash light batteries, Day pack camera and enough film, Mask : roads can be dusty sometimes
  • Rain Jacket, Personal medical kit, Recommended Guide Book (Foot Print by Gyurme Dorje)
  • Kathmandu Lhasa Road Map (easily available in Thamel)

Do and don’t:

  • Wear proper dress code during visit holy area, remove your hat, do not interrupt prayer
  • Do not point with your finger to any holy object
  • No antique are allowed to take from Tibet
  • China time is 8 hours ahead of GMT
  • Always keep copy of your visa or permit with yourself.
  • Do not take photograph without asking
  • Do not talk about any sensitive issues
  • Important Tibetan words are Tashi Delek which means “greetings”, Thucheche means “thank you”.
  • Use always both hand whenever you give or take anything.
  • Do not touch, walk over, or sit on any religious texts, sacred objects or prayer flags.
  • Tibetan people do not eat horse, dog, or donkey, as well as fish (in some areas).  While in Tibet, you should follow local dietary restrictions.
  • It is not polite to clap your palms and spit behind the Tibetan people.
  • Tibetan people stretch out their tongue to say hello to you. Also it is a courtesy to put their hands palm in front of breast.
  • Do not smoke in monasteries. Also it is not permitted to touch or photograph Buddha statues and religious articles.
  • In addition, when walking around the monastery, you should always walk in a clockwise direction (with the exception of Bon temples).
  • When walking around dagobas, monasteries or Mani piles, please go around them in a clockwise direction (with the exception of Bon sites), without crossing them.
  • Eagles are sacred birds in the eyes of the Tibetan people. Do not disturb them, drive them away or injure them.
  • You should also not disturb sheep or cows decorated with red, green or yellow cloth.
  • It is advisable to offer Khada ( silk scarf to anyone you meet for the first time)
  • It is advisable to offer Prayer flag or Lungta sacred script (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.
  • Note: We will offer you each prayers flag before you leave for Tibet as a gift.

Have a great time !

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