Tibet at Glance
Tibet is a most unusual and beautiful place. The majority of it's land rests above 4000 meters (13,000 feet) and is surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides. The awe-inspiring Himalayas are the highest in the world, as is the never ending Tibetan plateau. It is a place for the rugged adventurer as well as the spiritual wanderer.
Tibet is a land held back in time, housing many secrets. Nomads remain much the same as they did one hundred years ago. Roaming the plateau from winter and summer camps the nomads still mainly subsist from their yak herds. Then, there are the monasteries which are striving to find a place in a country that's suddenly facing the 21st century.
Booking & Visa.
Nepal entry and re-entry visa can be obtain at airport in Kathmandu or any entry points in Nepal or any royal Nepal embassy or consulate office. all tourists visiting Tibet requires special allen travel permit which they obtain only by joining tours organized by recognized travel agencies. those who arrive in Kathmandu with a Chinese visa issued by embassies in their countries will find useless for entry into Tibet.
to obtain Chinese visa (normal), it require minimum 1 week in advance from within Kathmandu. Chinese embassy working hours are from 10.00 hrs to 11.30 hrs every mon-wed and fri (thrice a week only).
to book a tour, must send full passport details (including full name as in passport, date and place of birth, passport no, date of issue & expiry, profession, sex, nationality, home address, tel no. etc) should reach us. for visa procedure, 4 full working days (7 days) are required with a condition that clients should be available in Kathmandu. normal visa fee is us$28.00 currently and urgent charge us$ 17.00 extra have to borne by the clients. for us citizen an extra us$ 14.00 on above fee shall be applied.
Travelling in Tibet is an adventure involving high altitude and could be strenuous. so far, most visitors have only minor effects from the altitude. however, we advise specially the guests with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult the doctor before travelling. mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder can take place before acclimatization. we advice: drink 4 liters of water minimum a day. Do not exhaust yourselves so much and breath deep and take rest more than usual. bottle water is available in each hotels where you would overnight and in the restaurants en route where you would have your lunch.
There are strict controls over taking pictures inside the monasteries but some upon paying a fee (extra cost), a monk may turn on the lights making the flash less necessary. do not carry any dalai lama pictures, free Tibet posters or t-shirts, Tibetan flags or controversial political magazine or books.
Money can be exchange at the bank of china at zhangmu, shigatse and lhasa. In case the banks are closed we suggest to ask for a loan from the tour guide.
Clothing & Accessories .
Casual wear and comfort walking shoes, and a sleeping bag are the rule of Tibet. be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold in winter month. generally it is cold at night but warm and sunny during the day. spring comes at the end of April. summer temperatures are pleasantly warm at midday and drop dramatically in the shades at the night. the rainy season begins in midsummer and continues for two months. autumn is clear with the cold gradually increasing until December. winter weather is always cold with fierce winds and winter in western Tibet and much colder and drier. so it is advisable that chopstick, suntan cream, sun hat and sun glasses are to be carried with.
bring all the needed films, medicines, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain in Tibet. a small first aid kit is also a good idea.