Tibet has long been considered "the Roof of the World" offers unparalleled beauty and mystery in its own. This is a land of largest and highest plateau on earth with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters. Its unique Buddhist culture, rare wildlife, snow-capped mountains, deep tropical rainforests and open pastureland are the hidden treasures to be explored. In addition, Yarlung Tsangbo River, ancient ruins, palaces, monasteries and religious cultural heritage are other interesting features of the land.
Trip to Tibet offers an overload your senses with smells, tastes and colors you have never experienced before. Good or bad, you'll discover the fetid odor of yak butter and incense that smacks of hashish. You'll taste rich, savory stews of spicy yak, crisp Asian pears, and sweet local melons. You will enjoy one of the most adventurous, scenically stunning and physically demanding overland trips in the world, as you follow the route from Kathmandu through vast landscapes, glittering peaks, high mountain passes, remote high altitude deserts, densely forested precipitous gorges and virtually unpopulated high altitude. It is a journey of scenic and religious discovery of the land and self.
Tibet at a Glance
Area: 471,700 sq. miles border 2.5million sq.km, approximately. The size of Western Europe
Terrain: 70% Grassland, from high plateau to tropical forest
Climate: Average temperature 21-28 degrees Celsius (summer) 7-15 (in winter), extremely dry except during raining season (July-August)
Population: 2.62 million
Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, and Animism
Languages: Tibetan, Chinese
Currency: Chinese Yuan
A traveler should bring with him a passport with validity remaining no less than six months. Make sure that it has plenty of blank pages for visas, entry and re-entry stamps and extensions. Loosing passport in Tibet will be very difficult, as you have to go to Beijing to get new one.
A traveler to Tibet requires to be obtained a special group visa/ permit. The visa processing is initiated only after you book a trip with us. Original passport has to be submitted while applying for visa/permit as the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or abroad. We are eligible to process your visa/ permit even in Kathmandu before your arrival. Normally, Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu opens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 09:30 am to 11 am. A Tibet-bound traveler requires to pay visa fee according to varying nationalities.
In Lhasa there are some popular restaurants that provide Tibetan, Chinese and even Western food to the travelers. These restaurants also serve Tibetan tea (salted butter tea), sweet milk tea, hot boiling black tea, Tibetan barley beer, soft drinks, canned beer and imported wine, whisky and local beverage. Very basic food will be served at Zhangmu and Xegar. Guesthouse or hotel on the way will provide you basic accommodation.
Landslide & Extra Charge:
Our company will put all its efforts to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, during the monsoon while crossing the Tibet-Nepal border you need to pay extra cost to hire porter & additional transport due to landslides & road blockade.
The circulated currency in Tibet is RMB. Foreign currency can be exchanged in the bank of China in Lhasa and other cities. But only the main offices of Bank of China accept traveler’s check & cash in advance. You can exchange money into RMB according to the exchange rate of that day with your valid passport. If you want to visit remote areas in Tibet, you are advised to have enough RMB with you. However, you can have some US$ with you, too.
Seasons and Clothing:
Because of its high altitude and climate, Tibet is some-what cold and the difference between temperature in the day and at night is very great. But as for its long sun-shine time, winter is not too bad. Its annual rainfall is not much with the monsoons occurring between July and September. In spring, autumn and winter it is a bit dry.
Spring (March-May): Cold, dry and windy. A jacket and woolen sweaters are necessary.
Summer (June-August): Cold but hot at noon. Shirts, pants or skirts will be fine.
Autumn (September-November): Cold, dry. Jackets and sweaters are necessary.
Winter (December-February): Frigid and very dry. Warm pullover, down jacket, woolen sweaters, scarves and gloves are necessary.
A traveler needs to transfer minimum US$ 300 per person as deposit for permits and visa processing in advance to our company’s bank account. The rest payment must be made upon arrival in Kathmandu before your trip begins. The company accepts cash US$, Euro or any other convertible currencies. We also accept final payment by a major credit card-visa, master card.