- Accommodation on double occupancy basis in three-star hotels (by local standard)
- Daily Breakfast at your hotel in Tibet and Kathmandu and full board while in Bhutan.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Tibet entry permit and Bhutan visa.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking certified guides.
Trip does not include
- International and internal airfare.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese and Nepal visa.
- Lunch and dinner in Tibet and Kathmandu.
- Drinks, tip, and other personal expenses.
- Travel Insurance.
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
Chinese visa and permits
Remaining validity of your passport must be a minimum of six months beyond your return date. Make sure you have two-blank visa pages for each country you travel on this trip.
Chinese visa & Tibetan permits
You need to apply for a Chinese visa in your country and provide us a copy of the visa and photo page of the passport a minimum 45 days before your trip date. We will obtain your Tibet entry permit in Lhasa and will ship it to your address (e.g., hotel) at the gateway city in China, such as Beijing or Chengdu. Tibetan tourism does not allow shipping permits to the foreign address. You will need to present the original document to get on the flight to Lhasa. Besides Entry Permit, there will be a few other permits that your Guide will be holding for you.
You can apply for Nepal visa on arrival. Currently, the visa fee costs $ 25 and one picture for a 15-day multiple entry visa.
Bhutan visa is the part of the tour, and we will apply it for you. We will email you a copy of eVisa about a two or three weeks before your trip date. You will get your visa seal on the passport upon arrival at Paro.
Accommodations and facilities
The trip includes local three-star hotels that ensure adequate amenities and facilities. You will have a private bathroom with running hot and cold water. They have heating and cooling provisions, cabled or wireless internet and minimum toiletry supplies. Some of them also provide hair dryers, iron, and ironing board but do not expect these everywhere.
You will have daily breakfast at your hotels while in Tibet and Kathmandu and three meals a day while in Bhutan. Meals are usually served in buffet or set menu. Hotels in Tibet and Kathmandu have onsite restaurants where you can eat your dinner, or you can go to restaurants nearby. Your guide will be the best resource person to ask for a recommendation.
In Bhutan, you are likely to eat most of your meals at your hotel, unless you are on a road trip or a day hike, you will be provided packed lunch or eat in a roadside restaurant. They serve meals in buffet style, or it will be a set menu that includes rice dishes, stir-fried or curried vegetables, one or two meat items, spaghetti or noodles, Indian style chapati bread or local buckwheat bread, etc. Bhutanese dishes use a lot of cheese and hot pepper! The food pattern is similar in all hotels, and soon you can find it monotonous. Your guide may take you out for one or two dinners out in local restaurants in the town. If you wish, you will also have an opportunity to eat one meal in a local farmhouse. Please, bear in mind, Bhutan is not a destination for fine dining!
Tibetan roads are now significantly improved, and so 4WD vehicles are not a need for most of the trips in central Tibet. We provide air-conditioned van and buses for all transfers and tours. Drivers speak little or no English. In Bhutan, depending on the group size, we provide Korean or Japanese made SUVs, vans or buses.
You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local guide in each country whom you meet at the airport upon arrival. Your guide helps you check in hotel, coordinate with the driver, deals with the checkpoints and local bureaucracies where required and of courses leads you on sightseeing and excursions and will always be willing to show you the wonders of the area. Guide and driver are different persons, and your driver may or may not speak English.
Vaccination and health concerns
There is no mandatory vaccination required to travel to Tibet and Bhutan, but you are expected to be up-to-date on your routine vaccines. Other recommended vaccines are Hep A, rabies, meningitis, typhoid, cholera, etc. Please, consult with your physician or check out the website of CDC for each country.
Tibet is in a high plateau and has thin air, and so the main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Everyone, when they first land in Lhasa, is likely to experience some mild symptoms initially such as headache, lethargy, nausea, and sleeplessness, but these symptoms should go away in a few days. If the symptoms persist or worsens, you should seek medical help. Travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions are recommended to consult their physician before you sign up for this trip.
Although the trip doesn't require you to be in athletic shape, you are expected to participate in sightseeing and hiking excursions that involves walking, climbing stairs and a brisk day hiking. So, it's advisable that you start some physical exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking, and aerobics about several weeks ahead of the trip that helps you keep fit and also reduces the chance of getting altitude sickness. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly into Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. It's also advisable to drink 3-4 liters of water daily and consume liquid food.
Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Booking and Cancellation
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. The internal flights are the critical factor as there are limited flights between Tibet and Nepal and Nepal to Bhutan. We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 with a completed trip registration form. We will advise you for the second payment once we book the internal flights for you.
Balance payment is due 90 days before your departure. We may set an early payment date on the case to case basis or if any suppliers demand an earlier payment. Final payment by credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee to cover the merchant's commission.
- Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.