- Accommodation on twin sharing in mid range and best available hotels as listed
- Meals as indicated
- All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle
- Sightseeing admission fees
- English speaking tour guide
- Service of internal airfare reservation
- Tibet Travel Permit and Chinese Visa Fee
Trip Does Not Include
- International and internal air fare (separately quoted)
- Airport Taxes
- Nepal Visa Fee
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated
- Drinks, tips, and other expenses of personal nature
- Travel & Health Insurance
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events
- Excess baggage charges
Passport and visa
Your passport’s remaining validity must be minimum 6 months after your return date. Make sure you have minimum 4 blank visa pages for this trip and perhaps more if you are visiting other countries before or after this trip.
You can obtain Nepali visa from Nepali embassies abroad or you can wait until you arrive at the port of entry to Nepal. You need to complete the visa application form and affix a passport photograph. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days with multiple entry facility.
Chinese visa and Tibet permits are pre-processed by us and final visa work is due when you arrive at Kathmandu. For your Chinese visa and Tibetan permit application, we need a color scan of your passport photo page.
Please, bring two passport pictures with you; one for Nepal visa application and the second for Chinese visa. Once you arrive at Kathmandu, we will collect your passport and photo and submit them to Chinese embassy at Kathmandu. Usually turn around time is 2-3 days. The visa comes in two hard copies of A4 size document; one will be used when you enter Tibet (China) and the second when you depart.
Our preferred hotels are listed in 3 variations: A, B & C. Generally, variation A hotels are 3 star properties by local standard. Variation B hotels are usually 4 star and superior properties. Variation C includes 5 star hotels wherever possible and if choices are limited, we use the best available accommodation in the area.
In Gyantse (Tibet), Gyantse Hotel is the only hotel at the top end and it's locally classified as 3 star. In Shigatse, there are a few properties, locally classified as 4 star hotel, at the top end. Some places, hotels are not classified by stars and we use our discretion.
All our preferred hotels provide en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. They ensure adequate amenities and facilities such as heating and air conditioning. Amenities in 4 star and 5 star hotels also include WiFi internet, mini-refridgerator, tea-coffee maker, hair dryers, iron and ironing board as well but please do not expect these amenities everywhere. WiFi usage also may be subject to fee, depending on hotel policy.
If preferred hotels listed above are not available at the time of booking, we will obviously pick the next best available.
The trip includes breakfast at your hotel. Chitwan National Park will be in full board package. Most hotels do have onsite restaurants and they cater Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style dishes.
Lunch and dinner, except in Chitwan, are not included. You can expect to spend US$ 10-15 for a decent 3-course meal in tourist class restaurants.
Depending on the group size, we provide Japanese or Korean made vans and buses for all transfers and tours. Our vehicles are air conditioned, well maintained and driven by experienced drivers. Drivers and guides are not the same persons.
You will be accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local guides. Guides in Nepal and Tibet will be different persons. Besides guiding you on tour, your guides will help you check in hotels and deal with the checkposts and bureaucracies.
There is no mandatory vaccination required for traveling in Tibet and Nepal but you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. Travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions are recommended to consult their physician. The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and sleeplessness, but these should lessen within a few days. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times should it be required. Hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors will also be available on call.
You should start some physical exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking and aerobics about several weeks ahead of the trip that keeps you fit and lessens the chance of getting altitude sickness. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly in to 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.
Climate and Weather
Nepal's weather is generally predictable and pleasant. There are four climatic seasons: March to May (spring), June to August (summer), September to November (autumn) and December to February (winter). The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons. On this trip, we travel in the central valley's and southern lowland. In the central valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, temperature remain mild throughout the year. In the coldest winter, temperature may fall below freezing point but days are surprisingly warm with 20 ºC /68º. In the hottest summer, the temperature ranges 19-27ºC (67-81ºF). In southern lowland ( e.g. Chitwan National Park, summer is very hot with temperature exceeding 40ºC (104ºF).Undoubtedly, Tibet is one of the harshest places for human existence. It is cool in summer, but excruciatingly cold in winter.
In Lhasa, the relatively humane city in Tibet, although the temperature may exceed 29 ºC (84 ºF) in summer, it can also plummet to minus 16 degrees C (3 degrees F) in winter! Solar radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin Tibetan air can neither radiate nor absorb heat, resulting in temperature extremes during both day and night. However it is not impossible to visit the holy snow land. The period from April to October is the best time to visit Tibet, avoiding the coldest months from December to February.
Lightweight and tropical clothes with umbrella are advised for June to August. Between October and March, lightweight clothes are worn in Kathmandu and central valleys. If you are traveling during winter, of course you need to keep yourself warm and at the same time make sure your luggage space is not taken by the bulky jackets. Traveling in Tibet also needs warm clothing no matter what time of the year you are traveling. We recommend layered clothing! For example, it is much better to wear a T-shirt, a long sleeve cotton shirt , a light sweater and on top that a windbreaker rather than to wear one bulky down jacket or parka. This idea also comes in handy when you are packing and trying to keep under the weight limit. A windbreaker plus a sweater can be just okay if you just walk around Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse during summer but down jacket will be necessary if you travel during late October through April.
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 key factor in determining whether your trip can be realized or not. A deposit of US$200 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. If balance of payment is not received by the requested date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without prior notice
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%
Far & High Adventure Travel
We are an active adventure travel company, based in Minneapolis, USA with destination management offices in Kathmandu, Thimphu and Lhasa. We are BBB acredited business and an active member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). We have set the standard for adventure travel and have a strong reputation for excellence that we do everything we can to maintain. Our managers and guides have more than 15 years of experience in organizing and leading adventure trips in the highlands of Asia. For us travel is not just a business, but a way of life.
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. Highland Asia’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.