- Middle range hotel in Lhasa and top end hotels in Gyantse and Shigatse, guesthouses in Lhatse, Lake Manasarovara, Darchen and Nyalam.
- Daily breakfast at your hotel/guesthouse
- Tibet entry permits
- All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle
- English speaking Tibetan Guide and drivers
- First Aid Kit
- Yak and yak men during the Mt. Kailash trekking for luggage transfer
- Oxygen cylinder
Trip Does Not Include
- International airfare and internal airfares
- Chinese visa fee
- Lunch and dinner
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, phone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, illness, road blockade, epidemic, civil unrest etc.
- Personal clothing and trekking gears
- Travel Insurance
Getting into Tibet
You can fly into Lhasa from major Chinese mainland cities as well as from Kathmandu of Nepal. Flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong and from many Chinese cities connect at Chengdu. You can also travel overland from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits
Chinese visa and Tibet Permits are not that complicated as they sound to be. If your travel begins at Kathmandu, we will take care of this. We will obtain visa invitation document for you and once you arrive in Kathmandu, we will have you complete some paper works and submit your passport with visa application to Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Please, bring one passport picture.
If you plan to start your trip from mainland China, you need to obtain Chinese visa on your own from the nearest Chinese and provide us the scan of your visa and passport photo page about a month before the travel date and we will take care of your Tibet entry permits. The entry permit will be shipped to you hotel in the gateway city such as Beijing, Chengdu or wherever you decide to travel from.
Accommodation in Tibet
In Lhasa, we use mid range Tibetan managed hotels in Lhasa in Barkhor area. Our preferred properties are Dekhang Hotel, Gyangyen, Dhodgu or Yak best wing. In Gyantse and Shigatse, we use the top end hotels which are 3 star standard properties. However, please do not compare the Tibetan hotels with the western hotels.
After Saga, the accommodation in the West Tibet are basic. You will have to use the shared toilet and shower. Please, bring a sleeping bag and bed sheet.
Our tour features breakfast only at your hotel or guesthouse. Lunch and dinner are not included. The hotels and guest houses have on-site restaurants. Your guide and driver will arrange stops in the restaurants for meals. There are limited food choices during 3 days kora trek. You are advisable to bring tea, coffee, chocolates, energy bars , snacks and food supplements.
Your trip will be led by an experienced certified English guide whom you meet upon arrival at Lhasa airport. Your guide works as an interpreter and gives valuable insight into the Tibetan culture, life and religion. He handles the logistics and deals with the bureaucracies as and when necessary.
Transportation in Tibet
Now the road conditions in West Tibet has been improved in a great deal and 4WD vehicles are no longer required. We provide good conditioned minivan or bus for all transfers and sightseeing.
There are no mandatory vaccination required to travel to Tibet 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 before you sign up a trip to Tibet. 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.
We also carry basic first aid kit, but it’s good to bring your own as well. Hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors will also be available on call.
You are highly encouraged to start some physical exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking and aerobics about several weeks before the trip. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly to Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. Its also advisable to drink 3-4 litres of water daily and consume liquid food.
Best Time to Trek in Tibet
While trekking trips can be undertaken from April through late October, May, June, September and early October are the best period. High Himalayas blocks the monsoon cloud and Tibet is generally dry but still there is some chance of rain during July and August. Trekkers must be prepared for the extremes in climate, even in the middle of the summer. Weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly. Night temperatures at 4500m (14,760ft) and above can fall below freezing even in July and August and its very much windy on high passes.
During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Below is the general clothing and equipment list for trekking in Tibet.
- Down jacket or warm fleece top
- Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
- Cotton shirts (short and long sleeved)
- Warm and cotton trousers
- Sun polarized sunglasses
- Beanie or warm woolen hat and gloves
- Scarf (to keep out dust as well as cold)
- Sandals (flip-flops)
- Sleeping bag (for camping/trekking)
- Rain jacket
- Strong sun cream and lip protector
- Water bottle
- Camera (and plenty of film and spare batteries)
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$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. If balance of payment is not received by the requested date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without prior notice.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 50 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%
Some suppliers like airlines may have their own cancellation and refund policies which will supersede Highland Asia Tour’s Cancellation Policy to the extent of their difference.
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.