- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in mid-range hotel.
- Daily breakfast.
- Airport arrival and departure assistance and all sightseeing by private vehicle.
- English speaking local Guide.
- Tibet entry permit.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Service of internal airfare reservation.
Trip Does Not Include
- Lunch and dinner ( Please allow $10-15 per meal approximately).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses caused due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, illness, accident etc.
- Travel health insurance.
- International and international airfare.
Chinese visa and permits
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum 6 months after the trip.
Traveling via China:
You should apply Chinese visa in your country itself. For some good reason, DO NOT disclose your Tibet intention otherwise visa procedure becomes tedious. Once you have Chinese visa done, we need a copy of it and we will take care of rest of the formalities. Passport and Chinese visa copy should reach us minimum a month before your travel date.
You will collect Tibet Entry Permits at our contact offices in gateway cities: Beijing or Chengdu before your flight to Lhasa. Your Guide will be holding all other necessary permits required for this trip.
Traveling via Kathmandu, Nepal
If you are traveling to Tibet via Kathmandu, Nepal, you don’t have to obtain Chinese visa in advance. We will apply Tibet permit and Chinese visa for you in advance but final visa work is done once you are in Kathmandu. So, you should allow one full business day in Kathmandu for visa works before you depart for Lhasa. Bring a passport size photo with you when you come to Kathmandu.
In Lhasa, we offer your choice of standard, first class or deluxe properties. Our preferred standard hotel is Dekhang Hotel that lies in the Barkhor area. All rooms have private bathroom with running hot and cold water but at times, hot water supply may be disrupted due to electric outage. We use Four Points By Sheraton in the first class category and Shangrila or St. Regis. Toiletry supplies are limited and your rooms may not have hair dryers or iron and ironing board. Hotels are staffed with friendly locals but except receptionists and wait staffs, others may speak little or no English. Our hotels have restaurants serving Tibetan, Chinese and Western foods.
Tour cost includes breakfast only. Hotel restaurants cater Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style breakfasts. Lunch and dinners are not included and so you should allow US$ 8-9 per meal in regular tourist standard restaurants and few dollars more if you eat in your hotels. We can arrange set meals for groups on your request. Restaurants in town cater wide ranges of Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian and Western dishes. You may want to bring some extra foods like dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars, vitamin supplements etc.
We provide you with 4500 model Toyota Land cruiser or Japanese made micro or minibuses for all tours and transportation, depending on your group size. Drivers do speak little or no English but they are experienced and know the Tibetan roads.
You will be accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the tour. Besides guiding you on tour, your guide helps you check in hotel and buy admission tickets in the monasteries and deals with check posts and bureaucracies. Guide and driver is not the same person.
There is 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. 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.
During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or sweater is recommended for the evenings and mornings. Night temperatures can fall below freezing point even in summer.
- 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).
- Rain and wind proof 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, Payment 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$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. If balance of payment is not received by the requested date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without prior notice.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 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%.
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 trip 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.