- Mid-range hotel in Lhasa, guesthouse in Namtso Lake and rest of the places tented camping.
- Daily breakfast in Lhasa and full board during trekking.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a van and support truck for gears and supplies for group size 4 persons and above.
- All camping gears that include sleeping tents, dinning tents, kitchen tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
- Service of English speaking tour guide and cook. Additional helpers will be provided for group of 4 persons and above.
- Pack-animals for gears and supplies.
- Tibet travel permit and all admission permits.
Trip Does Not Include
- Lunch and dinner during hotel stays.
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
- Airfares into and out of Lhasa.
- Airport taxes.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel insurance.
Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits
Chinese visa and Tibet Permits are not that complicated as they sound to be. If your travel begins in Nepal, we will have to pre-process your visa application but final visa work will be done in Kathmandu upon your arrival only. We will take care of all the visa works. If your travel begins in Bangkok or Hong Kong or any mainland Chinese cities, all you have to care is obtain Chinese visa on your own from the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate in your come country and provide us a copy of it about a month ahead of your travel. Then, leave rest of things to us.
Accommodation in Tibet
Lhasa has some choices on accommodation but we pick mid-range Tibetan managed properties located in the Barkhor Area. We use Gyangyen, Denkang, Dhood Gu, Tibet Gorkha Hotel and Yak Hotel which are 3 star standard properties with private bathroom. We will have en suite bath rooms with running hot and cold water. Hot water may be available for certain hours of the day only and sometime also disrupted by power outage. For trekking, we provide complete camping gears that include 2 persons sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, camping chairs and tables, mattresses and kitchen utensils. On request, we can also provide sleeping bags but usually we recommend bringing your own.
Our tour features breakfast only when you are in the cities. Breakfast can be western or Chinese or Tibetan style. There are choices of restaurants in the cities serving western, Chinese, Indian and Nepali dishes. You can expect to spend US$ 8 -10 per meal in regular restaurants. Meals in the hotels can be priced higher. During trekking, there will be a special cook and some helps (depending on group size) to prepare 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3-course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert.
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.
Besides, it's advisable to bring on your own some dry fruits, energy bars, chocolates, supplement vitamins etc. to eat on the way.
Guide and Crews
Right upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be met by your guide who will accompany you throughout the trip. We pick knowledgeable, friendly and flexible guides who are also recommended by our former clients. The guide, besides working as an interpreter and giving a valuable insight into the Tibetan way of life, he helps you check in hotel, co-ordinates with drivers and other crews and deals with local bureaucracies as and when required. Your guide carries all necessary vouchers and documents required in connection of your trip. On trekking trips, besides guides there will be a special cook and additional helps depending on group size and animal drivers. The crews are responsible for setting up and breaking down camps. We do use pack animals (Yaks or ponies) to transport the gears and supplies during trekking. The drivers and animal drivers do not speak English but you will be impressed by their sense of hospitality and service.
Transportation in Tibet
There is rehabilitation works going on in Tibetan roads. So, at times, it can become quite rough and impassable for many vehicles, so for this reason we use Land cruiser 4WDs (Toyota 4500). These vehicles are extremely reliable and will make the journey as comfortable as possible. As for the trekking trips, depending on the duration of the trip, we might require to hire additional vehicle, usually a truck to transport gears and supplies to the trail head and again bring them back from the finish point. As road condition is not so good, we might come across flat tires or other mechanical issues but the driver will fix it while you are engaged in capturing the scenes. Usually, we drive 6 hours in average, stopping along the way for photography or places of special interest and also stop for tea and snacks and lunch and arriving in the destination usually by 4 or 5 pm.
About our Trekking Trips in Tibet
Our all trekking trips in Tibet are fully catered by our qualified and experienced crew from Tibet. Depending on group size, we may also hire professional Nepalese Sherpa Crews who are well renowned for organizing trekking trips. We hire English speaking Tibetan Guide for all our trips but on large expeditions, there will also be a Nepali Leader who will be responsible to control the trekking arrangement part.
A typical trekking day begins with a hot cup of tea or coffee served at your tent early morning. You are provided a bowl of hot water for washing. You will pack up your stuff and appear in the breakfast table by 7 or 7.30am. We leave the campsite usually from 8 to 8.30 am for days trekking. Your luggage is carried by porter or pack animal and all you need to carry is a small daypack containing a water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain-jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for a nice cup of tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book or give hands to the kitchen crews to add your taste. Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7pm and after dinner, the evening is often spent playing cards or talking with the crews. If it’s a large group, the crews might take initiative in singing and dancing before turning into the tent for a well-earned sleep.
There are no mandatory vaccinations 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 a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on all our Tibet treks. 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.
Based on our experience, less than 1% percent of our clients got altitude sickness but that was nothing serious. In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which generally does not happen; you shall be driven by a land cruiser to nearest Nepal border or flown out of Lhasa. It’s recommended that you should bear a valid travel insurance covering emergency medical transportation.
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 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.
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 periods. High Himalayas block 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 (14,760 ft.) and above can fall below freezing even in July and August and it’s 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).
Tour Deposit US$ 300
Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. If your trip involves internal airfares or train tickets, we may have to purchase the tickets within the deadline given by the airlines and we may request you the cost of the ticket along with tour deposit.
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form.
- 90 day prior departure, US$ 150 admin fee.
- 60-89 days prior departure US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45-59 days prior departure US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30-44 days prior departure US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Cancellation received less than 30 days attracts 100% cancellation fee.
Some suppliers including airlines may have their own cancellation and refund policies which will supersede Far & High’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. 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.