- Accommodation on twin sharing
- Daily Breakfast
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private air conditioned car or coach
- Sightseeing admission fees
- English speaking Tour Guide
- Tibet Travel Permit
Cost Does Not Include
- International and internal air fare
- Airport Taxes
- Chinese visa fee
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature
- Travel & Health Insurance
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events. Excess baggage charges
- Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc.
Passport and visa
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel and there should be enough blank pages for entry and departure seals.
Entering Tibet via mainland China:
You will need to apply Chinese visa at your nearest Chinese embassy. We will help you with the form and necessary supporting documents. Please, plan to apply minimum 2 months before the trip date. Once you obtain Chinese visa, we will apply Tibetan Entry permit separately. We need your passport and visa scan at least 4-weeks prior the travel date. A origincal copy of the permit will be shipped to your local contact address (e.g. hotel) in the gateway city such as Beijing or Chengdu. You are required to present this permit when you check in flight to Lhasa.Your Guide will be holding all other necessary permits required for this trip.
Entering Tibet from Kathmandu Nepal:
In this case, you don't need to obtain Chinese visa beforehand. We will obtain visa invitation letter for you from Tibetan tourism bureau. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, we collect your original passport, have you complete the visa application form and submit the documents to Chinese embassy for you while you are enjoying sightseeing. Please, bring a passport size photograph with you. Visa fee varies based on the available processing time. We will invoice you for Chinese visa cost.
You can obtain Nepal visa beforehand from Nepalese embassies or consulates in your country or you can wait until you arrive at the port of entry to Nepal. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entry. Please, bring one passport size photo for Nepalese visa.
In Lhasa, we will book a mid range tourist standard hotel in Barkhor Area. Our choice of hotels are Dhekhang, Kyichu or Gorkha Hotel located in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa. These are locally managed mid-size properties with adequate comfort level. There are a few 4 star and 5 star hotels such as 4-Points By Sheraton, Shangrila Hotel, St. Regis etc and we can book them for you on additional cost. In Gyantse and Shigtase, the top-end hotels are 3 star properties by local standard and we book them for you. Accommodation in Shegar is claimed to be a 2 star hotel but its basic.
Accommodation in Rongbuk is very basic, which are simple dorms but we make sure you have a private room for 2 persons. They have Tibetan style squat toilet that you will share with other guests. If hot shower is available, they charge extra. Hotels in Tibet have limited supplies of toiletries and so please, bring your own set. They may not also have hair dryer, iron and ironing boards. If preferred hotels listed above are not available at the time of booking, we will obviously pick the next best available.
Most hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse provide with WiFi but some hotels may charge some nominal fee for using the WiFi.
The trip cost includes breakfast only. The hotels cater Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style breakfasts. Lunch and dinners are not included in tour cost. You can expect to spend US$ 10-12 per meal in regular tourist standard restaurants. There are wide ranges of Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian and Western dishes served in the restaurants. You may want to bring some dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars, vitamin supplements etc.
Roads and Transportation
Now the roads in Tibet are in good condition! They are all paved except the 55 miles of stretch from the main road to the Rongbuk monastery but 4WD vehicles are no longer required! Depending on the final group size, we use a minivan or coaster bus all transfers and tours. Bring a protection mast for your nose to avoid inhaling dust! Driver may or may not speak English but he knows the Tibetan roads and will be experienced one.
You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking Tibetan Guide whom you meet on arrival in Lhasa airport. Besides guiding you on tour, your guide will be also responsible in dealing with check posts and local bureaucracies and complete necessary paper works. Guide and driver are different persons.
Altitude sickness and health Issues
There is no mandatory vaccination required for traveling in 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. Its also advisable to drink 3-4 liters of water daily and consume liquid food.
Clothing & Packing List
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 and Cancellation
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. A deposit of US$300 is requested along with completed trip application form and passport copies. If you need us to book the airfare to Lhasa, we will give you the exact quote after the reservation is booked and inform you the ticketing deadline. Deposit can be charged on credit card. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Balance payment on credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 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. 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.