- Accommodation on double sharing basis.
- Daily Breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private air-conditioned car or coach.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking local Guide.
- Tibet Travel Permit.
Trip Does Not Include
- International and internal airfare.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner.
- Drinks, gratuities to the guide and driver and other personal expenses.
- Travel & Health Insurance.
- All extra costs due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
Passport and visa
Remaining validity of your passport must be a minimum of six months beyond your return date and make sure you have two blank visa pages for China only.
You will need to apply for Chinese visa at your nearest Chinese embassy. We will help you with the form and necessary supporting documents. Please, initiate the application process in a minimum of three months before the travel date. We need a copy of your Chinese visa forty-five days before the planned arrival date in China. We will obtain the Tibetan Entry permit for you and ship it to your hotel in the gateway city (Chengdu or Beijing). You need to present this document when you check in for the flight to Lhasa. Your Guide will be holding all other necessary permits required for this trip.
In Lhasa, we will book a mid-range tourist standard hotel in Barkhor Area. Our choices of hotels are Dhekhang, Kyichu or Gorkha Hotel located in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa. These are locally managed mid-size properties with an adequate comfort level. There are a few four stars and 5-star hotels such as 4-Points By Sheraton, Shangrila Hotel, St. Regis, etc. and we can book them for you on an additional cost. In Gyantse and Shigatse, the top-end hotels are 3-star properties by local standard, and we reserve them for you. Accommodation in Shegar is claimed to be a 2-star hotel, but it's a primitive property.
Accommodation in Rongbuk is rudimentary. The toilet is a Tibetan style squat with no running water. There is no shower here. Hotels in Tibet provide limited supplies of toiletries, and so, please bring your own set. They may not also have a hairdryer, iron and ironing boards. If the preferred hotels listed in the program are not available, we will book the next best possible property in that price category.
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 serve Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style breakfasts. The trip does not include lunch and dinner and so budget $10-12 for a meal. 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 through the basecamp. However, vehicles have to stop at Rongbuk Monastery-the the last point you can get by car. Depending on the final group size, we use a minivan or coaster bus all transfers and tours. Bring a protection mask for your nose to avoid inhaling dust! The driver may or may not speak English, but he knows the Tibetan roads and will be an experienced one.
You will be accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable English speaking Tibetan Guide who you meet on arrival at Lhasa airport. Besides guiding you on tour, your guide will also be responsible for dealing with check posts, and local bureaucracies and complete necessary paper work. 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 primary 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.
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 into 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.
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
We request a deposit of US$300 along with a completed trip application form and passport copies. If you need us to book the airfare to Lhasa, we will give you the quote. The final payment is due 90 days before the trip date. Balance payment on credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee.
- Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to 44 days before 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 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.