- Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- Daily breakfast and some meals are included as indicated.
- All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Service of internal airfare reservation.
- Tibet Entry Permit
- Service of airfare booking (Estimated in-tour airfare separately billed).
Trip Does Not Include
- International and internal air fare.
- Airport Taxes.
- Nepal Visa Fee.
- China visa
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated.
- Drinks, tips, and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel & Health Insurance.
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
Passport and visa
Your passport’s remaining validity must be minimum 6 months after your return date. Make sure you have two blank visa pages for each country you travel on this trip.
You can obtain Nepali visa from a Nepali embassy in your country or you can wait until you arrive at the port of entry to Nepal. You need to complete the visa application form and affix a passport photograph. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days with multiple entry facility.
You need to obtain Chinese visa on your own. We will help you with necessary documents required to submit with visa application. Tibet entry permit is obtained by our local Lhasa office and shipped to the hotel in Chengdu that you will pick up when you check in.
Please bring one passport picture with you for Nepal visa application.
Our preferred hotels are three and four star properties by local standard. You will have private en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water and ensure adequate comfort.
In Nepal, we have comfortable four star properties. In Tibet, we have limited choices; in Lhasa and Shigatse we have four star hotels where as Gyantse Hotel is the only best hotel in Gyantse, locally classified as three star. Most hotels do provide cabled or wireless internet, tea-coffee maker and mini-refrigerator.
The trip includes daily breakfast at your hotel. While in Chitwan National Park, you will have three meals a day included in the hotel meal plan. In Kathmandu, you will have one Nepali welcome dinner. Most hotels do have onsite restaurants and they cater Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style dishes.
Lunch and dinner, except in Chitwan National Park, are not included. You can expect to spend US$ 10-15 for a decent 3-course meal in tourist class restaurants.
Depending on the group size, we provide Japanese or Korean made vans and buses for all transfers and tours. Our vehicles are air conditioned, well maintained and driven by experienced drivers. Drivers and guides are not the same persons.
You will be accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local guides. Guides in Nepal and Tibet will be different persons. Besides guiding you on tour, your guides will help you check in hotels and deal with the check posts and bureaucracies.
There is no mandatory vaccination required for entry into Tibet and Nepal but you may consider vaccination against rabies, Hep A, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis etc. Travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions are recommended to consult their physician before you sign up the trip.
The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). When you first arrive in Lhasa (Altitude 11, 995 ft.), you may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and sleeplessness etc. and normally these symptoms should go away in a day or two but these should lessen within a few days. The trip has you spend first three days in Lhasa and you should be well-acclimated and be ready to travel to higher altitude. The highest altitude in this trip is at Karo La pass which is at 16, 432 ft. but the towns you spend night in are in lower altitude (Gyantse 13, 210 ft. and Shigatse 12, 467 ft.). If the symptoms persist or worsen, please see the doctor immediately.
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.
Climate and Weather
Nepal's weather is generally predictable and pleasant. There are four climatic seasons: March to May (spring), June to August (summer), September to November (autumn) and December to February (winter). The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons. In this trip, we travel in the central valleys and southern lowland. In the central valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, temperature remains mild throughout the year. In the coldest winter, temperature may fall below freezing point but days are surprisingly warm with 20 ºC /68º. In the hottest summer, the temperature ranges 19-27ºC (67-81ºF). In southern lowland ( e.g. Chitwan National Park, summer is very hot with temperature exceeding 40ºC (104ºF).Undoubtedly, Tibet is one of the harshest places for human existence. It is cool in summer, but excruciatingly cold in winter.
In Lhasa, the relatively humane city in Tibet, although the temperature may exceed 29 ºC (84 ºF) in summer, it can also plummet to minus 16 degrees C (3 degrees F) in winter! Solar radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin Tibetan air can neither radiate nor absorb heat, resulting in temperature extremes during both day and night. However it is not impossible to visit the holy snow land. The period from April to October is the best time to visit Tibet, avoiding the coldest months from December to February.
Lightweight and tropical clothes with umbrella are advised for June to August. Between October and March, lightweight clothes are worn in Kathmandu and central valleys. If you are traveling during winter, of course you need to keep yourself warm and at the same time make sure your luggage space is not taken by the bulky jackets. Traveling in Tibet also needs warm clothing no matter what time of the year you are traveling. We recommend layered clothing! For example, it is much better to wear a T-shirt, a long sleeve cotton shirt, a light sweater and on top that a windbreaker rather than to wear one bulky down jacket or parka. This idea also comes in handy when you are packing and trying to keep under the weight limit. A windbreaker plus a sweater can be just okay if you just walk around Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse during summer but down jacket will be necessary if you travel during late October through April.
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$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. If balance of payment is not received by the requested date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without prior notice.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 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 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.