- Accommodation on double occupancy basis
- Daily Breakfast at your hotel.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private van or bus
- Sightseeing admission fees
- English speaking local Tibet guide
- Tibet Travel Permit
Trip Does Not Include
- 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.
Chinese visa and permits
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum 6 months after your trip. Make sure you have enough blank visa pages for visa sticker, entry and departure seals.
You need to apply Chinese visa on your own and provide us a copy of the photo page of your passport and Chinese visa minimum 45 days prior your trip date. Please, note that Chinese embassy does not accept visa application by mail. You need to apply in person or entrust someone. For some good reason, DO NOT disclose your Tibet intention otherwise visa procedure becomes tedious. We will obtain your Tibet entry permit in Lhasa and will ship it to your hotel in Chengdu (or Beijing) that you can permit when you check in hotel. You need to present this document to check in flight to Lhasa.
Where does the trip start and finish?
The trip starts and finishes in Lhasa. However, you are not able to buy a through ticket from North Americas to Lhasa. You need to first arrive in Chengdu or Beijing and book a separate ticket to Lhasa. You need to allow minimum one night in Chengdu (or Beijing) and then you are able to fly into Lhasa the next day morning.We can help you book the flight for you.Hotel in the gateway city is not included. If you are in the city for only one night, then it's advisable to book an airport hotel that provides free shuttle.
After the trip, you can exit to Chengdu or Beijing and connect with your international flight back home.
Accommodations and facilities
This trip includes 7 nights hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis. We try to pair you with another travel agent but if we failed, you are obliged to pay private room supplement $450. You can also request a private room by paying the supplement.
The hotels used are three star (two nights) and four star (5 nights) hotels by local standard and they ensure most of the modern amenities such as en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water, however the service level does not meet the western standard. Hotels are staffed with friendly locals but except receptionists and wait staffs, others may speak little or no English.
Tour cost includes breakfast only. Hotel restaurants cater Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali and western style breakfasts. Lunch and dinners are not included and so you should allow US$ 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.
Tibetan roads are now greatly improved and so 4WD vehicles are no longer required for most of the trips in central Tibet. We provide air conditioned van or bus for all transfers and tours. Drivers speak little or no English.
You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local Tibetan Guide throughout the tour. Besides, leading you on sightseeing excursions, your guide helps you check in hotel and buy admission tickets in the monasteries and deals with check posts and bureaucracies. Guide and driver are different persons.
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 go away within a few days. If the symptoms persist or worsen, please, seek for medical help immediately.
Its strongly recommended that you start some physical exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking and aerobics about several weeks ahead of the trip that helps you keep fit and lessen 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.
Travel Agent Eligibility
You must be an active travel agent selling land and sea tours. You must be an IATA or CLIA or ASTA or NACTA or TRUE code holder. We reserve the right to refuse your application. Travel agent is allowed to bring one non-travel agent companion.
Booking and Cancellation
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. A deposit of US$300 is requested along with completed registration form and passport copies. Balance tour payment is due 90 days prior departure.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 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.