Tibet an Autonomous region within People Republic of China, where all travels in Tibet undertaken by Tibet / China Tourism Bureau. Tibet a vast country almost ten times bigger than Nepal and it borders with several other countries besides mainland China, towards south Nepal, Bhutan with various northern states of India, (Ladakh, Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunchal Pradesh). Tibet a world highest and largest plateau with average altitude of above 3,000 m to 4,000 m high, where some of world highest mountains located with number one Mt. Everest North Face at 8,848 m, 7 th high Mt. Cho-Oyu 8, 201 m and last world 14 th highest Mt. Shisapangma 8.013 m high. Lhasa, capital and main commercial hub of Tibet, one of world highest city at above 3,600 m high with many impressive places of interest for travelers like the magnificent Potala Palace, Drefung, Shera and Samye Monasteries. Traveling to Tibet, where one can travel from mainland China by air, trains or overland journey and from Kathmandu / Nepal by drive or flight to Lhasa, where special permits required to enter Tibet from your last destinations and countries. All guided tour in Tibet led by native Tibetan or Chinese guides showing you the wonders of Tibet with its vast and beautiful landscapes within the shade of high mountain range and in the harmony of local Tibetan culture of Buddhism.
Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
While traveling to Tibet where one has to be in good physical shape with sound health, as it involves much higher altitude. Suggested drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day while on tour against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and dehydrations, where Tibet with high altitude where oxygen level is lower with dry and arid climate and landscapes. Sunshine will be bright with strong UV (Ultra Violet) where travelers needs heavy protection while walking in exposed are with much sunlight.
Types of Clothing:
Although the highest country of the world with enough day lights, where climate in Tibet with high altitude remains cool all year round. From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear required. April to September, light clothes for the day and warm jacket, fleece or woolen sweater for evening.
The other items: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (one can buy bottled mineral water nearly in all town and village stores and shops), toilet & tissue papers, flash/ torch lights, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bags (if trekking and spending in tents of local simple guest house / lodge), dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.
Head wear is important to keep your body warm and to save you from UV as well, above 3,000 meters strong light of UV due to thin air hat or caps will be good as protections; Woolen cap for morning and night time.
Food and drinks:
Tibetan cuisine is not exactly to some travelers taste. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.
No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese govt. are prohibited specially books and pictures of Dalai Lama or any other monks and priest on exile.
It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
Booking formalities and visa:
Minimum a week required for booking Tibet trip from Kathmandu, along with full deposit, valid passport (not exceeding 6 months from expiry dates, year) for visa process and full payment of the tour should be made before Tibet departure. From abroad require minimum of 2 weeks with all passport details and full payment as per the company rules and regulations.
Incase of Tibet trip cancellation prior to main departure, where cancellation charge applies as per company's rules and regulation.
Risk and Liability:
Tibet Tours run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, where our Tibetan counterpart and agent in Nepal and Tibet shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.
Time Zone and Currency:
In Tibet where all time are in Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours) which is 2:15 ahead than NST (Nepal Standard Time). Chinese Remimbiyan Yuan the official currency in Tibet, where big stores, main tourist hotels do accept foreign convertible like US$ or UK £ and Euro’s at present US$ 1.00. = Chinese 8 Yuan. ATM and Banks located in cities and towns.
Temperature and Precipitations in Tibet:
Tibet has four main seasons-, spring (mid Feb to May), summer (June to mid Sep) and autumn (mid Sep to November), winter (December to mid Feb). The best time to visit for plant lovers is in spring, when flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season starts from early March to late May. Although days some clear are hazy that obstruct views of peaks where late May, with light rains. It continues till late August. Autumn or Fall season begins from September to mid November with temperate climate, clear blue skies with superb views of mountain. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February. Tibet falls within Rain-Shadow where heavy southern monsoon heavy rain clouds blocked by Himalayan mountains, that is why Tibet with its vast landscape is dry and arid.
Month Temperatures (Celsius) Precipitations
Maximum Minimum (in mm).
January 08 to 12 0
February 10 - 10 0
March 13 - 04 2
April 16 0 3
May 19 2 14
June 24 9 70
July 22 10 130
August 19 8 140
September 19 6 80
October 16 -1 5
November 13 -9 0
December 08 -13 0