Travelling overland between Kathmandu and Lhasa is an incredible journey in which you can see the worlds highest mountains, travel on the worlds highest plain, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and walk amidst the burning butter lamps and chanting monks of Tibet's ancient and legendary Buddhist monasteries.This is a wonderful and amazing trip. However if you are not up for a bit of adventure, or for accommodations and amenities that may be far from perfect, perhaps this trip is not for you while the trip to Tibet is not easy it is well worth the effort.Tibet was opened for tourism in 1985. Before this it avoided influence from the western world and developed its unique culture and religion independently. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote country. Please do not expect the standard you are accustomed to in the West. However, every effort will be made under the circumstance to ensure a smooth & pleasant trip.
:: Day to Day Itinerary ::
Day 1:KATHMANDU-ZHANGMU (2300m.)- 123 kms.
Day 2:ZHANGMU-XEGAR (4350m.) - 244kms.
Day 3:XEGAR-XIGATSE (3900m.)- 244kms.
Day 4:XIGATSE-GYANTSE (3900m.) - 90kms.
Day 5:GYANTSE-LHASA (3650m.). 259Kms.
Day 6-7:LHASA - Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace.
Day 8:Transfer to Gonggar airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu.`
:: What Is Included ::
* Arrival and departure transfers from/ to Kathmandu airport to the city
* China visa and permit arrangements in Kathmandu
* Guided tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees
* Three star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan, twin sharing rooms .
* Arrival transfer from Lhasa airport to Lhasa city.
* Three star standard hotel in Lhasa/ Shigatse / Gyantse and best available hotels on Shegar and Zangmu . Rooms on twin sharing, bed and breakfast plan . Please note that Shegar and Zangmu have only basic hotels and no luxury .
* Transportation by 4WD land cruiser , driver and gasoline charges included
* Sightseeing tours with English speaking local Tibetan guide
* All entry fees,
* Tibet travel permit/visa
* Kathmandu to Lhasa flight ticket .
:: What Is Not Included ::
* Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with )
* Kathmandu Lhasa airfare
* Airport tax, personal clothing & equipments,
* Nepal reentry visa fee (USD 25 and requires one photograph )
* Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, evacuation etc.
* Any additional tour services which are not mentioned above Porter if used near Nepal Tibet boarder , * Tips for guide and driver
:: Health and Experience Requirements ::
It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etc. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you.
:: Tibet Weather and Climate ::
Geographically Tibet plateau is known as roof of the world or third pole of the earth, with average altitude of 4950m above the sea, the Tibet plateau is bounded by two mighty ranges, where Himalayan range consist of the world highest peak Mt.Everest situates from south to west and Thanggula ranges in the north, alpine terrain conditions severe, dry and continental climate in Tibet, with strong winds, low humidity, a rarified atmosphere and a huge fluctuation in annual and summer daytime temperature. The Tibetan plateau is exposed to an unhampered cool artic air from the north; while the southern tropical and equatorial air masses barely penetrate the Himalayan barrier into Central Asia. The strong heating of the earth surface during the summer months and the freezing in winter produces clear seasonal variations in atmospheric circulation and enhances the role of local centers of atmospheric activity.
The atmosphere is severely dry for nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches, due to the rain shadow effect. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversable all year round. Low temperatures are prevalent throughout the western regions, where bleak desolation is unrelieved by any vegetation beyond the size of low bushes, and where wind sweeps unchecked across vast expanses of arid plain. The Indian monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Tibet. Northern Tibet is subject to high temperatures in the summer and intense cold in the winter.
:: Best time to Travel ::
Generally speaking, from April to October are the best time to visit Tibet, as in these months, we have a warm and beautiful sceneries. However, having a winter tour from November to February can be pleasant if you are interested to experience local activity and culture. by travel Tibet during the winter, you can avoid the tourist crowds and costs are comparatively much cheaper. Nevertheless, you can experience the mass of local pilgrims around the monasteries and temples, because winter is a best travel season for Tibetan pilgrims. Choosing the best season to travel to Tibet mainly depends on the tour you are interested in. If you are interested in Mt.Everest Tours, the best time to visit would be in May, June, the beginning of July, September and October. In these months, EBC is warmer and clear, blue skies allow you to view the mighty peak of Mt. Everest clearly. If you are interested in Mt. Kailash and far Western part of Tibetan plateau, then May, June, July and September is the best time to travel. In these months it is warm and you will have no rain during your Kailash trekking days; you will also have the opportunity to see local pilgrims doing the Kora (trek). If you are interested in experiencing Tibetan festivals, then August is the best time to travel, in which there are numbers of popular festivals both ritual and cultural celebrated in Tibet. and best time for Trekking in Tibet is from May to Sept.
:: General Information ::
:: Independent travelers::
Independent travel has been prohibited in Tibet since 2008, so all the travelers should come part of an organized tour group or a private tour from a local Tibet based agency, because all foriegn travelers should have the Tibet travel permit to travel into Tibet, so only the local Tibet based travel agencies has the authority to obtain the related permits that issues from the Tibet Tourism Bureau and other corresponding departments.
:: How to book a Tibet Tour ::
In order to make it ease, we have categorized three way to book a tour based on your requirements.
1. Those who don’t enough knowledge of Tibet or not very sure what to do in Tibet, then we have Tailor-made Form that require to fill some basic information and we will customize a tour that meet your interest.
2. Those who know little about Tibet and having a rough travel plan, we have Design Your Own Tour Forms, from where you can choose different destinations and activities, then we will emend it in the best way to achieve your requirement.
3. Those who have clear Tibet travel plan can choose one of our well designed Tibet Private Package Tours and summit it to get a quote.
:: How to get to Tibet ::
There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Nepal (Kathmandu), but China domestic flights are available from most of the major cities in mainland China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Zhongdian(Shangrila), Xian and so on.
If you like to take the Qinghai - Tibet train, then trains are available from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xian, Lanzhou, Chongqing and Xining, but trains from Xian are comparatively harder to get because it is not an originating station and all trains passing through are in transition, so from Xining is comparatively the easiest and shortest train ride.
If you are interested in Overland Tours in Tibet, you will only be able to travel from Chengdu, Qinghai and Yunan from within China or from Kathmandu in Nepal. The overland drive takes longer but can add an element of adventure. When you decided your traveling dates, please check with us regarding the availability since parts of the Chengdu-Tibet and Yunnan-Tibet routes are frequently closed due to political sensitivity and landslides during the monsoon season.
:: What should I bring for the Plateau weather ::
Tibet's high altitude and clear atmosphere allow solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intense radiation. It's very easy to get sunburnt here so bring sunscreen with a high SPF, a good quality pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Calamine lotion is great for a mild sunburn. Having a good moisturizer is also helpful as the dry air may cause your lips and the tissue in your nostrils to crack. A detailed Packing List can be found in the logistic guideline that we will send you before your trip.
:: What should I concern during my stay in Tibet ::
Tibetan people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:· * Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!·
* Do not discuss sensitive topics like political matters!·
* Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!·
* Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!·
* Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!·
* Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!