Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour 15 Days

$4290 USD
- 15 Days
- Easy
2-10 Pax

Safari in the National Park, Sightseeing

March-May\ September -December

Private Car & Flight

Hotel

Hotel

3500m

Alll meals in Bhutan, full board in Chitwan Park and only breakfast in Kathmandu and Tibet

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Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour Overview

Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet are three beautiful Himalayan countries of Asia. Bhutan's landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, with some mountain peaks exceeding 7,000 meters (23,000 ft). The state population is 691,141, major number of Buddhist with the second larger number of Hindu. Thimpu is a capital of Bhutan. The climate of Bhutan varies with altitude, from subtropical in the south to all ever snow in the north. Bhutan has five different seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Western Bhutan has heavier monsoon rains; southern Bhutan has hot humid summers and cool winters; central and eastern Bhutan is temperate and drier than the west.

Nepal is land located country between India and Tibet. It is located an area of 147181 sq km and has different landscape and culture as well as temples and monasteries. Our combined tour covers Kathmandu valley tour and Chitwan national park where you will have an experience of Flora and Fauna. Another destination is Pokhara which is the second biggest city of Nepal and also called city of paradise. It has beautiful caves, waterfalls, lakes and stupas.
 
Tibet is a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and beautiful and ancient monasteries - with its spiritual air, an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy. Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The atmosphere is severely dry 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 these 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. Indian monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Tibet. Northern Tibet is subject to high temperatures in the summer and intense cold in the winter. This combined tour takes you to visit Dalai Lama's Potala, Norbulingka and Barkhor Market in Lhasa.
 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Paro

Day 02: Drive to Thimpu. 2350m\7710ft- 54km (2 hours)

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha. [1250m/4000 ft]: 76 km/ 3 hrs

Day 04: Punakha to Paro [2250m / 7382ft]: 130km/4 hours

Day 05: Fly Paro to Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

Day 06: City tour of Kathmandu

Day 07: Drive to Chitwan

Day 08: Explore day

Day 09: Drive to Pokhara

Day 10: Sunrise at Sarangkot and City tour

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12: Fly to Lhasa

Day 13: Explore day

Day 14: Explore day

Day 15: Departure day

Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to your hotel. After check in, we will visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646, then visit buildings of government offices and religious institutions including Dzongs (Fort).  Then cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, which is the oldest temple of Bhutan. Visit Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), built in 1646. You will enjoy the views of mountains on a clear day. Overnight at Paro.
 

Day 02: Drive to Thimpu. 2350m\7710ft- 54km (2 hours)

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most popular monastery. It is said that Guru Rimpoche has flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery exists at present. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro. The hike to the monastery is a nice half-day excursion. Lunch will be served at a cafeteria on the way. In the afternoon we drive to Thimphu. In the evening, we explore Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
 

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha. [1250m/4000 ft]: 76 km/ 3 hrs

Today we take a scenic drive to Dochu La. From the top of the pass, drive downhill through the forest of Rhododendron. On the way stop at a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madmam or lama Drukpa. You reach Punakha for overnight.

Day 04: Punakha to Paro [2250m / 7382ft]: 130km/4 hours

After breakfast, proceed to Paro. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Majestic Tashichhodzong. Later in the evening, drive to Paro for overnight.
 

Day 05 Fly Paro to Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to airport for final departure to Kathmandu. Flights from Paro especially Druk Air departs early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the Hotel. We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming trip with us. Here, we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. 

Day 06: City tour of Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
 

Day 07: Drive to Chitwan

Early morning proceeds to Chitwan through Prithivi Highway which is 145km far from Kathmandu. It has interesting scenery on the way through the bank of Trisuli River. After 5 hours of drive you will get in Chitwan. You will get picked up from our assistance of Chitwan and transferred to the Hotel. After welcome drink and lunch you will do some other activities and overnight at the Hotel.
 

Day 08: Explore day

Your day will start early morning to ride an Elephant to get in to the community forest to explore more animals. You will have full day tours around the National park such as Jungle walk, Canoe ride, Bird watching, Visit Elephant breeding farm, Elephant bath and more. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
 

Day 09: Drive to Pokhara

This is an excellent drive through the riverside which has interesting scenery of the mountains, Rivers, waterfalls and jungle as well as farm terraces and villages on the mountains. After 4 hours drive you will reach in Pokhara. After sometime rest at the hotel, walk around the lake side of the city to explore surrounding areas. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 10: Sunrise at Sarangkot and City tour

Early morning half an hour drive to Sarangkot for sunrise. After having photographs drive back to Pokhara. Breakfast at Hotel and proceed to City tour to visit Davi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasani Temple, Gorkha Museum and Fewa Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu

Today drive to Kathmandu through Prithivi highway which has very nice scenery of mountains, green hill and jungle. The driving is along the river which is 7 hours drive to Kathmandu. We meet this evening and handover tickets and Tibet travel permits with required documents. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa early morning. This Trans Himalaya flight has very good views of the Himalaya, including Mt.Everest, Mt.Makalu, Mt.Kanchenjunga and many more peaks. Upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you will get picked up and driven to Lhasa for overnight.
 

Day 13: Explore day

We spend some days in Lhasa for sightseeing and acclimatization purpose. While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa.  Our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Markets can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city.
 

Day 14: Explore day

Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages. Like the previous day, you've experienced invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 15: Departure day

Your trip ends today. We will assist you to the airport for your onward flight. If you are getting back to Kathmandu we will arrange on request.

Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour Cost :- US$4290

Include

All meals, in BhutanTea\Coffee and snacks
Government approved A category hotels in Bhutan on twin sharing basis
Airport transfer (Pick up and drop)
Bhutan Visa Fee and Tibet travel permit
3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan
2 nights accommodation in Chitwan with full board basis
All jungle activities with a Guide
National park entrance tickets
2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan
City tour in Pokhara as per itinerary
Breakfast in Tibet
Land transportation with comfortable vehicle
An experienced English speaking guide and other staff if required
Monument entrance fees and museum entrance fees in Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet
Visa and all government taxes
 

Exclude

All international flights (Paro to Kathamndu approx US $225 & Kathmandu to Lhasa US $400)
Nepal visa (available easily upon arrival in Kathmandu airport-prepare small bill cash US $40\US $25)
Chinese Visa (US $175 for Americans and US $85 for other nationals)
Lunch and dinner in Tibet
Personal nature expenses ( personal equipments, phone calls, internet, laundry, hard drinks etc)
Insurance (Trip cancellation, medical and rescue evacuation)
Tips

Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour Information

Bhutan at a Glance
Population:697,000 (UN, 2009)
Capital and largest city:Thimphu
Area:38,364 sq km (14,812 sq miles)
Major language:Dzongkha (official), Nepali, Sharchop
Major religion:Buddhism (official), Hinduism
Life expectancy:64 years (men), 68 years (women) (UN)
Main exports:Electricity, timber, cement, agricultural products, handicrafts
GNI per capita:US $1,900 (World Bank, 2008)

How to Get to Bhutan
There are two ways of getting into Bhutan:  By air and by land.  Foreingers can get into Bhutan only through a Tour Company.  The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air. You can book online tickets with Druk Air at http://www.drukair.com.bt/

Druk Air is the only airline operating in Bhutan. As Druk Air flight can be delayed due to weather, it is advisable to keep a 24-hour gap before any onward international connection.The following cities are connected to Bhutan with Druk Air flights.

India: Delhi (DEL) and Calcutta (CCU)

Nepal: Kathmandu (KTM)

Bangladesh: Dhaka (DAC)

Thailand: Bangkok (BKK)

Burma: Yangon (RGN)

Overland Entry
There are two overland entry/exit points. One is from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Four hours drive from Phuntsholing will take you to Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal (India) which is the nearest airport from from Phuntsholings. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes six hours.The other point is Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India. An Inner Line Permit to enter Assam will also be required to enter/exit through Guwahati. Tashigang is six hours' drive from Samdrup Jongkhar.

Visa Information
Bhutan Visa is a must for every foreigner. Visa has to be processed by local tour operators. No foreign mission or embassy abroad grants tourist visa. A passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. Druk Air allows boarding only if it has your visa clearance from the Bhutan Government.

After your arrival at Paro Airport, a visa stamp will be issued on your passport. In case, if you’re traveling overland, visa stamp will be issued at Phuntsholing. We will manage all procedures regarding Bhutan Visa on your behalf. We will organize your visa for Bhutan prior to your trip. You need to send us two passport size color photographs and a color copy of your passport. Visas are issued for a 15 day period and extensions can be obtained in Thimphu.

Climate

The seasons in Bhutan are pretty much the same as in Europe, opposite Australian seasons. In January it's cold, while in July you could make do with shorts and t-shirt. The climate of Bhutan is moderate which means winters are dry and the summers are hot. Due to a huge range in altitude and landscape, climate of Bhutan differs significantly throughout the country.

Bhutan has four major seasons:
 Winter: December-February 
 Spring: March-May 
 Summer: June-August 
 Autumn: September-November

Best time to visit Bhutan
Autumn: (September, October, and November) 
Spring: (March, April and May)
Comunication facilities
Postal Services: 
Bhutan has slow but reliable postal service.  A letter takes about ten days to reach Europe, one week to Japan and three weeks to America . Package (up to 5 kg or 11 lb.) should be sent by registered mail. DHL and other courier services operate from Thimpu.

Telephone Services: 
Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. 
Internet Services:
There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Thimphu Valley and around the country.  E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

Media: 
Bhutan Government controls all the media.   Newspaper Kuensel is a government-owned corporation circulating six days a week in Dzongkha and English. Bhutan Times is the country’s first government-authorized privately owned newspaper. There are also a few other news media in Bhutan. Bhutan Broadcasting Service is the country’s government owned radio service. Bhutan introduced television broadcasts only in 1999.  

Accommodation
Bhutan has a small hospitality industry. However, all towns have hotels and lodges which registered with Department of Tourism.  There are some international standard hotels in Paro, Jakar, Punakha, Gangtey and Thimphu. A few 5 star luxurious hotels are available mostly in Thimpu and Paro. 
 
Bhutan Government has categorized hotels into A, B, & C category. Foreign visitors entering Bhutan as part of a tour have to pay the tariff set by the government around $250 per person per night in general. While on trek, we provide tent or camping facility for the trekking group. 

Forex & Banking
Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Bhutan. When credit cards are accepted, usually during bank hours, an extra service fee, usually a percentage of the overall purchase, is charged. ATM facility has recently been opened in Bhutan, but it is available for the local people only for the time being.

Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum, divided into Chetrums, which are at a par with the Indian Rupee. The Indian Rupee is also legal tender in Bhutan. Indian rupees up to the 100 rupee denomination are accepted for purchases in Bhutan. Very few establishments will accept 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

Electricity (Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet)
The voltage in Bhutan is 230 Volts, 50 cycles AC. If you try to plug an American appliance such as a shaver or hairdryer into an outlet of a different voltage, you may destroy the appliance and cause yourself injury. There are few things you should know about other countries (here Bhutan) before you travel.
Bhutan’s Electricity is 240 Volts and 50 MHZ (some countries like U.S and Canada are 110-120 volts/60 MHZ).

In Bhutan, you will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S- like appliances

Health (Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet)
Due to a sudden change in climate and altitude, it would be useful to gather information on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis rabies, typhoid, tetanus, meningitis diphtheria, malaria. Common sense often save lives.
 
Vaccinations (Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet): 

Vaccination for diseases such as Malaria (widely found in lowerlands of Bhutan), Small Pox, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Hepatitis and Polio are recommended before you commence your travel to Bhutan to be on the safe side. We advise you to consult your doctor before beginning your travel and also to carry necessary health certificates (immunization certificates), should they be required in any case. 


Medical Services (Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet): 
Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Bhutan. However, facilities are not on equivalence with those found in Bhutan capital. 

Insurance: 
A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Bhutan such as trekking, rafting and all adventures activities.
  

Nepal at a glance
Area: 147,181 sq. kilometers

Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 2,642,799
Language: Nepali is the native language. However, travel-trade people understand and speak English as well.
Currency: Nepali Rupee
Political System: Multi-party democracy
Religion: The major number is Hindu. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
People: Nepal has more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different spoken languages.

Climate: Nepal has four major seasons:
(1) Winter: December-February 
(2) Spring: March-May 
(3) Summer: June-August 
(4) Autumn: September-November

Best time to visit Nepal 
Autumn (September, October and November) 
Spring (March, April and May) - best seasons for high altitudes and climbing activities.
Winter (December, January and February) - good months for low altitude treks and tours.
Monsoon (June, July and August) - okay to visit Nepal but visibility could be a problem due to heavy rain.

Communication
Postal Services: 
Central Post Office located near Sundhara or Bhimsen Tower is open from 9 am to 5 pm - Sunday to Friday. The counters are open from 10 am to 4 pm and provide stamps, postcards and aerograms. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. 

Telephone Services: 
Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1.

Internet Services:
There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Kathmandu Valley and around the country.  E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

Media: 
Nepali media has developed rapidly within just a few years. Besides the government medias, Radio Nepal and Nepal Television, there are numerous FM and television networks, numerous FM radio stations and upcoming regional television stations. Major Nepali daily newspapers are Gorkhapatra and Kantipur, Nagarik, while English newspapers are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Himalaya Times, etc.
Forex and Banking
Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also. 

NOTE FOR TRAVELERS FROM INDIA/ VIA INDIA:
Indian currency of Rs.500 and Rs.1, 000 bills are not allowed to be brought into Nepal. They will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for transaction of any kind. 

Cards
Credit cards like the American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted. Convertible currencies are as follows: Dollar (U.S., Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, and Singapore); Euro (Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (U.K.); Yen (Japan). Please keep hold of your encashment for changing back local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge.

Cash Machines
The mainstream banks in Kathmandu and Pokhara all have a cash machine where you fill your wallet 24 hours a day using your normal bankcard or Master Card / Visa. Banks have cash machines, though we would recommend only using these machines during bank opening hours so as not to run the risk of losing your card if the system crashes.

Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9.30 am to 2.30 pm from Sunday - Friday. They are closed on Saturdays and other public holidays. In other places banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sunday to Friday and are closed on Saturdays and government holidays. ATM machines are located in many banks in the capital. Money can be transferred from other parts of the world from the numerous transfer agencies in the capital.
  
For more information:
Currency Converter: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic 
Foreign Currency Exchange Rates: http://www.kantipuronline.com/forex.php

Accommodation facilities
Nepal today has altogether more than 300 big and small hotels which are registered with the Department of Tourism, ranging from 5 star deluxe categories to the small one star and tourist standard hotels. 

Climate in Nepal
The seasons in Nepal are pretty much the same as in Europe, opposite of Australian seasons. In January it's cold, while in July you could make do with shorts and t-shirt. The climate of Nepal is moderate which means the winters are dry and the summers are hot. But because of the huge range in altitude and landscape, climate of Nepal differs significantly throughout the country. 

Monsoon is approximately from the end of June to end of August. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period throughout the country but the remainder of the year is dry. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the most pleasant seasons. Winter (December, January, and February) temperatures drop to freezing with a high level of snowfall in the high mountains.

Summer, monsoon and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai (southern plains). In winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7ºC (45ºF) to a mild 23ºC (74ºF). The central valley experience a minimum temperature but not often falling below freezing point and a chilly 12ºC (54ºF) maximum.

Kathmandu Valley has mild climate most of the year, situated at an altitude of 4,297ft (1,310m). Summer temperatures range from 67-81°F (19-27°C), and in winter temperatures are between 36 and 68°F (2-20°C). During the rainy monsoon season between June and August, there is an average rainfall between 7.8-14.7 inches (200-375mm) in Kathmandu. May and June can be very hot and humid until the monsoon rains bring relief. In spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) the temperature is pleasant with occasional short bursts of rain, while November to February are dry, but can be very cold, especially at night.
 
Best time to visit Nepal
Most recommended seasons for trekking are autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) and spring (March, April, May). In these seasons you will be rewarded with good weather, sunny and warm with clear sky and outstanding views. During monsoon (June, July, Aug) although there will be no problem for trekking, the issue could be of less visibility and rain. But, for a keen botanist, monsoon is blessing as the higher valleys, mountains and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) but the weathe is cold with snow-fall at higher elevations.

The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
 
However, because of effects of global warming the climate is changing world wide and there could always be possibility of exception in these weather patterns. In best seasons also there could be hoax of bad weather and sometimes even in adverse months, weather tends to be excellent for trekkers.


Tibet at a Glance


Population:
2.62 million
Capital: Lhasa
Area: 1.2m sq km (471 700 sq miles)
Climate: Average temperature 28 degrees Celsius (summer) to -15 degrees Celsius (winter), extremely dry except during rainy season (July-August).
Major Languages: Tibetan, Mandarin, English and Nepali
Major Religion: Tibetan Buddhism, Animism
Life Expectancy: Over 65 years (UN, 2000)
Monetary Unit: 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao or 100 Fen
Main Exports: Light industry products, Output of livestock products, Traditional Chinese medicine and Carpets
GDP Per Capita: USD 1500

How to get in to Tibet
The traditional saying 'easy to travel abroad but difficult to enter Tibet' has become obsolete as one can access Tibet either by road, air or rail.

By Road: There are five main highways in Tibet:
Sichuan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and Lhasa.
Qinghai-Tibet Highway – it runs between Xining, the capital city of Qinghai, to Lhasa.
Yunnan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Yunnan province and Tibet.
Xinjiang-Tibet Highway – it runs across boundless deserts, lofty and steep peaks.


By Air: Flying to Lhasa always requires a stopover in either China or Nepal. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located about 98 kilometers (about 61 miles) to the south of Lhasa City. The only international fly to and from Tibet is between Lhasa and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
If you are looking for information regarding flight booking please contact us. We will provide you with useful information.

By Rail: The Gormo to Lhasa railway stretches for 1,142 kilometers (710 miles) and serves as a link between mainland China and Tibet.

Travel Permit
Aside from visa for China, travelers to Tibet must also obtain permits from Tibetan Tourism Bureau. We will organize your Tibet travel permit. Please send us a copy of your passport if you are planning to enter Tibet via Nepal as soon as you book the trip. If you are planning to enter Tibet via China. You need to send us a copy of your passport and Chinese visa as soon as you book the trip.

Traveling individually to Tibet is officially not allowed. Travelers must officially be part of a group tour with a guide who will help you dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints en route.

You are not allowed to travel in Tibet with an individual Chinese visa via Nepal (your individual Chinese visa such as multiple entry tourist visas, working visas, student visas, etc., will get cancelled once we apply for Chinese visa from Nepal. There is no other way to save your individual visas, only you can save these visas by entering Tibet from mainland China to Tibet, i.e. taking Lhasa to Kathmandu tour instead of Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.)

If you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to organize your Chinese visa from Chinese embassy in your home country BUT If you are entering Tibet via Nepal, your Chinese visa must only be organized through Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is opened only Monday to Friday. Generally on normal condition, it takes 4 working days to issue Chinese visa from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. In urgent condition, we can also organize your Chinese visas in 2 working days too by paying express fee but we only charge normal visa fee with the clients and take responsibility of express fee on our own.

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months’ validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.

Travelers must use same passport while traveling Nepal and Tibet (while traveling Tibet via Nepal, you will get Chinese visa only in the passport that is stamped with Nepalese visa). We have found tourists traveling with more than one passport but while traveling Tibet via Nepal, you need to use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.

All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you must need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa which is collected by Himalayan Glacier Trekking once you arrive in Kathmandu.

Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. The visa is issued accordingly. According to the places mentioned in the itinerary, travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained. Our company will do this for you.

If you would like to head out to mainland China after your Tibet trip, the group visa allows you to enter but once you are in mainland China this visa will be replaced with an individual Chinese visa. (if duration of your group visa covers all your programs in mainland China then you can use it during your stay in mainland China or it can be replaced by individual visa, it depends on Chinese officials’ decision).

You are not allowed to take any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. If found, these related possessions are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter into Tibet.

It is very difficult to get your group visa extended, so better to let us know about your program very clearly during your trip planning phase so we will try to arrange your visa and permit.

The rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit change very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult with us to be sure regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly.

Custom and airport formalities
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. It is important to remember NOT to carry any material relating to free Tibet like for instance Dalai Lama books or flags, masks etc carrying such slogans
Climate
Generaly, April to the beginning of November is good for traveling to Tibet. August and September are considered  the ideal time; however, Lhasa can be visited throughout the year. 
The sun radiation is strong in Tibet. Lhasa is also known as the ‘Sunlight City’ due to the extremely intense sunlight. Tibet is cold during winter; cool in summer and is normally dry, receiving only about 450 millimeters of rain or snow. 

Communication
Post Office: The biggest post office in Lhasa is located on the West Beijing Road, at the east side of the Potala Palace. It not only offers full postal services but also sells various kinds of postcards. 

Telephone: China Mobile coverage is available in some areas of Tibet, but there is no coverage in villages or remote places. Therefore, cell phones are not a reliable mode of communication. You can use telephones found in the post office, hotels, street booths and shops. 

With the exception of the major cities like Lhasa, Xigatse, Gynatse, Lhatse and Tsedang, communication facilities including telephone and postal services are absent in other parts of Tibet.

Internet: Internet cafes are available in Lhasa. Hotels in Lhasa provide internet facility.

Accommodation
In most of the cities and towns, hotels and guest houses are available. Lhasa boasts of accommodation ranging from simple guest houses to four star hotels. Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang offers up to three star hotels. While other smaller or remote areas, accommodation is available mainly in guest houses.

Forex and Banking
The unit of currency is Chinese Yuan. The Bank of China can exchange all foreign currencies. The banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers Cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa. ATM facilities are easily available in Lhasa and Shigatse; however, it may be difficult to find one in other smaller towns or in remote places.

Electricity
If you wish to bring along electric devices for use during your stay, a transformer is necessary. Most of the hotels in Tibet have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available. As the shape of a socket varies between countries, a portable plug adapter may also be necessary.

Health
Tibet being a region of high altitude, travelers may experience Acute Mountain Sickness which is characterized by mild headaches, nausea, altered breathing patterns at night and loss of appetite. This can be reduced by frequently drinking non-alcoholic liquids such as water and juice. Travelers should also protect themselves from the strong sunlight.