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Tibet

Land of ancient Buddhist culture, awesome landscape, artistic monasteries and centuries –old caravan trails, Tibet is a destination out of the ordinary. Famed as the “roof of the world “, the Tibet autonomous region of China lies on a plateau at an average elevation of 4,000 m. It is bounded by the Khunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. MOUNT. KAILASH - (6,714 in.) the famed holy peak is situated in western Tibet. This legendary mountain is revered by four different religions and is regarded as the most sacred pilgrimage destination in Asia. 

When to go, weather

Despite the high altitude of the Tibetan Plateau, the daytime temperatures are actually quite mild. Between April and November the average temperature ranges form 15-25 degrees Celsius and the skies are generally clear and blue. From July to August though there can be the odd shower during the day. The nights, however, can be very cold and temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius. During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings.

The best time of year for overland tours in Tibet is from April to November and for treks and Mt. Kailash tour from April to the beginning of October.

Getting there

BY AIR

There is only one international flight to Lhasa (Tibet) which is from Kathamandu (Nepal) and more flights from different cities in mainland China. There are only three flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa in a week which is operated by the Air China.Addiotnal flighrs are added during the toursit season. There are regulare flights from mainland China to Lhasa.

BY LAND

From Nepal, the drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa is for 4 -5 days.Lhasa is also connected by railway line from Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Xining and Shanghai. 

Visa

View Asia Aventures will process visa for you upon arrival in Kathmandu.  

American Passport Holder USD 164 (normal process in 5 days ) & USD 198 ( urgent process in 1 day)

Other Passport Holders USD 80 ( normal process in 5 days ) & USD 114 ( urgent process in 1 day )

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Arriving Lhasa via mainland China 

Special note to consider
Do not apply for the Chinese visa in your country if you are intending to travel to Tibet via Kathmandu (Nepal). If you had applied for the Chinese visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we get the Tibet visa for you here in Kathmandu.

Currency

USD 1 = 8.278 YUA

Travel Insurance

All travelers' visiting Tibet are strongly recommended to provide for their own trip insurance at home that adequately covers for medical, emergency rescue expenses, trip cancellations or any other eventual mishaps. 

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty during your Tibet trip, which we believe will not happen; you shall be driven by a land cruiser to nearest Nepal – Tibet border as helicopter is not allowed to fly in Tibet. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

Health Issues

Vaccination requirements change frequently, so we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip. We also recommend that each person carries a basic first aid kit. 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 difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times should it be required. We also carry a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on all our Tibet treks and mt. kailash tours in case of altitude sickness.

Hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors will also be available on call. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to Tibet before booking. When flying to Lhasa we recommend you rest for the afternoon to help acclimatization. Age is no barrier to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Tibet.

If you have any pre-existing medical condition, please consult your doctor before booking and bring adequate medication for any such condition.

Culture & History

The Tibetan history begun with the presence of Lord Buddha around 1063 BC, with the newly advent of Bon religion in Tibet. According to Bonpo sources there were eighteen Shangshung kings who ruled Tibet before King Nyatri Tsenpo. Tibet was not set as its name before its unification. With the unification of Tibet by Songtsan Gampo in the 17th century it came into the presence officially as a Tibet. The government of the Dalai Lama, a line of Tibetan spiritual leaders nominally ruled a large portion of the Tibetan region at various times from the 1640s until its incorporation into the PRC in the 1950s. During this period, the Tibetan administration was subordinate to the Chinese empire of the Quing dynasty. As a measure of the power that regents must have wielded, it is important to note that only three of the fourteen Dalai Lamas have actually ruled Tibet from 1751. In the history of Tibet, it has been an independent country divided into different kingdoms, and became a part of China for a certain periods of time. Today it is part of the people’s Republic of China. 

Tibetan has the unique culture and traditions. The wisdom, the knowledge about life, compassion, tolerance and peace of mind, all contribute in making the culture of Tibet. The simplicity of life, the spirituality of minds and rich customs and traditions give a strong hold to this alpine region, which is entirely bedecked with its holy charisma. Comes and experience this magical world of culture. Culture of Tibet which is completely dedicated to Buddhism is arguable the most particular and convoluted of all that have evolved with time and made their presence felt.

Faqs

Independent travel is not allowed in Tibet. You should join an organized group or use an authorized agency to travel in Tibet.

No, Tibet Entry Permit is required to travel to Tibet.

Yes, View Asia Adventures can arrange your Tibet Entry Permit which is issued two weeks prior to your entry in Tibet.

Photos are not necessary to apply the Tibet Entry Permit since your personal information is enough to get the Tibet Permit. 

In addition to the normal medications for traveling recommended by your doctor, you should bring some thing to prevent symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Take time to acclimatize, drink lots of water and bring purification tablets. People suffering from heart, lung and kidney diseases should consult a physician before traveling to Tibet.

Tipping is not a custom in China, thus in Tibet. However, as the tourism develops, tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff do expect tips. If the service is satisfactory, a few dollars to the guide and the driver will be appreciated. While in restaurants and taxis, tips are not necessary.

Religious beggars are an accepted part of society in Tibet. Giving money or food to a pilgrim is considered an act of merit. Donations of two or three Yuan (Chinese currency) are appropriate.

Generally, it is quiet safe in Tibet. Since most Tibetans are devout Buddhists, who believe good deeds will accumulate merit in their next lives, crimes are rare. But tourists need pay attention to dogs





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