Most importantly, all travelers traveling in Tibet are kindly requested to bear in mind that Tibet, being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, remains still one of the most captivating but least developed parts in the world. On top of that, with its very short history of tourism (just about 15 years), the facilities for tourists, although being upgraded, are still at basic and limited scale. So the visitors are requested not to have high expectation in terms of facilities in Tibet. You can rather take this tour as an adventure from every view e.g., road, hotel, visa, altitude etc. However, we will always put all our efforts in making your journey as pleasant as possible.
Overcoming Altitude Problem: Traveling in TIBET is an adventure involving high altitude and could be strenuous. So far, most visitors have only minor effects from the altitude. Age is no bar. However, we advise especially the guests with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder can take place before acclimatization.
· Drink 4 litres of water a day.
· Do not exhaust yourself so much.
· Breathe deep and take rest more than usual.
Bottled water is available in each hotel where you have overnight and in the restaurants en route where you have lunch.
Landslides: As Tibet tours get operated mainly during the monsoon time, there are high chances of landslides mostly in the Nepalese part (also in the early part in Tibet). In case of landslides, to over cross them and the gap in between, extra vehicle with porters may have to be arranged. We take of them. Please bear with us for the hassles. However, we wish there would be no hassle as such. Besides the landslide expenses, if our guide / Tibetan guide raised any unjustifiable extra cost on the way, you are kindly requested to have a receipt from the guide with his / her signature so as to enable us to reimburse accordingly. Without the receipt, reimbursement is not possible.
Guide: We always try to provide a good English speaking Tibetan guide. However, as per new regulation, guides are provided by the Guides Association on a queue basis. As the guides in Tibet do not get enough exposure to English language in Tibet, please do not expect fluent and spontaneous explanation from him / her. Your frequent questioning will encourage him / her to explain well, question by question.
Clothes and Accessories: As the temperature in Tibet is low and involves high altitude journey, it is always advised to carry warm clothes (better bring a sleeping bag along with you). As the weather is harsh and dry, chap stick, suntan cream, sun hat, sun glasses with sporty shoes are always recommended.
Monastery Entry Fee: It is included throughout your tour for the monuments and monasteries as mentioned in the itinerary, whereas photography fee is not. So, kindly pay the photography fee accordingly if you persist in having the photos inside the monasteries.
Hotels en route: As the facilities in TIBET are very basic, hotels, although they look gorgeous, do not have proper facilities even in LHASA. For example, for hot water you will have to coordinate the timings with the reception people especially in the hotels outside Lhasa. 24 hours hot water service is not available in all hotels in Tibet.
Recommended Restaurants in Lhasa: Eating out in LHASA is enjoyable. The following restaurants are recommended that serve cheap and best food ranging from Tibetan to Chinese, Continental to Semi-Chinese.
02. MAD YAK RSTAURANT / BARKHOR
03. DUNIYA RESTAURANT / BARKHOR
04. KAILASH RESTAURANT / on the rooftop of HTL BANAKSOL
05. BARKHOR CAFÉ / BARKHOR
06. MAKEYAME RESTAURANT / BARKHOR
Average Estimated Expenses for Food in TIBET:
EN ROUTE IN LHASA
Lunch Approx. 30 Yuan 50 Yuan
Dinner Approx. 40 Yuan 55 Yuan
Tipping: Guides and drivers are not paid well in TIBET. So, you are kindly requested to tip the guide and driver so as to enable us to have them happy for our future group as well.
Group Visa: Traveling in Tibet requires all to travel in group visa. It is document visa in a separate two original sheets of paper. One is for entry and the other is for exit. So, always make sure you or your tour leader or your Tibetan guide carries it until you exit. Remember, photocopy does not help at all.
Airport Tax: Airport tax at Kathmandu airport is Rs. 1100/- per person and the airport tax in LHASA airport is Yuan 90/- (USD 12/-), if you are flying out.
WISH YOU A GREAT TIME IN TIBET !!
SOME DO’S & DON’T’S IN TIBET
With a view to enabling you to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of age old rich culture and heritage, it is important to take into consideration of some travel tips. Here is a list of tips which may be helpful to you.
1. The form of greeting in Tibet is “Tashi Delek” and is performed by joining the palms together and a little bowing of your head.
2. While travelling, dress appropriately. Shorts should never be worn both by women and men, even during the trek. Tibetan people never show their legs. You are supposed to do the same. Men should wear long pants / trousers. Knickers are fine for trekking. Women should wear loose-fitting pants or calf-length skirt. A normal sari is fine for those who are used to sari. Women’s shirts should be loose-fitting and not revealing and bra should be worn. This may seem trivial or an inconvenience, but remember that you are a visitor in their country.
3. Religious beggars are an accepted part of society in Tibet and most of Asia. However, do not encourage begging among the children, youths and fit people. Giving sweets also may not be good for children who hardly brush their teeth.
4. Do not wear or display T-shirts with slogans like “Free Tibet”. Also do no carry and give out any pictures of Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama or Karmapa. Make sure you do not show the flag of Tibet either.
5. Shouting slogans or discuss any negative feeling about China might help you feel better temporarily but, it will cause a grave danger to your travel agent, guide, hotel or the people you are visiting and wish to help.
6. Any negative action of yours against China will not only bring trouble for you but also cause trouble for your participant friends or any Tibetan people like travel agent, guide, drivers etc.
7. Be friendly and polite to the Chinese as well as to the Tibetans so as not to bring problem to your friends or the Tibetans you would like to help.
8. Discussions on political issues on Tibet publicly in the places like monasteries, restaurants, hotel lobby etc. is never advised. Not all Tibetan looking people are trustworthy, including your guide.
9. Always seek permission before taking pictures of the interior of all monasteries and temples. Many chapels and rooms in the monasteries and temples are charged extra for photography.
10. Walking around monasteries, temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
11. Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to the Tibetan culture like kissing in the public.
12. Remember, many times, when a person shakes his / her head from left to right, he / she may mean “yes”, as in Nepal and India.
13. Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among the Tibetans.
14. Exchanging money with the authorized banks or money changers is always advised with a receipt.
15. Make sure you do not buy banned wildlife products and artifacts more than 100 years old. In such cases, you are required to have special certification from the concerned government authorities.
16. Do not show off your money and valuables. Always maintain small money in separate pocket / wallet for petty expenses.
17. Importantly, please strictly follow the health tips on coping with the high altitude sickness advised to you by your travel agent to enjoy your tour without major problems.
18. Tipping is part of the tourism industry. Anyone offering you a service will expect a tip, provided the service is up to your expectation. They include your guide, driver, hotel porters etc. In a restaurant in the cities, 10% tip is expected.
19. You know that traveling light is always enjoyable everywhere. However, make sure you have enough warm clothes with you even when you are traveling in Tibet in summer season.
20. Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to the Tibetan people and respect their customs. You will have a great time with them.
Clothes and other Accessories: From May to September, we advise you to carry light clothing such as T-shirts and jeans. However, from October to April, warm clothing is advised.
Money: Banks in Tibet / China are closed on SATURDAY and SUNDAY. So, if you are entering Tibet overland, you are kindly requested to carry about USD 100 per person in cash to cover your extra expenses for main meals and other en route until LHASA. If it is cash Dollars, even local people help you to get them exchanged in Chinese YUAN. Travelers cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside LASHA. However, if you are in Tibet, even ATM facilities are available in Lhasa.