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What is the best way to visit Tibet?                                                                                            

At present, independent travels are strictly prohibited by Tibet local authorities. Group travel is  highly encouraged, Traveling through Tibet need certain travel documents issued by the local Tibet government. Without the assistances of the local tour operators, the travelers cannot obtain the required travel documents. In order to avoid the unforeseeable difficulties arisen by independent travels in Tibet, taking the tours coordinated by the local tour operators should be good alternative.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?

The best time to visit Tibet is from early May to late October. Because first of all the Tibet weather would be not harsh, and secondly it is best time to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp (if you have plan to get there)

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?

High season marks the most popular times of the year for traveling in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.

The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.

Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What's the procedure to get China visa in Kathmandu?

Step 1: After you book the tour from us, provide us your copy passport information and copies of your passport

Step 2: We will apply the 'Visa Invitation Letter' from Tibet Tourism Bureau with your passport copies . After we get 'Visa Invitation Letter', we will apply for Chinese visa before you arrive in Kathmandu.

Step 3: After your arrival in Kathmandu, we will collect your passport and obtain your Tibet Visa very easily.

Can I get the Tibet Travel Permit easily?

You can get the Tibet Travel Permit easily through a travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

Are guides English speaking? What is their experience/education level, and are they Tibetan or Chinese?
Surely, our guides are all English speaking. Tibetan guides. They know more about the culture and speak less English than their Chinese peer. Most of them are professionals and licensed by China National Tourism Administration to maintain their service quality

 What travel tips can be provided to respect the culture and traditions of local people?
Tibetan people are very kind and hospitable. You can feel free to talk with them, but there are some items to respect.
- Always ask permission before taking photographs of people.
- Religion and politics can be sensitive matters. Be cautious with questions dealing with these topics.
- Avoid eating dogs, donkeys or horses in Tibet

 

 What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept major two ways of payment:

1). Wire transfer : we will send you our company bank account info via email
2). Credit card : we will send you a credit card authorization letter via email

How can I pay the balance?

You can pay the balance either by cash or by credit card upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Tourism is Tibet is in its initial stage and the number of 4 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We still make aware to the western travelers that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.

What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?

Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.

What can I eat in Tibet?

In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, western food, Nepali food and Tibetan food as well. But in remote towns and areas, choice is limited, Chinese food or Sichuan cuisine is the best choice.

Can you help buy the domestic flight ticket in China?

Yes, we can help buy all domestic flight tickets within China.

What vehicle do you use in Tibet?

If the tour is mainly around Lhasa, we offer minivan as the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan cost less as well. If the tour is covering some places with bad road condition and long distance to reach, we offer 4WD off road vehicles.

What medications should I take with me?

Prepare your first aid kit with medicine for diarrhea, giardiasis, hepatitis and other diseases tourists may contract on the plateau. Medicine for respiratory tract infections, such as colds, influenza and bronchitis which may further diminish oxygen intake also shall be included to prevent those diseases since they may result in serious consequence on the Tibet plateau. Consult your doctors for details before departure for Tibet.

Do the travelers need travel insurances?                                                                                  

The travel insurances for Tibet tours are mandatory. We highly recommend to the travelers that they should buy comprehensive travel insurances for Tibet from their home countries. The comprehensive insurances purchased by the travelers must cover the trip cancellation, travel interruptions and delays, emergency rescue, medical and health expenses, lost baggage etc.