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Hotels accommodation

Hotel accommodationsThese days there are some good hotels in Lhasa and three star level hotels are available in Shigatse and Gyantse. The hotel facilities along Nepal Tibet highway, specially on Zangmu and Tingri / Shegar are only basic. The facilities and services on the Friendship highways are still not up to the standard as travelers expect.

 

 

 

Transportation

TransportaionLhasa is now connected with train network with main land China. Roads in Tibet are not very good but much has improved recently. Generally 4WD Japanese jeeps are used to carry tourists and trucks for supplies and equipments.

 

 

 

 

Food:

FoodIn Lhasa there are some popular restaurants that provide Tibetan, Chinese and even Western food to the travelers. These restaurants also serve Tibetan tea (salted butter tea), sweet milk tea, hot boiling black tea, Tibetan barley beer, soft drinks, canned beer and imported wine, whisky and local beverage. Very basic food will be served at Zhangmu and Xegar. Guesthouse or hotel on the way will provide you basic accommodation.

 

 

 

Money:

MoneyThe circulated currency in Tibet is RMB. Foreign currency can be exchanged in the bank of China in Lhasa and other cities. But only the main offices of Bank of China accept traveler's check & cash in advance. You can exchange money into RMB according to the exchange rate of that day with your valid passport. If you want to visit remote areas in Tibet, you are advised to have enough RMB with you. However, you can have some US$ with you, too.

 

 

 

Clothing:

clothingSpring (March-May): Cold, dry and windy. A jacket and woolen sweaters are necessary.

Summer (June-August): Cold but hot at noon. Shirts, pants or skirts will be fine.

Autumn (September-November): Cold, dry. Jackets and sweaters are necessary.

Winter (December-February): Frigid and very dry. Warm pullover, down jacket, woolen sweaters, scarves and gloves are necessary

 

 

 

Shopping

ShoppingTibet is not a particularly good place for shopping. Most of the things which hawkers sell in Lhasa are made in Nepal including thangkas & prayer wheels. Sometimes it is possible to buy real Tibetan carpets in places like Xigatse, Gyangtse and Lhasa.

 

 

 

 

Photography

Film is best bought in Kathmandu although print film is available in Tibet. Photography is allowed in most places except security areas. The monasteries usually charge for photographs, often quite a lot. Rates will be given by the guide. Video cameras are allowed in China. All valuables must be declared at customs including cameras and video cameras. Do not lose the customs declaration form which is needed at the time of leaving China.

 

 

 

Tour Guides

GuideThroughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by a English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan way of life.

 

 

 

 

Travel Insurance

If there arises a condition for a rescue to arrange, 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.

 

 

 

Acclimatization

Tibet bound travelers need to take lots of liquid and avoid exertion at altitude. We further advise them not to strain much. Diamox can be helpful if irregular breathing is encountered while trying to sleep. Sleeping pills must be avoided. The overland journey will be on the high passes only for a brief period; en route sleeping elevations vary between 3,650 and 4,300 m. Those travelers who suffer from heart ailments, or other medical problems could be adversely affected by exposure to high altitude conditions in Tibet. So, they need to consult their physician before embarking on the Tibet overland journey.