General Information on Tibet

Country:
Tibet lies at the centre of Asia, with an area of 2.5 million square kilometers. The high open land of Tibet rests on plateau and stretches for two thousand kilometers from India in the west to China in the east, and for a thousand kilometers from Nepal in the south to Chinese province of Xinjiang (Turkestan) in the north. Its average elevation is four thousand meters above sea level.

Access:
The capital of Tibet, Lhasa can be reached by air from Kathmandu, Beijing and Chengdu. Direct trains to Lhasa originate in Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu. There is road access from Kathmandu and other cities in China.

Visas and documentation: You must have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Tibet. We obtain your visa for Tibet from Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. For this we require scanned copy of your passport containing photo, name, date of birth, passport number, Nationality.

Accommodation:
Luxury and good standard hotel are in the cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, at other places guest houses and lodges with basic facilities without any modern amenities.

Food & beverage:
Besides in the hotels and guesthouses/lodges, there are number of nice and clean restaurants in Lhasa and Shigatse. At other places small restaurants are available for mostly Tibetan and Chinese food.

Temperature and weather:
In Tibet weather condition from May to September is dry and sunny. Maximum temperature can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade and minimum temperature at night will drop as low as 0 to -10 degrees centigrade at the altitudes of 5000 meters. There is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time.

Fitness:
You should be physically fit travel at high altitude and should not have asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure. We highly recommend you to consult your doctor and take necessary medicines with you.

Altitude sickness

This is an environment related condition that can affect anyone of any age. Detail briefing about the symptoms and prevention will be given by the professional specialist on altitude sickness.

Medicines recommended:
We advise you to bring your own first aid kit along with the medicines that you may require during the trip. We recommend following medicines but they need to be approved by your doctor as some of the medicines my not suit you.

MOUNTAIN SICKNESS :

Diamox 250 mg 30 Tabs DIARRHEA : 1. Loperamide Hydrochloride – 20 tabs 2. Fasigyn DS – 10 tabs. 3. Dehydration salt (electoral) – 4 packets. FEBER & ACHES (HEAD, BODY, MUSCLES) :1. Tab. Calpol or Proxyvon– 15 tabs. VOMITING : Domperidon (Don – 1 ) 10 tabs.COMMON COLD :1. Tab. Terfenadine 60m (Terf / Zenad) – 15 tabs. Handy Plast, Cotton, Crepes, Antiseptic cream, Avil etc.

Currency:
You may change any hard currency from banks in Tibet to Chinese Yuan, currency used in Tibet. Exchange rates fluctuates almost every day.

Photography:
Still cameras, home video cameras are allowed into Tibet.

Insurance:
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency surface or air rescue, accident, trip cancellation, medical treatment, hospitalization etc. We regret that such policies are not available in Nepal.

Communication:
You can make calls from almost everywhere. Tibet has good networking for mobile phones.

Clothing, equipment and accessories:
While driving, it will be warm inside the vehicle but very cold outside. Mornings and evenings will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring the following clothing and accessories with you.
Footwear

  1. Good well worn-in walking shoes.
  2. Warm comfortable trekking boots.

Clothing

  1. wool shirts
  2. cotton shirts
  3. regular underwear.
  4. thermal underwear.
  5. skirts/coulettes/trousers for women.
  6. trousers/shorts for men.
  7. wind and rain gear with hood.
  8. wool hat/mittens/gloves.
  9. other hats.
  10. wool and cotton socks.
  11. sweaters
  12. lined zip jacket/down jacket with hood.
  13. track suit.
  14. sleeping clothes.

Accessories

  1. personal first-aid.
  2. toilet kit.
  3. flash light/torch with extra batteries.
  4. sun glasses.
  5. repair kit (needle, thread tape etc).
  6. water bottle.
  7. swim suit (for use before and after Tibet trip)
  8. note book, pens, pencils.
  9. plastic bags for reading material, film, cameras etc.
  10. pocket knife.
  11. dust mask, silk scarves for use against dust.
  12. camera and film.
  13. binocular.
  14. sun block cream and lip salve.
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