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NEWS  LETTER

Tibet

Known as the "Roof of the World", this highest plateau in the world rises up about 4 km into the sky and covers an area of nearly half a million square miles of vast open space, clear light and pure color, dominated by an intensely blue sky. Its unique landscape and rich Buddhist culture have drawn adventurers, pilgrims, scholars and traders throughout history. 

A deeply religious land with a highly developed culture revolving round a unique form of Buddhism, religion is not a matter of occasional ritual but an integral part of everyday life in Tibet. Visits to Buddhist monasteries and temples are an integral part of any journey to Tibet. Travelers encounter Buddhist monks and nomads with yak caravans and sheep on its immense plains.

You can travel to Tibet from Kathmandu by air or overland (retracing the ancient caravan route) or a combination of both. Tibet is open from Nepal from April till November only.

 GENERAL INFORMATION

ALTITUDE AND HEALTH
Tibet tour in General can be managed by those generally fit and active of all age group but due to Tibet's high altitude, travelers with pre-existing problem of heart, lungs or anemia should consult a doctor before even thinking about a visit.
 

The combination of the elements - fierce winds, strong sun, piercing cold and clouds of dust results in various respiratory problems- coughs, colds, sore throats, and also causes sun burns, cracked lips, sore eyes and sinus problems. If well prepared above can also be prevented to some extent. Above all these problems are the probability of ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (A.M.S.) as most of Tibet is over 3500 meters. Some of the high plains and passes over which you will travel specially during the treks and during the overland trip are over 5,000 m. At such high altitudes, there is a chance of having symptoms of mountain sickness and certain cases can become a serious problem. We have no record of any serious case of A.M.S. till date but on worse conditions the only way to fight altitude sickness is to descent as fast as possible. Rescue/ evacuation by air or by surface may also be required in worse case.  

CLIMATE
Tibet is cold in Winter, cool in summer and generally dry. Temperature can vary greatly within a day. Day times can be warm and nights can be very cold. Winds in winter are ferocious. Tibet is not affected by monsoon, although Zhangmu is.   

BEST SEASON
The best time to travel to Tibet is from April till October.

Average Temperature, Rainfall and sunshine hours in Lhasa   

Month

Rainfall (mm)

Temperature

Sunshine (Hours)

January 

+ 09 to -13

0.2

251

February

+ 10 to -12

0.5

226  

March

+ 13 to -5

2

241

April 

+ 16 to +1

5

244

May

+ 20 to +5

25

284  

June

+ 25 to +9

77

227

July

+ 26 to +10

129 

224  

August

+ 27 to +9

138 

221  

September

+ 21 to +8

56

238

October

+ 17 to +1 

8

285  

November

+ 12 to -7

2

271

December

+ 08 to -13

0.5

261

CLOTHING
For general Tibet tour your clothing should be simple and consist of layers which can be added or removed as temperature vary during the day. A warm windbreaker and stout, comfortable shoes are especially recommended.
 

Following clothing are recommended for general Lhasa tour   

May to September

October to April  

Raincoat or Windbreaker

Down Jacket

Jacket

Thermal underwear  

Sweater

Warm trousers

Sun-hat 

Warm Sweater

Shirts & trousers (cotton or woolen)

Woolen shirt (full)

Comfortable walking shoes

Gloves, warm socks

Thermal underwear, cotton socks

Stout comfortable shoes

Good quality walking shoes

Sun-hat  

                                       

PHOTOGRAPHY 
It is recommended that you buy sufficient films, batteries and other necessary accessories to last you for the whole trip.
 

Photography is allowed in most places except security areas. The monasteries usually charge for photographs, often quite a lot.  

FLIGHT INFORMATION
(Subject to change without prior notice)

All Lhasa-Kathmandu Flights and Vice versa are operated by China South West airlines twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.  

Regular flight services start from the first week of April till the last week of November every year.

VISA FOR TIBET:  
Visa for China can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home town. We will provide you with the necessary Permit for Tibet. Visa for Tibet can also be obtained for you by us. Five working days are necessary to get a visa and original passports have to be submitted then. There is urgent fee of US$ 30 if passport is submitted later.  

As per present Chinese Government regulation, Visa for Tibet is provided on for a group of minimum 5 pax travelling together with a fixed itinerary.  Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice.  

NOTE: It should be understood, that tours to Lhasa are exclusively controlled by the Chinese authorities and therefore, clients should accept that a general flexibility is needed for adventure travel of this type & Insight Nepal or its foreign operators will in no way be responsible for sudden change in the fixed itinerary when in Tibet.  

MONEY MATTER
Travelers checks and credit cards are difficult to exchange. US$ cash is best for all Tibet tours. The present rate of exchange is US$ 1 = Yuan 8.00 (subject to change)

 

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