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NEWS  LETTER

Trekking in Tibet

Trekking in Tibet is demanding but the rewards are great. The landscapes are unlike anywhere else in the world. Our Tibet treks are run in the Nepali style, with comfortable camps, good food and services by our experienced Sherpa staff and yaks to carry the camping equipment and food. Each day's schedule leaves you with time to explore and enjoy the trek and relax. Average walking duration per day is five to six hours.       

GENERAL INFORMATION

SEASON..............................................................................................................................
In general the best trekking season for trek in Western Tibet is from May through October. The weather is generally at its best during the first and last months of this season, though temperatures are typically windy and cool to cold  during  the day and below freezing at night. The other months are warmer, but include the period when the monsoon pushes beyond the Himalaya, swelling the creeks and coating the valleys with greenery and wildflowers. Snow fall during monsoon is also possible during occasional storms at the higher altitude during the Kailash circuit, particularly near the pass. So regardless of the season, Trekking in this region requires being prepared for all weather conditions.  

Average Temperature, Rainfall and sunshine hours in Lhasa. 

Month Temp (C )  Rainfall (mm) 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

HEALTH CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT.................................................................................
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for traveling to Nepal or Tibet.

MONEY MATTER..................................................................................................................
NEPAL:
US$ hard currency/Traveler's cheque is the most common form of foreign currency recognized all over Nepal and quite easily accepted too. All foreign currencies can be exchanged to Nepalese currency at the hotel counters, government approved money exchange counters located all over the city or from the bank.

Visa, Master Card are the common credit cards accepted in many major hotels and business forms but all payments by credit cards are normally subject to 3 to 4 % service charge. Credit cards may not be accepted in small business shops or restaurants so it is also a good idea to carry sufficient cash/T.C. 

TIBET: Money would be of no use during trek, but at other places, US$ has to be converted to Yuan. US$ hard currency is the only currency accepted at most places. Travellers cheque or credit card is normally very difficult to exchange.  

ACCOMMODATION..............................................................................................................
Accommodation during trek and during other camping days  is in two men tents. It is suggested that every client brings their own sleeping bag for their own comfort. We will provide sleeping bags on request. Hot shower is one pleasure that is normally not available during tent accommodation and meals will be served in the camps. 

In Tibet, there are normally two categories of accommodation available, The Chinese run good Hotels( 4 5 star by Chinese standard) or the Guest Houses which are very basis with common bath and toilets. But in Lhasa the economy hotels are reasonably good too with attached bathroom.  

CLOTHING...........................................................................................................................
For Trekking in Tibet and also for Kailash tour we suggest you wear your clothes in layers. You will need adequate warm clothing if you spend much time above 3000.

After receiving confirmed booking a checklist of items required will be provided to help you pack.

ALTITUDE AND HEALTH......................................................................................................
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.
 

Acclimatization is usually the solution to these cases. We have no record of any serious ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS) problems 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.  

FITNESS..............................................................................................................................
It is extremely important to be in good physical shape before you embark on a trek. It is equally important to mentally accept that the comforts of home will be absent.

The more physically fit you are, the more easily your body will adapt to the high altitude.  Resistance to cold and sickness is also increased. We suggest you begin a light fitness program at least three months before your departure. Cycling, swimming, Jogging, squash, tennis etc. will help. Most people in good health who have prepared physically will have no problem in enjoying themselves.

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.  

VISA....................................................................................................................................
Double entry Visa for Nepal can be easily obtained at the airport on arrival or from the Embassy/ Consulate of Nepal. The present visa fee for double entry is US$ 55(subject to change). It will help to speed up your visa process if you are carrying exact change for the visa.

Note: It will be useful to have at least six passport-sized photographs ready with you.  

Visa for Tibet can either be obtained by yourself from the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home town or we can also obtain the visa for you in Nepal.  

PERMITS.............................................................................................................................
 We will obtain all necessary permits and other applicable entrance and park fees for both sightseeing tours and trekking. 

LIABILITY............................................................................................................................
Insight Nepal Travels and tours (INTT) takes special care and attention for a smooth and pleasant journey as well as the safety and well being of passengers. For this reason we must reserve the right to alter or change the program even at short notice in the best interest of passengers should this be necessary. INTT or its agents will not be held responsible for any changes, alternations or cancellation of the program owing to force majeure circumstances such as war, riots, strikes, civil unrest, government action, natural disasters or other events outside INTT.'s control such as delay or cancellation of flights or technical problems to transport etc. Any incidental expenses incurred there off will have to be born by the clients personally.
 

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 & INTT will in no way be responsible for sudden change in the fixed itinerary when in  Tibet.

INSURANCE.........................................................................................................................
Our cost does not include insurance of any kind. It is recommended that travelers obtain a comprehensive insurance covering personal injury, loss & damage of property and also tour cancellation and for rescue/ evacuation by air or by surface.

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