Important Information
Tour Cost
Important Information

Important Information

Tour  cost  includes:

Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Hotel Holiday Inn, NW or Hotel Himalayan or Hotel Yak in Lhasa, and best available hotel and lodges enroute with daily breakfast. All ground transfers, sightseeing tour, monastery entrance fees, English speaking guide and airfare where applicable. All cost subject to change at short notice.

Tour  cost  excludes:

All expenses of personal nature, airport departure taxes, Nepal re-entry visa fee, extra cost in the event of landslides, road blockage, hiring of porters and additional transportation, Tibet China Visa Fee and Urgent visa charges and separate Tibet permit. 

Booking conditions & visa arrangement:

Confirmed booking should reach us 10 weeks prior to tour departure date along with US $ 100 non-refundable deposit per person.

Shakti Travel & Tours Will: Obtain your Tibet visa for you and we require following details when making booking:

Name in full :
Date of birth:
Nationality and:
Passport Number

A Normal Visa fee is applicable if the Visa is processed on 5 full working day basis. An urgent fee of US$ 25 additional is applicable for the Visa to be processed in 3 days and US $ 30 additional fee is charged by the China Embassy for the Visa to be processed within a day.

The Embassy of China is open every Monday, Wednesday & Friday form 10 AM - 11 AM for China/Tibet Visa.

As Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal is the gateway for trips to Tibet, and Bhutan, you must allow at least 3 nights stay in Kathmandu. This is required in order that your Tibet Visa be physically stamped in your passport. This means that you spend 3 nights or more in Kathmandu, prior to your departure to Tibet or complete visa formalities for Bhutan. A 15 day visa is granted at Kathmandu airport upon arrival, paying US$ 30.00. Passport size photos are required. The Nepal visa is extendible up to three months.


Cancellation charge of 50% for confirmed booking upto 7 days prior to departure and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & late arrivals under any circumstances.


Casual wear and comfortable walking shoes are best for Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to cold in winter months. Bring all film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items, etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult, to obtain in Tibet. A small first aid kit is also preferred.

Altitude  sickness:

As Lhasa lies at over 12000 feet. you are likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, mild nausea, loss of appetite) until your body adjusts to the elevation .This can take from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the individual. Take it lightly, but drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Proper hydration is critical to acclimatization.

Kathmandu to Lhasa road:

The tour form Kathmandu to Lhasa by road should be taken as an adventure and not sightseeing tour by bus. The road was poorly constructed and is prone to blockage by landslides, particularly from June through September. It is very dusty and a face mask is a good idea. As you drive to altitudes of over 17000 feet at some points, altitude sickness becomes a real possibility and most will fee some symptoms. You must make sure to drink plenty of fluids to help you acclimatize. The choice of hotels enroute (except Lhasa) is extremely limited. Hotels are basic with showers, flush toilet, a small shop, a restaurant and laundry facilities only. Food is not readily available enroute until the stopover hotels are reached. We recommend you to carry packed lunch from the hotels. We suggest you bring a canteen or water bottle with purification tablet or a water filter pump and refill your bottles at every opportunity. Meals enroute (until Lhasa) tend to be greasy and you may want to bring snacks or other foodstuff with you. We therefore suggest you to carry Tinned food. Biscuits, Chocolates, Cheese, Drinking chocolate/coffee, soup cubes, Instant noodles, Vegemite, nuts and Rasins, Chewing gums etc.


Full travel insurance coverage, particularly for trip cancellation and interruption is highly recommended.


The unit of currency for foreigners is Yuan. US 1=8 Yuan. Money can be exchanged at The Bank of China at Zhangmu, Xigatse and Lhasa. Incase the banks are closed we suggest you ask for a loan from your guide.

Risk & liability:

Shakti Travels & Tours will put every effort to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, all the programmes in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, Shakti Travels & Tours or its Tibet counter-part shall not be responsible for any snow, political unrest, cancelling of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most advisable all clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents. A cancellation insurance is also highly recommended.