Guidelines

Important Note:
Overland drive to enter Nepal or to reach any Tibet entry point from Kodari to Zhangmu is not possible at present due to broken road caused by 25 th April & 12 th May earthquakes.

The road might open for travel in the near future which we will update our potential travellers. The only means of entering Tibet currently is by air, to and from Lhasa or from Kyirong of Langtang region which just opened for foreign visitors.

INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING INTO TIBET

Tibet’s vast landscapes includes world’s highest and largest plateau although changes has taken place with wide network of roads and railway lines with tall building around the major cities of Lhasa-Shigatse, Gyantse and Saga, but still remains one of the most interesting country retaining its past glory into its pristine forms. Tibet with limited facilities for travelers especially outside main cities is now approaching to a reasonable standard. However Himex Nepal with Tibet counterparts will do our very best with effort under the circumstances to ensure your holiday in Tibet a smooth, pleasant and hassle free.

Altitude sickness

Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude areas could be strenuous sometimes, travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases needs first doctor's advice before booking Tibet trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day while on the tour against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and dehydrations.

Clothing accessories

The climate in Tibet with high altitude remains cool throughout all year round. From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April to September, light clothes for the day and warm jacket or a sweater must for the evenings. The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.

Head wear

Head wear is important to keep your body warm and to save you from UV as well, above 3,000 meters strong light of UV due to thin air hat or caps will be good as protections; Woolen cap for morning and night time.

Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday)

T-shirts, Short Pants, Trousers: Light weight & Heavy weight for cold temperature above 3500m, Wind and water Proof trousers are also suitable for trekking, Track-suit useful for trekking, Lightweight long sleeved shirt (this will save from sunburn as well), Thermal underwear useful for cold at night, Down / Duvet jacket which is essential for trekking above 3000 m, Gloves, water and wind proof wear or Poncho, snow gaiters for Trekkers above 4000m.

Foot wear

For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also.

For trekking a good comfortable boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.

Equipments

Daypack: A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.

Personal

Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.

Glasses:

If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Food and drinks

Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.

Customs

No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese govt. are prohibited specially books and pictures of Dalai Lama or any other monks and priest on exile.

Insurance Policy

It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.

Booking formalities and visa

Minimum one week is required to book the trip from Kathmandu in advance along with full deposit, passport for visa process and full payment of the tour should be made before Tibet departure.

From overseas, at least 2 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per Himex Nepal rules and regulations.

In case of Cancellation

In case of tour cancellation prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per company's rules and regulation will be levied.

Tour Cancellation policy:
• All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in written.
• Verbal cancellations will not be entertained.
• A month prior from tour departure date 20% cancellation.
• 21 days period from tour departure date 30% cancellation.
• 15 days period from tour departure date 50% cancellation.
• Tour operators has fully right to change the dates and cancel the trip if any unavoidable circumstances.

Risks and Liabilities

Tibet tours are run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, MountKailash.com or our counterpart Tibet agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.

Time Zone

Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours)

Four different seasons in Tibet - Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The best period to visit for plant lovers is in spring, when flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season starts from early March to late May.

Even though days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Autumn / Fall season begins from September to mid November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Medical Requirements

Please don’t forget to check with your Doctor; get advice whether your health permit or not for Tibet and its high altitude destinations.

We also recommend:
A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies

In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items:
Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol/Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Currency

The official currency in Tibet is Remimbuin Yuan, One Yuan is made up of 100 Zian a smaller unit. There are small bills and coins denominations of one, two, five and ten Yuan and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, Remimbuin Yuan. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Tibet.

Money Exchange

Bank of China (National Bank) does set the exchange rate and listed into daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity. The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and so on. Where you can get cash (only Yuan) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 10,000 Yuan day from your Card.

Accommodations

In Tibet most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Tibet trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

Travel / Medical Insurance

Travel / Medical insurance is compulsory in all HimEx and Mount Kailash trips. All clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in Tibet.

Tipping & Bargaining

Tipping in Tibet is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour. Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Local Clothing.

Travel Tips

You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Passport

Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements

Traveling into Tibet with various means of transportation, as there are many ways to enter the mainland but few entry into Tibet Autominous of China, as China a huge country in Asia, the entry point from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Kajistan, Russia, Mongolia as for Pakistan being a close ally does not require Visa for Pakistan national, however the entry point from Pakistan is limited on the south west of China and Tibet.

On reaching main land China one can enter Tibet via flight, trains or on surface where special entry permit required on entry immigration posts.

From India only one points from western Tibet only for pilgrimage purpose to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover.

For those who travel into Tibet from Nepal, must obtain permits and Visa from Nepal through Chinese Embassy. Please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, revalidated and visa fees will not be refunded.

There are two types of visa:
For groups in name list papers with two copies one for entry and other for exit,

For individual gets in their passport with much formalities and extra fees as per one nationality

Requirements for Visa processing

Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form. Two PP size Photograph.

Please also note that most of the western and Asian countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Indian Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points.

Tibet Visa, Travel Permit & Policy

TTB-Tibet Tourism Bureau that the Tibet permit application commenced from March 23rd 2015 much earlier this year in comparison with previous years.

Tibet travel permit policy:
For the upcoming Tibet tour season, Himex Nepal accept Tibet tour booking for entry date from April onward (Kailash and Lake Manasarover travel permits are allowed for group size no less than 3 people with same nationality. This is subject to change and we will keep travelers informed, to avoid urgent permits policy change and permits delivery, we still suggest foreign tourists confirm a Tibet trip at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

Entry validity

The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Tibet which is six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension

A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Lhasa Immigration Office for a total of 2 weeks. Over the course of a visa stated, a tourist cannot stay in Tibet more than the days obtained.

Tibet travel documents general information

Chinese Visa, which can be applied in Chinese Embassy from respective country (If you go to Tibet via mainland China). Please be aware that: if you enter Tibet from Nepal, no China visa but Tibet Group visa is needed.

Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB-Tibet Entry Permit), which you have to obtain in order to enter Tibet by flight otherwise you will be rejected to get boarding pass, meanwhile for train to Tibet, sometimes they also check original TTB permit even though most cases a photo copy of the permits works. This is for Entry to Tibet.

Alien's Travel Permit (PSB-ATP) when you are planning to travel to the 'unopened' areas in Tibet. The other ones are Tibet military permits, foreign affairs permits, Tibet tour guide's license permit, Drivers license and working certificates, vehicle transportation permits, border passing permits, etc.

A: Passport
All individuals entering Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months.

B: China Visa or Tibet Group Visa.
Entering Tibet via Mainland China, firstly you need to apply China visa for entry to China Tibet is part of China, under the Chinese Central Government's Sovereignty. Thus to travel from China to Tibet, you have to obtain a China Visa before getting to Tibet. Visas for individual travel in China are very easy to get from most Chinese embassies. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five working days (an 'L' Visa means travel).

Tips when you apply for a China visa to Tibet:
You'd better not mention Tibet or any places in Tibet such as Lhasa, Everest as your travel destination when applying for China visa (China Embassy in Kathmandu is the exceptional) because you may be refused by stating that you will go there. Otherwise, you need to get a Tibet Permit beforehand and apply for a China visa with it then which gets more complicated.

Entering Tibet via Nepal by land or air:
If you want to enter Tibet from Nepal, you have to get your TIBET GROUP VISA from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, no matter whether you have already Chinese visa or not. Tibet Group Visa A 4 size sheet of paper, with all members of the tour and their passport numbers, date of birth and occupations listed. The dates of entry and exit are precisely mentioned. Usually, the visa is valid for the length of the trip you have booked but it's possible to get visa for few additional days, for stay in Lhasa only. There will be two original copies of Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for exit. We can easily help you with the Tibet Group visa application.

Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits-Tibet Entry permits

Tibet Entry permits first page and second page covering your travel info and names, etc. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and are obtained through tour operators as part of arrangements for travel; A T.T.B. permit does not obviate the need for an Aliens & Travel Permit for any closed areas that may be visited. After you decide to travel with us, we will help you to obtain your Tibet Travel Permits. It will be quite simple for you, just need to send us:

Full name | Gender | Date of birth | Passport number | Nationality | Occupation

Also, we need the photos copies of passport and Chinese visa by email attachment or fax.

Note:
If you want to do a Tibet overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, you must get the PSB permit before your tour starts.

Each Travelers / Clients Solely are Responsible for Obtaining all necessary Visa. Country entry regulations can be changed, company does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Safe Travel:

Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.

Do not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.

Pickpockets are not common in Tibet but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.

Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax

International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket from Nepal. However If you are flying with in the country, there are some departure tax inclusive with air tickets.

Voltage

Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adepter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy

Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water

You should not drink the water from the tap in Tibet because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Photography

Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos. Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.