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What is the best season for tour in Tibet?

Generally speaking, from April to October is the best season for Tibet tour. However, having a winter tour can be pleasant if you don't mind the cold weather. You can avoid the tourist crowds, and economical accommodations and transportation are more available.

Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?

Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have an authorized travel operator to arrange for you.

What does the group tour mean?

The Tibet Tourism Bureau does not allow tourists to travel in Tibet individually and one must need to be a part of minimum of five persons group. In this regard we take booking of individual travelers which forms a group and we operate the tours frequently.

What are some popular places in Tibet?

Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri, Zhangmu etc. are the most popular places in Tibet, for both normal and trekking itineraries. For expedition, Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailish are the most exciting and accessible areas.

How to enter Tibet?

By air, there are several routes are available now: Beijing-Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa, Chengdu -Lhasa, Xi'an-Lhasa, Xining-Lhasa, Guangzhou-Lhasa, Chongqing-Lhasa, Kathmandu-Lhasa. By land, the possible routes are: Qinghai-Lhasa, Sichuan-Lhasa, Yunnan-Lhasa and Kathmandu-Lhasa. However, land transportation takes much longer time, and can be very tough, especially the Sichuan-Lhasa route.

Can I travel in Tibet by bus? I really can't afford the car.

Yes, but very limited, only Golmud (of Qinghai Province)-Lhasa. And this route is subject to change, not always available.

Other than Chinese currency, what else currency is acceptable in Tibet?

US$, Euro and Pound Sterling are acceptable only in a very limited range, e.g. tips. However, for convenience, Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change US$ to Chinese currency in Tibet, you can change in Lhasa Hotel or the Bank of China in Lhasa.

Can I draw cash from the local banks in Tibet?

Yes, but only the Bank of China in Lhasa has this function. However, the ATM there doesn't always work properly. So we suggest you to bring some cash with you.

What are the norms if I contact with the Tibetans?

You will find Tibetan people very kind and friendly, you can feel free to talk with them. Do not go to around photographing the people; ask first, show some respect. Buy some local products and encourage them, they are cheaper. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion thing. 

How should I behave with the Tibetan beggars?

You will see many beggars around the monasteries in Tibet and these religious beggars are an accepted part of Tibetan society. Giving money or food to them is considered as an act of merit but not compulsory. Also notice that if the beggars are old men dressed in shredded, bulky clothing. There are also young ones may have a monkey on a chain, a spectacle of great interest to the Tibetans. These beggars are professionals, having less meritorious intentions than religious pilgrims. You can discourage simply not giving anything.

What medicines should I bring for the high elevation?

Try to bring the following medicines that will be very useful during your travel: cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges, nasal decongestant, Aspirin, Multivitamins and Dimox. Or you can ask your local doctor for suggestions.

What should I bring for the plateau weather?

Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun- solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity. It's very easy to get sun-burnt there. Sunscreen of high sun protection factor, quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are good means of protection. Calamine lotion is good for mild sun-burnt. Those with fair complexions should bring reflective sunscreen with them. Apply the sunscreen to your nose and lips as well.

Where and what type of visas do I require for traveling in Tibet?

There are two types of visas- Group (visas in separate sheet of paper for at least 5 travelers) and individual (Chinese visas sticker in your passport). As far you are traveling in a group buying a package program, we will arrange group visas for you but if you want to travel more than a groups do, then you need to obtain Chinese visas in your home country or in Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu individually. In both cases you must need the "Alien Travel Permit".

Shall I need Alien Travel Permit if I'm from inseparable parts of China like Hong Kong and Taiwan?

Yes, all the citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan are also required to get the "Align Tbet Travel Permit" however they are from the inseparable parts of China. 

What kind of clothing accessories should I bring for traveling Tibet?

From Oct. to March warm clothes are required due to cold and from April to September only light clothes will be enough. However, a jacket and a sweater are advised through out the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time. The recommend items are: A domestic first aid kit, water purification tablets, toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sun glasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes.

What problems can arise on altitude?

Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms about High Altitude Sickness that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days. The effect of HAS usually remains two days till the body acclimatizes. Headache, nausea, vomiting and short breath are the common symptoms. To avoid HAS take garlic soup, more water frequently. Diamox tabs are also recommended.

Symptoms tend to be worse at night and include headache, dizziness, and lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom, and many travelers have trouble sleeping for the first few days after arriving in Lhasa.

What happens in case of emergency?

We are prepared for any emergency situation and know how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek or tour. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Tibet for case of emergency since you are liable for all the expenses.

How to prevent acute mountain sickness?

•    Drink extra fluids. The mountain air is dry and cold and moisture is lost as you breathe. Evaporation of sweat may occur unnoticed and result in dehydration.
•    Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy.
•    Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don't smoke.
•    Avoid sedatives.
•    Don't push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
•    Avoid catching cold before you entering Tibet.

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