Lhasa Kailash Tour

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating pilgrimage journey to Mt. Kailash & Lhasa Tour, where you can experience a journey of a life time, with views of Mt. Shispangma, Langtang, Dorji Lakpa and Gaurshanker with Gurla Mandatta on the world’s highest and largest plateau in Tibet.

Mt. Kailash stands at 6,714 m-22,0278 ft above the great Tibetan plateau, wholly within Tibet. It is an amazing mountain of outmost beauty, with four great cardinal faces, the east believed to be crystal, the west ruby, south sapphire and north as gold.

It is the spiritual hub for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bonpa.

Journey to Mt. Kailash & Lhasa Tour with Trexmount Ventures starts with an interesting flight over high Himalayan mountains above Tibetan plateau with views of world’s highest Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Mt. Makalu on this one hour flight to Lhasa, on reaching Lhasa airport which is called Gongar International Airport, received by our Tibetan counter agent guide and driver, an hour drive to Lhasa at 3,660 meters high with views of Potala palace as the drive enters the city area.

Lhasa at present a mixture of old and modern city, our hotels are located in the old part of Lhasa around Barkor market square, the hub of Lhasa where you can observe the old culture, Buddhist pilgrims, and religious way of life with impressive customs of Tibetans from various parts of Tibet.

In Lhasa with two nights’ ample time visiting famous its old interesting places monasteries, monuments and market place including the Potala Palace which stand high majestically on top of red hill, overlooking the beautiful Kyuichi valley where Lhasa city located.

After visiting old Drefung monastery the largest in Lhasa, Sera monastery to observe young monks in debate which is interesting to watch, ancient Jorkang Temple in the middle of Barkor square which is earliest temple built by the king Songsen Gompa in early 6th century, time permitting visit summer palace of Dalai Lama at Norbu Linka with nice immaculate garden.

In Lhasa enjoying the tour with Tibetans food and lifestyle, drive leads towards south on Lhasa / Kathmandu highway leading towards high pass of Khamba-la with picturesque views of Tibetan plateau with snow capped peaks, then heading downhill towards beautiful turquoise Yamdrok Tsho (Lake) and then over Karo-la pass at 5,010 meters high pass with awesome views of Nzongkhangsa peak which is over 7,000 meters high, where the ice fall and glacier flows just next to the roadside, the drive leads past small farm villages and nomads area with Yaks and sheep grazing over yonder of green pasture fields, as the drive reach at Gyantse city a busy bustling place, here tour of famous terracotta stupa and the huge fort (Dzong).

Next morning drive leads to Tibet’s 2nd largest city after Lhasa, here tour of magnificent Tashilumpo monastery seat of his holiness Panchen Lamas and visiting the local market observing the simple and impressive daily life of Tibetans, after overnight in this nice city, heading further south to our next destination to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover.

Journey continues, then on the off route heading to the remote and wildest area of Tibet South West terrain over several high passes to reach the first town of Shegar after Larze and Shigatse, drive follows the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) river, which is fed from the glacier of holy Mt. Kailash from here an interesting drive in the wildest part of Tibetan landscapes to reach at sacred lake Manasarover, a huge salt lake here regarded as holy both by Buddhist, and Hindus.

After a day rest to observe necessary pray and puja, drive leads on the Barka plain to reach at starting point of great circuit, parikrama or kora in Tibetan around holy and mystical Mt. Kailash, starting from holy spot of Tarboche west of Kailash after the main town of Darchen.

Walk leads past Dhirapuk to reach the highest point of this parikrama, circuit and kora at Droma-la pass at 5, 470 m -18,525ft high and a sacred spot, festooned with thousand of prayer flags and small shrines with stunning North Face views of Mt. Kailash.

After a wonderful time heading downhill to Zutulphuk a holy small place, with meditation cave of 11th centaury guru and saint Milereppa, from here heading towards Darchen town following the Karnali River.

Return journey on the same way, but this time at ease on completing our goals and highlights heading back to Kathmandu through Nylam and Zhangmu after a great and memorable Journey to Mt. Kailash & Lhasa Tour with Trexmount Ventures great managements.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu tour at places of interest and obtaining
permits / Tibet visa.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel around Barkor area.
Day 04: -05: In Lhasa tour of Potala Palace and places of interest.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m-12,959 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) (3,900 m-12,795 ft) – 03 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Saga (4,400m-14,436 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 09: Drive to Paryang (4,535 m-14,879 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Drive to east Manasarover (4,550 m-14,928 ft) – 06 hrs
Day 11: At Manasarover for acclimatization and rest day.
Day 12: Drive to Tarboche near Darchen (4,600 m-15,092 ft) walk to
Dhiraphuk (4,900 m-16,076 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk (4,760 m-15,617 ft) via Dorma-la (5, 470 m-17,946 ft).
Day 14: Trek near Darchen and drive near Mayum-la – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Drive back to Saga (4,400 m-14,436 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu (1,745 m-5,725 ft) and transfer to hotel – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Departure for homeward bound.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After the flight and getting refreshed in respective hotels, a rendezvous in Kathmandu with other members for trip orientation, where our guide / leader will inform and brief regarding the journey to Tibet, hotels, do and don’ts with evening group dinner.

Day 02 : In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast as time set for the sightseeing tour, our city guide will lead you for few hours in our fascinating heritage and cultural tour around places of interest, tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old historical Palaces, courtyard; and then back to hotel after the wonderful tour, afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for journey to Tibet.

 Day 03 : Fly to Lhasa (3,660 m-12,008 ft) and transfer to hotel around Barkor area.
Morning after breakfast depart from the hotel to Kathmandu International airport for the flight to Lhasa city, a scenic flight with panoramic views of high Himalayas including the soaring Mt. Everest. On reaching at Gongar airport near Lhasa our Tibetan guide and driver, from our counterpart agent in Tibet receives you for a short drive of an hour to reach the main Lhasa city.

Day 04-05 :  In Lhasa tour of Potala Palace and other places of interest.
Lhasa city a mixture of old and new, our hotels situated in the old parts of east Lhasa around Barkor market square, which is the hub of Lhasa, where one can observe the Tibetans from all part of Tibet with their colorful costumes and deep root in Tibetan Buddhism. Here in Lhasa with two days of interesting tour, the visit around monastery Drefung monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest monastic complex, in olden days over 7,000 monks, priest used to reside, at present about 200 -300 monks, Dalai Lama used to reside here, before Potala Palace was built. Drefung means heap of rice, as this building washed with white lime paints perched on a hill top above Lhasa or Kyuchi valley. Afternoon visit Sera Monastery, one of the most important and old monastery of Tibet as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism, interesting to watch young monks in heavy debate, from here visit Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales of old days. Conclude the day tour visiting Barkor market square.

Next morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 A.D, the 13 storied palace stands at 117.19m high with 1000 rooms, visitors are allowed only 10 -12 main and important rooms and shrines. Afternoon visit Norbu Linka a summer palace of most resent Dalai Lamas, which is quite modern with immaculate garden, after an enjoyable time afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping souvenirs.

Day 06 : Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m-12,959 ft) – 06 hrs (261 kms).
Morning departure for Gyantse, drive leads towards west and then south of Lhasa crossing the Bhramaputra River (Yalung Tsangpo) which flows from
Mt. Kailash remote south west of Tibet, and then heading over Khamba-la pass at 4,795 meters high with awesome panorama of Tibetan plateau with snow capped peaks and turquoise Yamdrok Tsho (lake), heading downhill towards the turquoise lake to reach another pass after Nakartse town, drive leads on the vast Tibetan plateau crossing over Karo- La Pass 5,010m, with stunning views of Nzongkhansa peak which is over 7,000 meters and icefall, glacier can be seen just next to the road side, around here settlement of Drokpa (nomads) with Yaks grazing around the grassy meadow, as the ride continues reaching at Gynatse city, check into a nice hotels, afternoon tour of Khumbum terracotta stupa and its huge Dzong (Fort).

Day 07: Drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) (3,900 m-12,795 ft) – 03 hrs.(90 kms).
Today one of the shortest drive of this trip with just about 3 hours drive to Tibet’s 2nd biggest city of Shigatse, drive leads south west through farm villages and small towns and with first views of famous and beautiful Tashilumpo monastic complex and its golden roof top.On reaching in the midst of Shigatse city check into a nice hotels where our guide will take you for a tour of Shigatse, honored by famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the seat of Panchen Lama. The most interesting places are Tashilumpo monastic complex and the ruined fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. A high wall surrounds the red and gold buildings which make up the Tashilumpo Monastery. The route around the wall circumambulates the monastery which also includes small shrines, significant rock inscriptions and many prayer wheels. A visit to the market concludes our stay at Shigatse.

Day 08 : Drive to Saga (4,400m-14,436 ft) – 07 hrs.
After a wonderful time in Shigatse, leaving the city behind, towards vast windswept terrain of typical landscapes heading south on the Lhasa / Kathmandu Friendship highway reaching at Larze town, located on route to Mt. Kailash also, after a small break here our route diverts from the main highway heading towards South West Tibet along the road to Mt. Kailash via Saga. Drive follows on the wide plain with several small high passes with stunning views of Shisha Pangma (8,013m-26289 ft), Mt. Gaurishanker (7,134m-23,406 ft) Mt. Langtang (7,234m-2,3734 ft) along with array of snow capped peak range which straddles Tibet / Nepal borders, after catching a mind blowing scenery, drive continues downhill on the wide windswept Tibetan plateau close to Shisa Pangma base camp, on the wild side of Tibetan landscapes, passing few farm villages with Yaks and sheep grazing over the fields, reaching at Saga town where the road from Nylam and Zhangmu joins also. A sleepy town, with number of guesthouse, hotels, shops and stores including night clubs, overnight in Saga hotels or Guest Houses.

Day 09 : Drive to Paryang (4,535 m-14,879 ft) – 06 hrs.
From Saga, another day of scenic drive on the vast windswept terrain as the ride on four wheels continues, leading uphill and downhill reaching quaint and deserted village at Dromba with few houses and lodge, restaurants after a stop here, drive continues on the wide plain with views of snow capped peaks towards south around western Nepal side, soon after few hours of drive in the afternoon reaching at Paryang a small windswept village, due to harsh climate people are indoors most of the day. Here in Paryang in simple and basic lodge for overnight stop and relax in this high and dry altitude.

Day 10 : Drive to Horpa east Mansarovar (4,550 m-14,928 ft) -06 hrs.
Today on wards journey leads closer to our main destination, as the morning starts into more arid, barren terrain, but somehow beautiful in this remote isolated country, drive leads through few nomads camps and villages and then climb towards Mayum-la pass at 5,150 m, around this area chances of seeing some wild life the most common are gazelle, deer’s and herd of Kang (wild ass), from here view of Mayum Tsho (lake) as the drive leads downhill driving past near Mayum Tsho to reach at Horpa, a small place but slowly flourishing into larger town, from here leaving the town behind with a short drive towards eastern side of Lake Mansarovar, an enormous lake with changing colors of light on its deep blue waters, regarded as one of the holiest lake among Hindu’s and Buddhist. Here at Mansarovar in tents for overnights with camping facilities of separate kitchen department of cook, kitchen helpers, camping staff, and guides including our Tibetan guide (job as interpreter / liaison officer) 

Day 11 : Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manasarover.
A rest day in this beautiful spot with grassy field for camping overlooking the vast deep blue lake, which is almost the size of Delhi and twice large than Kathmandu valley almost 70 k.m. from east to west and about 30 -40 k.m. wide with several smaller Gompa (monastery) around the four side of the lake. Pilgrims takes nearly 4 days to cover the circuit around this huge lake, on drive 3-4 hours. From this camp view of Mt. Kailash (6,714 m-22,028 ft) and of Gurla Mandhata Range (7,694 m-25,243 ft). As Mansarovar floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash formed in the mind of God (Brahma creator) hence the word ‘Manas’. In any language, this is a holiest and most famous lake in Asia and probably around the world.

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen (4,600 m-15,092 ft) and begin walk to
Dhiraphuk (4,900 m-16,076 ft) – 05 hrs.

After a pleasant time in Lake Mansarovar, today the start towards our main destination to walk around the holy Mt. Kailash, morning dive leads over the great Barkha plain for two hours near to Darchen town, with full of Guest Houses and Hotels, a popular pilgrims place as this is the start and ending point of 52 k.m distance of holy circuit, parikrama / kora (circumambulation). Drive finally ends west of Darchen town at a small spot called Tarboche regarded as holy place, with a huge Buddhist flags where the poles coveed with yak skins, this flag is changed every year during Lord Buddha birth anniversary which falls in the month of April / May as per Buddhist Luna calendar, this festival is called Saga Dawa. Starting our first day walk across a scree slopes and crossing small streams and meadow, before Damding Donkhang with great view of Mt. Kailash West Face, soon after 5 hours of tiring and good walk reaching at Diraphuk for overnight, this place located North Face of Kailash with an old Gompa and few lodge and stores.

Day 13 : Trek to Zutul-Puk (4,760 m-15,617 ft). approx 6 hour walk.
Today, walk leads to highest point at Droma-la pass 5, 470m-17,946 ft, the highest point of this awesome journey, as the morning starts on a level path for short while and then after crossing small wooden bridge, then climbing high, where the trail to inner branches off as our walk leads higher following the path with scattered items of old worn clothes, bangles and etc offering made by the Tibetans pilgrims, finally after a hard struggle uphill with few rest in between reaching at Dromo-la highest top of this circuit and kora, on the top a big boulder represents Dolma or Dromo goddess (Tara) the pass festooned with thousand of Buddhist prayer flags, after a physical and spiritual high point of walk where this holy kora completes after heading downhill just near Sarswati kund (a small frozen icy pond) regarded holy for Hindus. Walk finally descends on the vast grassy plain where you see lots of moles around this area hiding in mud holes, from here on the gradual winding path all the way to Zutul-Puk Gompa, Zuthul meaning cave (Tibetan). with few lodge and guest houses and stores, close by lies 11th Century saint, poet and tantric guru Milarepa stayed here meditating, where you can see his footprint on the roof of the overhanging cave, overnight in tents or inside the lodge with meals served by our camping crews.

Day 14: Trek to Darchen and drive to near Maiyum la – 4 hrs / 2 hrs drive. After a hard day walk of previous day, completing this excellent journey towards the starting point of this circuit / parikrama or kora in Darchen, as the trek leads on the easy trail following Karnali River which flows all the way to far western Nepal onto India. Just near Darchen town located sout of Mt. Kailash, where some Indian pilgrims mostly Jain religion visits Astapada, a small icy rock next to Mt. Kailash, represents a Nandi bull for Hindus and Tarmo an offering for the Buddhist pilgrims, for Tibetans and Buddhist Mt. Kailash is known as Great Khang Ringpoche and abode of the guru, where’s Lord Shiva for the Hindus. From here driving towards Mayum-la pass to camp on the suitable grassy field after few hours of ride.

Day 15 : Drive back to Saga ((4,400 m-14,436 ft) – 06 hrs.
After a great journey over holy Mt. Kailash and visit of sacred Lake Manasarover, packing the camping gear drive continues heading back to Saga on the great vast arid plain of Tibetan plateau with few high passes to cross till Saga is reached for overnight stop in local hotels / guest houses after driving through Paryang.

Day 16: Drive back to Zhangmu (1,745 m-5,725 ft) – 6 hrs.
Goodbye to vast Tibetan plateau, as the drive today leads back into greenery into forested area, after Laylung -la pass and Nylam town, heading downhill following Lhasa / Kathmandu highway all the way reaching frontier town in Zhangmu, after going through the gorge with lovely alpine forested area and beautiful waterfalls. Zhangmu town, Nepali calls Khasa and in Tibetan Dramu, this town busy with Chinese, Tibetans and Nepali merchants and traders full of shops and restaurants, including bars, night club and discotheque.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After a great time in Tibet, morning after going through immigration and heading towards Friendship and farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers, at Kodari in Nepal check into immigration and then a scenic drive all the way back to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
Today your last day in Nepal with great memories of Journey to Mt. Kailash & Lhasa Tour and Nepal, after an amazing experience transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure towards homeward bound or to next port of call.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. 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.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:               Hotels & Lodge or camping on route overland.
Trek grade:                                  Moderate & adventurous high altitude
In Tibet:                                        14 / 15 days.
Highest altitude:                        5, 470 m /18,525 ft at Droma-la pass.
Trip Mode:                                   Fly in and overland drive out.
Total Trip:                                   17 / 18 days
Seasons:                                       April to October.

Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights Kathmandu Cultural Tour|Potala palace|Lhasa city tour|High Passes in Tibet|Everest Base Camp| Buddhist Monastery & local Culture. Kathmandu City Tour: Kathmandu tour is giving unique experience for visitor with some of the highlights places in Kathmandu. As Kathmandu known as more Temple than people you will be travelling into many cultural & Historical sites to acknowledge diversity of people, rich culture & art as well as distinctive architecture renders with all its varied language, tradition & unique hospitality which has made more interesting place for modern world. Lhasa city Tour: Lhasa remains one of the most interesting & impressive city to explore from it’s Historical, Cultural and Spiritual Heritage from long time over 1,000 years which has helped for visitors to create an interesting & romantic Holiday tours in this mysterious Land. Our Journey begins with visiting Monastery in which Our Guide will lead you through Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of Golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located few miles North of Lhasa and is home to hundreds of monks. Our visit will be continue with visiting to Summer palace of Dalai Lama Norbulingka and most revered shrine Temple Jokhang which is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. Drepung Monastery is an big name for Buddhist community which was once a world’s largest monastery housing 10000 monks. It won’t be fulfilling your tour without visiting Potala palace which was once a home to Dalai Lama. This is a cardinal Landmark of Lhasa with the wonder of Eastern Architecture giving you magical moment which is here since Fifth or Sixth Century. The Local market and Barker Street are also amazing place to visit in Lhasa. Gyatmso La and High Passes: You will be driving through few high passes with stunning view of mountains, landscape and unique villages. The highest pass in the tour is Gyatmso La which is nearly 5200m. Yalung Lakes: Yalung Lake is an beauties in the tour that are offering awesome view of lake and Landscape. Everest Base Camp: This route is superb alternative to reach into actual Everest Base Camp. So if you like to try to reach from Nepal side you need at least 10 days on foot (trekking) to reach EBC. So It has made lot easier to access here with driving and biking, The stunning view of Mount Everest can be seen clearly from EBC and there are many other attraction around Everest Base Camp & Rongbuk.

Trip Information's

Tibet Land of Fascination

Tibet remains one of the most interesting but least developed parts in the world. With its very short history of tourism, the facilities for tourists though upgraded are still at basic and limited scale. Its limited facilities for tourists are now approaching to a reasonable standard. The road between Tibet and Nepal is not up to standard at places. It is rough, bumpy and full of bends which is often obstructed temporarily during monsoon months. However every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.

Stretches 1,000 k.m. (620 miles) North to South and 2,500 k.m. (1,600 miles) East to West, with an average altitude of above 4,500 m (14,800 ft),

Tibetan Plateau is known as “the Roof of the World” world’s highest and largest plateau, with an area 2,500,000 sq.kms (970,000 sq mi) (about 8 times bigger than England).

Around this vast windswept landscapes of Tibet, where the culture, traditions and custom from ancient times still retains and exists, despite touch of high modernization around Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse cities.

Tibet is also a land of many huge salt lakes, rivers and world’s highest mountains where Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Shisa Pangma are located on the south forming a border with Nepal.

Inner Tibet a vast desert and arid country but the east, southern side of Tibet’s full of green forest making a big contrast with white snow capped peaks and brown arid landscapes.

Tibet and its famous cities and rural areas are known for rich culture and festival with its old important monasteries complex and towering Potala palace, where you travel in Tibet fascination never ends.

Trexmount Ventures to Tibet is special with our good connection with our local Tibtan counterpart agents, where you feel home away from home with strong hospitality and highly rated services that we offer.

Traveling within Tibet involves high altitude of 4,000 meters on average whether can be cold depending upon the time of the season, much windy in the afternoon with cold morning and night time, however the day can be warm and pleasant with enough sun lights.

 

Travel in Tibet are restricted by the Government of China where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel Chinese and Tibetan agencies, where Trexmount Ventures have counterpart agents to make your travel at ease and hassle free.

To support your travel in the area chosen we have listed some suggestions and information which will provide you with sustainable help and idea.

For Trekking and Travel which involves some High altitude.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude and could be strenuous. Travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases should seek doctor’s advice before booking the trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 3 liters of water everyday while on the tour.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):
Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur is not acclimatized well while trekking in the high Himalayan region, usually the symptom of AMs can be felt above 3,000m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness;

The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.

HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.

Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by other possible arrangements.

All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation Heli lift is not possible in Tibet.

01:              Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 

02:              If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

It is always the best to prevent and to stay healthy. 
A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 

Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 

Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 

Climb higher sleep lower.
Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment:

The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent is the best way of recovering, however there are few medicine which is helpful when suffering; Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important:
Go up slowly with taking your own pace, Don’t let your body in the cold, Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter, Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day), Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Clothing accessories:
Depending upon the season of travel into Tibet as the weather in whole area remains cool throughout the year and most severe cold from November to February, however most of the day time is warm with sunshine with much UV.

From September till October, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April and to August, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is 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.

Food and drinks:
Mostly Tibetan and Chinese cuisine are available, however in large cities and towns western, continental including Indian and Nepali meals are also available, as for the long drive in the windswept terrain, 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 Government are prohibited, and do not carry articles and pictures of Dalai Lama or any other exiled Lamas (head person) this includes Free Tibet slogan T shirts or banners.

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 the deposit of your passport for visa process and a full payment of the tour should be done. From overseas, at least 4 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per the company’s rules and regulations.

Equipments & Packing: 
The main necessary and important that one needs to prepare with seasonal clothing and the trip selected to Tibet varied climate as per seasons.

If you are doing trekking and going above 3000m you need warm clothing all year round.

Clothing list (especially for trekking) 

Head wear: 
Head wear is important to keep you warm and to save you from UV as well as above 3,000 meters the UV is strong due to thin air hat or cap will be great 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 it obvious that you need a good comfortable walking 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.

Note: 
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.

Vaccinations:
Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal / Tibet vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical centre for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note:
Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

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.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: 
Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures 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.

Arriving in Tibet & Transfers: 
Before you depart for Tibet please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu, where our staff and representative will have a sign board with “Trexmount Ventures “, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal, please note our phone numbers if incase of flight delay and change in time & Schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport who will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and “don’t give any money who ever ask for it”. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Travel Tip: 
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 are of various means of transportations, 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 the 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

Requirement for Visa is as follows:
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 and travel permits update:

 

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 permits policy:
For the upcoming Tibet tour season, as usual Trexmount Ventures accept Tibet tour booking for entry date from April 5, 2015 onward (Kailash and Lake Manasarover travel permits are allowed for group size no less than 3 people with the 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.

Necessary Tibet Travel Documents

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 is a A4 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. 

 

Important to know:
01: All information should be exactly the same as on your passport, and you need to mention your occupation because journalists and people that could be involved in political matters could be revoked (they need more complicated procedure to get a permit).

02: Please note that if you do not book any tour from us, we cannot help you get the permits. No travel agency can provide “permit-only” service. A must service includes tour vehicle and tour guide.

Important issues about : The  

Aliens’ Travel Permits (PSB’s)

Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits, or PSB’s. They are issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, “PSB”). A single permit is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together, the permit naming just one of them and stating how many others are accompanying him; the passports, or at least photocopies of passports and visas, of all persons traveling must be presented in order to obtain a permit.

 

Exception:
Travel to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, there is no need to apply PSB.
An overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, we need your Entry Stamp to China to apply the PSB before your tour starts.

 

The List of ‘Unopened’ Areas of Tibet that an Alien Travel Permit Required:

At present, you have to apply for Alien’s Travel permit if you are planning to visit the following places:

 

Tsedang: 
Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, Yumbulakhang

Shigatse: 
Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery

Gyangtse: 
Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa

Ngari Region: 
Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarover,
Tsaparang, Years, etc.

Nyingchi Region: 
Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso, etc.

Chamdo Region: 
Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.

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, Trexmount Ventures 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.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours).

Temperature and Precipitations in Tibet.

Month                            Temperature ( 0C )                          Precipitations
Maximum  Minimun   (in mm)

January     08 to 12       0
February   10                                  – 10                                0
March        13                                  – 04                               2
April                              16                                       0                                3
May                                19                                       2                         14
June                               24                                     9                           70
July                                22                                  10                       130
August       19                                     8                          140
September 19                                     6                            80
October     16                                  -1                              5
November  13                                  -9                                       0
December  8                                    -13                                      0

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Tibet – winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late 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.

Cancellation:
Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.

Risk and Liability: Tibet tours are run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, we or our 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.

Package cost includes:
Flight fare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, An English speaking guide, transportation by private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.

Cost excludes:
Airport departure tax, lunch and dinner, Nepal re-entry visa fee, air ticket reconfirmation charge, personal insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc.

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.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : 

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

 

 

 

 

 

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