Road to Lhasa Tour
overland between Kathmandu and Lhasa is an incredible journey in which you can
see the worlds highest mountains, travel on the worlds highest plain,
meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and walk amidst the burning butter lamps and chanting
monks of Tibets ancient and legendary Buddhist monasteries. This is a wonderful
and amazing trip. However if you are not up for a bit of adventure, or for accommodations
and amenities that may be far from perfect, perhaps this trip is not for you while
the trip to Tibet is not easy it is well worth the effort.
was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this it avoided influence from the western
world and developed its unique culture and religion independently. The infrastructure
of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote country. Please do
not expect the standard you are accustomed to in the West. However, every effort
will be made under the circumstance to ensure a smooth & pleasant trip.
tour starts from Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. At 5 am, you report and embark on your
journey to the Friendship Bridge (116 kms/6hrs drive). Enroute, breakfast stop
is made at Dhulikhel. An early start is made on the first day as China time is
2 hrs 15 minutes ahead of Nepal time in winter & 3 hrs 15 minutes in summer.
completing immigration formalities on the Nepal side, drive uphill to zhangmu
(8kms/45min)-immigration post. The Tibetan Guide will meet you here and will take
care of your entire tour arrangement.
Food & Drinks
is included in the cost of the tour package. All the hotels/guest house you will
be staying in have restaurant, and serve dinner. The lunch stops are made at small
towns with very basic meals realizing that the lunch stops can be a bit unappetizing
bars granola bars, soup mix etc).
water is available throughout the trip. You may consider carrying water bottle
and pontification tablets (iodine solutron or tablets).
wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule for Tibet. Be sure to bring warm
clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold in
winter months. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items,
etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to
obtain in Tibet. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful
is Kathmandu Lhasa route map, to know where you are going and have been
. Thermal Underwear
. Warm Trousers
. Woolen Shirts
. Warm Sweaters
. Light Leather Boots in Case of Snows
Warm hat & Scarf
Raincoat or Windbreakers
. Sun hat
. Shirts (cotton/woollen)
What to take
along the way
Water bottle (use 10 biniodinized or boiled water)
medical kit & Diamox tablet
Camera & film
Bandanna/Scarf or mask
to protect your lungs from dusts
A good guide book on Tibet
Lhasa route map.
you are travelling over high terrain, you are likely to experience some of the
minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude stickness (headache, loss of appetite)
until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to a
couple of days, depending on an individual. Take it lightly, but drink plenty
of non-alcoholic liquids. Proper hydration is critical to acclimatization. We
also recommend you to carry a strip of diamax tablet.
unit of currency for foreigners is Yuan USD 1 = 8 Yuan. Money can be exchanged
at the Bank of China at Zhangmu, Xigatse and Lhasa. The hotels also change money
airport tax at present is USD 12 per person.
process the visa for you. Usually a group visa is issued. Should you wish to extend
your stay in Tibet or continue your journey to Mainland China, our office in Lhasa
will assist you. However there is an additional fee to extend your stay.