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Tibet Overland Tour- 07 Nights 08 days Drive in Fly Out

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Trip Name : Tibet fly in fly out Tour (3 Nights 4 Days)

Best Season : March-April & Sept-Oct

Duration : 07 Nights 08 days

Transportation : Landcriuser Car /Van /Bus /Flights

Accommodation : Hotel .Lodge ,Guest Houses

Group Size  : 2-16people

Early morning at around 7 am we will send you to Kerung border via private jeep and you will reach there at around 2pm driving about 150 km.  The Tibetan guide and driver will receive you at the Tibetan border and make the necessary immigration paper work. From Kerung border you will drive to Kerung town which is about 20 Km away. You will have off road drive to Kerung Border however the road is smooth after you enter Kerung Boarder to Tibet side.  The tentative travel today is about 170km most on a rough road.

 MUST KNOW: 

  • Tibet Kyirong border is the only border connecting Nepal and Tibet which was opened in August 2017 for foreigh Travellers.
  • Kyirong is 2800m above sea level, 755 km from Lhasa through Shigatse and it is only around 170km from Kathmandu. It is one of the cheapest and convenient way of travelling to Tibet from Nepal side.
  • Zhangmu border was evacuated after an earthquake April 2015 dameged the border and is only open for Lorries and trucks only.

Tibet Overland Tour 7 Days and 8 Nights is a wonderful tour package where you can explore the beauty of Tibet and drive in the amazing landscapes. This drive in and fly out tour gives you an amazing experience of lifetime. Tibet Overland tour takes you to the beautiful landscapes, monasteries, serene lakes and several high passes. You can explore the rich Tibetan cultures and typical lifestyles of Tibetan people.  You will enter to Tibet by overland Jeep drive from Nepal Side and then fly out to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is a reputed registered travel agency which is organizing Tibet Overland Tour since several years. We do have years of experience in this field with overall satisfied and repeated customers each year. We vow to provide you a wonderful Tibet travel from Nepal.  

 

Tibet Visa and Permit Information

All foreigners except Chinese and Tibetan need to obtain Tibet travel permit to enter Tibet.  The Tibet visa is called Tibet Permit or invitation letter which is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.  Any foreigner or tourist cannot apply Tibet travel permit by themselves. The Tibet visa comes in a paper and one must apply Tibetan Visa from a registered company only.

 

Note: The Tibet permit and Chinese visa is different. You should obtain Tibet permit only with the help of registered travel companies and cannot enter with Chinese visa. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd will help you to obtain Tibet permit.

Documents required for Tibet Permit/ Tibet Visa.

To obtain Tibet Permit you will need to have to submit the following documents in the company.

1.    A copy of your passport with at least six month of validity. The copy can be sent through mail, viber, Whatsapp, facebook or any other social media apps.  

2.  Chinese visa copy (If you are entering from mainland China)

3.  Latest passport size photo of the tourist travelling from Nepal. (This is only for travelers travelling through Nepal to fill up a form from Chinese Embassy.

It is better to provide your documents before 15 days to obtain Tibet Travel permit from Tibet tourism bureau. Because in peak tourist seasons the visa arrival might take more than a week. The normal time for visa arrival is tentatively one week.

Special Note: Diplomats passport holders, Journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to issue their Tibet permit through ordinary travel agencies. They are only able to get Tibet travelling permit under the arrangement of Foreign Affairs. In case of visa applying for people coming under any of the above mentioned category the company should be informed earlier.

Tibet permit and Visa cost:

The Tibet permit cost for tourists is as follows. 

Other Nationalities: USD 85 per person

American Nationality: USD 175 per person

Romanian passport holder: USD 115 per person

Canadian passport holder: USD 155 per person   
Brazilian Passport Holders: USD 165 per person

Argentina Passport Holders: US$ 185 per person

 

Tibet Weather Chart

 

Tibet is a high altitude plateau of the worlds set among tall mountain ranges. The weather of Tibet varies a lot from region to region. The mountain ranges catch the rainfall before it reaches the plateau, so most of Tibet, Except for the southeast part, is desert steppe, tundra, or permafrost. Most of Tibet experiences frostiness at least six months of the year, and the highest lakes has ice from November to March. The weather of Tibet is in the chart below.

Tibet Weather Chart: / APPROXIMATE TEMPERATURE DURING YOUR VISIT IN TIBET, Lhasa

Nyalam

Tingri

Shigatse

Lhasa

Damsung
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The Main Features of Tibet’s climate

  • Tibet has Strong sunshine at day
  • The weather is normally Cold and dry
  • There is large temperature difference at Day/Night

High altitude results in Tibet:

  • Less Oxygen content.
  • Lower boiling point
  • Thin air 

Best time to Visit Tibet

The best time to Visit in Tibet is during May to October. During this season the temperature is average and the weather is warm with higher oxygen content. The normal temperature is above 10°C to 14°C. The weather offers the most wonderful views during this season.

Rainy Season in Tibet:

 

Tibet receives very less rainfall during a year. July and August is the rainy season in Tibet, although, this is beyond of the Himalayas so apart from the southeast, There are still not much rain in rainy season because of being a rain shadow area.  

 

Best Time for Camping in Tibet:

September- May is the best time for camping in Tibet. This time gives you a best camping experience offering crystal clear views of the surrounding peaks with clear skies. 

Currency Exchange in Tibet

Currency and Exchange:

Chinese RMB or Chinese Yuan currency (RMB) can be used in Tibet. The rates are fluctuated frequently so it is better to check the rates before you go. US Dollor is also acceptable in Tibet except Yunan currency and Chinese RMB. Credit card is acceptable by the Bank of China and few hotels and shops. It is better to carry small amount of cash with you while travelling to Lhasa. The banks are closed in Saturday and Sunday in Tibet.  

Money changer/ ATMS/ Bank in Tibet:

You can find few ATMs and money changers in Lhasa and it is very difficult changing your currencies out of Lhasa. We suggest you to have enough money with you while travelling out of Lhasa. The foreign exchange facility is provided by only the Bank of China.Big hotels and few shops accepts credit card in big cities like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shighatse.

How to get in to Tibet

Foreigners cannot travel to Tibet as backpackers. The Tibetan visa can be obtained only from registered travel Agency. The Tibetan visa Permit can be obtained by Nepal and Mainland China. The procedures to obtain Travel Permit from both countries are different. You can choose Actual Adventure to obtain Tibet Visa Permit. We have high success rate and we have organized several trips to Tibet with years of experience.

How to get in to Tibet from Nepal?

Getting into Tibet from Nepal is a popular choice among the people travelling to Tibet. Since, it is the closest and most convenient route to Tibet. The Kodari Border is the main entry point to enter Tibet from Nepal overland.  Because of the huge landslide after earthquake in 2015 in Nepal, the boarder was closed and now the overland tour from Nepal is operated from Kerung Border.

 

How to Go to Tibet by Flight?

Only Nepal has direct international flights to Tibet other countries don’t have direct international flight to Tibet. It is better to arrive a day earlier at Kathmandu to fly to Tibet from Nepal. Or you can also fly to Maniland Airport of China and travel to Tibet. You need to have original Tibet Travel Permit with you and also China visa if you are travelling from China side.  

Flight To & from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

There are two airlines operating flights to Kathmandu and Lhasa. Air China and Sichuan Airlines operates daily flight to Tibet during peak tourist seasons and three flights a week in low season. To book a flight you already need to book a package from a registered travel agency like Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd.  The package includes Tibetan Guide, airport transfer, your accommodation, Tibetan Visa, Tibet Travel Permit and sightseeing tour in Tibet. You don’t need TTB permit to book a flight from Mainland.

Kathmandu to Lhasa flight:

The schedule of the flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa (in and out) is given in the table below.

Departure

 Arrival

Approx duration

Flight  Fare ( USD)

Kathmandu

Lhasa

1 hours 15 minuets

Changeable

Departure

Arrival

Flight no

Airlines

Carry-on  and Check in baggage

12:20

16:05

CA 408

Air China   

05km / 20 kg

Frequency :- Every day flights in peak season ( April to October) and four flight a week in low season ( Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday ( November to March)

 Lhasa to Kathmandu flight:

Departure

 Arrival

Approx duration

Flight  Fare ( USD)

Lhasa

Kathmandu

1 hours 15 minuets

Changeable

Departure

Arrival

Flight no

Airlines

Carry-on  and Check in baggage

  12:10

  11:20

CA 407

Air China  

05km / 20 kg

Frequency :- Every day flights in peak season ( April to October) and four flight a week in low season ( Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday ( November to March)

 

 

Get in to Tibet from mainland China

If you are travelling to Tibet from Mainland China then there are two options i.e. via Train or flight. The cheapest means to get in Tibet from China is by Train. The main cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xian and Xining is connecting with railway to Tibet. The tickets can be booked through travel agencies. Also another option for getting into Tibet from China is via Flight. The main cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xining and Guangzhou operates direct flight to Lhasa.

Note: The Chinese government can change the rules of getting into Tibet which may be immediate and may not have been informed to anyone. In such case the company will not be responsible and all the travelers will be obliged to follow their rules. 

Tibet History and Geography

A Short History of Tibet:

According to Tibetan history, Tibet is particularly focused on the history of Buddhism in Tibet. This is partly because this religion has played an important role in the development of Tibetan cultures and partly because Mongol almost all native historians of the country were Buddhist monks. Tibet started with The Yarlung Empire, according to history and folk tales, the Tibetan people originated from the union of a monkey and an ogress.

This mythical event took place within a cave on Mt. GonpoRi, a ridge overlooking the historic Yarlung Valley. A firmer historical viewpoint is provided by an authoritative Tang Annals, of 10th Centaury Chinese text, which recorded that the Tibetans were derived from the Qiang (Ch'iang) tribes, a nomadic and pastoral people that lived on the steppes northwest of China. Prior mention of these tribes has surfaced as early as 200 BC. Reliable sources traces Tibetan history begin from late 6th century AD, NamriSongsten( 570-619 AD) of Yarlung Valley was a chief who ruled part of the divided country.

After joining forces with rival factions, he began to exert control over much of Central Tibet and became a significant military force in Inner Asia. He subjugated several Qiang tribes on the Chinese border and was known to the Sui dyanasty (581-617) as 'Commander of 100,000 Warriors'.

Tibetan tradition consider him as 32nd king in a line that started with NyatriTsenpo, the mythical ruler who miraculously descended from the sky to Mt. YalaShampo at the head of the Yarlung Valley (during the reign of Lhatotori, the 28th king, Buddhist scriptures fell from the sky, heralding the transmission of Buddhism throughout the country). NamriSongtsen's son, SongtsenGampo (617-50 AD), was crowned king in 629. He continued to expand the empire and threatened China's western border during the 3rd decade around 7th C.

To appease him, in 641, Emperor Taizong (r 626-49) of the Tang Dynasty gave him one of his daughters, Princess Wencheng, in marriage. Even before that, however, Songtsen'sGampo had subjugated Nepal and annexed the Bon-Po kingdom of Shangshung in West Tibet, marrying in 632 the Nepalese Princess (Brikuti).

She was the daughter of Anshuvarman, minster of King Shivadeva and until 621 de facto ruler of Nepal by 648,Songtsen has also invaded northern India.

SongtsenGampo the first religious King (Chogyal). Through marriage he was influenced by Buddhism and it was he who founded Jokhang and Ramoche, the foremost temples of the land. Tibetan religious culture was given a further boost when his minster, ThonmiSambhota, devised the Tibetan alphabet, based on an Indian script.

The enabled Buddhist scriptures from India to be freely translated, Tibet’s first half of the 7th C. looked west as well as east for its cultural, religious, and political inspiration.

In addition to India, both Nepal and China contributed vital influences: vestiges of Nepalese art, particularly Newari woodwork, can still be seen today in the magnificent door frames and columns of the Jokhang.

Two decades after the death of SongtsenGampo, border hostilities between Tibet and China resumed in the present-day Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Xingjiang.

This state of conflict lasted for the next two centuries and the Tibetans, sometimes with the help of the Western Turks, fought the Chinese for control of the lucrative Central Asian Silk Routes.

TrisongDetsen (742-97 AD) was the Second Religious King. A century after SongtsenGampo, he ascended the Yarlung throne (755 AD), and over the following half-century, he further extended Tibetan military power, in 763 AD, his army actually occupied Changan (modern Xi'an), the Chinese capital, and for a short time supported a puppet emperor.

His most important contribution to Tibetan history was not territorial. He was immortalized for nurturing Buddhism. At the age of 21, TrisongDetsen invited some of the greatest Buddhists gurus of India and China to Tibet.

Since then Tibet was fully a Buddhism country with great influence of Guru Padmasamava  Guru Ringboche’ who started the Nyinpa (Red Hat) sect of Buddhism, later TshoKapa established Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sects in 11th C and followed by Kyigapa-Sakyapa sects. Till then Mongol ruled Tibet for hundreds of years appointed Dalai Lama as head of state from 6th Dalai Lama onward till the 14th Dalai Lama who now lives in India after Chinese occupation of Tibet in late 1950’s.

Geography of Tibet:

The geography of Tibet consists of the high mountains, lakes and rivers lying between central, east and South Asia. Traditionally, Western (European and American) sources have regarded Tibet as being in Central Asia, though today's maps show a trend toward considering all of modern China, including Tibet, to be part of East Asia. Tibet is often called "the roof of the world, comprising tablelands averaging over 4,950 meters above the sea with peaks at 6,000 to including Mount Everest, on the border with Nepal. It is located on world highest and largest plateau annexed in late 1950’ as Autonomous Country of China. Tibet’s vast landscapes stretch from green forest to arid dry moonscapes, huddled in rain shadow behind the Northern Himalaya massive range.

Tibet with its high country known as the roof of the world and still retains mysterious as it was for many past hundred of centuries, travelers can feel the age of medieval period and a taste of Shangri-la.

Tibet covers total area of 471,900 sq. miles / 1,221, 700 sq.km extends 2,600 k.m. from West to East and 1,300 from North to South where high Himalayan are the barrier bordering neighboring countries, extends from 78° to 90° Longitude East and from 28° to 37° Latitude North. 

Tibet with an average elevation of over 3000 meters / 8,000 ft reaches above 5,000 m where some villages are located even above 4,000 m high, where snow capped peak ranges from above 5,500 m, 6,000 m, 7000 m to 8,848 m which is the top of Mt. Everest.

World highest mountains within Tibet are Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Shisapangma and other over 6000 meters peaks. The southern border links Nepal and towards south West with India and Pakistan and towards south east Bhutan, Sikkim and all the way to Myanmar.

Since it open the door for visitors, one can travel by air or on surface reaching from mainland China and Nepal.

Tibet a country of 20 % forested area 40 % farm land and agriculture fields with 40 % of desolate, arid and windswept desert like territory  where some of the world highest and largest salt lakes exist in all parts of Tibet, the holy Manasarover Lake, Raksas Tal (lake) Pigatsho Lake, The turquoise color lake of  YamdrokTsho and beautiful Nam-Tsho Lakes with many rivers Brahmaputra (YarlungTsangpo) Karnali-Sutlej and Arun Rivers are some of the source of the rivers that fed from the glacier of Tibetan mountains. 

THE TIBETAN FESTIVALS

Introduction to Tibetan Festivals.
In Tibet festivals are celebrated nearly all round the seasons where events and occasions are of various types to celebrate the festival, most of the events are religious and some are related to harvest and nature spirits.
Most of the religious festivals are related to Lord Sakyamuni the founder of Buddhism and his followers, as the time passed by more festivals event was added as per the rulers and main head priest and kings like SongsantGampo-TshonKhapa founder of Gelygpa sect and many others.

The festivals are celebrated by people wearing their best new dress, visiting monasteries and chapels-shrines offering Khada (silk scarf), butter for the lamps and incense as well fruits-biscuits, money and food grains, most of the festival are celebrated dancing and singing, having rich meals and merrymaking, where several games and sports are also held to mark the occasion like archery and horse race.

The main important festivals are Saga Dawa (birth anniversary of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha) and 
Losar (Tibetan New Year)

01:

1st Month around 1st -7th Feb

Merrymaking, horse racing, dancing and as well as gambling.

02:

1st Month around 14th -25th Feb

Monlam Festival originated by TsongKhapa,

03:

1st Month around 15th Feb

Festival of Light All local monasteries and houses are illuminated with butter lamps with prayer service.

04:

2nd Month 21st March

Offering and assemble of Lamas (Tshogchho) Priest and monks known as Lamas of Sera-Drepung and Ganden monasteries assemble in Lhasa for the offering and prayer.

05:

2nd Month 28th-29th March

 Festival to drive out Evil where Lamas surround the city of Lhasa with trumpets and chanting.

06:

3rd Month 8th April

Official ending of winter months / seasons and celebrate the beginning of spring season.

07:

4th Month 7th May

Birth of Sakyamuni Buddha ‘Saga Dawa’ visit monasteries and offer prayer and light lamps.

08:

4th Month 15th May

lamps with outdoor opera and releasing captures animals and birds. 

09:

5th Month 14th – 16th June

inShigatse (Tibet’s 2nd biggest cities) with celebration.

10:

5th Month 15th -24th June

Worship of Buddha with picnics and parties in various parks and in Norbulinka (summer palace of Dalai Lama)

11:

6th Month 4th July

Minor festival of lights to celebrate Buddha’s first sermon.

12:

6th Month 30th - 31st July

Foil the Devil visits Drepung monastery to watch dancers.

13:

8th Month 1st – 07th September

Harvest Festival prayers, singing dancing and partying.

14:

8th Month 1st – 10th September.

Dajyur festival of Gyantse Games and Horse Race.

15:

9th Month 22nd October

Buddha descent from heaven after preaching his mother

Please note that the dates above can differ as per Tibetan Lunar calendar                    

Tibetan Culture:

The culture of Tibetans are based on religious way of life and traditions some of the culture are practiced even before Buddhism came into Tibet around 7th Century, where Bon the ancient animism religion was worshipped and still exists in remote part of Far South West Tibet.

Tibetan culture starts with great hospitality where every guests and family member-relatives or friends are highly treated welcoming them with Khada (silk scarf) offering Tibetan Tea (a mixture of butter-salt and milk) or Chang (barley local beer).

The culture continues with day to day traditional way of life as handed by past generation and of Buddhist religions worshiping-prayer-going on pilgrimage to holy sites and celebrating social or religious festivals.

Like in most Asia countries woman are the household keepers and running the family life as well working in farm fields and animals husbandry. In spare time they knit with yak / sheep wools, while men folk mostly do outdoor works farming and as Sheppard or traders.

Tibetan culture is full of liveliness of merrymaking-drinking and dancing on occasion in wedding-festivals. But morning time is spared for prayers and lighting lamps and burning incense of dry juniper and azalea (dwarf rhododendron plants).

Language of Tibet

Language and Literature in Tibet developed as a literary language from the 7th Centaury onward owing to its contact with places of Khotan, Gilgit, Kasmir, Kula and Nepal, Tibetan adopted the Indian script to suit their own very different language. The literature came into existing between 7th and 13 th Centauries which are translation of Buddhist literature from ancient Sanskrit.

This was produced by Indian Guru’s-scholars and Tibetan translators and Tibetan created a new vocabulary and philosophical terms, done in simple and practical forms. However such manuscripts

The translations of Buddhist literature also inspired followers of earlier Bon religion to write their own teachings and traditions using the new vocabulary.

 

TIBETAN PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE

The people of Tibet are engaged in several occupations from cleric, noblemen, merchants, traders, farmers, nomads to outcasts.

Among the clerics there are lamas means superior ones, translated from Sanskrit word as Guru (teacher), earlier teacher were called lamas. The other word ‘Lamaism’ also came in but not appropriate word for Buddhism, however all monks are not lamas.

In the past large number Tibetans adopted religion as profession where each son from the family embraced priesthood. However Tibetans life is interwoven with modernization and urban life where the life style has slightly changed along with years of advance progress, but still retains its glorious culture and way of life as it was hundred of centuries closely attached to its heritage and old traditions.

TIBETAN FOOD

Tibet has a huge variety of foods. Food in Tibet usually has two times meals a day morning starts with Tsampa (roasted barley) with cheese, curds with radish pickles, then come noodles with soup known as ‘Thukpa’ (noodle soup) or Momo (dumpling) or Kotay (fried). Momo and Thukpa are common snacks and meals of Tibetans beside Tsampa which they consume mixing with Tibetan tea or yogurt.

The religion Buddhism plays a major role in life of Tibetans, of not killing an animal where an outcast people does the butchering of Yaks-Sheep and goats, Tibetans does not eat much smaller animals of chicken as it is sin to take life of animals and birds for just a mouthful which includes fish as well.

The best quality of rice is also grown in lower parts of Tibet, much are imported from India-China and Nepal, Tibetan rice is served plain boiled or steam.

Tibetans also have great range of noodles varieties for Thukpa to Chowmein (fried noodles) as well wheat bread is popular known as Kokum Bhakle (not oily fried) or Yulshang (fried).

The main vegetables consumed by Tibetans are turnips, radishes, spinach, carrots, potatoes and peas as well asparagus, water cress and mushrooms.     

Here are the lists of some famous Tibetan food and drinks you can try while visiting Tibet.

  • Beef and Mutton. Beef and Mutton are very popular food in Tibet. They are the good source of protein is helpful to get rid of cold as well.
  • Tibetan Noodle (Thenthuk or Thukpa) .
  • Milk Curd and Yogurt.
  • Tibetan Sausages.
  • Momo.
  • Ginseng Fruit Rice. It is a typical Tibetan dishes served specially during festivals and is rich in proteins and minerals.
  • Butter Tea
  • Tibetan Sweet Milk Tea
  • Tibetan Highland Barley wine (Chhang)
  • Tibetan Yoghart etc.

 

 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS OF TIBET:

The famous art and crafts of Tibet is Thangka paintaing , carpets, weaving-amulets-bracelets and jewelry to furniture making with intricate Tibetan classic designs. Tibet exports large scale of carpet made from Yak and Sheep wools and Tibetan style furniture and typical Tibetan dress, jewelries and Gowns. Prayer wheels and singing bowls are also made out of silver-brass and copper is also exported by Tibet. Other handicrafts range to thunderbolts, charm boxes, religious paintings and musical instruments with some wooden crafts.     

 

CLIMATE AND BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL:

 Tibet is located behind Himalaya range of mountains which falls under rain shadow area. Even in monsoon season of July and August there is only few showers of rains. The best time to travel in Tibet is from April to October including the wet months of July and August since there occurs fewer rain fall in Tibet. You need to carry your shades, rain/wind cheater and other required materials while travelling to Tibet.

POLITICAL STATUS IN TIBET:

Tibet an Autonomous state of mainland Republic of China which was annexed in late 1950’s as part of China, the political system lies same as China, but with some restrictions where total population of Tibetans are 96% with 4% of minor tribes of Menpas, Lopas, Denpas and Sherpas.

Chinese population in Tibet approx 200,000 and continues to grow every year due to network of good roads and railways trains connecting Beijing and other parts of China and with air flights.

The upraises of Tibetans has dimmed at present in the past years a heavy riot took places specially in Culture Revolution of mid 1960’s, few political up rise in the 1980’ and 1990’ now Tibet is calm and in peace for travel.

However, carrying pictures of Dalai Lama and any other exiled high Lama and priest is prohibited to carry into Tibet or any other items that might offend the Chinese Government like Free Tibet T-shirt or slogans.  

WORLD HERITAGE AND NATIONAL PARKS:

Tibet with its ancient culture and heritage, still remains as it was since past glorious of beautiful Dzong (forts), palaces and monasteries and rich traditions.

Much of the ancient monuments were destroyed during the culture revolution; however some wonderful monuments have been maintained as it was earlier.

The first world heritage site of Tibet is Potala Palace certainly a work of art and a masterpiece the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet.

The other are Drepung monastery which is older than Potala Palace, where all Dalai resided before Potala palace was built, the Jokhang and Barkor Square are in the list of world heritage sites including Namtso-YamdrokTsho and holy Manasarover Lakes.

The National Park protected by Chomolungma National Park of China covers all Himalayan areas of its southern boundaries, Chomolungma is Tibetan name of Mt. Everest, however in Chinese pronounced and spelled as Quolungma  its name for the National Park that runs from Everest to Mt. Shisapangma, with Cho-Oyu areas as well.

Although a desert like country but habitats endangered animals like snow leopard, Wild Yaks, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and Kang or wild Ass with many different species of bird life including ducks and cranes. 

 

 

Why to Travel Tibet?

Tibet Overland Tour is the classic tour on Friendship Highway 

between Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal

 as it covers most of Tibet's main historical sites, offers superb natural scenery of the great Himalayan range and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down into the Kathmandu valley. This Tour will allow tourists to experience exotic Tibetan culture and spectacular lakes and mountains. Also you can explore the typical lifestyles and daily practices that takes you back to centuries.

What to see?

Tibet is very rich in history art and culture. This classic overland route on Friendship Highway between Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal is around 1000 km and this well-organized trip can be done in just 07 nights 08 days and its takes tourists to the Lhasa’s historical sites - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery and Drepung Monastery. You can head straight from Lhasa to the beautiful scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo la Glacier pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away from Lhasa brings Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. The highlight of this classic overland route takes tourists to central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus views of the world’s highest peak.

When to go?

The golden travel season starts from

April to June

and all the way to early

September and late Oct

.

July and August

is the rainy season in Tibet with the exception of southeastern region, where there is little rain.

Day 01: Kathmandu (1300) -Kerung Border (145 Km) 07- 08 hours drive

On the very first day of the tour you will start with an early morning drive to Kerung Border (Nepal-Tibet Border). The drive goes through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after completing necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration, you will have an hour adventurous uphill drive by Bus & Van (normally) or 2 hour walks uphill (in case of landslide to Chinese immigration, check-in to hotel or Continue drive to Kerung. Stay overnight at Guest House.

  Day 02: Kerung - Tingri (4300m) / Lhatse (4,350m): 225 Km/244 Km

You will start with an uphill drive in dry and arid landscapes towards the highest plateau of the world. You can view the typical Tibetan landscapes along the way. From the top of the plateau you can view the breathtaking panorama of the white snow capped Himalayan ranges which includes Mt. Cho Oyo (8201 M) & Mt Xishapagnma (8012 M) also Mt.Everest (8848 M) and Annapurna ranges en route.  The feeling of being at the top of the world is indefinable. Tingri offers a wonderful view of Mt. Everest. Stay Overnight in a Guest House at Tingri.

 Day 03: Tingri/Lhaste - Shiigatse (3,900 M): 244 Km

Today you will continue the tour further starting with a scenic drive via Lhatse where the road to Mt. Kailash branches off to west. The drive goes through the highest en route pass to Lhasa Gyatchu La (5,220 M). Xigatse is one of the busiest towns of Tibet. Overnight in a hotel at Xigatse.

Day 04: Shigatse - Gyantse (3,950m): 90 Km

Today you will visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery today. It is one of the historically and culturally important monasteries in Shighatse. The monastery is the seat of successive Panchen Lamas founded by the Frist Dalai Lama in 1447. The name of the monastery mean, ‘all fortunate and happiness gathered here’ or ‘the heap of glory. After visiting the monastery you will drive to Gyantse and visit Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery.  Overnight in Hotel.

Day 05 Gyantse - Lhasa (3,650m): 261 Km

You will continue the drive to Lhasa from Gyantse. You will cross Karo La (5,010 m) and Kamba La (4794m) passes along the way and follow the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake. The lake is believed to be the transformation of Tibetan goddess and is one of the three largest scared lakes of Tibet. After crossing Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River, the Tibetan lifeline you will reach Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 06-07: Sightseeing In Lhasa

You will have two days sightseeing day in Lhasa. After having breakfast at the hotel you will move to Potala Palace. The palace was the residence of Dalai Lama until the 14th
Dalai Lama fled to India during 1959 Chinese invasion. The palace is now a museum and World Heritage Site. You will also visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Derung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Hotel.  

Day 08: Lhasa - Kathmandu:

Your tour ends here. Early morning you will drive to Gonggar airport or train station for your departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination to Mainland China. If your onward destination is Kathmandu our representatives’ from Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

 


COST ON GROUP JOINING BASIS

 

No of Pax

Tour cost

Group Joining basis 

US$ 670.00

Single room supplement

US$ 120.00

Extra:-

 

Visa fee

US$ 85.00 per person Extra US$ 90.00 for USA and US$ 70.00 for Canadian, US$ 80.00 for Brazilian, US$36 for Romanian

Flight Fare ( Lhasa to Kathmandu)

US$ 350 to 410.00  Per Person ( Subject to available)

Note: - Above cost is nett per person.
 

SERVICES INCLUDES:-

  • Private Vehicle Transportation depending upon group of people.
  • Tibet Travel Permit. 
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide..
  • Accomodation on Twin Sharing Basis.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees of the monasteries.
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Kerung transfer by private vehicle.

 

SERVICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Insurance of Any Kind.
  • All personal expenses including food, drinks not included in the itinerary.
  • Any additional cots occurred due to unavoidable conditions. 

1)      How do get Tibet Visa?

 

The Tibetan visa can be obtained only from registered travel Agency. The Tibetan visa Permit can be obtained by Nepal and Mainland China. The procedures to obtain Travel Permit from both countries are different. You can choose Actual Adventure to obtain Tibet Visa Permit. We have high success rate and we have organized several trips to Tibet with years of experience.

 

2)      How long does it take to get Tibet Visa?

 

It takes normally one week to get Tibetan Visa but during peak tourist season it may take more than a week so it is better to send your documents before 15 days of your trip for the visa process during peak seasons. It can take about a week to three days in urgent cases.

 

3)      Is it possible to get Tibet Visa/Permit with tour package?

Yes of course, in fact it is compulsory to book a tour package from a local travel company to get Tibet Visa/ Permit. You can apply for Tibet visa from a registered travel agency authorized by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

 

4)      Can I Travel Tibet Independently?

You cannot travel to Tibet independently. To travel Tibet you need to book a tour through a registered Tibetan tour operator authorized by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

 

5)      What is the different between Tibet Travel permit and Tibet Visa?

Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Visa are same. Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa or Tibet Entry Permit, is an indispensable travel permit for international tourists to enter Tibet in addition to Chinese visa. For every foreign traveler, Tibet Permit is required as a must entry pass to board the flight or Tibet train bound for Lhasa.

 

6)      How can I get Travel permit while travelling from china?

You can apply to get Tibet Travel Permit from Mainland China. To apply Tibet Travel permit from china you will need to have a valid passport of at least six month and China visa. For tourists planning to enter Tibet from mainland China, it is suggested not to mention Tibet as the travel destination when you apply for your Chinese Visa, otherwise you might be rejected. It is wise to list Beijing, Shanghai or other common tour destinations in your visa application form.

 

7)      How to apply for Tibet Travel Document?

To apply for Tibet Travel Document you will need to have to submit the following documents in the company.

1.    A copy of your passport with at least six month of validity. The copy can be sent through mail, viber, Whatsapp, facebook or any other social media apps.  

2.  Chinese visa copy (If you are entering from mainland China)

3.  Latest passport size photo of the tourist travelling from Nepal. (This is only for travelers travelling through Nepal to fill up a form from Chinese Embassy.

Special Note: Diplomats passport holders, Journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to issue their Tibet permit through ordinary travel agencies. They are only able to get Tibet travelling permit under the arrangement of Foreign Affairs.

8)      What is required to get Tibet Travel permit?

To get Tibet Travel permit you will need to send a copy of your passport with at least six month of validity and recent passport size photo.

9)      How can I get Tibet Visa in Kathmandu once I received Tibet Travel Permit?

Both Tibet Visa and Tibet Travel Permit are same. Once you received Tibet Travel permit you can directly travel to Tibet overland or by air.

10)   Different between Tibet Group Visa and Chinese Visa?

 

Group Visa is a type of China Entry Visa. It is used for the foreign tourists who want to travel to Tibet from Nepal and needn't apply for a China Visa as others hold when entering mainland China. Even if you have a China Visa, you have to apply for Group Visa in Kathmandu and the China Visa you have before automatically expires when the new one is applied. However, there is an advantage that you can enter mainland China, only holding Group Visa.

This kind of visa is usually valid for 15 or 20 days. The group may be any number of travelers, and may be just one traveler. It is not placed in your passport, but is a sheet of paper that lists all of the names of the people in your group along with their nationalities, birth dates and passport numbers.

11)   Necessary document to apply Tibet Visa?

To obtain Tibet Permit you will need to have to submit the following documents in the company.

1.    A copy of your passport with at least six month of validity. The copy can be sent through mail, viber, Whatsapp, facebook or any other social media apps.  

2.  Chinese visa copy (If you are entering from mainland China)

3.  Latest passport size photo of the tourist travelling from Nepal. (This is only for travelers travelling through Nepal to fill up a form from Chinese Embassy.

12) How can I enter Tibet via Nepal by Overland?

             You can enter to Tibet from overland to Lhasa via the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway 

12)   Is there any Age-bar to get Tibet Visa?

There is no any age limits for people to get Tibet Visa. People with any age bar can visit Tibet.

13)   What are the typical of permit in Tibet?

Tibet Travel Permitis required to enter Tibet, if you plan to travel to places officially closed to foreigners in Tibet, such as Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasorovar an Alien's Travel Permit is required.

14)   Is it possible to travel Tibet as a single?

You can travel to Tibet alone but you need to book a package from a registered travel company which operates Tibet Tour and you should travel with a local driver and guide. With the restrictions on travel in the region, foreign tourists are required to book a Tibet tour with a registered and recognized tour operator like us in order to obtain the Tibet Travel permit needed to enter the region. Other permits are also required for travel to areas of Tibet outside Lhasa, and these can only be obtained by the tour operator, either before you travel or once you are in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. All tours must have a private vehicle, driver, and tour guide, even for those people traveling solo, and attempting to enter Tibet without a booked tour or the correct permits can mean serious trouble.

15)   Is it safe to travel Tibet for Single women?

Tibet is one of the safest destinations for solo female travelers comparing with most other places of this planet. Local Tibetan people are highly influenced by Buddhism. Most people here in Tibet care more about afterlife than material possessions in this life, so theft is extremely rare. Buddhists also strongly oppose harming living creatures, so you’re safe from any threats in this regard. The other reason that Tibet is safe for solo female travelers is that Buddhism has a deep respect of the equality for women. Women are considered very precious in Buddhism.  Similarly sexual harassments are very rare in this region. It is highly requested to respect their culture and be little concerned about the clothes you are wearing in a particular region.

16)   What currency should I bring to Tibet?

Chinese Yuan or Chinese Yuan currency (RMB) can be used in Tibet. The rates are fluctuated frequently so it is better to check the rates before you go. US Dollor is also acceptable in Tibet except Yunan currency and Chinese RMB. You can bring Chinese Yunan Currency RMB or US Dollar while travelling to Tibet.

17)   What are the facilities of Bank/ATM/Exchange /Credit Card?

You can find few ATMs and money changers in Lhasa and it is very difficult changing your currencies out of Lhasa. We suggest you to have enough money with you while travelling out of Lhasa. The foreign exchange facility is provided by only the Bank of China. Big hotels and few shops accepts credit card in big cities like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shighatse.

 

18)   Do I need Travel Insurance while traveling to Tibet?

It is recommended for all the travelers visiting Tibet to get Tibet travel insurance. Accidents and illness can occur at any time or any place especially while you are travelling to a wild and remote area like Tibet. Ti is better to have copy of insurance with you along your trip. It will help you in case of emergencies and will save a lot of money. 

19)   What are the Facilities of Hotels and Restaurants in Tibet?

Tibet is a newly developing tourism region, the facilities, conditions and services of hotels in Lhasa and other places in Tibet may not be as good as you could expect from a hotel with this rating in other cities of China, especially in some remote places of Tibet. However, hotels and accommodations in Tibet have been greatly improved due to rapidly developing tourism in Tibet.

20)   Do I Travel with Tibetan Guide in Tibet?

You cannot travel to Tibet independently. You must book a package before applying Tibet visa from a registered travel company. The tour package includes driver and a guide with whom you will be travelling in Tibet.

21)   What kind of Transportation do we get in Tibet tour?

You will get Jeep or Mini Bus in your Tibet Tour. We provide Jeep for small group and Mini Bus for big group. The vehicle from Nepal will only drop you in Nepal-Tibet border and you will travel in vehicles from Tibet during your tour in Tibet. 

22)   How are the facilities of Hospital and clinic in Tibet?

The conditions of health facilities in Tibet have considerably improved in recent years. Almost all major towns and cities in the Tibet autonomous region have basic medical facilities, such as western medicine treatment, Tibetan medicine treatment and Chinese herbal medicine treatment. Many of the doctors and nurses have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields. However, medical and health conditions in most hospitals are not as satisfactory as those in developed areas. But they can still provide basic health care and are of great value to saving lives when necessary. 

23)   What happens if I need emergency rescue?

For emergency rescue, depending upon the conditions of the victims if its medically serious taken immediately to nearby hospitals with intensive care with local agents guides to care when recovered sending you back to your country at the earliest by drive or flights depending upon the situation and the area of travel destinations. If it is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) drop you to lower elevations as much as possible in Tibet which is world highest and largest plateau, descend is not that easy like in Nepal or Bhutan where descend has to be taken uphill before ending at lower altitude. An immediate hire of vehicle or horses or other means of quick transportations applies to take the victims to safer areas or in hospital. In most of the tour where one can buy portable 1-2 liter oxygen cans, in some high and remote areas Dream Tibet always carries Gamma Bag and Oxygen also.

24)   What are the chances to get High altitude sickness in Tibet?

As Tibet located at an average of 3,000 m to 4,000 m high elevation chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is quite high if not taken proper care with acclimatization procedure in our travel increase of altitude goes slowly with rest days in some areas for safe and enjoyable travel.

25)   It is possible to extend my Tibet Visa/permit?

Yes, it is possible to extend Tibet Visa and permit at extra cost where you need to inform us or guide at the earliest once or before entering into Tibet.

26)   How is Communication Facilities in Tibet?

At present due to modern technology world-wide communication is easy and the facilities for cell phones or STD and ISTD can be located in most part of Tibet. To acquire local SIM Card can get from China Mobile which is the leading company in Tibet and China, where your card will help to purchase it.

27)   Is it saves to walk during night at main cities of Tibet?

Yes, it is safe for short or stroll only as you know like in all countries cities and towns. But one has to take precaution while walking in night in Tibet. Tibet with friendly and cheerful people always greets its guest and travelers with big smile, during night time depend where you want to walk it is safe but needs to be careful.

 

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Lakpa - our Tibet guide - was excellent, very knowledgable, experienced and good in assessing what we want and need- the trip itself well structured and organized, maybe it could have involved a little bit more walking- accommodation great and perfectly corresponding with the place- food very good, with Lakpa giving good lunch/dinner recommendation

Hope this helps to Kedar and his Agency Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd

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