- Visitors with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, severe cardiovascular diseases, women with an advanced pregnancy and children under three years of age should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude.
- To prevent the occurrence of altitude sickness, visitors should have a proper rest and avoid strenuous activities days before you go to Tibet. After getting off the plane, you should try not to carry heavy things or run. Instead, you should have some rest.
- Nifedipine, Nuodikang Capsules and Suoluomabao Capsules (known as Hongjingtian Capsules in Chinese) may help some people prevent the occurrence of altitude sickness when they are taken three days before arrival to a highland. Note: Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a drug used to stimulate breathing and reduce mild symptoms of mountain sickness. This drug can cause increased urination, so when taking this medication, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and do not drink alcohol; if you don’t drink enough water, it may result in serious dehydration, which can worsen AMS.
- Insist on High Carbohydrate Diet--Carbohydrate can provide heat quickly increasing the amount of the exchange of oxygen; while too much fat and animal protein shall aggravate high altitude sickness. Smoking shall not only consume the oxygen in the air, but also the carbon monoxide generated by the cigarette shall be absorbed by the hemoglobin. Smoking shall obviously aggravate high altitude sickness. Do not drink alcohol
Getting adequate rest and administering oxygen can help alleviate some of the symptoms of altitude sickness. The main form of treatment for all kinds of mountain sickness is to climb down (descend) to a lower altitude as rapidly and safely as possible. If a patient does not show any sign of improvement after 3 to 4 hours, he/she should go to a hospital for treatment.
Generally speaking, Tibet is cold and dry all year round. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. Tibet is a vast area, the topography and altitude varies greatly from eastern part to western part. Thus the temperature varies greatly in different areas, even within a single day at the same place. The weather change is huge in mountain areas than that is in central township areas. In winter, from November to next March, of course you need bring down jackets, warm sweaters, gloves, warm pants, woolen hats. It is very cold in the morning and evening. In summer/spring/ autumn, wearing a T-shirt and coat in day time but the Jacket is necessary at hotel in the morning and evening.
Overall Tibet is a safe place where you will meet friendly, honest and trustworthy people. Tibet has a low crime rate. But for travellers, you need to take care of your belongings and be on your guard against pickpockets. You should take particular care when travelling after dark, especially if you are alone.
Be aware of attacking from animals. Tibetan people are often attacked by wild yaks or dogs. When you are travelling in Tibet, do not approach any animal or play with it.
Nowadays, most roads are paved and road transport condition has improved. And we only use experienced drivers and safe cars to make sure your safety.
Tibetan people have unique food and drink due to the high altitude, their religious belief and ethnic customs, their diet mainly consists of beef, milk and other high protein food such as yak meat and mutton to help them fight the cold. Tsampa is also the staple food in Tibet, it is a dough made with roasted barley flour and yak butter, Tibetan people eat this at every meal and bring it as ready-made food when travelling.
Yes, you could easily find western restaurants in some big cities such as Lhasa, Shigatse,Tsedang, etc. Just tell your interests to your tour guide, he/she will help you find the one you like. But in the small counties/towns, it is hard to find the western food.
Yes, you can find good vegetarian restaurants in cities like Lhasa and Shigatse. In small towns and villages, you can order vegetable noodles or dishes at local restaurants.
The food in some remote areas are very limited with less choice, you could only find some small restaurants and they serve noodles, fried rice and some simple dishes to order. For breakfast, they can make pancakes and omelets. So you'd better buy some food, milk and coffee etc in big cities in advance and bring along.
The cost of food is different in each region of Tibet. In the genera cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, it will usually cost about USD10-USD15/person/day for Chinese, Tibetan or Nepalese food, a little bit higher for western food but not much.
Due to the rapid development of the tourism industry in Tibet in recently years, the number of hotels & hotels level from budget guesthouse to luxurious 5 star hotels have increased, so, you have many choices on lodgings. And the hotels we provide have good locations and reputations. But frankly speaking, the service quality in Tibet is not the same as it in big cities such as New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, etc.
You will be able to enjoy a 24 hours hot shower at 3-5 star hotels we choose for you, but not guaranteed for the guesthouses accommodation.
This actually depends on area, in most of our 3 star hotels and all 4-5 star hotels in major cities have access to the internet in hotel room. But you could only find internet access in lobbies of most of the guesthouse & 3 star hotels in remote place, some even don't have it.
Highly unlikely. Trains in China usually sell tickets about 30 days in advance, and trains related to Tibet are always in high demands, the tickets are usually sold out very fast. Even a local Lhasa travel agency like Great Tibet Tour, has to buy the train tickets for our clients from scalpers at peak season.
Not really. Inside the Tibet train the air is filled with manmade oxygen starting from Xining Station, of which didn’t really help you acclimatize the high altitude gradually as you being led to believe
Based on years of experience, Great Tibet Tour would recommend you flight over train to Tibet. First of all, Tibet train is always in high demand, not very easy to purchase unless you can book months in advance with us to guarantee it. Secondly, train ride usually takes long hours, 24hrs the shortest from Xining, the ride itself is tiresome. Thirdly, the train cabin is filled with artificial air which doesn’t really help you to acclimatize, whereas the flight takes about 2hrs usually, and after you land in Tibet, there is still a lot of oxygen in your system.
After we purchase you the train ticket, we will provide you with an eTicket, along with your original passport you can exchange the paper ticket at any railway station in China.
Tibet Permit will be checked at airports in China. Even you have your flight to Tibet booked and paid, without Tibet Permit, you still won’t be allowed to board the flight to Tibet.
Settled itinerary including the day by day arrangements and ENTRY / DEPART CITY to/from Tibet. These will be printed on your TTB permit, makes them the right date and the only city you can enter from & depart to from Tibet. It will take extra time & fee if later you want to change them. Colour-copy of valid PASSPORT photo page . Colour-copy of valid CHINA VISA page (Can wait for later. We can start the application without it first) Except L Visa(tourist visa), any other types of China Visa need additional stamped paper in Mandarin from your school/company in China. In which your full name, passport No., position, company add & tel, etc. should be stated.
Usually it takes 12 days, at least 7 days if you only travel in Lhasa city. The permit application is not only related to Tibet Tourism Bureau, but also other departments of government, such as Public Security Bureau, Foreign affair offices, and frontier defense department, etc. If you want to visit western Tibet like Mt. Kailash, Guge Kingdom, we have to provide the documents at least 1 month before your entering Tibet to the military office. Only the documents passed the check-in can Tibet Tourism Bureau issue the permit.
If you'll fly to Lhasa, you have to show the original Tibet Permit to aboard the airplane. Please tell us your hotel details (name, phone number & address) then we'll deliver your original Permit accordingly. Please do check with the staff at the front desk of your hotel to get your permit. In case of any problem, please contact your travel advisors at once. If you take the train to Lhasa, usually you just need to show the copy of the Tibet Permit and you can pass the check-in. We'll send the Permit's copy to you by email as soon as we get it. Just print the Permit (3 copies are highly recommended) out and bring with you to the railway station. But please note Chongqing, Xi'an and Lanzhou train stations require the original permit.
You just need to send us your passport copy after you confirm with us your itinerary. When we apply for your permit, we need to arrange your China visa invitation letter first. According to the memo between Nepal and China, all the travelers entering Tibet from Nepal have to apply for the China visa, whether he/she has china visa or not. And this china visa is called China Group Visa even there is only one person on the list.
Base on years of our tour operating experience, from April to Oct is best time to travel to Tibet, but choosing the best season to travel to Tibet mainly depends on the tour you are interested in, eg. if you are interested in Mt. Everest tour, the best time would be May, June, Sep and early Oct, EBC is relatively less windy and clear during these months, from the blue skies you could view the peak of Mt. Everest from the Everest Base Camp. If you are interested in western part of Tibet tour like to Mt. Kailash, from May to later Sep is best time to travel there with warmer climate and less rain, you would also have opportunity to see local pilgrims during doing trekking tour in Mt. Kailash. Aug is best time to feel local popular festivals celebrated in Tibet. However, different month different experiences.
Yes, you can withdraw money from Bank of China or ATM machines in Lhasa. But pls be aware that there aren’t as many ATMs as what you are used to, plus Tibet is big, a run to a bank often takes up lots of time, especially when there is a queue; yes, you can use credit card at 5star hotels, fancy restaurants, etc. in Lhasa, but it is not widely accepted. Plus it charges rather high service fee; to sum up, it’s not very convenient to withdraw money nor to use credit card in Tibet, pls prepare enough cash prior you enter Tibet
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