Useful information before joining this trip
In our tour group the minimum number will be 2 persons and the maximum number will be 10 persons. For single travelers, we do organize this trip with single supplement (except some region most requires minimum 2 persons). Please do note that you will join our tour group at Kathmandu a day earlier than the trip departures on the following day morning. This trip can be organized to the groups more than 10 people as well on request. However it is good to keep the limit group size which means we provide best services and personal care during your tour with us.
Travelers who are making their plan to travel in this high Himalayan Tibetan land most require a good health condition and moderate physical fitness. Overall the most important is your continuous will power and mental refreshment. This tour start from Kathmandu at elevation of 1300m from sea level via friendship way to Tibet border and continue further ups and reach to Rongbok and Northern Everest Base Camp (5100m), so health is a most essential part for your adventure travel to Tibet. Nepal Vision treks most require your medical fitness certificate prior to your booking. Especially, we suggest travelers who having a problem of heart, lung, and problem to breathe and blood diseases to consult with their Medical Doctor and take his references for traveling before planning this holiday/ booking this tour with us.
Our Tour Staffs
For this tour, there will be one Tibetan tour Guide and driver during the Tibet visit. Our Tibetan tour guides are professional and experienced but note that Tibet is china dominant country so sometimes your Tibetan guides are not as friendly as your Nepalese guides. However they having a very good knowledge of the tour you will be undertaking and treat you very well during your entire journey with us. Our Tour guide is trained, certified and licensed from TTB (Tibet Tourism Board).
We will organize pre-trip meeting of this Tibet tour via EBC at a day earlier than your tour starts from Kathmandu. Meeting will be at 5:00 PM at our central office located in Kathmandu, Thamel Nepal and all the trip briefing and remaining payments of the trip will be settled by the same time.
Meals and Accommodation
We provide on standard twin sharing accommodation with private bathroom in city at Lhasa (Hotel Sambala), Gyantse (Hotel Gyantse), Shigatse (Hotel Shigaste), Rongbuk (Everest View Hotel) and remaining accommodation on the tour is with guest house. Especially accommodations at Nylam & Tingri are with basic guest house as these are the transit point from Kathmandu to Tibet so there are no better accommodations available. However we do use best available guest house at these places to make your overnight a comfortable stay.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu is not included in this tour so you are requested to look after your Kathmandu accommodation as per your own budget or do ask us for the reservation as per your expected budget. During the tour, breakfast is included from the hotel/guest house where you will overnight. Lunch and dinner are excludes on the price so there are your extra expenses. There are different restaurant available at each places you will overnight on the tour and different Chinese & Tibetan foods are available. In Lhasa and Gyantse, you will have a wide range of western, continental, Italian; Mexican foods are available so you may have an opportunity to taste your own style foods at these cities. We suggest you to estimate approx of US$ 15 to 20 dlr for your lunch and dinner every day. Acclimatization
This itinerary of Tibet tour via EBC is designed especially considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We suggest you to plan to arrive Kathmandu few days earlier for relax and acclimatize before heading to our Tibet tour. This tour is by four wheel drive so you do not required to hike or walk (Few monastery required to walk 5 to 10 minutes from roadside). So you do not have to be worried but note that as higher as you drive, air pressure is low and layer of oxygen are less in the air so you may feel uneasy on breathing so be prepared.
Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.
Travel insurance is most essential for your Tibet tour which protects your financial securities and compensates your lost property as well as life security. Travel insurance should cover emergency rescue expenses, trip cancelations, medical expenses and any other eventual mishaps. We do suggest you to buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before leaving for the trip.
Our field staffs are adequately insured by the company that covers for medical assistance, accidents or deaths. Customs Clearance
There is no prohibition on still & video cameras, tape recorders or any other electronic equipment for personal use as long as they are declared in the customs declaration form at the point of entry. Export of art objects dating back prior to 1959 are prohibited & may be seized.
Climate and Weather
Climate in Tibet is totally different than climate in Nepal. As Tibet is a rain shadow part of the Himalayas, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. The best time to travel to Tibet is from March to the beginning of November, but among them, August and September are the most recommended. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there any time of the year. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in daytime and the same night respectively in Tibet.
Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from June to September. Usually it rains at night in Lhasa, Shigatse and Chamdo area. The rainfall may block roads and make travel difficult but the scenery at the time will be the best. Passport and Visa requirements for Nepal
Before traveling, check your passport and its validity date. You most require a valid passport to visit out of country. Passports most have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trip.
In Nepal you will require a visa which can be obtained very easily in advance from the Nepalese Embassy from your home country or you can get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu with a cost of US$40 which is Double-entry tourist visas and valid for up to 30 days and can be extended to a maximum of three months for an additional charge. We request you to obtain multiple entry visas for Nepal if you plan to be back to Kathmandu after Tibet tour. Please visit Nepal visa immigration department page- www.immi.gov.np Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit
For making your Chinese visa/Tibet visa; Chinese embassy of Nepal require your original passport to obtain the Chinese visa which we do upon on your arrival in Kathmandu and even if you have already obtained Chinese visa from your homeland county this visa doesn't work travelling to Tibet from Nepal side so we have to get you a new Tibet/china visa and your previously existing visa will be cancelled. Recently, Chinese embassy in Kathmandu is providing visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so you should arrive at least two days in prior to Kathmandu before departing to Tibet tour.
We required your passport copy in advance for making your Tibet travel permit which you could send us by fax or scanning in our email. Your Tibet traveling permit and your Chinese visa will be valid for approx of 10 Days to 21 days maximum and within that timeframe; you have to exit from this country. Please do write us if you traveling to mainland to china so you would required longer visa. Individual visa to Tibet is not possible if you not taking any tours; your Tibet/Chinese visa is a group visa along with the groups. Always keep your passport with you and check your original visa while entering to Tibet and leaving this beautiful country after your tours ends. Clothing and Equipment
Warm clothing & equipment is required throughout the trip but more specifically from October to April. In general dressing in layers is recommended. Basically, we suggest bringing clothing based on season and altitude. During the trip you'll needed down, medium fabrics and comfortable walking shoes. Here below are some suggested clothing & Equipment for your personal use during your Tibet tour with us.
- Foot wear: Good walking shoes, Wool and liner socks, sandals
- Clothing: Waterproof jacket and trousers, Trekking trousers, Long sleeve shirts, Micro fleece, Mid to heavyweight fleece, Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece, Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic), Fleece pants, Medium weight down jacket.
- Hand wear: Fleece gloves, Warms mittens and/or gloves .
- Head wear: Wool or fleece hat, Sun hat, Scarf, Head torch and extra batteries, Sunglasses.
- Personal Equipment: Sleeping bag, Backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing, Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized, two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best), Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira), Favourite snack food, Books, ipod and cards etc, Trekking poles, Camera with spare batteries and memory cards, Insurance certificate.
- Travelling: Duffle bag or large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter), Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag, Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu, Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
- Personal first aid kit: Any personal medications, Diamox (optional) helps with acclimatization.
Nepal Vision trek has been stabilized in 1992 with Govt. registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and we are working in adventure travel in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India carries long experience and built up own history in tourism. Our long experience in adventure travel, we are even more dedicated to fulfill our clients' requirement and always sincere with clients gratification. We are also delighted to say that many of our clients return again and again to travel with us and many of our new clients are through recommendations and word of mouth from happy and satisfied clients who have previously traveled with us.
How to Book
While you have chosen your trip, contact our head office by mail or phone to check the availability dates, groups or any remaining question you may have. We are happy to help and reply responsively as soon as possible. We'll hold your booking with us before your final decision. Please read properly our trip booking terms & conditions before your booking and fill up the booking form (download from our website) along with the appropriate deposit of 20 % per person in advance and payment made through the bank transfer or submit your credit card (visa/master card) details with booking form. When you choose the method of advance payment in an appropriate way, a signed and completed booking form will still be required for confirmation of booking. Bookings will only be confirmed once we receive a completed and signed booking form along with appropriate payment.
The final balance for your booking will be on arrival in Kathmandu. We will invoicing you after your arrival for the final balance along with other final pre departure details as appropriate. Your final invoice will show the price based on the previous quote at the time of invoicing.
We wish you a wonderful Northern Everest Base Camp and Lhasa Tour with us!