The mild and pleasant climate in central Tibet makes this area available for tourists year around. This route offers the epitome of Tibet with some of the most impressive visions: snow-capped mountains and holy lakes, splendid monasteries and palaces, original villages and unsophisticated people. With the better road conditions and accommodations along the way, it is now the most popular route. Lhasa, literally meaning "Holy-Land", is the heart and soul of Tibet, has history of more than 1,300 years. It rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power in the 7th century AD, when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in the Yarlung Valley, continued the task of unifying Tibet. Songtsen Gampo moved his capital to Lhasa and built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala. The fifth Dalai Lama also made Lhasa his capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo's 7th century palace.
Lhasa has remained Tibet's capital since 1642, and most of the city's historical sights date from this second stage of the city's development. Gyantse, 254km south-west of Lhasa, is famed for the Kumbum - the largest stupa in Tibet. While many travelers also like this small town for its original Tibetan style. Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, is another political, economic and religious center other than Lhasa. Shigatse has been the seat of the Panchen Lama, who is traditionally based in Tashilhunpo Monastery. Tashilhunpo is one of Tibet’s highlights and is Shigatse's foremost attraction.
This is city tours only hence only basic things are necessary which we can final at the time of booking.
- Lightweight walking boots.
- If new one is being bought, "walk them in" to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
- A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
- Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially essential during winter, from December to February.
- A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
- Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential.
- Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
- A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
- Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
- Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
- Thermal underwear. Which is excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months.
- A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
- 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
- 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
- A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
- A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
- A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
- 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
- 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
- Underwear normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
Equipment & Accessories:
- Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
- Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a book etc.
- Water bottle.
- Snow glasses and sunglasses.
- 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
- 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
- Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
- Toiletries with large and small towels.
- Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
- Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
- Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
- An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
- Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional) - an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
#Note: What ever mentioned above, we can suggest important thing while finalising booking.
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY OUR CUSTOMERS :
How to enter Tibet?
There are four common routes for visiting Tibet. They are as follows:
1. Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight
2. Beijing-Lhasa- Chengdu –Lhasa by flight
3. Kathmandu Kodari by over land by flight
4. Beijing to Lhasa by train.
Does Moonsun Travel arrange visa and other travel documents for traveling in Tibet?
Yes, we do arrange visa and travel permit for traveling Tibet. You need provide us with the high quality scanned copies of your passport to get permit and visa process. Journalists and people that could be involved in political matters could be revoked.
What are the trips leaders like?
Leaders are carefully selected for their personality, general travel experience and enthusiasm for our style of travel. They facilitate the smooth running of your trip and are there to help you get the most out of your adventure. They are recruited on the basis of their resourcefulness and people skills, rather than for expert knowledge of a destination.
Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
No. According to China's regulation, individual travel to Tibet is not allowed. You have to join a group and well- known Travel Company.
What is the best season for tour in Tibet?
In general speaking, from April to October is the best season for Tibet tour.
What type of insurance should I have? Can I get there?
Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.
Could you give me some advice on how to avoid risking Cultural Shock when traveling Tibet?
Tibetan people are very kind and hospitable; you can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by!
1. Do not photograph them without permission.
2. Do not talk the sensitive issues like politics &, religion.
3. Take your hat off when entering a chapel.
4. Do not take photos during a prayer meeting and in some larger monastery, you may need to pay a small fee for the privilege of taking a photo.
5. Do not touch or remove anything on an altar.
6. Do not wear shorts or short shirts in a monastery and do not smoke in a monastery.
7. Do not eat horse, donkey and dog when in Tibet.
8. Always walk around monasteries, piles of Mani stones, pagodas and other religious structures in a clockwise direction.
9. Never touch Tibetan People on the head.
What currencies Other than Chinese currency, can be used in Tibet? Can I use my credit card and ATM card?
Chinese Yuan and US dollar are accepted in Tibet however the places which accept US dollars are very few. Visitors can change US dollars into Chinese currency in the Lhasa Central Branch Bank of China or at major hotels. Credit cards are not a recommended mean of payment in Tibet as the acceptance is very limited. Flights and hotels can not be paid using credit cards and they are also accepted at the Lhasa Central Branch Bank of China.
Money Exchange in Tibet
The best place to change foreign currency and travelers checks is the Bank of China. Some hotels may provide exchange service but this is uncertain. If you are travelling to remote areas of Tibet, try to take your cash in small denominations. RMB100 and RMB50 bills are sometimes difficult to change. Coins are not acceptable even for donations.
Credit Cards are not recommended as a method of payment in Tibet. They are only accepted in 5-star hotels or big department stores in Lhasa.
Banks- Bank of China, China Construction Bank and China Agriculture Bank have branches in Lhasa.
Where and how can i get local transportation?
Taxis are easy to find in Barkhor Street area. The taxi fare is by negotiation with the driver. It is a wise way to take a map to show the driver as they are unable to communicate in English. Remember that it is impossible to travel outside Lhasa except when accompanied by a tour guide in an authorized vehicle.
What and Where can i go for Shopping?
The local specialty are Tibetan Tangka, Tibetan silver ornaments, yak wool, Dzi beads, Aweto, milk products, Tibetan liquor and Lhasa sweet tea as well as various handicrafts and Tibetan medicines. The famous shopping places are Barkhor Street and shops around Jokhang Temple Square. Please be aware that Barkhor Street has many fake products. Don’t forget to bargain.
What kind of Accommodation & Food i can get?
Tourism is one of the major industries in Nepal and Tibet. We wish to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. We do provide 2 to 3 stars level hotel for whole tour.
Varying cuisines are available in Lhasa. Indian, Nepalese and Western food can all be found as well as Tibetan, Sichuan cuisine, Northwestern Chinese wheaten food and Northeastern Chinese cuisine are most typical.
Can I travel Tibet with my child?
Tibet may not be an ideal destination for young Children. The climate and generally harsher conditions in Tibet may not be ideal for young children. The sights and attractions are not those which children like to visit and facilities will be very primitive. If you do decide to bring your young child to Tibet please ensure that you bring all your child's daily needs with you.
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