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General Information
Passport/Visa/Travel Permits
Please collect the copy of travel permits from our representative in  Chengdu. Without it, you will not be allowed to board on train or flight to Lhasa. The guide will be holding the original permit and retain it all the time with you. You will need to produce the permit in the immigration when you depart from Lhasa.

Apart from the originals, it will be helpful to carry the copies of your passport, Chinese visas and Travel Permits. Loosing passport in Tibet will ruin your trip completely as new passport can be issued only from Beijing
Go to Tibet for an adventure and not for a luxury
Tibet is the land of overwhelmingly beautiful landscape, rich culture, ancient religion, amazing myths and gorgeous mountains. Renowned as the last Shangri La in the world, Tibet is isolated by the high Himalayas and is one of the least developed parts of the world. Facilities are being upgraded and professionalism is still underway. So travelers are warned that they should not expect a luxury and a full fledge professionalism in Tibet. Its extreme remoteness, harsh weather, and difficult geography makes the journey challenging.
Tourist standard hotels like New Century Hotel in Chengdu, Shangbala Hotel in Lhasa and Post Hotel in Nyinchi ( Bayi Town) have been booked for you. These hotels are rated as 3 * and maintain basic amenities like attached toilet, hot shower and heating. You can also expect cable TV in Lhasa. Electricity and hot water supply may be disrupted time to time. Hot water availability in some hotels may be for a few hours of the day only. You will have to check out that at the reception. The receptionist of the hotels might have poor English. Take the help of the guide. Please, do not expect full fledge professionalism and services in the hotels of Tibet.
Tibetan guides are reported to have limited English and you may not expect a fluent explanation about culture and religion or any other academic topics from them. They find their job well done in dealing with the bureaucracies and clearing with the checkpoints. However, we try out best to assign you a trained and knowledgeable guide, certified by Tourism Authority of Tibet. We distinguish ourselves from other companies in that because we choose the best guides: knowledgeable, flexible and the ones who are proud passionate about the job.
Your trip includes daily breakfast in the hotels and one dinner on Jul 18th in a local restaurant. Lhasa has choices of restaurants serving Continental, Chinese and Tibetan dishes. Besides, you may want to bring with you energy bars, dry foods like chocolates, cookies, dried fruits etc to eat on the way. Depending on the standard of the restaurant, a lunch or dinner meal costs around USD 6-7.
Photography at the airport, bridge and government establishment is not allowed. On violation of this rule, it's not only the penalty that you will pay but you will loose the film also. Inside the monastery, you can take pictures with permission only from the Lamas or monks and you may have to pay 10 to 20 RMB in each chapels/chambers.
Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Travelers to Tibet are reported to exhibit mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Complaints of headache, breathlessness, fever, loss of appetite, unrest, stomach disorder etc can come up before acclimatization. So, proper acclimatization is very much important before you head on excursion out of Lhasa. Travelers with heart, lungs and blood diseases should consult with their doctors. Consumption of enough liquid food (not liquor!) and enough rest is indispensable if you feel some symptoms. If the symptoms persist, you will have to descend as low as possible. No smoking, no alcohol, no love making in higher altitudes! Starting a physical training like jogging, walking at least a month ahead will help develop stamina in your body. Diamox is believed to be a help against the sickness.  If you feel difficulty in breathing, you can rent oxygen pillows from the hotels. Other medical kits necessary are-Band Aids or plasters, thermometer, scissors, multivitamins, antibiotics and antiseptics, water-sterilization tablets, chap sticks, pills against diarrhea, pain killers, antihistamine etc. Note: Above advices are for general knowledge only and should not be taken as a substitute or a waiver of consulting a medical doctor.
Clothing and important articles recommended
In June, the highest temperature in Lhasa is about 22 degree Celsius and at night it falls to around 8-9 degrees. So, basically you can make do with light clothing but evenings and mornings are a bit cold and you may feel the need of light warm clothing. Here, you have the list of clothing recommended to bring with. Lights tracksuits, cotton shirts, light pullovers, or  sweaters, wind and rain proof jackets with hoods, loose fitting pants, trousers, muffler, wide brim hats, slippers, hiking boots, sport shoes etc. Alarm clock, flashlight and batteries, Swiss Army knife, Reading materials, Cameras with extra batteries, notebook and pens, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, lip guard, sewing kit, pollution mask etc are other important needs.
Risk and Liabilities
We try our best to make your trip smooth and successful as far as possible. However, all trips to Tibet are strictly conducted and controlled by the rules and regulations of Chinese authorities and influenced very much by weather conditions. Wind Horse Holidays or our Local Operators or their staffs will not be held liable in case of changes or alteration in the program due to local political or bureaucratic reasons or inclement weather conditions or any events beyond the control of the management. We will not be held liable for any losses due to no shows, delay arrivals or cancellation of flights, accidents, theft or missing, or trip cancellation due to sickness or voluntarily. Clients are recommended to have a travel health insurance policy. Please, call our representatives in Lhasa and Chengdu in the addresses given above in case of any problems, mishap or error in the arrangement of your trip. If you are not satisfied with our services and the arrangement and if you want to register a complaint, you will have to do it in written before you leave Chengdu.
Medical and Travel Insurance
All our tours are not insured. We strongly recommend you take out a comprehensive travel insurance to cover for medical evacuation, accident, theft, loss of belongings, trip cancellations, and unforeseen additional expenses and to cover non-refundable costs. The cancellation rules in Tibet are severe and inflexible. Trip cancellation insurance is almost essential. Wind Horse Holidays provides its North America customers with optional travel Insurance coverage in association with Insure America.
Guides and Drivers would be happy to receive tip and in fact it motivates them to work harder and provide better service. There is not any clear cut figure for tipping but USD 5 per person per day for the guide and USD 3 per person per day is an appropriate amount, we believe.
Some norms and values of Tibet
  • Make sure that you do not step on threshold when you enter a house or a tent.
    When you call or address somebody by name, please add "la" after the name for politeness. It’s an equivalent of "Mr." or "Sir".

  • When you are asked to sit down, please cross your legs. Do not stretch your legs towards others.

  • When somebody presents you something, you should accept it by both hands.

  • While presenting gift to others, hold the gift by both hands higher than your head.

  • When the host presents you a cup of wine, before you start sipping, you should dip your ring finger in the wine and flick the wine into the sky, in the air and to the ground to express your respect to the heaven, the earth and the ancestors respectively. After you take the first sip, the host would like to fill up the cup again and you will take another sip. If the host fills your cup with wine again, then you should bottom it up.

  • Tibetan people don't eat horse, donkey and dog meat and in some areas fish, too. So, please respect their dietary habit.

  • It’s not polite to clap your palms and spit behind the Tibetan people.

  • Tibetan people stretch out their tongue to greet you. It's also a courtesy to put their hands palm to palm in front of the chest.

  • Smoking inside the monasteries is not allowed. It’s also banned to touch the statues of Buddha and religious articles and take pictures of.

  • In the religious shrines, you should walk clock-wise but not in the Bon temples.

  • Tibetan people, when they come across a shrine, Mani piles etc, they go around in clockwise direction. They don't just cross it.

  • Eagles are the sacred birds of Tibetan people. You should not drive them away or injure them. On the outskirts, you should not drive or disturb the sheep or cows with green, red and yellow cloth strips on.

  • Tibet is a rich and beautiful land, is located at the main part of Qinghal -Tibet plateau, South west frontier of China. Tibet borders with Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai and Xinjiang, to the south contiguous to India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma, and bounded by Kashmir on the West. The Tibet Autonomous Region with a population of two million, many of Tibetans, and an area of 1.2 million sq. km. Tibet is rich in natural resources and owns a vast expanse of landforms. People living on this land have been creating a glorious culture since ancient times. There has a long history; majestic mountains and rivers, regular customs and habits, wonderful natural landscape with monks clad in ropes and yellow hats and seen everywhere.

  • If you were to set your foot in this virgin land, to follow the steps of pilgrims dating from ancient times, to visit the great temples and monasteries, to enjoy the unique culture, to have sips of waters from those limpid rivers and lakes, to sight the different customs and to trek around those mighty snow clad peaks, you would surely be intoxicated with their wonders. Tibet is one of those extraordinary destination where indeed adventure lurks around every corner! Adventure on the road is never short on the beautiful Tran Himalayan drive, through mountain, passes, promising a panorama of a cultural and scenic diversity unsurpassable anywhere. It culminates on an arid plateau a veritable treasure trove of architectural masterpieces the Buddhist

  • The Jhokhang - a spiritual centre, and the awesome palaces of the Dalai Lama - Norbulinga ( the summer palace ) and the Potala (the traditional seat ). To travel for days on this remote plateau with the chance encounters of nomads herding their sheep or yaks is to be transformed into another way of life. We begin the tour by traveling to Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu where we collect our Transport

The Tours we organize in Tibet are as followings:
Tibet Overland Tour   Tibet Tour Fly in Drive out
Duration : 7 nights 8 days   Duration : 7 nights 8 days
Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp  

Mount Kailash - Manasarovar tour/trek

Duration : 10 nights 11 days   Duration : 12 nights 13 days
Tibet Tour with Namtso Lake  

More Tours & Treks in Tibet

Duration : 7 nights 8 days    
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