There are two ways to travel to Tibet.
1. Enter Via Nepal.
2. Enter via Mainland China.
1. Enter via Nepal:
If you plan to travel to Tibet via Nepal then following things should be taken into consideration.
- You are not permitted to enter individually as a freelance. YOu should travel through recognized tour operator.
- You should arrive Kathmandu at least 2 days before entering Tibet.Saturday and Sunday chinese embassy will be closed so working days should be considered
- Your chinese group visa (group paper visa) will be processed in Kathmandu by your travel agent. You should not take chinese visa in your country. If you
take a chinese visa in your country then your chinese visa will be cancelled.
- Your local travel agent will apply for Tibet Travel permit for you on the basis of your Tibet tour itinerary.
- You can either fly to Lhasa or enter via Overland to Tibet.
2. Enter via Mainland:
If you plan to travel to Tibet via Mainland china suchas: Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xingding etc or any other city of China then following thing
should be considered.
- You are not permitted to enter tibet on your own. You should travel with recognized tour operator.
- You need to take chinese visa in your own country.
- Your tibet travel permit will be arranged by your local tibet tour operator.
You can get budget to 5 star deluxe hotel in a Lhasa city (capital of Tibet). In other recognized city 3 star standard hotel are avilable where in remore
areas only local basic guest houses or dormitory are available.
Tibetan food You can get good food in cities but along the highways the food on the lunch stops are not very good and not much varieties. It is advised to
carry some dry food of your own all the time . Due to high altitude you won’t feel hungry at many places. Many tourists suffer from diarrhoea in Tibet, it is
a real problem . The best solution for this is not eating raw salads ( which are not cleaned with treated water ) , eating only cooked food and drinking only
bottled water or purifying water with purifying tablets .
Altitude sickness is an environment related condition that can affect anyone ascending too rapidly to high elevations 3000m and more without acclimatizing
properly. The best way to prevent altitude related problems is to allow sufficient time to adjust to higher elevations. In Tibet, gratual acclimatization is
difficult due to the extreme elevation of the entire country: the elevation of Lhasa Airport is 3540 m, while driving to Central Tibet involves crossing
passes over 5180 m. If you fly into Tibet, go easy on the first day and allow a minimum of four nights acclimatizing before you trek. Gradually become more
active and try to spend a few hours every day going for walks, preferable into the hills. If you are driving to central Tibet from Nepal, spend a night
acclimatizing in Nyelam (3720 m) before crossing Thong La Pass (5050 m).
First Aid Kit:
Always carry a basic first aid kit, even if you are with a commercial trekking company. The quantities suggested below are baed on the needs of one person
during a three week visit in Tibet. Consult your doctor for appropriate dosages.
- Analgesics and Anti Inflammatories: Aspirin, Acetaminophen or Paracetamol.
- Acetaminophen or Paracetamol with codeine.
- Cephalexin, a penicillin based drug for skin infections and abscessess and for chest, urinary, inner ear, and sinus infections.
- Norfloxacin for treating bacterial diarrhea.
- Ophthalmic antibiotic cream or drops to relieve conjunctivitis and other eye infections.
- Loperamide or lomotil to stop diarrhea.
- Antacid tablets for upset or acid stomach.
- Oral rehydration salts for diarrhea.
- Antiworm medication.
- Antivomiting medication.
- Nasal decongestant.
- Throat lozenges.
- Nose spray or drops.
- Aromatic balms.
- Bandages, dressing and burn treatment.
- Safety pins.
- Cotton Swabs.
- Cotton masks.