Tibet Travel Information

Useful travel information to Tibet

Tibet remains one of the most interesting, remote and undeveloped part of the world, situated at an average elevation of 5000m (16500ft) above sea level. Its limited facilities for tourists are only now approaching a reasonable standard.

A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted; the travelling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable. Due to Tibet's high altitude travelers with a history of heart, lung or anemia problems should consult a doctor before considering a visit. 

Visitors should also understand before taking this trip that Tibet was only opened to tourism in recent years. The infrastructure of the Tourist industry is still very basic in the remote country. Please do not expect the standards you are accustomed to in the west. However, every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.  

Clothing Accessories: From Oct. - March warm clothes are required to fight the frostily cold and from April-September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and sweater are advised through out the years as the weather may unexpectedly changes at any time. The recommended items are: A domestic first aid kit; water purification tablets (mineral water can be bought as well) toilet and tissue papers, flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sun hat, sun glasses, suntan lotion and a limited number of clothes.

Customs: There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are for personal use or if commercial use should be registered with a custom official. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government is prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive. 

Food & drinks: Tibet has only a handful of towns, and Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is handy to carry anything that can be brewed with hot water. Instant coffee, drinking chocolate, tea (bags), soup cubes. Other food items worth considering are instant noodles, nuts and raisins, chocolate, dry foods and biscuits. 

Business Hours: Government offices are usually closed on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

Currency: RENMNBI, the people's money used by millions of Chinese everyday, circulates in notes of 1,2,5,10 and 50 yuan; 1,2 and 5 jiao; 1,2 and 5 fen. There are also coins for 1,2 and 5 fen. With the Chinese Currency, Renminbi, one yuan is divided into 10 jiao; into 10 fen. 

Airport: Lhasa Gonggar Airport is approx. 96km away from Lhasa.

Air Ticket reconfirmation: Your guide will reconfirm the air ticket upon payment of RMB 30, which is reconfirmation fee charged by Air China. 

Health & Altitude problems: 
Travelling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very often the cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Advised, drink approx. 03 litres of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.

Airport Tax:
Airport tax from Lhasa to Kathmandu is include in ticket cost.

Flight Timings (Subject to change):
CA KTM/LXA : ETD: KTM 0950, ETA: LXA 1300 hrs (Local Time)
CA LXA/KTM : ETD: LXA 0950, ETA: KTM 0845 hrs (Local Time)

The above airfares, timings and airport tax are subject to change without prior notice, if revised.

DECEMBER TO MARCH ONLY SATURDAYS (It is not a regular flight)

Tibetan Counterpart:
All the packages in Tibet will be handled by the Tibetan Counterpart and they will take over the arrangements immediately on landing at Gonggar Airport (Lhasa)/ After reaching Nepal/Tibet Border (Kodari), which includes transportation, Accommodation and services of their local

Mostly un-paved roads within Tibet - due weather conditions road can be blocked sometimes by sudden floods, landslides or snow fall which we couldn’t able to know.


Month Average Temp (Celsius) Rainfall (mm) Sunshine (Hrs)
Jan -2.3 0.2 251.4
Feb 1.1 0.5 226.4
Mar 4.5 1.5 241.8
Apr 8.3 5.4 244.1
May 12.3 25.4 284.5
June 15.4 77.1 227.2
July 15.1 129.1 224.8
Aug 14.3 138.7 221.4
Sep 12.7 56.3 238.3
Oct 8.2 7.9 285.9
Nov 2.3 1.6 271.0
Dec -1.7 0.5 261.0
Annual 7.5 446.6 3007.8

We would like to inform you that the journey to Tibet could be fairly rough and tough one. Due high altitude, the travelers with pre-existing problems of the heart, lungs or anemia should definitely consult their doctor before this trip. The travelers should have clothing consisting of layers which can be added or removed as the temperature varies during the day. One should carry a warm windbreak, slacks and sweater with stout comfortable shoes, sun screen lotion, sun glasses, a salve for the lips, a hat, tissue papers, flashlights, can opener, personal medicines including Aspirin/Diamox, some eatables/Cookies etc. On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter, heavy warm clothing is a must.

Kindly note in Tibet the amount of insurance coverage is extremely low as such, clients should have their own insurance. Tibetan agents do not pay any claim however logical the claim may be. It is also possible that certain places on the Itinerary may not be allowed to visit due to sudden government decision.

Although we request our Tibet Agent to provide best guides even the so called best guides need lot of improvements.