Important Info for Tibet Travel

Passport: A Nine months valid passport is required for travel to Tibet. Please check the expiry date of your passport.

Tibet / China Visa: If you coming direct Lhasa you have to get your own China visa in USA before you travel and we will get the travel permit for you.

While doing that please don’t tell that you travelling to Tibet, we will send invitation and make China visa and later send the permit at Beijing or Shanghai.

Nepal Visa: All travelers visiting Nepal require a Visa. As per new rule in Nepal, you are not require to obtain Nepal visa if you are not staying for more than three nights. In that case you will only require a Single entry visa to Nepal.  This visa will cost you around USD 40 .  If you are traveling via Nepal you do not need to take Chinese Visa as it will be arranged by us.

To obtain Nepal visa: Choice 1: Visa can be obtained at any Nepalese Embassy, Consul, or Honorary Consul outside Nepal. Your ticket agent may also arrange for your Nepal visa. Choice 2 (Easy and fast way): Visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport or boarder Immigration. You will require two (2) copies of your passport size photos.

Weather & Climate: Geographically, Tibet lies beyond the trans-Himalayas and has minimal rainfall and sunny days. For those traveling to Kailash region, the best time to visit is from May to September. Mid-day temperatures in this region could rise as high as 22 degrees Celsius with evening temperatures as low as 8 to 12 degrees below zero. March to November is the best time to visit central Tibet.

Health: Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to this region. Due to the high altitude of this area, travelers may experience the effect of altitude sickness, which is characterized by mild headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite. Altitude sickness can be reduced by frequently drinking non-alcoholic liquids such as water and juice. Travelers are reminded to protect themselves from the strong sunlight, which can cause sunburn. Those with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before embarking on this journey.

For those who have decided to join this Yatra, Earthbound Exp requests that you engage in some type of health related activity such as yoga, morning walks, or jogging in order to maintain your physical fitness.

Currency: The unit of currency in Tibet is the Renmbi or Yuan. As of  Now USD 1 is equivalent to Yuan 6.77. This exchange rate is subject to change. Currency can be exchanged at the Bank of China with branches located in Lhasa and other major cities.

Risk and Liability:  We will make every effort to ensure that your journey is smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, please be reminded that all programs in Tibet are strictly conducted under the rules and regulations of the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, neither Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. nor our Tibet Agent shall be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances including but not limited to: Government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, flooding, snowfall, political disturbances, flight cancellations, illnesses or accidents. Any additional costs that are a result of such circumstances will be born by the traveller/s.

Insurance: All travellers are advised to purchase travel insurance that provides care and services for sickness, accidents, emergency rescue, etc. related to international travel. Please submit a copy of your insurance policy to our Kathmandu office upon your arrival to Kathmandu, Nepal. Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. shall not be responsible for the loss of personal assets and belongings of the traveller/s due to unavoidable reasons or mishap.

Staff: Our agent Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. only employs well-trained, responsible and capable staff that has successfully led many trips for European and Indian groups to this vast region. Each trip is staffed with an experienced guide who speaks English and Hindi, ensuring a pleasant and smooth journey for the group. Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. is committed to providing the best and reliable service for each group for this journey of a lifetime!

Transportation: Our agent Earthbound Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. will arrange for all overland transportation. A coach will be provided for the Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu portion of the trip and coach/minivan/minibus will transport the group in Tibet. A support truck will carry the necessary camping gear and supplies. Yaks and yak men will be arranged for the Kora (Parikrama).

Medical supplies and service: Medical facilities in Tibet are very basic if at all available. Our agent Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. will provide a first aid medical kit and equipment for treating high altitude sickness including an oxygen cylinder with mask and altitude portable chamber. All travelers are requested to bring their own first aid kit with medicines and supplies recommended by their doctors.

Postal service and communication: Many areas of Tibet are without communication facilities, including telephone and postal services. The last point in the journey from which a telephone call can be made is Saga, the small city near the famous Brahamaputra River. Beyond this point, it is not possible to make telephone calls. In case of emergency, please ask your family and friends to contact the staff at our Kathmandu office that will provide information and respond to their needs accordingly.

Clothing: Due to frequent changes in temperature, even moving from inside the land cruiser where it is warm to cooler outside temperatures, travellers will need clothes for both warm and cold periods. To make your Yatra light and comfortable, Earthbound Expeditions Ltd. will provide basic yet important clothing items such as down jackets and sleeping bags. Back pack (water proof), Duffel bag.