Visas: Normal Visa fees: US$26 per person. Clients
traveling to Tibet should arrive in Kathmandu at least 4 days prior
to departure to Tibet to process a Tibet Visa with Chinese Embassy
in Kathmandu (Ph: 4411740 visa section). A visa to travel through
China is not applicable to Tibet. The Chinese Embassy is open for
visa applications from 9 AM to 12 AM every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday. If you want to obtain the visa in a single day, the embassy
will charge another US$ 17.00. Visa rules have been revised as of
September 2001. A Chinese Visa will not entitle you to travel to
Tibet. The Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), a government agency, also
requires a Tibet entry permit.
Chinese Government will not give out visas to single people, only
groups of 4 people or more. The Chinese government encourages (strongly)
travelers to enter the country in groups. Individuals have been
known to 'walk' across the border, but this practice is not recommended.
From April to October. Nepal's low season is during the monsoon,
from June to August. This is the perfect time to head up to Tibet.
Weather: Tibet is not as cold as it sounds. During tourist season
it is cold in night and warm and sunny at day. The temperature falls
dramatically in shade and at night.
High Altitude Sickness:
This could happen to any guest in high altitude. Headache, nausea,
vomiting and short breath are the common symptoms. To avoid the
effects of altitude, take Diamox (or and equivalent drug) everyday
(many locals in Nepal advise eating fresh garlic). Drink water frequently.
Take high calorie protein food.
What to Bring:
Summer cloths for the daytime and winter cloths
for the evening. Snuggles, Sun cream, Sunhat, Rainy coat, vitamins
and proteins food are advisable to bring with. Small tit bits for
long drive will be helpful.
How to Get to Tibet from Nepal: Flying to and from Tibet is popular
among travelers on a short schedule. A spectacular view of the mountains
is almost guaranteed.
Driving to Tibet overland and flying out
of Tibet, however, is possibly the most popular option to see the
dramatic changes in geography from Kathmandu Valley, over the Himalayas
and onto the Tibetan plateau. Driving into Tibet offers the added
benefit of more time to acclimatize to high altitude.
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