All tourists visiting Tibet requires valid China visa & a special Alien Travel Permit which they can obtain only by joining tours organized by government recognized travel companies. Those who arrive in Kathmandu with a Chinese visa issued by Chinese Consulates outside of Kathmandu will find it useless for entry into Tibet.
Visa regulations change often. Presently as per official regulation a minimum 5 people group is required for travel into Tibet. However, it is sometimes possible to organize private tours for less than 5 people
Diplomatic passport holders must get clearance from Beijing for travel into Tibet which often takes long time. It is advisable to travel on non-diplomatic passports, if you have one. We require at least 7 days notice to process your Tibet visa via Lhasa & at least 4 days in Kathmandu for the Chinese Embassy to handle your passport. Visa can also be issued in less than 3 days upon payment of visa urgent fees
Nepal visa is readily available at the Tribhuvan International Airport or any other land entry points on payment of visa fee. Those travelling to Tibet & Bhutan or Sikkim & transiting through Nepal must obtain multiple entry visa
Important Pre-Departure Information
Real Adventure Nepal Treks & Expedition require the following details to enable us to process your visa for Tibet
Name in full, Sex, Date of birth, Profession, Nationality, Passport Number
Passport issue & Expiry date, Full address
CSWA (China Southwest Airlines) is the only airline currently operating flights between Kathmandu & Lhasa sector. The flight is operated by Boeing 757 aircraft. Beginning from the winter of 2000 CSW A has commenced flights during the winter season as well, thus operating flights all year-round. Here is guideline of year-round flight frequencies:
April- November - Tuesday & Saturday
June - October - Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
December - March - Saturday
Those with chronic health problems should consult a doctor before making travel plans. Most people visiting Tibet rarely suffer more than mild discomfort before getting acclimatized. Suggested remedial measures:
- Take plenty of rest
- Refrain from physically exhausting activities
- Drink plenty of water
- Do not expose yourself to direct strong winds particularly your head when atop a pass (e) Take diamox against altitude sickness
All travelers' visiting Tibet are strongly recommended to provide for their own trip insurance at home that adequately covers for medical, emergency rescue expenses, trip cancellations or any other eventual mishaps.
All of our staffs on field trips are adequately insured by the company that covers for medical assistance, accidents or deaths.
Clothing & Accessories:
Warm clothing is required throughout but more specifically from October to April. In general dressing in layers is recommended. Few change of clothes such as shirt, sweater, jacket & cotton inner linings with tops & bottoms, comfortable walking shoes, pair of pants should suffix. During the month of October to April more heavy woolen or down clothing & boots will be required.
Other recommended accessories - water bottle, water purification tabs, chapstick, suntan lotion, utility knife, flash light, battery operated shavers, dusk mask or bandana, medicine for common colds, headache, fever, stomach disorders & diamox for altitude sickness.
Booking & Payment:
We require a trip deposit of USD 273 (airfare KTM-LXA) for confirmation of all bookings. Those booking directly with us from abroad may make this trip deposit with credit card by filling out 'Credit Card Authorization Form' which will be sent on request. Please add 3% for all payment with credit card. The balance payment must be paid in full before trip departure.
Notice of cancellation must be made in person by those booking locally & for those booking from overseas cancellation notice must be sent in writing & refunds will be made as follows:
- 15 days before departure - No charges
- Less than 15 days - USD 100
- No shows - No refunds
- N.B: As per CSWA regulation there is 35% cancellation charge if air ticket is once issued & cancelled for whatsoever reason. Please note this cancellation charge is strictly enforced by CSWA.
China time is 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal time in winter and 3 hours and 15 minutes in the summer.
The unit of currency for foreigners is the Yuan. US$ 1= +/- 8 Yuan. Money can be exchanged at the bank of China at Zhangmu, Xigatse and Lhasa. If the banks are closed, your guide will advance you cash.