- 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.
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.
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.
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.
: 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.
& 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.
Hours : Government offices are usually closed on Saturday
afternoon and all day Sunday
: 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.
: Lhasa Gonggar Airport is approx. 96km away from
Airport Tax : The airport departure tax at present
is US$ 12.00 per person.
Ticket reconfirmation : Your guide will reconfirm
the air ticket upon payment of RMB 30, which is reconfirmation
fee charged by China South West Airlines.
& 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