Tibet is harsh and primordial. Guarded by high passes and blessed by wispy prayer flags, it is often painted as a Shangri-La of cliff-hanging monasteries and a culture locked in eternal mysticism. A century ago, a visit to Tibet took stamina, nerve and a good deal of luck. Isolated by formidable geographic barriers and guarded by its government, Lhasa, the capital, was truly a Forbidden City. Few Westerners met the challenge, but the tales they returned with tantalized the imagination of the world. Tibet was the epitome of all that was magical, mysterious and unknown. Today, with the opening up of air and land routes from Nepal, travelers have plenty of opportunities to gain first-hand insight into the myriad sights and sounds of this exotic and ancient land, and to lose themselves in the rich Tibetan culture, architecture, landscape and religion. The spirit of adventure, however, still remains. Hidden behind the Himalaya and rising nearly five kilometers above sea level, Tibet is a land unlike any other, a magical realm of vast open spaces, clear light and pure colour, dominated by an intensely blue sky. Tibet has been devoutly Buddhist since the 8th century, merging influences from Indian Buddhism, Tantra and the indigenous religion call Bon into a complex synthesis of beliefs.
Best time to Visit: Our Kailash tours commence from May and continue till September. However, the Lhasa city tours are the Central Tibet overland tours are run all the year round.
Currency: The unit of currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 8 Yuan. Money can be exchanged at the Bank of China at Zhangmu, Xigatse and Lhasa. The hotels also change money for you. All credit cards are accepted at Xigatse & Lhasa.
Airport Tax: The airport departure tax while flying from Lhasa to Kathmandu is 100 Yuan (approx 12.5 USD). While flying Kathmandu / Lhasa the airport tax is NRS. 1100.
Visas: Please check the latest costs prior to departure!
1. Indian national does not require Nepal re-entry visa for Nepal. However Indian national should have their passport stamped (Arrival) at the TIA. If arrival stamp is missed client has to pay INRS 500 at the border, which is not included in the tour cost.
2. Foreign nationals should have double entry visa as they exit from Nepal, go to Tibet and enter Nepal once again. The cost of the visa if taken in Kathmandu before departure is US$ 25 and if taken at the airport or border upon arrival is US$ 50 for single entry.
3. Airport departure tax for the Indian nationals is the same as foreigners.
Risk & Liability: The Wanderers and/or its operators/agents will put every effort to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, all the programs in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, The Wanderers or its Nepal & Tibet counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, and political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most advisable for clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents. Cancellation insurance is also highly recommended.