This is an extension tour from Nepal for a total of seven days. Arrive in Lhasa by air from Katmandu and return by overland to Katmandu across the Tibetan plateau, staying in modest clean hotels. Spectacular views of Everest and the Himalayan range from the northern Tibetan plateau are the high points of the tour. Drive over five passes that exceed 15,000-16,000 feet. Included in the package are hotels with breakfast, pick up/drop off at airport, guided sightseeing, transport, air ticket one way Kathmandu-Lhasa on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Need to allow three working days in Kathmandu prior to departure for Tibet to arrange Chinese visa. For individuals and small groups, May-October.
As China Government’s rule & regulation written below, please read detail:
Almost all PRC embassies in foreign countries issue individual tourist visas for China , which can be used for Tibet also. At Chinese embassies in most countries you are typically given a 30 or 60 days visa.
Try and apply for a 60 day visa. Visas cannot be extended in Tibet , but can be easily extended in cities such as Chengdu , Kunming etc.
After you have obtained your visa, Family Alpine Trek & Expedition can arrange your Tibet entry permit and flight tickets (or road permits) in advance and deliver them to you in the city in China from which you are entering Tibet .
As per today's regulation of P.R.C., you will not be able to obtain an ordinary individual tourist visa for China from the embassy in Kathmandu unless you have proof of an air ticket to a city within China such as Chengdu (that is, not to Tibet ).
If you want to travel to Tibet from Nepal , you must get a group visa from a travel agent in Kathmandu who will go to the Chinese embassy on your behalf. These 'group' visas typically cannot be extended once in Tibet/China.
N.B. If you intend to enter Tibet from Nepal you should not get a China tourist visa before you arrive in Nepal as it will be cancelled.
No matter how large or small your group or even you are one pax, Family Alpine Trek & Expedition can arrange your group visa in Kathmandu through our affiliate agents there for up to 2 months duration, as well as the Tibet entry and road permits. The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu works for visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only and normally we have to apply the visa on Monday and then get the visa on Wednesday or Friday.
N.B: The visa fee in Kathmandu has been increased from this year. The new visa fee is as below:
Visa fee for Europeans and Asians:
Normal: US$ 58 ( need 1 week time to apply)
Urgent: US$ 80 ( need 3 days time at least)
Top urgent: US$ 114 ( same day)
Visa fee for Americans:
Normal: US$ 142 ( need 1 week time to apply)
Urgent: US$ 164 ( need 3 days time at least)
THE TIBET ENTRY AND ROAD PERMITS:
HOW MANY KINDS OF TIBET TRAVELING PERMITS NEED?
Regarding on Tibet entry and road permits, we have several different kinds of permits that are necessarily to be made before you start your trip.
Generally, we need to make your Tibet entry and road permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau for the normal tours, such as Everest base camp tour, Lhasa city tour,Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Natso tour etc. But for the restricted traveling areas, including Mount Kailash tour, Eastern Tibet tour, Kham trekking etc, we need to make four different kinds of Tibet entry and road permits from four different government offices such as Tibet entry and road permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau, Foreign affairs office, Military Lhasa head office, Military border head office respectively.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
For the normal Tibet tour, it will take one week period of time to complete and it will take two weeks period of time to complete for the restricted traveling areas mentioned as above Top urgent: US$ 198 ( same day)
8 days tour program can arrange to staying at Deluxe Hotel or Standard Hotel, or Budget Hotel (fly in, drive back to Kathmandu) Tibet: For thousands of years, Tibet lay under the ancient Sea of Tethys. Eighty million years ago, India crashed into Asia, pushing up the Himalayas, lifting the ocean bottom above water and creating this magical land. Geographically, Tibet can be divided into three major parts – north, south and east. The eastern part of is forest region. Virgin forests run the entire breadth and length of this part of Tibet. The northern part is open grassland, where nomads and Yak, and Sheep dwell here. The southern part and center part is agricultural region, occupying about one-fourth of Tibet’s land area. Tibet tour 8 days provides an opportunity to explore Tibet. In different city of Tibet, you will have chance to explore Buddhist Monasteries and Tibetan life. Lhasa is end destination of this trek.
2) Tibet Mt. Kailash & Mansarovar Tour – 13 days, drive from Kathmandu & drive back same route. For round circuit Mt. Kailash, cross 5600m. high point.
3) 15 Days tour, The Entry from far western part of Nepal Simikot, 5 days walk up to Tibet border and exit by drive from east Kodari to Kathmandu.
4) Tibet Everest Base Camp – 10 Days 9 Nights. Everest Base camp elevation (5090m.)
Mt. Kailash (6714 m) - one of the popular mountain peak of Tibet, which is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows) has since time immemorial been celebrated in many eastern cosmologies as Mt. Meru, the axis-mundi. Mt.Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Jains, & the Bonpos, taken as the center of the physical & metaphysical universe. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas & Bodhisattvas....the Wheel of Life.
For the devout pilgrim a visit to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit. And for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. The May tour to Kailash during the annual gives the opportunity to face Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience. A journey can truly called as `once-in-a-lifetime.'
The tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745m/9,000ft and 4,880m / 16,000ft and hiking to a maximum of 5600m / 18,400ft.
# Bhutan Tour:
11-days tour with round trip air on Druk Air (KTM-PARO-KTM)
Tibet, Bhutan & Sikkim costs are based on twin sharing for two or more persons. Single supplement cost is not included. The Single supplement cost US $. 130:00. Note: Nepali Escort 50% Discount if Nepali guide accompany with group.
Day 1 Programme:
Pick up at Bagdogra transfer to Gangtok (1,547m) and Mintokling Guest House Gangtok sight seeing,visit Rumtek Monastery 24 km 45 minutes drive, on the way back visit, Institute of Tibetology, Do-drul Chorten, visit Government Institute of Cottage Industry, Enchey Monastery,and Mintokling Guest house Transfer to Yuksam (1780m) 133 km via Temi Tea estate on camp.
Day 2 Programme
Pick up at Bagdogra transfer to Gangtok (1,547m) Mintokling Guest House Gangtok sight seeing,visit Rumtek Monastery 24 km 45 minutes drive, on the way back visit, Institute of Tibetology, Do-drul Chorten, visit Government Institute of Cottage Industry, Enchey onastery, and Mintokling Guest house.
For trekking in North Sikkim .i.e. Lachen - Green Lake Area a minimum of 04pax is required and the permit has to be applied with all the clients bio-data at least 2 to 3 months in advance through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi. It is a very beautiful trek and the highest point of the trek would be approx 4,984 metres. The trek can range from 10 to 18 days or more depending upon the clients requirements and the route taken. The North Sikkim trek is an expensive trek firstly the porters here charge a higher rate, a Sikkim Liaison officer and sometimes an Indian Army Liaison has to accompany group during the trek and all the expenses has to borne by the local agency. An environmental levy fee of US $. 300:00 has to be paid to the Home Department Govt. of Sikkim. There are no lodges or trekkers hut on this trek trails only camping is possible. Everything has to be taken from Gangtok.BEST SEASON : March to May and Mid - September to Mid - November.