Before You Traveling To Tibet
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We advise people to travel light. Choose clothes that are easy to wash out and dry over night, light versatile clothes that can be worn as layers are ideal. A light folding sun hat is useful and essential, something light with a wide brim is best. Comfortable walking shoes are needed. Temperature in summer will be in the high 21 C’s to low 17C’s for most of the trip with evening temperatures in the low 8 C’s. Despite the amount of sunlight in Tibet, the daily difference in temperature is still big. It is chilly at night even if the day here is sunny. Bringing some winter clothes and Heat tec inner layers is therefore a wise choice. Generally a T-shirt, over coat and jeans are also indispensable. Sunhats, sunglass and suntan lotion are necessities. In case to be burnt by the strong ultraviolet lights in this high-altitude area, we are suggested to take sunscreens and sunglasses. What’s more, for it is usually windy and dry here, lipsticks is also necessary.
Packing for comfort and convenience:
The secret to successful travel is to travel light. In fact we recommend that you prepare your baggage down to the absolute minimum. Choose sturdy soft skinned travel luggage with strong closure or robust zips if you have a choice, otherwise hard suitcase type luggage is OK but not the Jumbo versions. Try to keep your luggage weight under 20kgs per person. We should aim to have just two items of luggage per person, a day bag/ pack and your main travel bag or pack.
Personal Travel Equipment List:
This is not a definitive list but we have found from experience that the following will be sufficient for most situations. Lockable travel bag. A “soft” bag is preferable to “hard” luggage. Preferably not “jumbo” size Day bag or pack to accompany you in aircraft/vehicle and for day trips. Travelers security pouch/wallet. Sun hat and sun glass. Hands wipes, or alcohol hand wash is useful. Hotel rooms will have an electric kettle and /or thermos of hot water so if you would like a change from tea, take some coffee/ milk powder. Pepper is not often provided “on the table” – if this is an important part of your diet, bring small supply.
The climate in highland Tibet belongs to the typical downy special climate. Climates are much different in different areas in Tibet and temperatures vary greatly within a single day. In southeastern part of Tibet, the average temperature will always around eight degrees but in western part of Tibet will zero degrees at average. While in Lhasa and the central part of Tibet, the climate is normal and nice to travelling. Visitors would not feel cold in winter nor hot in summer, especially from march to October, the best seasons for travelling. Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from May to September, when the precipitation covers 90% of the whole year. Usually it rains at night in Lhasa. Lhasa lies in a small basin and the topography is plain. The climate of the city is mild, without severely cold winters or extremely hot summer. It has highland temperate semi-arid monsoon climate. Being a high altitude city the air is thin and temperatures vary greatly within one single day. The average yearly temperature is 8*C. There is plenty of sun shines all year round with annual sunshine time reaching 3,000 hrs. it is easy to sun burn in Tibet because of strong ultraviolet radiation. Make sure that you bring your sunglass, sunscreen, hat or umbrella with you. October the weather starts to become cooler, but it is very comfortable. With the big difference of temperature between day and night, prepare long-sleeve shirt, sweater and over coat. The average low and high temperature is respectively at 3*C – 17*C.
Tibetans have their own language, which is known as “bod- yig” in the Tibetan-inhabited areas with the meaning of “Tibetan Language”. Tibetan belongs to the Tibetan-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Useful dialogue (Greetings) English – Tibetan Hello: Tashi Delek Thank you: Thuk Je Che Good Bye: Kah Lay Phey I’m sorry: Gong dhaa
Chinese currency is Renminbi (peoples currency) the denominations are in units of 100 of which the principle unit is the yuan (Y). The currency is commonly called Yuan. Yuan exchanges at around 6.5 to 1 USD. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at Bank Of China in Lhasa but only the General Office of the Bank Of China accepts the travelers cheques and cash advance. Useful dialogue (Greetings) English – Tibetan Hello: Tashi Delek Thank you: Thuk Je Che Good Bye: Kah Lay Phey I’m sorry: Gong dhaa
220V, 50 AC: Plugs are commonly two straight pins and two- blade plugs.
The flavor of the Tibetan food is fresh, light and tender. Salt, onion and garlic are the main ingredients. There are many restaurants in Lhasa. All restaurants of various classes are decorated and furnished in the Tibetan traditional style.
You have seen nothing to suggest that the municipal water supply in major Chinese cities is any better or worse than that of most major cities in the western world. In provincial towns we suggest caution with the tap water and bottled water is readily available and relatively inexpensive.
In China roads are a firm, generally smooth surface available to everything that walks, crawls, rolls or perambulates. Motorways are serious roads with serious rules but navigating city streets and prudential roads can be an adventure. Roads reconstruction is a national past time and it is practically impossible to escape the three D’s (delays, detours and deviations) that accompany any overland journey in China. Despite the long list of perilous things that can happen to people on overland journeys in Asia. Chinese drivers seem always to avoid serious confrontations. Traffic flows, (though not always smoothly) pedestrians live to tell the tale and domestic animals survive. Tourist drivers are well trained, regularly tested and tightly regulated so the carriage of tourist is a business that drivers take very seriously even though they may appear cavalier in the face of on coming traffic.
As is the case everywhere common sense is the key to hassle free travelling in China. Never leave travel documents, currency or travelers cheques in your hotel room or bag. The simple expediency of carrying your valuables on your person can make the difference between smooth sailing and disaster. If you never let your valuables out of your sight you won’t have to worry about misplacing them or risk having them walk off in someone else’s back pocket. Get a good quality travelers security pouch/wallet that will fit under your clothes (either around the neck or waist) put your passports and tickets into a small zip lock bag and stick them into your travelers pouch and leave them there until departure.
Keep in mind that you are travelling up to highest plateau in the world. Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high- altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitudes the less is the oxygen in air. Mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are the normal symptoms of AMS.
Some tips from other travelers:
Do not overexert yourself – take things easy and slowly.
Personal medicine: Prescribed daily medicines, personal first-aid kits for common colds, sore feet, upset tummies, insect bites, motion sickness, moisturizers, sunscreens, chap sticks and others. Altitude Sickness: Travelers should consult their doctors before departure and bring along the prescribed altitude sickness medicines such as Diomox and/or Dexamehtasone. Clothing: should include warm and light clothing, hats, small fruit knives and other items which will be useful for personal comfort. Carrying spare set of clothing during trip is advisable. Good and comfortable shoes for walking and climbing are essential. Don’t use shoes which you have not worn but kept Keep hydrated and drink lots of fluids. Keep away from alcohol, cigarettes and other depressant drugs, sleeping tablets, etc. Eat high calorie diet while at high altitude. Avoid taking showers the first few days. for years and expect them to last the complete journey! Make sure you check in all items prohibited by airlines to carry on board – check before check-in for latest. General: Bring your digital cameras, backup batteries, spare memory cards/sticks, pen-drives, charger for camera and hand- phone, power point adaptor (China uses 2 straight or angled 3 flat pin plugs)
Cancellation and Refund policy
You may cancel the tour because of your personal or work issues, so your cancellation request should be in written and you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by our agency.
Cancellation policy as follows:
if the tour has to cancelled because of permit closure or government restrictions that is beyond both parties control, then we will charge only USD50 per person or equivalent in CNY, this is just the service fee and labor fee during the preparation. If you cancel your tour more than 30 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 10% of the total land cost per person. If you cancel your tour 30-15 days prior to your tour start date, 20% of your total land tour cost will be forfeited as a cancellation fee. If you cancel your tour 15-7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 30% of land cost. If you cancel your tour 7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 50% of land cost. If you fail to show up or cancel at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice or later than that, you will forfeit 100% of the tour cost.