Customs procedures for China are generally smooth and quick. On arrival
you must complete a baggage declaration form on which you should declare
personal valuables such as watches, cameras, radios, calculators,
jewellery, foreign currency and travellers cheques, etc. Make sure you
retain this form because you will have to present it together with your
valuables at customs again on your departure. Export of antiques over
120 years old will need special permission and customs may confiscate
other antique items if they think they're from a dubious Source.
The choice of entries and exits for Tibet has recently increased to
include more international access to Lhasa. There are direct flight into
Lhasa from Kathmandu Chengdu, Beijing (via Chengdu) and Xian (via Golmud).
Apart from the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight, Nepal overland route to Lhasa has
become a very popular. Recently another entry point to Tibet from West
Nepal (Simikot) has been opened.
08 hours ahead of GMT. Note Tibet is linked to Beijing time so when you
cross the border to Nepal the time change is considerable. Nepal is 5
hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
RENMINBI, 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 5 fen. With the Chinese Currency, Renminbi,
one Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao; Jiao into 10 Fen.
CHEQUES & CREDIT CARDS:
All major currencies, traveller's cheques and credit cards are accepted
by the Bank of China and large tourist hotels in Lhasa. When you change
at the bank you will receive a money exchange receipt which details the
transaction. Keep the exchange receipt you can use it to reconvert your
left over Chinese currency when you leave.
The Bank of China is clcr, e to Public Security Bureau, just behind the
Potala. Opening hours art from 1000 hrs to 1330 hrs and from 1600 hrs.
to 1830 hrs. Its clad ill day on Sunday.
Most shops are open between 0900 hrs and 1230 hrs; and then again from
1430 hrs. until 1730 hrs. Many shops :dose~on Sundavs. Government
offices are usually closed on Saturday afternoon land a day Sunday.
April to October lite clothings are required. The recommended items are:
Sleeping bag,shirts,comfortable walking shoes, Long John Trousers and
shirts, sweater, jackets, dust mask, socks, sun hat, sun glasses, sun
tan lotion, utility knife, water bottle/theroms (litre) flashlight.
Water purification tabs, medicine for headaches, fewer, colds stomach
disorders etc. Toilet papers and tissue papers.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is 96 kms away from Lhasa.
The airport departure tax at present is approx. US$12 per person
Transportation will be either in a Land cruiser or Mini-Van depending on
the size of the group.
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, drink powder and powdered milk. other food items worth
considering are instant noodles, vegemite, nuts and' raisins, chocolate,
dry foods and biscuits.
No special inoculations are required but because 0f Tibet's high
altitude travellers with a pre-existing problem of heart, lungs or
anaemia should consult a doctor before even thinking about a visit. Most
other travellers, once they are acclimatized, rarely suffer more than
mild discomfort from the altitude.
seems to contribute to mountain sickness and dehydration may be a predis-posing
factor. Sensible precautions should include:
Stick to a
schedule of mild activity and rest for the first two days.
of fluids. two to five liters a day are recommended to maintain a
clear, copious urine.
if you are a chronic smoker, keep it to a minimum.
sedatives such as sleeping medicine or tranquillisers. They tend to
depress respiration and limit oxygen intake.
a mild diuretic which stimulates oxygen intake, is used by doctors
for climbers making sudden ascents. This is prescription drug. One
250 mg. tablet taken on the plane from Chengdu or Kathmandu and
another at bedtime the first night in Lhasa' may help to forestall
discomfort for people known to be susceptible to mountain sickness.
Consult a doctor.
It is not
unusual to wake up at night at high altitudes gasping for breath. Don't
panic ! This complaint, known as "Periodic Breathing", is normally quite
harmless, caused by a change in the control of breathing within the
brain while you sleep. Normal breathing can be quickly re-established by
relaxation, rhythmic deep-breathing, and the understanding that there is
nothing to worry about.
All visitors entering Tibet should require SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMIT. This
can be obtained joining only by-organized tours through recognized
travel agencies. Chinese visa, obtained by the visitors in their home
town will not be valid entering into Tibet.
For your kind
information Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu working days are Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 1000 hrs to 1115 hrs in Kathmandu. 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
passport, if you have one.
conditions and visa arrangement
reservation should reach us 2 weeks prior to tour departure date along
with US$150 non-refundable deposit per person.
following details for booking:
Cost of visa fee varies for every national.
A normal visa fee is applicable if the visa is processed on 5 full
working day basis. An urgent fee of US$ 50
additional is applicable for the visa to be processed in 3 days and
US$45 additional, if the visa is to be processed within a day. Makalu
Adventures will process visa for you.