tibet

Tibet

China’s Autonomous Region Tibet is often called the “roof of the world”. Situated on a high desert plateau with an average elevation of 4,000 m, it is rich of cultural heritage. Located between China in the north, Nepal and India in the south and Xingxang in the west, it covers a land area of 1.22 million square kilometers and a population of approximately 2.3 million.

In Central Tibet you can visit Tibet’s beautiful, ancient cities as Lhasa, Shigatse (the seat of the Panchen Lama), Gyantse and Tsedang. You will have magnificent views of the turquoise Yamdrok Lake from Khamba la pass, standing at an altitude of 4794 meters above sea level. Tibet will give you an awe-inspiring scenery of the ever impressive Mt. Everest and you can see how nomads steer their herds of yaks through snow-topped mountain passes. This unique land is now easily accessible from Kathmandu (Nepal) and various parts of China.

In west Tibet you can find the sacred Mt. Kailash, a holy mountain and important pilgrimage for both Hindu and Buddhist religions. This mountain is also the source of the four great rivers of this region; The Indus, Brahmaputra (Tsangpo), Karnali (Ganges) and Sutlej. These rivers are all fed by the water of the nearby sacred Lake Manasarovar.

Time to visit:

The best time to visit Tibet is May till October, when the temperatures are higher. The winter months are usually very cold. Although the weather of the first and last months of this season is generally stable and clear, with cool temperatures during the days and nights below freezing. The least travelers visit Tibet during this period. July and August are usually warmer, but this is when the monsoon pushes beyond the Himalaya, swelling the creeks and coating the valleys with greenery and wildflowers.

Temperature and weather:

Most of the trips are crossing the dry Tibetan Plateau which lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and does not receive much annual rain. We schedule our departures to miss the monsoon season in Nepal and we should almost be guaranteed clear skies. The weather on the Tibetan Plateau during the day will be surprisingly mild and warm, around 20 degrees, while nights will be clear and cool with temperatures well down below zero. Although our trips are timed coincide the periods when the weather is generally good, be warned that weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.
          Climatological Data : Lhasa (Capital City)
Month
Average Temperature
Rainfall
Maximum
Minimum
Jan
7c / 45F
-10c / 14F
2mm / 0.1in
Feb
9c / 48F
-7c / 19F
2mm / 0.1in
Mar
12c / 54F
-3c / 27F
5mm /0.2in
Apr
16c / 61F
1c / 34F
10mm / 0.4in
May
20c / 68F
5c / 41F
35mm / 1.4in
Jun
23c / 73F
9c / 48F
70mm / 2.8in
Jul
22c / 72F
10c / 50F
170mm / 6.7in
Aug
21c/ 70F
9c / 48F
120mm / 4.7in
Sep
20c / 68F
8c / 46F
70mm / 2.8in
Oct
16c / 61F
1c / 34F
10mm / 0.4in
Nov
12c /54F
-5c / 23F
2mm / 0.1in
Dec
8c / 46F
-9c / 16F
2mm / 0.1in

 

Relative Oxygen Rates at different Altitudes
Altitudes
 Oxygen Rate
In Meters
In Feet
8852   (Mt. Everest)
29028
33%
6000
19865
47%
5500
18045
50%
5200
17061
52%
5000
14674
53%
4000
13123
60%
3500
11483
64%
3000
9843
68%
2500
8202
73%
1000
3281
88%
SEA   LEVEL
100 %

Entry to Tibet:

Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight:

Air China is the only Airline operating flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The flights normally operate from April till the end of October and sometimes till November, depending on the weather conditions. This trans-Himalayan flight takes one hour to reach Lhasa and offers spectacular views on the huge mountain range and the southern Tibetan plateau below.

Overland connection from Kathmandu:

There are five major road routes to Lhasa, but foreigners are only supposed to use the Nepal Friendship Highway and the Qinghai route (via Golmud). The journey from Kathmandu should be seen as an adventure and not just as sightseeing. You must make sure to drink plenty of fluids, this will help you to acclimatize. The choice of hotels en route (except in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse) is extremely limited. From Kathmandu it takes 5 days to reach Lhasa. This route opens round the year for travelers.

Tibet from Mainland China:

Lhasa is also connected with Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai by air. There are every day Flights operating from Lhasa to these cities. Gongar is the only Airport in (Tibet) Lhasa. Travelers who are interested visiting Tibet via mainland China can commence their journey from one of these cities.

Documentation & Visa:

The Chinese governments prohibit individual travelers to visit Tibet. The Chinese embassy will only issue visas to travelers on organized group tours. In addition to the visa, it is necessary to obtain an aliens’ travel permit for travel in Tibet.

We will obtain your visa for Tibet, for this you must be in possession of a valid passport. The following information is needed for making your reservation:

- First Name
– Middle name
– Surname
– Passport Number
– Date Of Issue
– Place Of Issue
– Date Of Expiry
– Nationality
– Date Of Birth
– Occupation
– Two Passport Size Photographs

 

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