Useful information about Tibet

As per current tourist visa regulation must obtain visit Tibet Group Visa (Visa issued on a separate sheet) of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu and the Chinese Embassy in extranjero.Visa paper issued is known as Group visa and valid for single pax immigration también.Tibet not accept Chinese visa stamped in the passport for the customer to visit Tibet as a tourist.

  • China Embassy Visa Section in Kathmandu, is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1000 hours to 1100 hours and is known as a working day. Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has at least three clear working days for obtaining Visa China Normal Group
  • Normal entry Visa for all except American citizens will be $ 120. - Net per person including emergency charge. Normal entry Visa for American National will be $ 210. - Net per person. (Visa fee subject to change) Emergency Visa can be issued within a working day on payment of Visa emergency charge of $ 17. - Net per person. (All visa fees are subject to change)
  • Following documents are required for obtaining Visa China. Original passport current travel permit to Tibet, Travel Tibet invitation letter issued by China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) and the list of visitors, duly endorsed by TTB.Se requires passport details of full name such as passport ( please mention the names of half as well), sex, nationality, date of birth, passport number, occupation, etc., along with a photocopy of your passport for processing various Tibet travel documents.
  • Photographs are not normally required for group visa, but it is advisable to bring two passport photos, which can sometimes be very useful. The final confirmation of the tour are required to Tibet Visa processing approval letter.
  • Enclosed, please find a Tibet Group Visa for your ready reference. Please fill out the form and send as an attachment to e-mail.
  • While in normal Chinese Embassy visits the group problem for tourists visiting Tibet, a longer than normal visa issuing singles and allow entry of Tibet.
  • According to China's policy Embassey new visa now customers need to place your original passport 5 days prior to China Embassy in Kathmandu.
IMPORTANT - The above rules and all visa fees are subject to change without notice. This is for your information.

Little is known of Tibet before the seventh century. From this century until the tenth century Tibet was an independent country where land was owned by noble families, Buddhist monasteries and small landowners. This form of society remained until 1930. At that time 700,000 people were slaves in a total population of 1.5 million inhabitants.

In the thirteenth century Tibet was dominated by the Mongol Empire, founding the Yuan and Ching, joining native Ming dynasty, founded by the Han rulers Mongols gave great autonomy secular school of Sa-skya of Tibetan Buddhism . For three centuries Tibet remained governed by secular dynasties. In the sixteenth century, Altan Khan of the Mongol tribe Turnet, gave support to the Dalai Lama's religious government, Buddhism remains the dominant religion among Mongols and Tibetans. In the seventeenth century the Jesuit António de Andrade managed to cross the Himalayan mountains and penetrate Tibet, becoming the first European to do so.

At the beginning of the eighteenth century China Chinese sent a commissioner to Lhasa to take over the government. Tibetan factions rebelled against the commissioner, who was murdered. Later Qing army invaded Tibet and defeated the rebels, reinstalling another commissioner. Two thousand Chinese soldiers remained in Tibet and his defensive work was supported by local forces organized by the commissioner.

In 1904 the British sent a strong military contingent and invaded Lhasa, forcing in this way the opening of the border between India (then a British colony) and Tibet. In 1906 the British signed a treaty with China whereby Tibet became a British protectorate.

In 1907 a new treaty was signed between Britain, China and Russia which gave China's sovereignty over Tibet. In 1910 the Qing central government first exercised direct rule over Tibet. However, in 1911 the outbreak of the civil war in China forced the country's troops stationed in Tibet to return to that country, seized the opportunity Dalai Lama to restore its control over Tibet. In 1913, Tibet and Mongolia signed an agreement recognizing each other's independence from China. In 1914 he negotiated a treaty between China, Tibet and Britain called Simla Convention. During this convention the British invaders tried to divide Tibet into two regions, which was unsuccessful. But representatives of Tibet and Britain signed an agreement on the back of China, by which Tibet would be an autonomous region of China and the British would be awarded 90,000 square kilometers of traditional Tibetan territory that corresponds to the current state of Arunachal Pradesh. After India declared independence, this nation considered this region for himself according to the boundary set out in that treaty. China, however, rejected this position, stating that the treaty had no validity because it was not signed by them and not Tibet was an independent nation, but a protectorate of China. The dispute over the region caused the war between China and India in 1962.

At the outbreak of Xinhai Revolution and World War Tibet lost interest for the Western powers and China. At this juncture the thirteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet took the government without interference from other countries.

In 1950 the Chinese army entered Tibet, easily defeating the Tibetan army weak. In 1951 he drafted the Plan for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, which was signed by representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama under pressure from the Chinese government. This plan provided for the administration of the Chinese government with the government of Tibet. At that time the majority of Tibetans living under bondage because most of the land was owned by lamas. The plan was implemented but not all over, because the regions of Eastern Kham and Amdo were considered Chinese provinces, carrying out a radical reform of land tenure. In June 1956 as a result of this reform, a rebellion broke out in these two regions, which, backed by the CIA, was extended to Lhasa. The Chinese army succeeded in crushing the rebellion in 1959, in military actions that caused the death of thousands of Tibetans. The fourteenth Dalai Lama and his top aides fled to India, where rebels continued to support actions against the Chinese army until 1969 when he left to help the CIA and other powers occidenciales not collaborated.

Although the Panchen Lama was virtually imprisoned in Lhasa, the Chinese showed him as the head of Tibet's government in the absence of the Dalai Lama, who traditionally had been the ruler of the region. In 1965 China introduced substantial changes when dispossessed of land to the lamas and secular education introduced. During the Cultural Revolution in China Tibet suffered serious damage to its cultural heritage, including its Buddhist heritage. More than 6,000 Buddhist monasteries were destroyed and several Buddhist monks were killed or captured.

Since 1979, economic reforms have been doing, but not political. Nominally religious freedom has been restored, but the conditions and limitations are important as the prohibition to challenge lamas of China's right to rule Tibet or persecution to which is subjected the Catholic Church in China.
In 1989 the Panchen Lama died, and the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government recognized different reincarnations. Respecting the religion of the Tibetans, the Chinese government officially recognized the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, according to Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. To do this they used the procedure used in the Qing dynasty by which the Panchen Lama was chosen in a lottery using a golden urn where the name of the Panchen Lama possible balls were inserted into barley. Meanwhile the Dalai Lama named Gedhun Choeky Nyima as the eleventh Panchen Lama, while the Chinese government chose Gyancain boy named Norbu. Gyancain raised in Beijing and very rarely appears in public. Choeky and his family, according to Tibetan exiles, seem to be prisoners. The Chinese government says it is free under a false identity in order to protect your privacy.

Historic Tibet consisted of 2.5 million km ² at an average altitude of over 4,000 m. Currently, Tibet is divided into three provinces: Amdo (in the northeast), Kham (the easternmost) and U-Tsang (southwest).

The Tibetan landscape is breathtaking. In Tibet and the Brahmaputra rivers are born (Tsangpo in Tibetan), Yangtze (drichu) or Indo (Senge Khabab). Currently there is a serious problem with the location of nuclear waste in Tibet and with the massive deforestation that is taking place in the area. We also noticed a strong exploitation of mineral resources. The great danger is that Tibetan ecosystem is valuable but, at the same time, extremely delicate and fragile.

Cultivated grains such as wheat, corn or barley. They also grow mustard, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander, potato, rice, sugar beet and snuff among others.

In Tibet grow fruit trees such as apple and cherry trees and others like chestnut and walnut, to name a few. A widely cultivated plant is undoubtedly tea (in its many varieties). Many of the plants that grow there are used for medicine, as there are more than two thousand of them to treat cancer, ulcers, malaria, diabetes, anemia, tuberculosis.

Lots of variety of animals: 40 endemic species of mammals, 23 birds, 2 reptiles and 10 amphibians. Some are: yak, Tibetan antelope, the giant panda, the red panda and the Himalayan marmot. Most of the Tibetan wildlife is concentrated in the wetter areas of the east and south.

The biodiversity of the Tibetan Plateau has unique characteristics, but it is not easy to measure the level of degradation due to restrictions for independent measurement. Radical changes in the natural environment could affect the Tibetan monsoon-dependent crops of India, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, China and other Asian countries, and which originates in Tibet. This is very important for Tibetans [citation needed].

Books and newspapers can be purchased and written Tibetan language there are several radio and television channels in this language. In 2007 he opened the first television station that broadcasts 24 hours a day in Tibetan.

Chinese investments in the autonomous province have grown dramatically and this has resulted in the construction of roads, airports, power plants, bridges and railways. In 2007 began transtibetano railway operations, which has brought thousands of new tourists to Lhasa, not without controversy by religious sectors.

Tibet's economy has traditionally been based on traditional activities such as agriculture, livestock, wool spinning, forestry and handicrafts. Have recently been discovered in Tibet modest deposits of copper, lead, zinc, chromium, gold, aluminum and oil, which has caused several companies, both domestic and foreign are interested in doing more extensive studies in the area. Tibet also has one of only five lithium deposits in the world, used in medical equipment, heavy industry and recently in electric car batteries and mobile computing devices, making it a strategic site.

Because of the high altitude and harsh environmental conditions of Tibet, its cuisine is very rich in calories, proteins and fats. The daily diet of Tibetan nomads is based on two energy-rich foods: the tsampa, usually consisting of roasted barley flour fire, and Tibetan tea (CHAS), which is tea with yak butter and salt. Other dishes are prepared, for example, the thukpa (vegetable soup, meat and pasta) and momo (pasta shaped ravioli-sized larger than a kibble-stuffed with meat or vegetables, steamed facts) and the khabse (biscuits). Also eat yak meat, sheep or goat. Also take advantage of the milk to make lassi, yogurt smoothie and a little honey with beef.

Education is bilingual and simultaneously Tibetan children learn Mandarin Chinese and Tibetan. In the Tibetan language, the words are usually monosyllabic although a suffix is ​​added if it is normally called masculine, feminine, plural, verb, etc.. The Tibetan alphabet comes from the time of King Songtsen Gampo. This king (who introduced Buddhism to Tibet) sent a group of scholars to India to study Buddhist texts and translated into the Tibetan language. Moreover, these scholars should study in detail the Indian alphabets. They chose the brahmi and modifying it, created the Tibetan alphabet.

Mahayana Buddhism entered Tibet by Guru Rinpoche in the eighth century. Existed before the Bon tradition. With the rise of Buddhism, the ancient tradition almost disappeared, although it was later recovered and was founded 300 monasteries. Part of the belief created Bön Tibetan Buddhism. The Mahayana or Great Vehicle search is not limited to personal liberation, but aims to expand the knowledge gained and show the way to all beings. This vehicle takes different forms in different cultures: the Zen in Japan, Tantra or Vajrayana in Tibet.

Except Hotel in the city of Lhasa, accommodation available in all other places are quite modest, but with attached bathrooms and hot and cold running water, except in Zhangmu and Hotel Qmolongma. These two baths are connected hotels, but heats the water in the small cube. Single rooms are available upon request and availability only.

Mostly without paved roads in Tibet - the time due road conditions can sometimes be blocked by flash floods, landslides or falling snow that we will not be able to know in advance.

Month precipitation avrg. (Cel) (mm) Sol (Hours)
Temp Month avrg. (Cel) Rainfall (mm) Sunshine (Hrs) Jan -2.3 0.2 251.4 February 1.1 0.5 226.4
Mar 4.5 1.5 241.8
April 3.8 4.5 244.1
May 12.3 25.4 284.5
June 15.4 77.1 227.2
July 15.1 129.1 224.8
Aug 14.3 138.7 221.4
Sep 12.7 56.3 238.3
October 8.2 7.9 285.9
November 2.3 1.6 271.0
Dec -1.7 0.5 261.0
L7.5 446.6 3007.8 Annual

We would like to inform you that the trip to Tibet can be quite rough and difficult. High, owing to the travelers with pre-existing heart problems, lung or anemia should definitely consult with your doctor before this trip. Travelers should have clothes consisting of layers that can be added or removed as the temperature varies during the day. It should carry a windbreak hot pants and a thick sweater with comfortable shoes, sun block, sun glasses, a lip balm, a hat, tissue paper, flashlights, can openers, personal medications, including aspirin / Diamox, some groceries / Cookies etc. On this trip, the effort should be avoided and drink plenty of fluids is recommended. During the winter, heavy outerwear is a must.

Encases the road is blocked by landslides / flash floods or snow between Lhasa and Tibet / Nepal border (Kodari) as well as between Kodari to Kathmandu, or vice versa, additional transportation / rental expenses incurred for local transportation will be borne by the passenger directly.

Note that it is advisable to keep U.S. $ 40.00 net per person in portering and contingencies.

Please note in Tibet, the amount of insurance coverage is very low, as such, customers must have their own insurance. Agents do not pay any claim Tibetans however logical the claim may be. It is also possible that some parts of the route can not be allowed to visit due to the sudden decision of the government.

Although Tibet request Agent to provide better guidance, even the best guides will not same quality as guides in Nepal or India.

Reasonably comfortable. Condition by long hard road, sometimes the microphone malfunction. Since the tourism infrastructure is not well developed in Tibet do not expect that services in other countries. Please note this is regulation from now, are subject to change without notice. Customers traveling to Tibet at their own risk at all times.

Tour Code

Itineray Name

Destinations Covered



Tibet Fly in Fly Out


06 Nights


Tibet Tour For Lasha


09 Nights


Tibet And Kathmandu


09 Nights

Tibet Fly in Fly Out

Code – Itinerary - Nights

  WEI/001/TB - Tibet Fly in Fly Out– 21 


Paro 01,  Thimphu 03, Wangduephodrang 01, Trongsa 01, Bhumthang 04, Wangduephodrang 01, Paro 01

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Our guide will help you to get transferred to the hotel as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 – Kathmandu

You start your tour with a full day city sightseeing programme. The well known places that you will visit are Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swayambhunath, Patan and Darbar Square. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 3 – Kathmandu

The day is your own to spend the way you like. Kathmandu is the best place for shopping in Nepal for unique Nepali items. Don't miss out on locally made handicrafts as they are quite special and rare. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 – Kathmandu – Zhangmu

In early morning itself, we will drive to the Nepal China border Koari. After Chinese immigration formalities, you will be taken across the friendship bridge on foot and then a 4 hr drive to Zhangmu which is 115 km away. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 – Zhangmu – New Tingri

While going Xegar, we cross through the famous Nyalam and Lulung Passes. The drive is going to be an absolute treat for all beauty admirers as the journey offers brilliant sights of Himalayas and Mt. Everest. On arrival, check in at the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 – New Tingri – Shigatse

The drive to Shigatse is going to be a long one. It will take around 8 hrs to cover the 244 km journey. Once you are in Shigatse, you will be directly taken to the best hotel of the town for an overnight stay. Even after Check in, you have ample of time to move out into the city and explore the customs and way of living of the locales.

Day 07 – Shigatse – Gyantse

In morning, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the free market at Shigatse which is quite famous for the paintings and traditional wear. We recommend to shop here. Later in the day, we drive to Gyantse which is almost 90 km away and will take more than 2 hrs. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Evenings are reserved for a visit to Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 – Gyantse – Lhasa

Drive to Lhasa crossing from KARO Pass, Yamdruk Lake and KAMBA Pass. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 – In Lhasa

Full day Lhasa city tour of Lhasa visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 – In Lhasa

Full day visit to Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 – Lhasa / Kathmandu – Kathmandu / Varanasi

In time transfer to airport to board flight CA 407 that leaves Lhasa at 1025 hrs local time and arrival in Kathmandu at 0925 hrs local Kathmandu time. Rest in Transit lounge and then proceed for your next flight to Varanasi IC 752 that departs from Kathmandu 1410 hrs local time and arrives in Varanasi at 1450 hrs IST. In Varanasi our tour operator will guide you to the hotel where you will spend the night.

Day 12 – Varanasi

Early morning boat ride on river Ganges and then a half day city tour that will take you to Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Bharat Hindu University, Vishwanath Temple and the famous Varanasi Ghats. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13 – Varanasi – Amritsar – Dharamshala

In time transfer to Railway station to board the overnight Amritsar mail that leaves Varanasi at 0930 hrs and arrives at Amritsar at 0815 hrs. Enjoy the new experience of sleeping in a train that definitely is going to be a memorable one.

Day 14 – Amritsar – Dharamshala

Meeting assistance on arrival in Amritsar and drive to Dharamshala. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day – 15 – Dharamshala

you can explore Dharamshala much famous as a Buddhist Pilgrimage destination. The place is good for shopping of locally made handicrafts that are quite unique. Here you will be visiting the Buddhist monasteries, ancient temples and will also indulge into small trek in the foot hills of Himalayas.

Day 16 – Dharamshala – Pathankot – Laksar

Day free for leisure. At evening transfer to railway station for boarding Sealdah Express to Laksar. The train leaves Dharamshala at 2140 hrs. and arrives at Laksarat 0722 hrs. You will spend another night on the train.

Day 17 – Laksar - Rishikesh

Meet our guide on arrival at Laksar railway station who will lead you to Rishikesh. The holy town much known for its asharams, yoga and meditation resorts and of-course the thrill of river rafting on the river Ganga. On arrival, check in at hotel. Your entire day is scheduled so that you can enjoy the every possible activity here. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day – 18 - Rishikesh

Explore the sacred town of Rishikesh where you will experience a new faith at every corner. The town is not too big so can explore the city on foot itself.

The city is also rich in unique shopping items. Shop for some of the exclusive religious items besides holy books, jewelry, handicrafts.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 19 – Rishikesh – Haridwar

The day is the last of this tour. After checking out of the hotel we will drive for Haridwar, it will take just an hour to reach the holy town of Ganges. Enjoy the Aarti on the Har Ki Pauri (Ganga Ghats) in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 20 – Haridwar

There will be entire day sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the many ghats that are a distinct feature of the city. There is an hour trek up to the Mansa Devi Temple perched on the Trikuta Hills; a cable car journey up to the temple can be the other option to reach the hill top. Back to the hotel for an overnight saty.

Day 21 – Haridwar – Delhi

You will be leaving for Delhi at early morning in Jan Shatabdi Express that leaves Haridwar at 0630 hrs. Reach Delhi by around 1155 hrs. Directly move to your hotel for check in. There is ample of time left in the day for indulging in different activities. Shopping could be an absolute pleasure in the capital city of Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 22 – Delhi Departure

The day is the last day of this tour. You will be transferred to the Delhi Airport in time for your next flight for your onward journey.

Tibet Tour For Lasha

Code – Itinerary - Nights

 WEI/002/TB - Tibet Tour For Lasha– 12


Paro 01, Thimphu 03, Wangduephodrang 01, Trongsa 01, Bumthang 04,Wangduephodrang 01, Paro 01

Day 1 Chengdu / Beijing / Kathmandu to Lhasa

Lhasa airport picking up, have a good rest to acclimitize the high altitude in the afternoon, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today you will visit the most wonder of Tibet potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkor Market, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today you will visit Drepung, Sera Monasteries and summer palace Norbulingka, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 4 Lhasa airport /train station dropping off (B)

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, end the trip

Tibet And Khatmandu

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/003/TB - Bhutan Natural Wonders – 09 


Paro 01, Thimphu 03, Punakha 02, Phobjikha 01, Thimphu 01, Paro 01

Day 1 Chengdu / Beijing / Xi'an to Lhasa

Lhasa airport picking up, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the afternoon, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing (B+L)

Today you will visit the World Heritage Sites of Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkor Market, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 3 Lhasa / Yangbachen hot-spring / Namtso Lake (B+L+D)

Day tour to Namtso Lake via Yangpachen hot-spring. You will have a chance to see Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, and pass the Nagela. Namtso Lake is the sky lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, also the highest salt lake. You can do a bit trekking at the lake side. On the way back, have hot-spring at Yangbachen(Fee on your own). Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 4 Lhasa / Yamdrok lake / Gyantse / Shigatse, 360KM, 7hour drive (B+L+D)

Morning drive up to Kambala pass which is 4794m high, you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso there, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse, overnight at Shigatse.

Day 5 Shigatse / Sakya / Lhatse, 200KM, 4 hour drive (B+L+D)

Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, do its kora. Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is the main monastery at Sakyapa. Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 6 Lhatse / New Tinggri (Shegar) / Old Tingri / Rongphu Monastery / E.B.C , 190KM, 3-4hour drive (B+L)

Early morning start driving to Rongbuk via Shegar, cross over Gyatsola Pass and Pang-la, where you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet, still a good point to see Mt.Everest. Afternoon trek from Rongphu to E.B.C, it takes about 2 hours. Or you can take animal carriage ( 30rmb/per person,round-trip). Overnight at Rongbuk guest house. (dorm bed)

Note: The entrance fee of Mt. Everest Base Camp is 180rmb/per person. Then Entry fee of the Landcruiser to E.B.C. is 400rmb. It is a bit cold to stay at Rongbuk guest house, so you'd better to take your sleeping bag with you. Please prepare your own package food for Rongbuk staying.

Day 7 Rongphu/ Old Tingri/ Zhangmu, 280KM, 7-8hour drive (L+D)

Early morning see the sunrise at E.B.C, then drive down to Zhangmu via Old Tingri and Nyalam, you will have breakfast-lunch at Old Tingri. Overnight at Zhangmu( Gang Gyen Hotel or other hotel, twin-bed without bath

Day 8 Zhangmu ( Nepal Boarder)/ Kathmandu (B+L+D)

After breakfast,our guide will help you clear the customs and transfer you to the Friendship Bridge at the border. Our Nepalese guide will pick you up there, after you check in at Nepali Immigration office, then drive about 5 hours to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way. Overnight in Kathmandu (3 star standard hotel)

Day 9 Kathmandu sightseeing one day (B+L+D)

Morning drive to the great Buddhist Temple of Swayambhunath, People still call it 'Monkey temple'. It is located on the top of a hill west of Kathmandu, Where you can have a good views over Kathmandu valley. Visit Newari architecture of Patan's Durbar Square, with its superb art museum. Afternoon visit one of the world's largest stupas - Boudha.Overnight at Kathmandu ( 3 star standard hotel)

Day 10 Kathmandu airport dropping off.(B)

Kathmandu airport dropping off, end the trip