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TIBET TRAVEL INFORMATION


Temperature and weather:
Weather conditions from June to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. Day time temperatures can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet. The average daily temperature will be 10 degrees centigrade, however, the intense sun at high altitude can, make it feel even hotter. At this time of the year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time, temperatures at night time can drop as low as 0 to -10 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Parikarama. 

Health Considerations:
All participant  should be medical fit to travel in altitudes of 5700 meters. We do ask you to bring along your own small first aid kit (available at pharmacies). 

Some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are:

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  • Antiseptic cream or wound disinfectant: iodine and tube squeeze cream.
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  • Foot care and blister treatment: Band- Aids, adhesive roll and strips, gauze pads, moleskin. (Please, bring trusted and broken in walking boots).
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  • Gauze pads: 3", at least 6 pads; Gauze roll: 2-3" rolls; Adhesive Tape: 2" roll.
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  • Ace bandage for the ankle. Elastic bandage 3" roll.
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  • Water disinfectant tablets
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  • Antibiotics: (Triethoprim/ Sulfamethoxazole- Bactrim DS or Septra DS - double strength (160mg/s 800mg). Antidiarrhoeals - Lomotil and pepto-bismol tablets and make sure you bring Charcoal tablets. Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics and anti diarrheals.
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  • Diamox : 30 tablets. It is a must that every participant takes diamox from the day of their arrival in Kathmandu, this is for a precaution measure taken so that participants do not fall ill due to high altitude. Please consult your doctor regarding diamox. * Anti-inflammatory: Advil, Rufen or Mortin. Aspirin/Tylenol or general painkillers.
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  • Strong Sunscreen Oil: Skin Antibiotic Cream/ Antifungal Ointment. Lozenges/strepsils (plenty).
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  • Small scissors and knife, water proof matches, safety pins, thermometer, lighter, dehydration salt (electrolytes) Packets. Foot powder and Cream. Heat Balm for muscles/joints. Vicks inhaler/vapourub. Chap sticks.

    Fitness:
    Please start to get in shape now. A good 30 minutes walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (concentrate on your heart and legs - Aerobics). Porters or Yak will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good day pack and are fit enough to carry shacks, filled water, bottle/canteen, food/snacks, camera, film, map, jumper, sun hat, first aid kit, lightweight rain gear, extra clothes etc.

    Altitude Sickness:
    This is an environment - related condition that can effect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Suggest reading any book on trekking that has a chapter on this and also consulting your doctor. Please note that diamox has to be taken by all participants as a precaution measure. Our advice: Drink at least 4 liters of water a day, do not exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take more rest than usual.

    Responsibility:
    All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a government organization and we have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities. Mactrek and Expedition (P) Ltd reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice, depending on the weather and road conditions, etc.

    Currency:
    All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu bank in return for Yuan. The basic unit of Chinese currency, 1 Yuan equals 10 Jiao and 1 Jiao equals 10 Fen. At present USD 1 = 8 Yuan, approx. Credit cards are rarely accepted.

    Custom Formalities:
    Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio and video camera etc ) should be declared at customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back o return journey. Antiques must be properly certified; otherwise they may be confiscated.

    Transportation:
    For Kathmandu to Kodari private minibus will be provided for the group, border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on truck or walk, approximately 1 hour, ride, depending on the road condition. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be travelling in Land cruisers/ Pajeros/ Jeeps. A support truck will be provided for luggage and all camping equipment and food supplies.

    Staff:
    Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsible for all camping and cooking arrangements during the whole Kailash trip.

    Oxygen/Gamow Bag:
    One oxygen cylinder with mask will be provided in each vehicle and during the Parikarama. Please note that oxygen is to be used in case of emergency only. We also provide a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) also known as Gamow Bag.

    Briefing and Orientation:
    There will be a detail briefing on the program in Kathmandu before you leave for Kailash, Tibet. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing. If you have any unanswered questions than you discuss during this meeting.

    ACCOMMODATION:
    Accommodations in Nyalam and in Darchen will be in very basic lodges. The rooms at these places are very basic without any modern amenities and most rooms accommodate 3-4 persons. During the rest of the journey two men high altitude tents will be provided. While camping we shall be providing all tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and camping equipment for the trip, except for personal clothing. No laundry services will be available throughout the trip. Single room will not be available in Tibet.

    FOOD AND BEVERAGE:
    We will be providing pure vegetarian breakfast and hot dinner cooked by our Sherpas at campsite, who will be taken from Kathmandu. It will be advisable to bring sufficient supplementary food like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias, swahilis and favorite tinned products etc... to add variety to the meals. Lunch will be packed of light snacks.

    VISAS AND DOCUMENTS:
    You must be in possession of a valid passport for at least 6 months. We will obtain your visa for Tibet and will require your passport photocopy when making your reservation. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu opens 3 times a week for visa process i.e. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Your passports should reach us not later than 15 days prior to your arrival in Kathmandu.

    GUIDE/ESCORT:
    Local English speaking Tibetan Guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.

    PHOTOGRAPHY:
    Still Cameras, Home Video cameras are allowed into Tibet without having to take any permission.

    INSURANCE:
    We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, Emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, cancellation, etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or  their belongings during the pilgrimages.

    COMMUNICATION:
    The last place to make any international calls is in Nyalam, your first night in Tibet. However, please be informed that it may be difficult at times to get the international phone connection. If any urgent messages have to be sent to any of the participants, then please not that it is not possible to contact them while they are in Tibet.

    CLOTHING:
    Clothing for both extremes of Climate and Temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing is required. But as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Tibetan Plateau. Evenings will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring along the following clothing and accessories with you:

    ACCESSORIES
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    Personal first aid kit
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    Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, scissors.
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    Flashlight with extra batteries (3 sets)
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    Sun glasses.
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    Water bottles - unbreakable (min 2 liters capacity). Can be purchased in Kathmandu.
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    Note book, pens and pencils.
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    Camera, films and extra batteries for electronic camera.
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    Binoculars( recommend)
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    Pocketknife, sewing kit, butane cigarette, lighter and Chap Stick, moisturizers, money pouch/belts etc
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    Water purification tablets.
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    Walking stick - can be purchased in Kathmandu

    YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH THE FOLLOWING:

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    Two-man tent, foam mattresses
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    Dinning tents and table and stools.
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    Toilet Tents.
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    Kitchen tents, equipment, food supplies.
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    Guide, cook, helpers
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    Porters/yaks to carry luggage/camping equipment during the Parikarma.
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    4 WD vehicle with drivers.
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    Equipment truck with driver.
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    Oxygen cylinder with masks in every vehicle.
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    Kit bag for your clothes and equipment.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: ON THIS TRIP WE MUST RESTRICT YOU TO 15 KGS OF PERSONAL GEAR KEEP IT LIGHT AND TIGHT !

    RISK & LIABILITY:

    Mactrek and Expedition (P) Ltd will put every effort to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. However, all the programs in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, Mactrek and Expedition (P) Ltd. or its Tibet counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most advisable for clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents. A cancellation insurance is also highly recommended.

    Tour Cancellation:
    There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation three weeks prior to Tour departure date, 50% two weeks prior to Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows and delay arrivals what so-ever reason.

    Contact Address:
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    Chhetrapati, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal, P.O. Box: 21187
    Tel.: 977-1- 4260219, 4248972, Fax: 977-1-4248972, Email: mactrek@wlink.com.np , sales@nepaltibettravel.com
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