Tibet General Information
For centuries Tibet has fascinated mankind. This land beyond the mighty Himals on the highest plateau in the world was almost inaccessible to the outside world until recently. This the “Land of Mysteries”, “Forbidden Land” has appealed to explorers, scholars, pilgrims and adventurers hoping to find a “Shangri La”. Lhasa, the capital, is the center of Tibetan culture, religion and Lama theology. The Tibetans, Monpas, Lhopas and Muslims who inhabit the plateau have their own distinctive. Loshar, the Tibetan new year, is the largest and the longest festival. Sky burials, water burials, stupa burials and cremations are of great interest. Technology, medicine, Buddhist philosophy, astrology, drama and debating form the basis of Tibetan science and culture.
Important Information About Tibet
THE ROAD TO LHASA
Travel between Kathmandu and Lhasa or Kailash is an incredible journey where you can see the world’s highest mountains, drive on the world’s highest plains, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and chanting Tibetan monks. Tibet has avoided the influence from the western world and has developed its own unique culture and traditions. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote region. So, it is advised not to expect high standards as you are accustomed to in the West with regards to accommodation and amenities.
Tibet’s climate is extreme continental. There is a vast difference between the day and night temperatures any time of the year. The average temperature ranges from 3 to 12 degrees centigrade. While traveling in Tibet one can feel some discomfort like breathlessness and headaches before becoming acclimatized. Many hotels keep bottled oxygen for emergencies.
Casual wear and comfortable walking shoes are essential for any Tibet tours. Warm clothes are a must as the nights and the mornings are quite chilly.
November to April: Down jacket, thermal underwear, warm trousers, warm sweaters, woolen shirts, gloves, warm hat and scarves, light leather boots in case of snow.
May to October: Rain coats, or wind breakers, jackets, sweaters, sunhat cotton or woolen shirts, comfortable shoes.
As you have to pass through high terrain, you are likely to experience minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness until your body gets adjusted to the altitude. It is advisable to drink large quantities non-alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration. We also recommend to take a strip of Diamox tablets. A small first aid kit is essential.