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Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

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Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour
Trip Duration 8 Days
Max-Altitude 4300
Group Size 1-15
Start & End Point Kathmandu
Trip Difficulty Moderate
Best Season Spring and Autumn
Trip Price
US$ 3700
US$ 3100 Per Person
Trip Introduction

Overview of Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Explore the magic of Tibet on our captivating Kathmandu to Lhasa tour. This extraordinary journey whisks you away, traversing dramatic landscapes from Nepal’s verdant valleys to the awe-inspiring Tibetan plateau. Immerse yourself in rich Tibetan culture, encountering ancient monasteries, vibrant prayer flags, and traditional villages.

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera Monastery to uncover the region’s spiritual essence. Contact us today to explore our Kathmandu to Lhasa tour options and live on your dream Tibetan adventure!

Trip Schedule

Itinerary of Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Bus 7-9 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 2774m.

Unwind and awaken your sense of adventure! Your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour begins with an early morning departure from Kathmandu. As you leave the bustling city behind, settle into your seat and witness the stunning Nepalese countryside unfold before you.

The scenic drive winds its way through lush valleys dotted with charming villages, offering a captivating glimpse into Nepal’s vibrant culture.

Reaching the Border:

Upon arrival at the Nepal-Tibet border town of Kerung, you’ll complete the necessary immigration formalities. Depending on road conditions, you’ll either take a short, adventurous uphill drive by bus or van for approximately an hour or embark on a scenic two-hour walk uphill to reach the Chinese immigration checkpoint. After checking into your hotel in Kerung, you may choose to relax and unwind or continue your journey onward toward Lhasa.

Important Note: The Himalayas can be unpredictable, and landslides are a possibility that may affect road conditions. We will keep you informed on the day of your tour regarding the best option for reaching the Chinese immigration point.

This exciting first day sets the stage for your unforgettable exploration of Tibet. Prepare yourself for breathtaking landscapes and captivating cultural encounters!

Bus 4-6 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 4348m

Brace yourself for awe-inspiring vistas! Today’s journey on your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour involves a thrilling uphill drive to the world’s highest plateau, the Tibetan Plateau.

(Tibet Tour, Lhasa Tour from Kathmandu) Witness the dramatic transformation in scenery as lush landscapes give way to the vast, rugged expanse of Tibet. Feel the exhilaration of standing on the “Roof of the World” and soak in the breathtaking panorama that unfolds before you.

Weather permitting, a magnificent display of the Himalayan ranges awaits. Marvel at the towering peaks of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and Mt. Xishapangma (8012 meters), their grandeur dwarfed by the sheer immensity of the Tibetan Plateau.

Depending on the chosen route, you might arrive in Tingri, offering stunning views of the mighty Mount Everest (8,848 meters), the highest mountain in the world. (Everest Base Camp)

Prepare to be captivated by the Tibetan Plateau’s raw beauty and unique atmosphere. This unforgettable day will set the stage for further exploration of this extraordinary region on your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.

Bus 7-9 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 4348m

Brace yourself for a day unlike any other! Today’s leg of your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour takes you on a thrilling ascent to the crown jewel of Asia – the Tibetan Plateau. (Tibet Tour, Lhasa Tour from Kathmandu) Witness a dramatic transformation unfold before your eyes as verdant landscapes give way to the vast, rugged expanse of Tibet. Feel the exhilarating rush of reaching the “Roof of the World” and soak in the breathtaking panorama that stretches endlessly before you.

Reaching Tingri, a Himalayan Gem:

Your destination for the day is Tingri, a captivating town nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 4,348 meters. As you arrive, prepare to be mesmerized by the raw beauty of the Tibetan Plateau. Weather permitting, a magnificent display of the Himalayan giants awaits. Marvel at the towering peaks of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and Mt. Xishapangma (8012 meters), their grandeur dwarfed by the sheer immensity of the surrounding landscape. (Everest Base Camp Tour)

Unforgettable Everest Base Camp Option (Depending on Itinerary):

For those yearning for an even closer encounter with the “Goddess Mother of the World,” some itineraries offer an optional side trip to Everest Base Camp on this day. Subject to availability and weather conditions, this thrilling add-on allows you to witness the awe-inspiring presence of Mount Everest (8,848 meters), the highest mountain on Earth. Imagine the sheer scale and majesty of this legendary peak, forever etched in your memory.

Acclimatize and Embrace Tibetan Culture:

After a day filled with breathtaking scenery and exhilarating experiences, settle into your comfortable accommodation in Tingri. Take some time to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. In the evening, you might have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique charm of Tibetan culture. Savour a traditional meal or explore the local markets, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and authentic experience.

This unforgettable day sets the stage for further exploration of this extraordinary region on your incredible Kathmandu to Lhasa adventure.

Bus 7-9 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3845m

Dive into the heart of Tibet as you begin Day 3 of your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour. This morning, explore Xigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet, and the magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery. This grand complex, the seat of the Panchen Lama, boasts stunning architecture, intricate murals, and a captivating atmosphere.

Journey Onward:

Leaving Xigatse behind, embark on a scenic drive towards Gyantse. Witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape as you traverse the vast Tibetan Plateau. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking panorama that unfolds before you, with snow-capped peaks gracing the horizon.

Treasures of Gyantse:

Upon arrival in Gyantse, a historical town steeped in Tibetan culture, immerse yourself in its rich heritage. Marvel at the architectural wonder of the Kumbum Stupa, a unique nine-story structure adorned with exquisite murals and sculptures. Explore the Phalkor Monastery, perched atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

A Journey Through Picturesque Landscapes:

The afternoon unfolds with a captivating drive that takes you across some of Tibet’s most iconic geographical features. Conquer the Karo La Pass (5,010 meters) and the Kambala Pass (4,749 meters), feeling the thrill of reaching these high altitudes. Witness the stunning beauty of the turquoise Yamdrok-Tso Lake, a jewel nestled amidst the mountains. Finally, catch a glimpse of the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo River, the lifeline of Tibet and the source of the Brahmaputra River.

This day of cultural exploration and breathtaking scenery prepares you for your arrival in Lhasa, the heart of Tibet, on the next leg of your unforgettable Kathmandu to Lhasa adventure.

Bus 4-6 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3656m

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tibetan culture as you dedicate two full days to exploring the captivating city of Lhasa on your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour. Prepare to be awestruck by ancient temples, majestic monasteries, and vibrant bazaars, each offering a glimpse into the heart and soul of Tibet.

Day 4: Spiritual Sites and Bustling Streets

  • Jokhang Temple: Begin your morning at the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Lhasa and a sacred pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Witness the fervor of devotees as they circumambulate the temple, and marvel at the intricate architecture and vibrant murals.
  • Barkhor Bazaar: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Barkhor Bazaar. Wander through the maze-like alleys lined with stalls overflowing with Tibetan handicrafts, prayer wheels, and local delicacies. Soak up the sights, sounds, and aromas of this bustling marketplace, a true reflection of Lhasa’s cultural tapestry.

Afternoon Delights (Choose One):

  • Potala Palace: Ascend to the imposing Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the grand halls, ornate chapels, and opulent chambers, each steeped in history and offering breathtaking panoramic views of Lhasa.
  • Drepung Monastery: Delve into the monastic life at Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world. Witness the impressive architecture, vibrant murals, and serene courtyards. Observe the monks engaged in their daily rituals and gain insight into Buddhist traditions.
Bus 4-6 hours
Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3656m
  • Sera Monastery: Start your day at the Sera Monastery, renowned for its lively debate sessions between monks. Witness their animated discussions as they hone their debating skills, a unique and fascinating spectacle.
  • Optional Activities: Depending on your interests and itinerary, you might have the opportunity to visit additional sites like the Norbulingka Palace, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, or explore hidden gems of Tibetan culture.

Evening Delights:

  • Relax and Reflect: In the evening, return to your comfortable hotel accommodation. Take some time to relax and reflect on the extraordinary sights and experiences you’ve encountered.
  • Cultural Exploration: Perhaps venture out to explore Lhasa’s local restaurants and savour a traditional Tibetan meal.
Bus 4-6 hours
Accommodation Local Teahouse
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 4330m

Bid farewell to the captivating city of Lhasa as you embark on the return leg of your unforgettable Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.

An Early Start:

Begin your day with an early morning departure from Lhasa. The scenic drive to Xegar offers a chance to reflect on the extraordinary experiences you’ve had in Tibet – the vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and ancient monasteries.

Through the Heart of Tibet:

As you traverse the vast Tibetan Plateau, witness the dramatic scenery unfold before you. Snow-capped peaks grace the horizon, while traditional Tibetan villages dot the landscape.

Reaching Xegar:

Your destination for the day is Xegar, a town nestled amidst the Tibetan wilderness. Depending on the chosen route, you might have the opportunity to stop at interesting points along the way. (Optional Activities)

Overnight in Xegar:

Upon arrival in Xegar, settle into your comfortable accommodation for the evening. Take some time to relax and reflect on the memories you’ve created during your incredible journey through Tibet. (Optional Activities)

This day marks the end of your exploration on this tour, but the memories of your Tibetan adventure will undoubtedly stay with you forever.

Important Note: The distance from Lhasa to Xegar is approximately 360 kilometres (224 miles). Depending on road conditions and stops, the drive can take anywhere from 7 to 10 hours. Be prepared for the possibility of high altitude, and dress accordingly.

Bus 9-12 hours
Accommodation Excluded
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 1350m

Embrace the final chapter of your remarkable journey as you depart from Xegar on Day 8 of your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.

An Early Farewell:

Rise with the sun and bid farewell to Xegar with an early morning departure. The scenic drive back towards the border offers a final glimpse of the captivating Tibetan landscapes you’ve come to know and love.

Crossing the Border:

After a smooth journey, you’ll arrive at the border checkpoint. Complete the necessary formalities to cross back into Nepal, marking the official conclusion of your Tibetan adventure.

Back to Kathmandu:

As you leave Tibet behind, settle in comfortably for the return drive to Kathmandu. Relive the memories of your extraordinary journey – the vibrant culture, breathtaking scenery, and the spiritual essence of Tibet.

The End of an Unforgettable Adventure:

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour concludes. We hope you carry with you a newfound appreciation for Tibetan culture, history, and the unparalleled beauty of the “Roof of the World.”

Farewell and Safe Travels:

We bid you farewell with heartfelt thanks for joining us on this unforgettable adventure. May your onward journeys be filled with wonder and discovery!

Important Note: The distance from Xegar to the border crossing is approximately 180 kilometers (112 miles), and the drive from the border back to Kathmandu is roughly 180 kilometers (112 miles). Depending on road conditions and border formalities, the total journey can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.


Added Insights

Includes/Excludes

What's Included?

  • Private Ground Transportation: Comfortable travel in a van or minibus, ensuring a personal and relaxed journey.
  • Necessary Tibet Travel Permit: We facilitate the acquisition of the required Tibet Travel Permit, simplifying your travel process.
  • English-speaking Tibetan Guide: Benefit from the insights and guidance of an experienced, English-speaking Tibetan guide who will enrich your travel experience.
  • Twin-Sharing Accommodation: Comfortable accommodations on a twin-sharing basis in reputable hotels or guest houses, ensuring a restful experience after each day’s adventure.
  • Sightseeing and Monastery Entry Fees: All sightseeing activities and entrance fees to monasteries, as detailed in our itinerary, are covered.
  • Daily Breakfast: Start your day with a nutritious breakfast in our services.
    Transfers from Kathmandu to Kerung and return: Smooth and convenient transfer services from Kathmandu to Kerung and back, facilitated by a robust Jeep vehicle for a seamless travel experience.

What's Excluded?

  • Meals Beyond Breakfast: While we ensure a wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner expenses are to be borne by the travellers.
  • Insurance: Any personal travel insurance is omitted and is advised to be procured personally by the traveller.
  • Personal Expenses: Any expenses of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, etc., are not included in the package.
  • Additional Costs: Any supplementary expenses arising due to natural calamities, unforeseen circumstances, or changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control are not covered.
Good to Know

Essential Information - Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Best Time for Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Dreaming of an unforgettable adventure to Kathmandu and Lhasa? Choosing the ideal time for this incredible journey is key to maximizing your experience. Here’s a breakdown of the best seasons to visit these captivating destinations:

Spring (April-May) & Autumn (September-October):

  • Pleasant Weather: Spring and autumn offer the most comfortable temperatures for exploring both Kathmandu and Lhasa. Enjoy sunny days with mild temperatures, perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
  • Clear Skies: These seasons boast clear skies, allowing you to witness the majestic Himalayan peaks in all their glory. Capture stunning photographs of Mount Everest and other giants against a crystal-clear backdrop.
  • Fewer Crowds: Compared to the peak summer months, spring and autumn offer a slightly less crowded travel experience. Explore popular attractions and navigate bustling streets with greater ease.Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour

Considerations:

  • Spring: Spring can be slightly unpredictable, with occasional showers. Pack accordingly and be prepared for potential variations in weather.
  • Autumn: Nights can get chilly in autumn, especially at high altitudes. Bring layers of clothing to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

Summer (June-August):

  • Vibrant Festivals: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Kathmandu and Lhasa during the summer months, a time of lively festivals and celebrations. Witness colourful parades, traditional dances, and unique cultural experiences.
  • Lush Landscapes: Summer brings lush greenery to the valleys surrounding Kathmandu. Enjoy trekking adventures amidst breathtaking scenery or simply relax in the region’s verdant beauty.
  • Warmer Temperatures: Lhasa experiences its warmest weather during the summer months, making it ideal for sightseeing in comfortable temperatures.

Considerations:

  • Monsoon Season: The monsoon season in Nepal typically occurs from June to September. While Kathmandu experiences some afternoon showers, be aware of potential disruptions to travel plans in the surrounding regions. Lhasa experiences less rain during this time.
  • Crowds: Summer is the peak tourist season for Kathmandu and Lhasa. Expect higher prices and busier attractions than at other times of the year.

Winter (November-March):

  • Fewer Crowds: Winter offers the quietest travel experience, with significantly fewer crowds in both Kathmandu and Lhasa. Explore popular attractions at your own pace and enjoy a more intimate experience.
  • Clear Skies: Similar to spring and autumn, winter boasts clear skies, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Capture stunning photographs of the snow-capped peaks under a clear blue sky.

Considerations:

  • Cold Weather: Both Kathmandu and Lhasa experience cold temperatures in winter, with Lhasa reaching significantly lower levels due to its high altitude. Pack plenty of warm clothes and ensure your accommodation has adequate heating.
  • Limited Activities: Some high-altitude treks and outdoor activities might be unavailable in winter due to snow and freezing temperatures.Tibet and Nepal Travel

The Final Choice:

The best time to visit Kathmandu and Lhasa ultimately depends on your preferences. Consider the factors mentioned above, including weather, crowds, and desired activities, to choose the season that best suits your travel style and interests.

No matter when you choose to travel, Kathmandu and Lhasa promise an unforgettable journey filled with cultural encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and memories that will last a lifetime!

Visa Information for Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

The captivating journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa awaits! But before you set foot on the “Roof of the World,” obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit is essential. Let Alpine Luxury Treks, your travel partner, handle this crucial step for you.

Securing Your Tibet Travel Permit:

  • Plan in Advance: Allow at least 15 working days for Alpine Luxury Treks to secure your Tibet Travel Permit. Early planning ensures a smooth application process and avoids last-minute delays.
  • Double Duty Visa: Remember, a valid Chinese visa is also required to enter Tibet. While Alpine Luxury Treks can’t assist with the Chinese visa application, they can offer valuable guidance on the process.

Alpine Luxury Treks: Simplifying Your Journey

With Alpine Luxury Treks by your side, navigating the Tibet Travel Permit process for your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour becomes effortless. They’ll handle the application on your behalf, ensuring you receive your permit efficiently. This allows you to focus on the exciting anticipation of your adventure – planning your itinerary and dreaming of the cultural encounters that await.

Unlock the Wonders of Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Contact Alpine Luxury Treks today! Their expert team will not only guide you through the visa process but also help you craft the perfect Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour itinerary, ensuring an unforgettable adventure filled with memories that will last a lifetime.Nepal Tibet Bhutan Adventure

Preparing for Altitude on Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour beckons with breathtaking Himalayan panoramas and a deep dive into Tibetan culture. However, with Lhasa perched at a lofty 3,656 meters (11,998 feet), altitude sickness can be a concern. Fear not, intrepid traveller! This guide equips you for a smooth and enjoyable high-altitude journey.

Understanding the Challenges

Thin air is the reality at high altitudes. Lhasa’s elevation can trigger altitude sickness, causing headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. The good news? The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour often incorporates stops at lower altitudes, allowing you to acclimatize gradually. This natural process helps your body adjust to the decreased oxygen levels.

Pre-Departure Power-Ups:

  • Get Fit: Regular exercise, especially cardio, improves your body’s ability to handle altitude. Aim for moderate exercise most days before your trip.
  • Hydrate Like a Pro: Start upping your water intake several weeks before departure. Proper hydration is crucial at altitude, as dehydration exacerbates altitude sickness symptoms.

Packing Smart for High Altitudes:

  • Layer Up: Pack versatile clothing that allows you to add or remove layers to regulate your body temperature. Temperatures can fluctuate dramatically, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Sun Smarts: High altitude intensifies UV rays. Pack sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and SPF 30+ sunscreen to shield yourself from sunburn and snow glare.
  • Combat Dryness: Dry air at high altitudes is a recipe for chapped lips and parched skin. Pack lip balm and moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Acclimatization on the Tour:

  • Pace Yourself: Don’t push yourself too hard, especially during the first few days. Take frequent breaks to allow your body to adjust to the thinner air.
  • Hydration Hero: Continue to drink plenty of water throughout your tour. Aim for at least 3-4 liters per day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Listen to Your Body: Altitude sickness affects everyone differently. Be mindful of your body’s signals and rest when needed.Short Lhasa Tibet Tour

Pro Tips for a Smooth Adventure:

  • Doctor Knows Best: If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, consult your doctor before embarking on a high-altitude trip. They might recommend medications to prevent or manage altitude sickness.
  • Consider Altitude Medication: Some travellers find medications like acetazolamide (Diamox) helpful in preventing or alleviating altitude sickness symptoms. Discuss this option with your doctor.

By following these tips and listening to your body, you can conquer the altitude and experience the magic of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour to the fullest. Remember, the key is to prepare, acclimatize, and embrace the incredible sights and experiences that await you on the “Roof of the World.”

Essential Packing List for Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour promises breathtaking landscapes and a cultural immersion unlike any other. But remember, you’ll be venturing into high altitudes, so packing strategically is crucial. Here’s a comprehensive list to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Opt for quick-drying thermals (tops and bottoms) made from merino wool or synthetic materials. These will wick away sweat and keep you warm in cooler temperatures.
  • Mid-Layers: Pack fleece jackets, sweaters, or a down jacket for added warmth. Choose items that are versatile and allow for layering.
  • Outer Layer: A windproof and waterproof jacket is essential for unexpected showers or windy conditions at higher altitudes.
  • Hiking Pants: Comfortable and convertible hiking pants are ideal for exploring on the tour. Opt for breathable and quick-drying materials.
  • Casual Clothing: Pack comfortable clothes for evenings and relaxing in Kathmandu.
  • Underwear: Pack enough breathable and quick-drying underwear for the duration of your trip.

Footwear:

  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support are essential for uneven terrain and potential light snow.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Pack a pair of comfortable shoes for exploring cities and relaxing in the evenings.
  • Socks: Pack plenty of breathable hiking socks to keep your feet comfortable and dry during walks and hikes.

Sun Protection:

  • Sunglasses: High altitude intensifies UV rays. Pack sunglasses with good UV protection (UV 400).
  • Sun Hat: A wide-brimmed hat will shield your face and neck from the sun.
  • Sunscreen: Pack SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect your exposed skin from sunburn.

Other Essentials:

  • Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle is essential for staying hydrated throughout the tour.
  • Backpack: A comfortable backpack is ideal for carrying essentials during day trips and hikes.
  • Headlamp: Pack a headlamp for early morning starts or exploring after dark.
  • Toiletries: Pack your usual toiletries, including hand sanitiser, lip balm, and moisturizing lotion for dry conditions.
  • Quick-drying Towel: A lightweight, quick-drying towel is useful for refreshing yourself after hikes or hot springs visits.
  • Medications: Pack any personal medications you require, including altitude sickness medication (consult your doctor beforehand).
  • Cash: While some places accept credit cards, it’s wise to carry some local currency for smaller purchases and emergencies.
  • Camera: Capture the stunning scenery and cultural experiences on your tour.
  • Plug Adapter: Ensure you have the appropriate plug adapter for Nepal and Tibet.
  • Copies of Important Documents: Make copies of your passport, visa, and travel insurance documents, and keep them separate from the originals.Tibet Tour 4 Days

Optional Items:

  • Walking Sticks: Trekking poles can provide additional stability and support on hikes, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Binoculars: If you’re an avid wildlife enthusiast, pack binoculars for spotting birds and other animals.
  • Cashmere Scarf: A cashmere scarf offers additional warmth during chilly evenings or early mornings.
  • Snacks: Pack some high-energy snacks for in-between meals, especially if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Entertainment: Pack a book or e-reader, or download movies/music for downtime during the journey.

Currency Exchange for Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour: Essential Tips

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour promises an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes and rich cultures. However, navigating different currencies in Nepal and Tibet can be a bit confusing. Here’s a helpful guide to ensure a smooth experience:

Currencies in Play:

  • Nepal: The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Bills come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 rupees, and coins are available in 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupees.
  • Tibet: The official currency of Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Bills come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan, and coins are available in denominations of 1 fen, 5 jiao, and 1 yuan.

Important Note: You likely won’t be able to exchange your home currency directly for Chinese Yuan (CNY) in Nepal.

Exchanging Your Money:

Here are your options for exchanging currency on your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour:

  • Before Your Trip: Exchange some USD or Euros for Nepalese Rupees (NPR) at your home bank or a reputable currency exchange service. This ensures you have cash readily available upon arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu Airports: Currency exchange booths are available at both Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu and Gonggar Airport (LXA) in Lhasa. Rates might not be the most competitive, but they’re convenient for initial needs.
  • Authorized Money Changers: Both Kathmandu and Lhasa have numerous authorized money changers. Look for shops with clear signage displaying exchange rates.
  • Banks: Banks in Nepal and major cities in Tibet offer currency exchange services. However, exchange rates might be slightly less favourable than those of authorized money changers.

Tips for Wise Currency Exchange:

  • Compare Rates: Before exchanging money, compare rates offered by different vendors to get the best deal.
  • Ask About Fees: Some money changers might charge additional fees for transactions. Be sure to inquire about these beforehand to avoid any surprises.
  • Carry Small Denominations: Have a good mix of small and large denomination bills, especially in Nepalese Rupee, for smaller purchases and tipping.
  • Consider a Travel Card: Prepaid travel cards loaded with Nepalese Rupees or Chinese Yuan can be a convenient option for managing your expenses.Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Using Your Credit Card:

  • While credit cards are increasingly accepted in tourist areas of Kathmandu and Lhasa, relying solely on them isn’t recommended. Many smaller shops and restaurants might not have card machines, and internet connectivity can be unreliable in some areas.
  • Be aware of potential foreign transaction fees charged by your credit card company.

Remember:

  • Double-check the authenticity of your exchanged currency before leaving the exchange counter.
  • Keep your receipts for currency exchange transactions.
  • Always carry some cash in local currency throughout your tour.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate currency exchange on your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour and ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable adventure.

Essential Nepali and Tibetan Phrases for Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse cultures. Learning a few basic phrases in Nepali and Tibetan will go a long way in enriching your experience and connecting with the locals. Here’s a helpful list to get you started:

Nepali Phrases:

  • Namaste (नमस्ते): Hello (universal greeting)
  • Dhanyabad (धन्यवाद): Thank you
  • Sawaagat chha (स्वागत छ): Welcome
  • Ham Nepali bolnu sakchhuina (म नेपाली बोल्न सक्दिनँ): I cannot speak Nepali (useful if you need help)
  • K garne? (के गर्ने?): What to do? (helpful when asking for directions)
  • Beetuk ho? (बिहान कस्तो छ?): How is the morning? (a polite greeting)
  • Thik cha (ठीक छ): I’m good. (used in response to greetings)
  • Saya [your name] ho (म [your name] हो): My name is [your name].
  • Hajur (हाजुर): You (used as a polite term of address)
  • Tapai (तपाईं): You (another polite term of address)
  • Sanchai cha? (सबै ठीक छ?): How are you? (formal)
  • Timi lai hernu parchha (तपाईंलाई हेर्न पर्छ): I would like to see… (helpful when shopping)
    • Yo (यो): This
    • Tyo (त्यो): That

Tibetan Phrases:

  • Tashi Delek (བཀྲིས་ལེགས་): Hello (universal greeting)
  • Thoedoe (ཐུགསྒྲོགས་): Thank you
  • Kadre (སྐད་བརྗོད་): I cannot speak Tibetan (useful if you need help)
  • De ji chi (འདི་ཇི་ཆི།): How much is this? (helpful when shopping)
  • Nga [your name] yin (ང་ [your name] 喑): My name is [your name].
  • Rang (རང་): You (informal)
  • Khyo (ཁྱོད་): You (another informal term)
  • De sui (འདི་སུ་ཡིན།): How are you? (informal)
  • Nga dang po yin (ང་དང་པོ་ཡིན།): I’m good. (used in response to greetings)
  • Re (རེ།): Yes
  • Med (མེད།): No

Pronunciation Tips:

  • Nepali pronunciation is generally phonetic.
  • Tibetan pronunciation can be more challenging, with silent letters and tones. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t perfect it – the effort to speak a few phrases will be appreciated by the locals.Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

By learning these basic phrases, you’ll be able to greet locals, ask for directions, express gratitude, and navigate simple situations during your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour. Remember, even a small attempt goes a long way in showing respect for the local culture and creating a more memorable experience.

Most asked questions

FAQs about Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Absolutely! While Nepal operates on the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), Tibet falls under Chinese jurisdiction and requires a Chinese Visa. Alpine Luxury Treks can expertly handle the Tibet Travel Permit application process for you, ensuring a smooth transition between the two regions. They can’t assist with the Chinese visa application, but they can offer valuable guidance on the process.

Lhasa sits at a lofty 3,656 meters (11,998 feet), so altitude sickness is a possibility. The good news? The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour itinerary often incorporates stops at lower altitudes, allowing for gradual acclimatization. Here are some additional tips:

  • Get fit: Regular exercise, especially cardio, improves your body’s ability to handle altitude.
  • Hydrate like a pro: Start upping your water intake several weeks before departure.
  • Pack smart: Layers, sun protection, and lip balm are essential for high altitudes.
  • Listen to your body: Pace yourself, take breaks, and rest when needed.
  • Consult your doctor: If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, discuss altitude concerns with your doctor.

Being prepared is key! Here’s a breakdown of the essentials:

  • Clothing: Pack layers for fluctuating temperatures, comfortable hiking pants, and casual clothes for evenings.
  • Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots and comfortable walking shoes are a must.
  • Sun Protection: Don’t forget sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
  • Other Essentials: A water bottle, backpack, headlamp, toiletries, quick-drying towel, medications, cash, camera, plug adapter, and copies of important documents.

The official currencies are the Nepalese Rupee (NPR) in Nepal and the Chinese Yuan (CNY) in Tibet. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Exchange some USD or Euros for NPR before your trip.
  • Exchange booths are available at Kathmandu and Lhasa airports, but rates might not be the best.
  • Look for authorized money changers in both cities for competitive rates.
  • Consider a travel card preloaded with NPR or CNY for convenient expense management.

While not essential, learning a few basic phrases goes a long way! Here are some greetings, thank yous, and simple questions to get you started in Nepali and Tibetan.

Remember, even a small attempt is appreciated by the locals and adds another layer of cultural immersion to your Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour adventure.

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