Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2017 16 Days

16 Days
16 Days
16 Days


Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, 6,714 m / 22,028 ft situated north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is a perfect mountain with awesome crystal, the western as ruby, the southern sapphire and the northern gold. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions:

Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Ghang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the naval of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra for the Hindus…their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its root in the lowest hell and its summit reaching the heaven and the abode of their revered God Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.

More than weeklong trip on world highest and largest plateau, a fabulous Journey to Holy Mt. Kailash, where one can experience high altitude of over 5,000 meters passes with awesome sceneries of mountains and amazing landscapes.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra includes all the best part of remote South West of Tibet with amazing landscapes as the drive lead to large holy Lake of Manasarover and around pilgrimage walk kora in Tibetan or parikrama in Nepali and Indian.

Journey to Holy Mt. Kailash with Destination Holidays starts with interesting and exciting drive from Kathmandu towards the frontier of Zhangmu and Nylam, after a scenic drive through river gorge covered with beautiful alpine forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees.

Soon leaving the lush vegetation and tree lines towards high dry and barren terrain on top of Tibetan windswept plateau crossing a scenic Laylung-la pass at 5,050 meter high with array of mountain views that straddles Nepal / Tibet border, this scenic drive offers vista of Mt. Shisapangma 8,013 meters highest within Tibet and it’s the world last 14th highest mountain.

A long interesting drive on the vast Tibetan windswept plateau with superb sceneries along the way passing nomads camps with Yaks grazing in the field, drive leads through many Tibetan villages and towns to reach at holy Lake Manasarover with rest day for acclimatization and to marvel the surrounding views around the huge turquoise colored lake of over 70 k.m. wide.

Journey continues from here on the Barkha plain of Kailash area with awesome South Face of Mt. Kailash as the drive nears Darchen town a popular place with pilgrims where the holy Kailash kora, parikrama and circuit starts and ends.

Our walk starts from the holy spot of Tarboche on the West Face of Kailash on the dry and arid terrain with uphill climb to the holiest of all holy spot on top of Dromo-la pass with awesome views North Face of Mt. Kailash.

The place festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags and offering items by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. This is the highest spot of this fabulous adventure at 5, 5,630m /18,525ft. A long descend brings to Darchen town and towards Lake Manasarover for last overnights stop in this remote parts of South West Tibet.

This remarkable and fascinating Journey to Holy Mt. Kailash concludes in Kathmandu, taking the same route back from Saga and Nylam and ending with a good scenic drive reaching warmer areas through farm villages and town of mid east Nepal and then back in the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu city.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
  2. Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
  3. Day 03: Drive to Kodari and to Nylam 3, 600 via Zangmu – 06 hrs.
  4. Day 04: At Nylam rest day for acclimatization.
  5. Day 05: Drive to Saga 4,400m – 05 hrs.
  6. Day 06: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m – 05 hrs.
  7. Day 07: Drive to eastern Manasarover 4,550 m – 06 hrs
  8. Day 08: At Manasarover for acclimatization and rest day.
  9. Day 09: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m – 05 hrs.
  10. Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m via Dorma-la 5, 470 m – 06 hrs.
  11. Day 11: Trek near Darchen drive to Mayum-la – 04 hrs and 2 hrs ride.
  12. Day 12: Drive back to Saga – 06 hrs.
  13. Day 13: Drive to Nylam – 05 hrs and transfer to hotel..
  14. Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu – 07 hrs and transfer to hotel.
  15. Day 15: In Kathmandu rest and leisure day for individual activities.
  16. Day 16: International departure for homeward bound.

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. All arrival & departure transportation as per the itinerary chosen with Kathmandu/ Nepal and in Tibet.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation on full board in tourist standard and 4-5 stars hotels includes breakfast-lunch and dinner.
  3. Applicable travel / tour and entrance permits of designated places.
  4. Full guided tour and treks accompanied by DH expert native guides and
    staff or representative of Destination Holidays in Tibet.
  5. Re-confirmation of international tickets and trip briefing and orientations.
  6. Wages-accommodation-transportation-medical / insurance allowance of
    all field guides and staff in every tours and treks.
  7. Kathmandu / Lhasa-Kathmandu airfare and overland transportation as per
    the itineraries.
  8. Services of native guide with medical / first aid experience if required.

For single supplement in hotel /lodge or in tents at extra cost:

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepal /Tibet entry visa, medical / travel insurance & international airfare.
  2. Expenses of personal nature hard / soft drinks, laundry and other extra
    personal services including gratitude.
  3. Personal tour and trekking gear / equipment and personal medical kit.
  4. Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Helicopter services if required on medical / personal problems.
  5. Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem where no
    refund will be entertained and extra cost that arises.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After refresh join the other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide / leader regarding Journey to Holy Mt. Kailash, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trip preparations.

In Kathmandu morning sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu is steeped with historical and cultural monuments listed in World Heritage by UNESCO, all tour accompanied by expert cultural tour guide, after a great time back to hotel, afternoon free at leisure and Tibet Tour preparations.

Day 03: Drive to Nylam 3,600 m via Zangmu 2,300 m -165 k.m.

Early morning drive towards Kodari (Tibet / Nepal border) through scenic countryside, with brief stop at scenic Dhulikhel town then continue drive to Nepal frontier at Kodari, where our Tibetan guide and another driver with vehicle will receive on Tibet side at Zhangmu, after going through immigration formalities in Kodari, Nepal and Zhangmu, Tibet /China.

Our overland drive continues for another two hours to Nylam town through winding uphill road passing enchanting the last of the green forest, after Nylam all tree lines disappears, at Nylam check into the best available guest house, lodge or hotels.

Day 04: At Nylam rest day for acclimatization and short hike.

A necessary acclimatization day before traveling to higher areas of Tibet, at Nylam one can take a short walk and visit 11th Century poet saint Milereppa Cave and its monastery which is about an hour walk or short drive, rest of the afternoon at leisure and relax.

Day 05: Drive to Saga 4,400m – 05 hrs.

Nylam a small town which is the start and end point of Tibetan vast Plateau, from here the green forest disappears only for few Poplus and Willow trees that survive the cold and dry zone of Tibet.

From Nylam drive passes through Tibetan farm villages to Lalung-la Pass at 5,050 m with super vista of Mt. Shishapangma 8013 meters the highest within Tibet and it’s the world last 14th highest mountain.

This scenic drive continues towards Saga crossing few smaller passes and crossing over the Yarlung Tsangpo / Brahmaputra River which flows all the way from the source in Mt. Kailash. From the bridge a short drive to Saga town with mixture of Tibetan and Chinese people, here overnight in a nice cozy local lodge or guesthouse.

Day 06: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m. – 05 hrs.

Starting the morning drive leading past Saga in complete wilderness, after few hours’ drive the road winds and climbs to a pass of about 4,900 m and then descends to a long stretch flat area, on a clear day great views of the distant snow capped peaks towards North West Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive then reaching a windswept village at Paryang for overnight stop.

Day 07: Drive to east Manasarover Lake 4,550 m – 05 hrs.

Today’s drive leads to more barren, arid landscapes with few stops and through many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants, drive continues on this vast flat land and then climbing up to the pass at Mayam-la at 5,050 m the road meanders to a long ascend the road gains altitude rapidly at first, then levels crossing the barren base below the pass and with a gradual drive of few hours reaches at the shore of Lake Manasarover for the overnight stop.

Day 08: At Manasarover acclimatization and rest day.

Another leisure and rest day for acclimatization at holy Lake Manasarover, located in West Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and the Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range at 7,694 meters. Lake Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of God. 

In any language, this is the holiest and famous lake in Asia; the best time to go around Lake Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasarover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours.

Day 09: Drive to Tarboche trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m – 05 hrs.

After a rest day, morning starts with a short drive on the Barkha windswept valley to near Darchen town, which is a busy place with bazaar, during auspicious time this place is flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.

Our journey continues further from Darchen town to Tarboche, one of the holy spot of this region with views of West Face of Mt. Kailash, from here our holy walk begins leading north on the wide arid terrain to Shershong, and with gradual climb and pleasant walk reaches to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent view of holy Mt. Kailash North Face. Here depending upon the season with pilgrim’s crowd either in guest houses or tents with our camping.

Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m – 06 hours.

From Dhiraphuk with the highest camping of this trip, morning walk continues on the uphill trail onto moraine for more than two hours, then with a steep climb at Dromo-la at 5,630m /18,525ft the highest point of this awesome journey, here a big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and ritual offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims.

This holy spot as well a physical and spiritual high point for the pilgrimage or kora, after a nice break here walk leads to descend towards a wide valley a flat area, on reaching the bottom of Dromo -la pass then the walk is pleasant reaching at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop.

Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place is named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milareppa meditate in the early 11th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.

Day 11: Trek near Darchen and drive near Mayum-la 5,050m.

Today the last day of this holy circuit and kora, morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on the winding trail, reaching at a narrow valley

Gorge, from here our walking route turns west towards Darchen, just an before Darchen ending this holy trek for a drive towards near Mayum-la pass base for overnight camping, around this area chances of spotting some wild life and the beautiful Kang a wild ass can be seen herds around this place.

Day 12: Drive to Saga 4,500m – 06 hrs.

Morning drive over high Mayum-la pass at 5,050 meters, to reach other side of the valley with interesting drive and parallel snow capped mountains views that borders Nepal and Tibet, this long scenic drive reaches at Saga town for overnight stop, probably in the comfort of nice guesthouses and hotels after passing couple of towns like Paryang, Saga town a growing place with more building construction, this town which is situated on the bank of great river Yamdrok Tsho or Bhramaputra River.

Day 13: Drive to Nylam 3,560 m – 05 hrs

From Saga onwards to Nepal border as the drive leads on other side of the snow capped mountains of Tibet straddling the border with Nepal, an interesting drive today with panorama of snow clad mountains on the vast valley overlooking great views of Langtang Mountain with Mt. Shishapangma.

The drive leads towards high pass of Laylung-la at 5,050 meters with awesome panorama of high central Himalayan range of mountains from Langtang, Dorji Lakpa, Shishapangma, Gaurishanker to Numbur, all these mountains borders with Nepal, from here the drive descends along with the altitude passing through interesting countryside, villages and farm fields then finally reaching at a moderate size town at Nylam for the last overnight stop in Tibet.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu – 07 hrs.

Morning drive from Nylam leads downhill on the winding path following the Bhote Kosi River downstream to reach at Zhangmu the border post town.

As per Chinese, Beijing Standard Time which is 2 hrs 15 minutes ahead than Nepali Standard Time, morning going through immigration and custom process in Zhangmu, and then continue drive towards Friendship Bridge. From here a few minutes’ walk reaches to Nepal Border at Kodari the frontier post, at Kodari in Nepal side with short stop for visa formalities.

From here a pleasant drive brings you back to Kathmandu after almost five hours of scenic drive.

Day 15:In Kathmandu rest and leisure day for individual activities.

A free day in Kathmandu after a great trip to Mt. Kailash this day allows you to be on your own for free individual activities or book tour with us around places of interest.

Day 16: International departure for home ward bound.

Last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience Journey to Holy Mt. Kailash, DH staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

Duration = 16 Days
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Information For Traveling To Tibet

Tibet remains one of the most interesting but least developed parts in the world. With its very short history of tourism, the facilities for tourists though upgraded are still at basic and limited scale. Its limited facilities for tourists are now approaching to a reasonable standard. The road between Tibet and Nepal is not up to standard at places. It is rough, bumpy and full of bends which is often obstructed temporarily during monsoon months. However every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.

Altitude sickness

Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude and could be strenuous. Travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases should seek doctor’s advice before booking the trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 3 liters of water every day while on the tour.

Clothing accessories:

The weather at this altitude remains cool throughout the year. From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April till September, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is must for the evenings. The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.

Head wear:

Head wear is important to keep you warm and to save you from UV as well as above 3,000 meters the UV is strong due to thin air hat or cap will be great as protections; Woolen cap for morning and night time. 

Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday):

T-shirts, Short Pants, Trousers: Light weight & Heavy weight for cold temperature above 3500m, Wind and water Proof trousers are also suitable for trekking, Track-suit useful for trekking, Lightweight long sleeved shirt (this will save from sunburn as well), Thermal underwear useful for cold at night, Down / Duvet jacket which is essential for trekking above 3000 m, Gloves, water and wind proof wear or Poncho, snow gaiters for Trekkers above 4000m. 

Foot wear:

For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also.

For trekking a good comfortable boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.


Daypack: A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.


Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.


If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas.

If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Food and drinks:

Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.


No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese govt. are prohibited.

Insurance Policy:

It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.

Booking formalities and visa:

Minimum one week is required to book the trip from Kathmandu in advance along with the deposit of your passport for visa process and a full payment of the tour should be done. From overseas, at least 2 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per the company’s rules and regulations.


Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.

Risk and Liability:

Tibet tours are run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.

Time Zone: Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours).


Year is divided into 4 different seasons in Tibet – winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Package cost includes:

Flight fare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, An English speaking guide, transportation by private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.

Cost excludes:

Airport departure tax, lunch and dinner, Nepal re-entry visa fee, air ticket reconfirmation charge, personal insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc.

Travel in Tibet are restricted by the Government of China where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel Chinese and Tibetan agencies, where Destination Holidays have counterpart agents to make your travel safe and enjoyable.


Please don’t forget to check with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not for Tibet and its high altitude destinations.

We also recommend:

A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies:

In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items:

Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.


The official currency in Tibet is Remimbuin Yuan, One Yuan is made up of 100 Zian a smaller unit.  There are small bills and coins denominations of one, two, five and ten Yuan and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, Remimbuin Yuan. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Tibet.

Money Exchange:

Bank of China (National Bank) does set the exchange rate and listed into daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity.  The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and so on. Where you can get cash (only Yuan) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 10,000 Yuan day from your Card.


In Tibet most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Tibet trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

Travel / Medical Insurance:

Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Destination Holidays trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in Tibet.

Tipping & Bargaining:

Tipping in Tibet is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour. Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Local Clothing.

Travel Tip:

You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases.


Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements:

Traveling into Tibet are of various means of transportations, as there are many ways to enter the mainland but few entry into Tibet Autominous of China, as China a huge country in Asia, the entry point from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Kajistan, Russia, Mongolia as for Pakistan being a close ally does not require Visa for Pakistan national, however the entry point from Pakistan is limited on the south west of China and Tibet.

On reaching main land China one can enter Tibet via flight, trains or on surface where special entry permit required on entry immigration posts. From India only one points from western Tibet only for pilgrimage purpose to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover. For those who travel into Tibet from Nepal, must obtain the permits and Visa from Nepal through Chinese Embassy. Please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, revalidated and visa fees will not be refunded.

There are two types of visa:

For groups in name list papers with two copies one for entry and other for exit, For individual gets in their passport with much formalities and extra fees as per one nationality

Requirement for Visa is as follows:

Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form. Two PP size Photograph.

Please also note that most of the western and Asian countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Indian Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points.

Tibet Visa and travel permits update:

TTB-Tibet Tourism Bureau that the Tibet permit application commenced from March 23rd 2015 much earlier this year in comparison with previous years.

Tibet travel permits policy:

For the upcoming Tibet tour season, Destination Holidays accept Tibet tour booking for entry date from April onward (Kailash and Lake Manasarover travel permits are allowed for group size no less than 3 people with the same nationality.

This is subject to change and we will keep travelers informed, to avoid urgent permits policy change and permits delivery, we still suggest foreign tourists confirm a Tibet trip at least 3-4 weeks in advance. 

Entry validity:

The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Tibet which is six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension:

A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Lhasa Immigration Office for a total of 2 weeks. Over the course of a visa stated, a tourist cannot stay in Tibet more than the days obtained.

Tibet travel documents general information:

Chinese Visa, which can be applied in Chinese Embassy from respective country (If you go to Tibet via mainland China).

Please be aware that: if you enter Tibet from Nepal, no China visa but Tibet Group visa is needed.

Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit

(TTB-Tibet Entry Permit), which you have to obtain in order to enter Tibet by flight otherwise you will be rejected to get boarding pass, meanwhile for train to Tibet, sometimes they also check original TTB permit even though most cases a photo copy of the permits works. This is for Entry to Tibet.

Alien’s Travel Permit 

(PSB-ATP) when you are planning to travel to the ‘unopened’ areas in Tibet. The other ones are Tibet military permits, foreign affairs permits, Tibet tour guide’s license permit, Drivers license and working certificates, vehicle transportation permits, border passing permits, etc.

Necessary Tibet Travel Documents

A: Passport 

All individuals entering Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months.

B:   China Visa or Tibet Group Visa.

Entering Tibet via Mainland China, firstly you need to apply China visa for entry to China Tibet is part of China, under the Chinese Central Government’s Sovereignty. Thus to travel from China to Tibet, you have to obtain a China Visa before getting to Tibet. Visas for individual travel in China are very easy to get from most Chinese embassies. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five working days (an ‘L’ Visa means travel).

Tips when you apply for a China visa to Tibet:

You’d better not mention Tibet or any places in Tibet such as Lhasa, Everest as your travel destination when applying for China visa (China Embassy in Kathmandu is the exceptional) because you may be refused by stating that you will go there. Otherwise, you need to get a Tibet Permit beforehand and apply for a China visa with it then which gets more complicated. 

Entering Tibet via Nepal by land or air:

If you want to enter Tibet from Nepal, you have to get your TIBET GROUP VISA from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, no matter whether you have already Chinese visa or not.

Tibet Group Visa A 4 size sheet of paper, with all members of the tour and their passport numbers, date of birth and occupations listed. The dates of entry and exit are precisely mentioned. Usually, the visa is valid for the length of the trip you have booked but it’s possible to get visa for few additional days, for stay in Lhasa only. There will be two original copies of Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for exit. We can easily help you with the Tibet Group visa application.

Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits-Tibet Entry permits

Tibet Entry permits first page and second page covering your travel info and names, etc. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and are obtained through tour operators as part of arrangements for travel; A T.T.B. permit does not obviate the need for an Aliens’ Travel Permit for any closed areas that may be visited. After you decide to travel with us, we will help you to obtain your Tibet Travel Permits. It will be quite simple for you, just need to send us:

Full name | Gender | Date of birth | Passport number | Nationality | Occupation  

Also, we need the photos copies of passport and Chinese visa by email attachment or fax. 


If you want to do a Tibet overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, you must get the PSB permit before your tour starts.

Each Travelers / Clients Solely are Responsible for Obtaining all necessary Visa. Country entry regulations can be changed, Destination Holidays does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Safe Travel:

Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.

Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk. Pickpockets are not common in Tibet but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.

Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: 

International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket from Nepal. However If you are flying with in the country, there are some departure tax inclusive with air tickets.


Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.

Risk and Liability:

Tibet tours are run strictly under TIBET TOURISM BUREAU, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.


Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adepter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy:

Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.


You should not drink the water from the tap in Tibet because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.


Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details:

Destination Holidays Pvt. Ltd.

Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Mobile: 9851196875, 00977-1-4782296


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5,630m /18,525ft at Droma-La pass

Trips Highlights:

  1. On the roof of the world with awesome sceneries of Tibetan landscapes.
  2. Views of world highest mountains with Everest during scenic flight.
  3. Cultural & famous monasteries tour of Lhasa & glorious Potala Palace.
  4. Exciting and interesting tour around Lhasa with old busy Barkhor square
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