Nepal Trekkings

Travel Guide

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Travel Information

 

Accommodation

  • Our accommodation in Lhasa is located near the central Barkhor Square, in what remains of the Tibetan Old City.
  • Rooms are on a twin share basis with hot showers and western toilets however bathrooms may be shared.
  • Outside Lhasa our accommodation is usually in small and very simple guesthouses that vary considerably in quality.
  • On some trips you should be prepared for some very basic conditions.
  • In remote regions rooms will be multishare with no washing facilities apart from a thermos of water and a bowl, and pit or "long drop" toilets that are used by everybody (and consequently not places to hang around in longer than necessary!).
  • In more remote areas there may be no/erratic electric.

Transport

Private Transport:

  • We use both 4 wheel drive Toyota Landcruisers and minibuses when travelling in Tibet.
  • They are sturdy vehicles and well suited to the rough terrain and punishing roads that will be experienced during the entire trip.
  • They are not infallible though, and the terrain does take a considerable toll. Breakdowns and disruptions to our travels are common, and are usually dealt with in true "bush mechanic' style by our local Tibetan drivers.

Food & drink

Meals:

  • The food in Tibet is best described as basic, but there are a surprising amount of western and Nepalese choices available, especially in Lhasa.
  • There are any number of restaurants catering to western tastes in Lhasa, but usually with a fair mix of local, Chinese and Indian flavours.
  • Out of Lhasa the food becomes more basic the more remote the region, though you can usually get some momos (dumplings), noodle soup or the ever present egg fried rice. In many places that is all you can get!
  • Tipping is not expected in Tibet

Must Try:

  • Tsampa (barley flour mixed with yak butter).
  • Yak butter tea .

Drinks:

  • An alternative to yak butter tea is cha ngamo, a sweet, milky tea.
  • Chinese green tea is also widely available.
  • Chang, a fermented barley beer is the local alcoholic brew. It is generally OK to drink however can be made with contaminated water.
  • Lhasa Beer is the homegrown beer.
  • Expect to pay around CNY50 for a restaurant meal.

Water:

  • In the high altitude of Tibet it is important to drink a much higher quantity of water than you are used to. Always carry drinking water with you and have some nearby at nights, as it is amazing how quickly you can dehydrate, even at rest.
  • Tap water is not safe to drink however there may be a thermos provided in the rooms. Boiled water is OK for drinking.
  • Bottled drinking water is available everywhere however we recommend taking water purification tablets or a bottle with an in-built filter as these are more environmentally-friendly options than bottled water.

Communication:

Email:

  • Private internet bars can be found in main cities
  • Alternatively you can use business centres in China Telecom offices.
  • Some websites have been blacklisted by the Chinese government and cannot be accessed from within China.

Telephone:

  • Be careful making international calls from hotels as they can be very expensive.
  • Private telecom booths are cheaper and easy to use.
  • To make international calls you will need a phone card bought from inside Tibet.
  • All cities and even most small towns have mobile phone reception if your phone is enabled with international roaming.

Post:

  • Receiving post is not recommended as we are usually doing something or travelling during the opening hours of most post offices.
  • Allow up to 10 days for mail to arrive at international destinations.
  • Writing the address in Chinese can help speed delivery .

Toilets:

  • Toilets are generally drop or squat toilets.
  • Some hotels may have western-style toilets.
  • Carry toilet paper or tissues with you as they are rarely provided.

Dress:

  • It is advisable for women to dress modestly, as the Tibetans do, although the climate generally makes this necessary anyway.

What to buy?

  • The most common items you will find are religious items such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, thangkas, shawls and daggers.
  • Traditional clothing and jewellery are also available.
  • Sometimes you will be able to find beautiful carpets available .
  • Expect to bargain. Being polite while doing so will get you a better deal.
  • Check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to import some items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand for example have strict quarantine laws.

 

Trek/ Trip Grades

Easy
Experience is not necessary at this level: anyone who is in good health and fit enough to enjoy a good weekend hill walk can manage this trek. However, walking always involves some exertion: trails are seldom flat, and you must still expect to have a reasonable amount of ascent and descent.
Days are generally short in duration (3-5 hours) .
Altitude is less than 3000m.

Moderate
Most people who enjoy a weekend in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trek at this level: you need to be in good health and reasonably fit, and taking regular exercise.
Days generally involve 4-6 hours walking – it may include the occasional longer or more difficult day.
Altitude is around 3000m.
Trip Grading.
Easy – relaxed sightseeing with private transport to sights.

Moderate – Whilst no strenuous activity is involved conditions will be harsher than you are used to. Accommodations on some days will be extremely basic with shared ‘pit’ variety toilets and no washing facilities. Food will be sometimes be basic, with little variety available. Driving days can be long, dusty and bumpy and you may feel some effects of altitude.

Challenging All the aspects of a moderate trip, but sustained over a longer period of time. The koras (circumambulation) of Mount Kailash and/or Lake Manasarovar are challenging due to the altitude, but generally achievable by anyone in good health.