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Frequently Asked Questions about Nepal Travel

We have designed the below FAQS to address many queries of people who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. The below listed questions are the general guideline to assist your holiday plan in Nepal. The relevant answers help you to organize and manage the perfect holiday plan before you set your journey. These are the rough guides to make your travel easy and comfortable.  You will find many outstanding travel books anywhere in the world for detail information- just grab and go through it. If you can’t – don’t worry, you can easily find it in Nepal.  

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. Nepal has the people from different ethnic groups and different geographical location with different spoken dialects. This makes a country rich in cultural diversity. The Himalayas on the north and probably the best trekking trails around these mountains lures the travelers from all around the world.  Kathmandu which is also popular as “city of temples” is the capital city on Nepal. The capital city is the best place to explore the historically and culturally important monuments since centuries back. Moreover, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras with some of the best trekking trails on the earth. 

Nepal is popular because of the Himalayas on the northern sides which contain eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest peak of the Earth, Mount Everest called Sagarmatha in the Nepali Language. More than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level are located in Nepal. Probably the most beautiful and the scenic hiking trails around these mountains are best destination for Himalayas trekking. Some of the most popular and adventurous activities done by the tourist are like climbing over 8000m, crossing over different highest passes of the world, mountain biking, paragliding with the stunning views of Himalayas, mountain flight around the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest, religious and cultural tour in some of the sacred lands including the birth place of lord Buddha. Besides of adventurous travelers, Nepal is well known for luxury based of cultural, religious and historical places.   

Nepal is one of the new democratic-republican- country. It has multi –party democratic political system with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. The disagreement and dissatisfaction on political issues can cause demonstrations in some of the part of country. But the other part remains untouched with these activities specially tourist and tourism activities because Nepali people follow the ideology of “Athiti Devo Bhawa” means Guests are God. So no need to worry about political environment to travel Nepal as it is always safe destination even for solo woman traveler. 

One can enter Nepal by air or by road. The one and only international airport Tribhuwan International Airport lies in Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal. The major airlines like Nepal Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, Air India, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Pakistan Air, Jet Air, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Korean Airlines have schedule flights to and from Nepal. If you come by road, there are several entry points lies in Nepal- India borders. There are many buses runs to and from Kathmandu. The places to enter Nepal by land route are Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Sunauli, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar. 

Nepal visa can easily be obtained upon your arrival at your entry places or even at advance from the embassies of Nepal in your respected country. You will get the visa of multiple entries for 15 days, 30 days & 90 days as per your demand.  Please visit the following link for more information

Yes, our airport representative will be displaying the Massif Holidays sign board or your name card outside the airport terminal to pick up you. Then you will be transferred to your respected hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star category hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and main cities including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. 

Most of the places in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar accept credit cards but not essentially in all shops and restaurants. But you need cash in the mountains. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

Guesthouses/Tea houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.   

Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat(rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup in popular as it helps you with acclimatization. The best way is to go vegetarian in the mountains. You can kind find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination. 

You will get transportation as mentioned in our itineraries. Most of our itineraries include the local transportation for typical local experience for the traveler. We can upgrade your transportation from local to private comfortable tourist vehicle, 4WD even domestic flights upon your request.  We also arrange yak, horse or mule rides in trekking trails if you want to have such experiences. 

The best season to travel Nepal varies on the basis of the holiday activities you want to do in Nepal. Most of the holiday activities in Nepal can be done throughout the year except some high passes trekking and expeditions. The climate in Nepal varies from places to places which be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are Spring (March to May), Summer (between June to August), Autumn (between September to November) & Winter (between December to February). The best season to travel Nepal is Autumn (September, October & November) & Spring (March, April & May). These are the perfect time of the year for the breath taking views of King-Kong Himalayas, trekking around the world’s most dramatic landscape, tour of different historical and cultural cities, bungee jumping into a bottomless Himalayan George, rafting down a roaring Nepali rivers, cycling, mountain biking, paragliding and many other activities. Some activities like tours, jungle safari, low altitude trekking, short hiking are recommended even in winter season. Nepal and Tibet has some rain shadow area where the monsoon is lighter. These areas are visit worthy during the Summer season (June, July & August).   

The climate in Nepal varies from places to places which be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are Spring (March to May), Summer (between June to August), Autumn (between September to November) & Winter (between December to February). The best season to travel Nepal is Autumn (September, October & November) & Spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is hard to predict.  Days are generally warm if the sun is out and night is a bit cooler. Even there is snow in the months of  December January &  February but days are warm and beautiful if sun comes out in the sky. Always expect the unexpected weather in the mountains. The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -10 deg C low in the mountains.

Completely NO PROBLEM for vegetarian people as we always recommends going vegetarian in the mountains to avoid any food poisoning.  All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food.

We provide the professional government license holder fluent English speaking tour and trekking guides. Comparatively trekking guides speak less good English than tour guides in the cities. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference. All guides will be Nepali people who  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal skill. They are all trained, certified and approved by the Nepal government. 

All your foods and water are served when it is hygienically prepared on lodges or tented camps. Our guides make sure that everything is okay before serving any food in tea houses which have simply trained but experienced cook. We always encourage to drink mineral water but boiled and purified water also doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.  While on tented camp trekking, our crew has good combination of Guides, Sherpas, Cooks, Kitchen staffs and Porters. Guides and cooks are technically, practically and theoretically well train where as kitchen staffs and porters are practically well train. We serve boiled and medically purified drinking water in tented camp trekking. 

We always recommend you to book your own International flights but we also arrange it upon your request.

Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. Its good if you brings TWO or THREE pin travel adapter.

It’s very personal question as expenses depends on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per  day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for hot shower during the trekking.

Being a part of society and environment, we have lots of social and environmental responsibilities. We are operating any of our holiday packages without making any harm to environment and social code and conduct. We jointly participate with Kathmandu Educational Environment Project (KEEP) for different clean up campaigns and social awareness programs. We have decided to contribute certain amount of our profit for the developments and maintenance of different trekking trails & child orphanage home.  We believe on “joint hands can hold the Universe” and kindly appeal all our travelers to contribute something in our social and environmental project.   

We have indicated the minimum numbers of people in “De- Facto of Trip” section. We operate the group joining trips, private group trips and individual trips. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well. We operate any kinds of trip from one person to big groups.  

We deal with all kinds of travel services like domestic flights, international flights, hotel reservation, and private transportation rental and many other travel services.

We have mentioned the highest altitude related to your trekking in “Trip Highlights” section. Please find the related Massif Holiday Packages and feel free to write us to get the complete information about your trip by our export corresponding team.
 

Shopping in Nepal is one of the most popular holiday activities as Nepal has lots of unique & local made things to offer. Shopping tour is also one of the most popular activities done by lots of foreigners. Travels have always full of option for Shopping in Nepal with various things like the most unique paintings on cotton canvas called Thangka, the most popular Pashminas in the world, clothing materials, metal works specially the Singing Bowls, jewelry, tea, sculptures, rice paper, incense, spices, dolls, puppets ,trekking gear, woven or embroidered shirts, trousers, blouses ,dresses. These are the remarkable and most unique items from Nepal.

Most of the popular cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Narayngath, Butwal, Nepaljung, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar has many ATMS. But sometimes it might be out of services and you have to walk to find another one. But you will not get ATMS  in the mountains or in trekking trails. Most popular and widely accepted credit cards in Nepal are VISA, MASTER CARD & AMERICAN EXPRESS. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted in Nepal.

The government authorized institution to deal with tourists’ problem is TOURIST POLICE. The main office of tourist police is at near Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at most popular tourist destination like Airport, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pasupatinath, Boudhanath, Thamel, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You can call for further inquiries or any assistance at 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m

Most of the villages/guesthouses/lodges in trekking trails have telephones services. They provide the WIFI service with some extra charge which helps to get updated with social Medias, friends or family. All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends.
We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and in airport. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal)

This is very personal question and difficult thing to tell. Tipping is not obligation but the way to thanks your guide and other staff. Normally the level of your satisfaction should be reflected on tipping. We have seen everything from USD 10 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Our recommendation will be always to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping to all local staffs. You can also talk in detail about it in our pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu.

Most of the guesthouse provide hot shower with some extra cost.  And in rest of the places, bucket water will be provided for shower. It will be less pleasant once you trek higher in the mountains. 

Of course, we are ready to operate your holidays as per your interest and requirements. You can spend extra days on your loving or favorable places or even can make it shorter. We will always do our best to manage your hotel bookings, flight booking and everything.  

You need to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy depending on the holiday activities you are doing. You need to have normal medical insurance in tours and insurance with coverage of high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in the mountains. The cost of emergency helicopter evacuation is between 2,500$ - 10,000$ depending upon the different places or situations. 

You can carry maximum 15 kg per person on every domestic flight for free and more with some extra payment.

15kgs per person is the maximum weight limit you can provide to the porters. We always recommend settling your things in light & soft duffle bag. Please store your hard luggage at the locker of your hotel for free if you have any. It’s always easy and comfortable as light as you travel.  

Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, Massif Holidays expert team will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Massif Holidays provide sleeping bags, down jackets & duffle bags for the Lodge to Lodge or Tea House Trek. We also provide the required materials like tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment during the Camping Treks. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. 

NOTE: - The above mentioned questions with answers are the outline information before stepping on the road. Please contact our expert team to get more and detailed information about your trip. 

Frequently Asked the Question about Bhutan Travel

We have designed the below FAQS to address many queries of people who are planning and preparing to visit Bhutan. The below listed questions are the general guideline to assist your holiday plan in Bhutan. The relevant answers help you to organize and manage the perfect holiday plan before you set your journey. These are the rough guides to make your travel easy and comfortable.  You will find many outstanding travel books anywhere in the world for detail information- just grab and go through it. If you can’t – don’t worry, you can easily find it in Nepal & Bhutan.

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. The unique and traditional cultural practice of people makes it as one of the popular tourist destinations in the world. 

Bhutan distinguishes itself from its two large neighbors because of its unique cultural and environmental features. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called ‘The Last Shangrila’. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom. The philosophy of Gross National Happiness  is the major tool to judge the development using a holistic approach of well being not just based on gross domestic products. Most of the people in Bhutan depend their life on agricultural activities. In addition, the current generation receives free education, and all citizens have access to free, although basic, medical care. The sale of tobacco products is banned and smoking in public areas is an offense punished with fines.

The major attractions in Bhutan are the most colourful and vibrant festivals, weekend market, quirky shops, museums and landmarks like the National Memorial Chorten, the only capital in the world without traffic lights, the highly ornate Drukwangyal Lhakhang (temple) and the 108 chortens, beautiful glacial valley and various sacred sites in the Himalayas including  different  flora and fauna. Thus, Bhutan can be the best option for any travelers to explore the himalalayan culture in the land of the thunder dragon. 

Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary form of government. It has multi –party democratic political system with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. Bhutan  is always a safe destination for all kinds of travelers.

One can enter Bhutan by air or by road via private car, public bus and train. Paro International Airport is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the south west of the country and served only by the country's flag carrier Druk Air. Druk operates four planes which fly routes to Bangkok inThailand; Delhi, Kolkata, Bodhgaya/ Gaya, Bagdogra, Guwahati in India; Kathmandu in Nepal; Dhaka in Bangladesh.

If you come by road via private car , there are three land border crossings located along southern border to India only. Phuntsholing in the west, Gelephu in the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east. No border crossings are open along the Chinese northern border. Road permits are also required; however, these are processed by your local tour operator, along with your visa.

If you are planning your trip by road via public bus, you can get public buses from Kolkata, Siliguri to  Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. One can easily get private buses and shared taxis from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, but a comfortable option is to book a Bhutan Post bus, which leaves each morning at 7 AM (Bhutan time) from the post office. Public buses from Kolkata depart from Kolkata's Esplanade bus station at 7PM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from the Phuentsholing Bhutan Post office at 3PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes around 18 hours. Public buses from Silguri to Phuentsholing/Jaigaon depart from across the main highway from the bus station, near Heritage Hotel, at 7:30AM and 1:30PM daily. It is roughly a four hours  journey. The buses are comfortable and operated by Royal Bhutan Government.

If you are planning your trip to Bhutan via train, Hasimara, New Jalpaiguri Station (NJS) and 'New Alipurduar' (NOQ)  are the nearest  railway stations  as Bhutan has no railways. Hasimara on the main Kolkata/Siliguri line to Assam is the nearest railway station to Phuentsholing, 17 km away. 'New Alipurduar' (NOQ) railway station is a better option than New Jalpaiguri if you want to reduce your road journey to Jaigaon. From here, Jaigaon is only about 60 kms and can be covered in about 1 hour 15 minutes by a direct taxi. Alternatively, bus services from New Alipur Duar town to Jaigaon are also available. Most of the trains going to Guwahati stop at this railway station. It is also a shorter route for those coming from Guwahati or other north-eastern states of India.

All tourists (except nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives) must obtain a visa prior to departure. All tourists must book their travel through a local licensed tour operator (or international partner). Visas can be  applied for online by your local tour operator and it is not required for any traveler to visit Bhutanese Embassy or consulate.  The payment of your trip must be paid in full before a tourist visa is issued. After receiving full payment, visa clearance takes no longer than 72 hours. Visas are issued on arrival to residents of India, Bangladesh and Maldives only.   As travel to Bhutan almost invariably requires at least one flight change in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Singapore or Thailand, ensure that you meet the visa requirements of those countries before transiting through. Nepal and Thailand offer visas on arrival or visa waiver for many nationalities. India generally requires visas for most nationalities, though 50 nationalities can obtain an electronic visa online without having to send their passports or visiting an embassy. Check your local Indian embassy/consulate for details. We try our best to provide the up to date information, but the rules do changes. So we always recommend you to be updated yourselves. You must show the copy of your Bhutan Group visa at the check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at the immigration in Bhutan where you will have your Bhutan visa stamped into your passport.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan operates the daily tariff for all tourists entering the country. It is not possible to enter Bhutan as a tourist without paying this tariff except if you are from India, Maldives or Bangladesh. For these three countries all the visitor requires is to produce their identity card of their country. The daily tariff covers:-

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation – Luxury hotels may incur an additional fee
  • All meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide for the extent of the stay
  • All internal transport – excluding any internal flights
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A royalty of $65 (which is included in the tariff price)

The minimum tariff is (for a group of 3 persons or more) USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November and USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. The rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. Groups of two or less shall be subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:

Individual, US$ 40 per night

2 persons, US$ 30 per person per night.

Any tour packages of Bhutan should be booked with registered travel agent or any international partner. We take the responsibility to make your tour unique and memorable.  You can easily book any customized tours to Bhutan with Massif Holidays. We are the international partner of reputed Bhutanese Travel Agent.

Yes, our airport representative will be displaying the Massif Holidays sign board or your name card outside the airport terminal to pick up you. Then you will be transferred to your respected hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star category hotels in Thimpu , Punakha  and main cities including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request.

You will have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Bhutan. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to, although western style, flushable toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.

Major city of Bhutan like Thimpu & Paro  accept credit cards but not essentially in all shops and restaurants. Visa, Mastercard and Visa Maestro has also now been compatible with most ATM's in Bhutan. 

You will get transportation as mentioned in our itineraries. Most of our itineraries include private,  comfortable tourist vehicles. We also arrange yak, horse or mule rides in trekking tours  if you want to have such experiences. This is briefly mentioned in our email  while booking any tours with us.

September to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour. Heat and humidity increase from May, and from June to September the monsoon rains cover the mountains.  

Visiting Bhutan in December - February

From December to February Bhutan is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalayas. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower.

Visiting Bhutan in March - April

March and April are among the most popular times to travel as temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature; especially as all the flowers start to bloom. Early April witnesses the Paro Tshechu, so book ahead to get the best accommodation and flights.

Visiting Bhutan in May

Similar to Nepal, Bhutan's landscapes are at their best at this time of year before the monsoon arrives, with colourful rhododendrons carpeting the hillsides. Temperatures increase in May, bringing humidity as well as cloud over the mountains. However, fewer visitors and lower prices can make it a perfectly viable time to visit. The rhododendrons should also still be in bloom - ideal for photographers and nature lovers.

Visiting Bhutan in June - August

June to August (and sometimes into September) is monsoon season in Bhutan. Although showers can occur at night without spoiling daytime explorations, conditions aren't ideal for trekking. Sightseeing is still possible - just be prepared with a raincoat! It’s also ideal for retreating to a spa. Views are best in the mornings following night-time downpours.

Visiting Bhutan in September- November

These are ideal time of the year for hiking, seeing festivals (particularly the popular Thimphu Tshechu) and enjoying stunning views and pleasant temperatures. Expect it to be around 25°C in the sun, but there will be cooler temperatures in the evenings and at higher altitudes. The majority of travellers (around 80% of all international visitors) want to visit Bhutan in October, so plan well in advance to ensure you get your preferred accommodation and good value flights.

Best Trekking Time in Bhutan (October to November and March to April)

Trekking is a wonderful way to see the beautiful scenery of this wonderful, little-visited country. These months offer the best weather for mountain walks and overnight stays in characterful teahouses. 

The climate in Bhutan varies from places to places and valley to valley. Being a small country its weather varies from north to south  and mainly affected by altitude. Northern Bhutan borders with Tibet and perennially covered with snow. European-like weather is experienced in western, central and eastern Bhutan. Winter lasts here from November to March. But in Punakha summer is hot and winter is pleasant. Southern part has sub-tropical climate with hot weather. Temprature in Southern part ranges from 15°C in Winter (Dec-Feb) to 30°C in Summer (Jun to Aug). Capital city- Thimphu the range is from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in August and with a rainfall of 100mm. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Precipitation varies significantly with the elevation. The average rainfall varies from region to region.

Completely NO PROBLEM for vegetarian people as we always recommends going vegetarian in the mountains to avoid any food poisoning.  All hotels and restaurants in cities serve the vegetarian food.

We provide the professional government license holder fluent English speaking tour guides. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference. All guides will be local Bhutanese people who  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal skill. They are all trained, certified and approved by the Bhutans government.  

All your foods and water are served when it is hygienically prepared on tented camps. During tented camp trekking, our crew has a good combination of Guides, Sherpas, Cooks, Kitchen staffs and Porters. Guides and cooks are technically, practically and theoretically well trained where as kitchen staffs and porters are practically well trained. We serve boiled and medically purified drinking water in tented camp trekking.

We always recommend you to book your own International flights but we also arrange it upon your request. Out Bhutan tour/trek packages includes some days stay in Nepal so your flight to and from Kathmandu – Paro will be arranged from us.

 

Being a part of society and environment, we have lots of social and environmental responsibilities. We are operating any of our holiday packages without making any harm to environment and social code and conduct. We jointly participate with Kathmandu Educational Environment Project (KEEP) for different clean up campaigns and social awareness programs. We have decided to contribute certain amount of our profit for the developments and maintenance of different trekking trails & child orphanage home.  We believe on “joint hands can hold the Universe” and kindly appeal all our travelers to contribute something in our social and environmental project.   

 

Bhutan holiday packages require minimum 1 person to book a trip and can be extended upto 15 people in a group. We have also indicated the minimum numbers of people in “Trip Fact” section of every tour packages. We operate the group joining trips, private group trips and individual trips. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well. We operate any kinds of trip from one person to big groups. 

We deal with all kinds of travel services like domestic flights, international flights, hotel reservation, and private transportation rental and many other travel services. 

We have mentioned the highest altitude related to your tour/trekking in “Trip Highlights” section. Please find the related Massif Holiday Packages and feel free to write us to get the complete information about your trip from our export corresponding team.

Shopping in Bhutan is one of the most popular holiday activities as Bhutan has lots of unique & local made things to offer. Shopping tour is also one of the most popular activities done by lots of foreigners. Travels have always full of option for Shopping in Bhutan with various things like the woven clothes, Yathra- A brightly coloured woven material, Dappa- a hand made wooden bowl, Bangchung- Small bamboo woven baskets with two tightly fitting halves and other clothing materials, metal works. These are the remarkable and most unique items from Bhutan.

This is very personal question and difficult thing to tell. Tipping is not obligation but the way to thanks your guide and other staff. Normally the level of your satisfaction should be reflected on tipping. We have seen everything from USD 10 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Our recommendation will be always to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping to all local staffs. You can also talk in detail about it in our pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. 

Of course, we are ready to operate your holidays as per your interest and requirements. But it depends on the conditions. You can spend extra days on your loving or favorable places or even can make it shorter if we are able to manage the booking of your hotel and other activities as per your changed schedule. We will always do our best to manage your hotel bookings, flight booking and everything but it is not 100% fixed.  

You will be able to find some internet cafes in Thimphu and Paro. Most large hotels also have internet access. As expected, rural and remote areas will have limited to no internet access.

You will be able to use your mobile phone in some of Bhutan’s cities, although more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Bhutan.

Absolutely. All travelers  travelling with Massif Holidays  are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, the Massif Holidays expert team will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

The above mentioned questions with answers are the outline information before stepping on the road. Please contact our expert team to get more and detailed information about your trip.  

Frequently Asked the Question about Tibet Travel

We have designed the below FAQS to address many queries of people who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. The below listed questions are the general guideline to assist your holiday plan in Nepal. The relevant answers help you to organize and manage the perfect holiday plan before you set your journey. These are the rough guides to make your travel easy and comfortable.  You will find many outstanding travel books anywhere in the world for detail information- just grab and go through it. If you can’t – don’t worry, you can easily find it in Nepal.  

Tibet, Tibet Autonomous Region is the historic region and autonomous region of China that is often called “the roof of the world.” It occupies about 471,700 square miles (1,221,600 square kilometres) of the plateaus and mountains of Central Asia. It is bordered by the Chinese provinces of Tsinghai to the northeast, Szechwan to the east, and Yunnan to the southeast; Myanmar (Burma), India, Bhutan, and Nepal to the south; the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir to the west; and the Uighur Autonomous Region of Sinkiang to the northwest. Lhasa is the capital city. The name Tibet is derived from the Mongolian Thubet, the Chinese Tufan, the Tai Thibet, and the Arabic Tubbat. Before the 1950s Tibet was a unique entity that sought isolation from the rest of the world. It constituted a cultural and religious whole, marked by the Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism. Little effort was made to facilitate communication with other countries, and economic development was minimal. After its incorporation into China, fitful efforts at development took place in Tibet, disrupted by ethnic tension between the Han (Chinese) and Tibetans and Tibetan resistance to the imposition of Marxist values. Official policy since the early 1980s has been somewhat more conciliatory, resulting in slightly better Han-Tibetan relations and greater opportunities for economic development and tourism.

Tibet holds the imagination of Shangri-la to many westerns for centuries. The place attracts millions of travelers each year to admire its surreal natural beauty and old religious culture. Some of the most popular places that makes Tibet really worth visiting are  TibetThe Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Namtso lake, Yamdrok Lake, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, Yangbajing Hot Springs, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Lulang Forest. There are many other attractive places in Tibet that are worthy of visiting, such as Drepung Monastery, Samye Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Basum Lake, Manasarovar Lake, Tibet Museum, and Segrila Mountain. 

For most international travellers, getting to Tibet will involve at least two ways: first to a gateway city such as Kathmandu (Nepal) or Chengdu (China) and then into Tibet. The most popular options from the gateway towns into Tibet are as follows: flights from Kathmandu, Chengdu, Kunming, Xian or Beijing; the train link from Qinghai to Lhasa; or the overland drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa along the Friendship Hwy. Massif Holidays organizes all Tibet tours via Kathmandu, Nepal. We do arrange your visa and travel permit in Kathmandu so the easiest way to get in Tibet via Kathmandu is fly to Lasha Airport or drive to Lasha from Kathmandu (recently this option is not available as the roads are blocked after the massive earthquake in 2015). 

Tibet visa can be obtained in about seven days to three days in urgent cases.

Tibet Travel visa and permit can be arranged by Nepalese tour company with your tour package. Massif Holidays arranges all required permit and visa for you.

Yes you can but it will be quite expensive to acquire for a single person, sometimes can be rejected by Chinese authority due to some reason beyond our control, however we try our best to obtain a single visa if not, where we will find and join you with other group of travelers to Tibet as per the holiday itinerary and duration of travel within Tibet.

Tibet visa and Tibet Travel Permit is must to travel Tibet. Tibet Visa is required to enter Tibet while Tibet Travel Permit is required to travel inside Tibet. We do arrange Tibet visa and travel permit will be arranged on entry point as well with the help and service of our Tibetan guides.

You can apply through Massif Holidays for Tibet Travel Documents. Please contact us with name of the trip and duration and we will provide you with information and details respectively as per your need.

To obtain Tibet Travel Permits first you need Tibet Entry Visa, beside your China visa (if traveling around mainland) full details of your passport and purpose of travel and duration in Tibet.

Full Passport details and information with passport size photos and purpose of travel in Tibet.

Yes, our airport representative will be displaying the Massif Holidays sign board or your name card outside the airport terminal to pick up you. Then you will be transferred to your respected hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Credit Card are accepted in major stores-shops- restaurants and hotels, but not in tiny places and in the villages.    

The traditional Tibetan diet is largely limited to barley, meat (mutton or yak) and dairy products, with very few spices or vegetables, although brutally hot chili sauce is often served on the side. Even good Tibetan food is very monotonous with most Tibetan restaurants serving nothing other than thukpa (noodle soup) and tea. By comparison, Chinese restaurants in villages often put out some excellent food. Some travellers feel that Hui (ethnic Chinese Moslem) places are cleaner because of halal food laws; they can be recognised by the green flags and crescent moons (and because they do look cleaner). Unfortunately there is not a single genuine Tibetan restaurant of high quality in Tibet; those can only be found in neighbouring provinces such as Sichuan.  These are the most popular Tibetan food

Momos - dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

Tingmo - bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

Thukpa - a hearty noodle soup with veggies or meat

Thenthuk - thukpa with handmade noodles

Yak butter tea - salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and a rather acquired taste for most Westerners.

Carry a snack on short trips and enough food for a few days or a week or more for longer journeys, such as to Mount Kailash. Instant noodles are convenient even if you don't have a camp stove. They can be eaten cold or softened with boiled water. Tsampa (roasted barley flour) is an ideal travel food because it's already cooked. Eat it mixed with tea, butter and salt, or as a high energy snack by mixing it with water, milk powder and sugar. Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, Tibet is not particularly vegetarian-friendly - the altitude being the main justification for this. In rural areas, vegetarians need to be prepared to compromise or live on very simple diets. Even if a thukpa is without meat, you can bet the broth they use is a meat broth. However, monastery restaurants and some large towns do offer restaurants serving vegetarian food and even some Tibetans observe a vegetarian diet on particular days of the religious month. So it is worth asking. On some monastery restaurants or in Lhasa, where there are Tibetan vegetarian restaurants.

You will get transportation as mentioned in our itineraries. Most of our itineraries include private transportation. We also arrange yak, horse or mule rides in trekking trails if you want to have such experiences. 

The best season to travel Tibet is from May to October. During this period the weather is not very cold, averaging above 10°C. This is naturally the busiest travel time in Tibet, when people come for the warmer weather and higher oxygen content. July and August is the rainy season in Tibet, though, apart from in the southeast, there is still not a lot of rain. The best months for camping are May and September when it hardly rains at all. April, May, September, or October is the recommended months if you plan to travel to Mt. Everest. These months are more likely to see the peak clearly. Tourists with interest in Tibetan festivals and culture are recommended to visit Tibet in August when the Shoton Festival, Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, and Ganden Thangka Festival are held. But expect to see huge crowds during the festivals. Late September to October is the best time to see autumnal colors in Tibet.

Undoubtedly, Tibet is one of the harshest places for human existence. Weather there is cool in summer, but excruciatingly cold in winter. In Lhasa, the relatively humane city of the region, although the temperature may exceed 29 degrees C (84 degrees F) in summer, it can also plummet to minus 16 degrees C (3 degrees F) in winter! Solar radiation is extremely strong. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither radiate nor absorb heat, resulting in temperature extremes during both day and night. However it is not impossible to visit the holy snow land. The period from April to October is the best time to visit Tibet, avoiding the coldest months from December to February. In northern Tibet, the climate is not favorable with the average temperature is subzero and winter lasts from October through May or June. July and August are the best time to visit the area, enjoying warm temperatures, intense sunshine, beautiful scenery, and festive events. Tibet Climate In eastern Tibet, May, June and September are the height of the tourism season. In winter, roads are all blocked by heavy snow. Landslides are frequent occurrences, making travel difficult. Although southern Tibet is balmy during May through October, most rainfall also comes during this season between June and September. Heavy rains during the nights block roads and make travel difficult. However, during this season, the scenery is at its best and there are also great festive events held. Hence, it is the preferred time to visit Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi. From November through May, strong winds are common occurrences.

Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, Tibet is not particularly vegetarian-friendly - the altitude being the main justification for this. In rural areas, vegetarians need to be prepared to compromise or live on very simple diets. Even if a thukpa is without meat, you can bet the broth they use is a meat broth. However, monastery restaurants and some large towns do offer restaurants serving vegetarian food and even some Tibetans observe a vegetarian diet on particular days of the religious month. So it is worth asking. On some monastery restaurants or in Lhasa, where there are Tibetan vegetarian restaurants.

We provide the professional government license holder fluent English speaking tour and trekking guides. All guides will be Tibetan people who  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal skill. They are all trained, certified and approved by the Chinese Government.  

We always recommend you to book your own International flights but we also arrange it upon your request. 

All places in your hotel have charging facilities. Its good if you brings TWO or THREE pin travel adapter.

 

All foreigners planning to go to the Tibet Autonomous Region are required to be part of an organized tour that includes travel permits (certain areas require multiple permits), a tour guide, a private vehicle and a driver. There are no exceptions to these regulations. Since all foreigners have to be on an organized tour in order to go to the Tibet, the costs of traveling to the region are considerably higher than the rest of China.  Besides your tour cost expect to pay anywhere between 80 RMB to 120 RMB per day, per person for food. But if you want to eat in local food the cost will down a bit.

Being a part of society and environment, we have lots of social and environmental responsibilities. We are operating any of our holiday packages without making any harm to environment and social code and conduct. We jointly participate with Kathmandu Educational Environment Project (KEEP) for different clean up campaigns and social awareness programs. We have decided to contribute certain amount of our profit for the developments and maintenance of different trekking trails & child orphanage home.  We believe on “joint hands can hold the Universe” and kindly appeal all our travelers to contribute something in our social and environmental project.    

We have indicated the minimum numbers of people in the right hand side of our trip page in our website. We operate the group joining trips, private group trips and individual trips. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well. We operate any kinds of trip from one person to big groups.   

We deal with all kinds of travel services like domestic flights, international flights, hotel reservation, and private transportation rental and many other travel services. 

We have mentioned the highest altitude related to your trekking in “Trip Highlights” section. Please find the related Massif Holiday Packages and feel free to write us to get the complete information about your trip by our export corresponding team.

Shopping in Tibet is one of the most popular holiday activities as Tibet has lots of unique & local made things to offer. Shopping tour is also one of the most popular activities done by lots of foreigners. Travels have always full of option for Shopping in Tibet with various things. Shopping is an interesting part of travel. It is an amazing experience that you possible find a lot of spectacular stuffs, such as foods, handcrafts, paintings, jewelry, etc. You may want to buy some interesting souvenirs to your friends or families before leaving Tibet. You may also want to bring a valuable art or other works home to keep your journey memorable. There are much special, rare and precious stuff which are worthy buying in Tibet. Some of them are beautiful arts of Tibetan culture, such as Thangka, Tibetan jewelry, Tibetan carpet, Tibetan knife, Tibetan mask, etc. Some are useful specialties of Tibet, such as Buttered Tea, Saffron Crocus, Yak Meat, etc. You can also consult your Tibet Guide for shopping in Tibet.

 

For the clothing, we suggest casual attire style and layered clothing. In day time you may need only a T-shirt or at most a jacket, but at night you may need a down jacket. Down jacket is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash.

 

Yes it is possible, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas. 

Tourism is Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.

One thing you should bury in mind is that hotels in Tibet concerning its facility and service are not what you imagine. Not like hotels in other cities abroad.

Budget guesthouse has a few kinds. One is the twin room with or without the bathroom in it. The other is triple, four-bed rooms, and more beds rooms named dormitory which all have no private bathroom in them. Former one can be easily found in Lhasa and Shigatse, while later one is often the choice in remote area in Tibet.

The best available hotels are the 4 star hotels. 4 star hotels can only be reached in Lhasa. The best available hotels in the region out of Lhasa are generally 3 star hotels, and in some places hotels with no star, but comparatively of good condition.

Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.

Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry us for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.

Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.

This is very personal question and difficult thing to tell. Tipping is not obligation but the way to thanks your guide and other staff. Normally the level of your satisfaction should be reflected on tipping. We have seen everything from USD 10 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Our recommendation will be always to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping to all local staffs. You can also talk in detail about it in our pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. 

Yes all travelers traveling with Massif Holidays must have travel insurance. You need to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem before coming Tibet. Choose a policy depending on the holiday activities you are doing. You need to have normal medical insurance in tours.

The above mentioned questions with answers are the outline information before stepping on the road. Please contact our expert team to get more and detailed information about your trip.  

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