Getting to Lhoka
The airport of Tibet, Lhasa Gongkar Airport is located in Lhoka Prefecture. The airport is just over 96 Kilometer to the main town of the prefecture, The Tsedang Town. All the inter and intra prefecture roads in Tibet are paved. The region is accessible from all the region of Tiet Via road journey. Now the new express high way from the Lhasa to Tseadng via the Ganden Monastery monastery reduce the travel journey from 4 hours to a half an hours.
So far there is no train running through the Lhokha Prefecture. But in the coming year, there will be railway lines running through the Lhokha prefecture once the Tibet-Sichuan railway line is completed. Right now the trains are only available until the Lhasa and Shigatse.
Lhasa city airport in the western end of the prefecture. this makes the prefecture access to all the flight to Tibet as it is to the Lhasa prefecture. There are 30 different daily flights from other parts of China to Tibet and two daily flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The flights are coming in from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Shangri la, Chongqing and Guangzhou to Tibet. The most number of flights are available from Chengdu to Lhasa.
High Altitude Sickness and Elevation
The average elevation of the Lhokha Prefecture in 3700 Meters above sea level, making it one of the lowerest of all regions in entire Tibet. It is recommended for travelers to start your Tibet travel from the prefecture if you have a group member of the elderly. It is very common for travelers to suffer from the high Altitude sickness upon arrival in Lhokha. It might take a day or days to acclimatizations in Lhokha. For some, it can be severe and for some, it could be little breathlessness while climbing the stairs.
There are many locally produced Medicine for the high elevation; Some local Tibetan Medicine. We are in no position to recommend the medicine, But we would highly recommend consulting their doctors about the plans to go to Tibet and bring their own medicine. We want to suggest you the same.
Tibet Travel Permit for Lhokha Prefecture
Though we will take care of all the required Tibet Travel permit for Lhokha Prefecture. If you would like to know in detail about the permit requirement to Prefecture. Here is the information.
If you are visiting the Lhokha prefecture, Alien’s Travel permit in addition to the primary Tibet Travel Permit. It usually takes about 12 days in getting that basic permit done. We will make your permit before your Arrival in Tibet and the Aliens permit will be applied by your tour guide upon arriving at the Tsedang Town.
But you must keep in your mind the permit situation is different as per the mode to transportation into Tibet as follow:
- If you are taking a train from other cities in China beside Chongqing. You have required only the photocopy of your Tibet permit. Hence we will send you a copy in an email, and you can make the printout.
- For the train from Chongqing to Lhasa. The Train station in Chongqing will need to see your original Permit. For this, we will have to send you original permit to your hotel in Chongqing.
- Taking the flight to Tibet from any part of China, we will need to send your Original Tibet travel permit. Any airport in China will require to see your original Tibet travel permit before boarding into the flight.
- The permit will be at the border with your tour guide for all the travelers coming from Kathmandu to Tibet. If you are taking the overland journey from Nepal to Tibet, your guide will be at the China custom at the border port with the permit. For the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, your tour guide will be with the permit waiting for you at the China Custom counter in Lhasa Airport.
Lhokha prefecture averages 3,700 meters (12,100 ft) above sea level. here the climate is mild and generally warm and temperate. With precipitation during the driest month, the rainfall in the prefecture is significant. The rainfall averages 1121mm and average annual temperature is at 15.9°C.LHOKHA WEATHER
Best times to visit.
The best time to come to Lhokha prefecture in April to Mid June and September to November. During those days it is warmer and no rainfall on average.
If you would like to enjoy Tibet without many tourists. Winter is an excellent time to come to Lhokha.
Hotels in Lhokha Prefecture
Equipment, and Packing Checklist
- Comfortable, broken-in hiking shoes or hiking boots with Spare laces
- 3 or 4 pairs of hiking pants ( at least 1 pair of waterproof/windproof hiking pants
- *1 pair of comfortable tennis shoes, flip-flops or croc-style sandal to wear
- 2 or 3 pairs of cotton socks
- 3 or 4 pairs of wool socks
- 4 to 6 pairs of underwear (*trekker should bring some spandex or non-chaffing underwear)
- 1or 2 sets of thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
- 1 set of warm pajamas for overnight
- Mid-weight or heavyweight winter coat ( down recommend for treks and any Tibet Travel in the month from October to April)
- Lightweight hooded rain jacket for treks and any travel done from April thru October
- Warm Hat
- Warm gloves
- Scarf (Optional)
- Sun Hat with the wide brim
- 2 or 3 fleece tops
- 4 to 5 T-shirt (Mixture of short and long sleeved. *Wicking shirt should be used for treks.)
- *1 lightweight, quick0drying towel
- *Gaiter (optional for trekkers)
- *bandana (optional for trekkers)
- *mid to heavyweight sleeping bag of -12°C to -18°C (10°F to 0°F)
- Sunglass with UV Protection
- Protection small flashlight (torch) or headlamp with extra batteries
- 1 liter Nalgene bottle
- Small thermos for tea/hot water
- *day pack that is 30L to 40L in size ( Only if you are trekking)
- *2 durable trekking poles ( Only if you are trekking)
- 1 or 2 small plastic bags for dirty clothes, etc
- Personal Hygiene and Toiletry items
- Sunblock/ Sunscreen that is SPF 35 or higher
- Lip balm that contains sunscreen
- Skin moisturizer (optional)
- Anti-Bacterial hand sanitizer
- Small hand-held mirror (Optional)
- Feminine products
- Shaving products
- Travel size Soap and Shampoo
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Wet wipes
- 2 to 3 rolls of toilet papers
- Nail clipper
- Band-Aid and moleskin for blisters
- Cotton buds/Q-tips
- Medicine to treat travelers Diarrhea
- Anti-biotic ointment for minor cut or blisters
- Personal Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine, antihistamine, etc
- Diamox / Acetazolamide (Optional….contact your doctor for details)
- Medicine if you are prone to motion sickness (optional)
- prescription drugs (contact your doctor)
- Batteries for personal items (Camera, Flashlight, etc)
- plenty of memory cards for your camera
- passport/ money holder
- extra copy of your passport and Chinese Visa (Make an Extra copy of your travel permit in Tibet)
- Protein bars, Chocolate, dried fruit or Other snacks of your choice.
- Electric outlet adapter for China
- Small notebook with pen
- 3 to 4 small zip-lock bags
Festival in Lhasa Prefecture
Attractions on Lhokha Prefecture
Recommend Tours In Lhokha Prefecture
I-Tibet travel and Tours is fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. Our privilege to be able to host you in Tibet also makes our responsibility in protecting nature and contributing back communities.
As a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our staffs are 100% local Tibetan tourism professionals. Additionally, We only use local Tibetan guides, other tours crews, and local business. 100% of the travel money goes to locals. Besides, We use 3% of the net profit into Environmental and social initiatives.
Being Tibetan, We know how vital the Tibetan environment is for the entire world. Mountains, glacier, and rivers are all cherished in our culture. We do our best to reduce the environmental impact of your tours in Tibet.
Following are Our ways:
a) No Small plastic bottles in the tour
All the drinking water are provided in the bigger container. So all visitors are asked to bring his/her own water bottle. In this way, we reduce hundreds and thousands of small plastic bottles. All the bigger containers are provided back to the manufacturer for reuse.
b) Incentives for practice
Incentives are given to guide and drivers. Who follow our strict directories on ethical practice towards sustainable and responsible tourism practice.
c) Staff Training every winter
Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism. We provide skill training required for the practice of Responsible and Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management by fritz institute. We work closely with individuals from institute like Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.
d) Tree Plantation
Some portion of the tour money are save for our 1000 Tree plantation project. We will plant trees when we will have enough funds.
e) Smaller group size
All our tours are a small group to reduce environmental Impact. Since traveling in a smaller group has less impact on committed in an area than a big group. Therefore all our tour groups are small.
f) Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
During your trekking Tours, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem. We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects. Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.
1: We nothing leave mother behind.
We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
2: We protect the grassland
A little destruction of Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours, we will not make drainage surrounding your tent. Instead, we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors which prevent water from getting into the tent. We don’t put a small tent toilet. Even if we try to put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the view.
3: Collecting the garbage along the way.
We have a saying in Tibet, “if you can’t help, don’t harm.” Here is our helping part. We always have extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all, and they have free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.
I-Tibet travel and tours, identify its self as a social enterprise. For this, we dedicate 3% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we buy winter clothes for small children and donate to schools. In this way, besides donating winter cloth, we are also encouraging them to go to school.
It is important to make our guest understand Local Culture, Beliefs, and Ethics. Hence it will make it more comfortable during Our special tour arrangements. Like, your home visit, culture programs, and our others.