Many tourists travel from Nepal to Tibet or the other way around. In order to have a pleasant trip, you’d better pack suitably. The following is a recommended list of items to bring with you for both the Nepal and Tibet tour.
A light, quick-dry, thin thermal shirt. It should have long sleeves if you are sensitive to the sun. Layers are necessary if you plan to visit the mountain area. The outer layers need to be wind and waterproof, especially in the rainy season.
Comfortable sneakers, hiking boots. If your tour includes trekking, then it is better if the shoes are waterproof. It is recommended that you avoid a pair of new shoes just in case they do not fit on your feet. It would be wise to bring a pair of sandals so that you can finish your day tour and let your sneakers dry at night.
Sun cream, hat, and sunglasses to protect your skin from the blazing sunlight.
Sleeping bags are good to bring because some of the visits will be in remote areas where a trekking tour might not be included. The lodges and guesthouses will provide warm blankets, but it is more hygienic to use your own private sleeping bags.
It can be beneficial to take a trekking pole if there is a trekking tour included. When you trek in the mountains, it might snow suddenly no matter what season it is. A pole will help you out a lot.
It is wise to bring medicine for cold, headache, stomach ache, insect bites, and so on. For the Nepal mountain area and Tibet, it is better to pack some anti-altitude sickness medicine. The altitude in Kathmandu Nepal is just 1,300 meters. Normally, people will not feel any discomfort at that altitude. However, the altitude in Lhasa is 3,650 meters. Most people experience different symptoms of sickness at this high of an altitude, such as headache, drowsy, losing appetite, fever, vomiting, etc. It will be useful to take some medicine before arriving in Lhasa. Diamox is always recommended.
The electricity in Nepal is 230V/50 cycles. There are three types of plugs: two round pins, three round pins, and three round pins in a triangular pattern. While in Tibet, the electricity is 220V/50 cycles. There are also three types of plugs which are different than Nepal’s plugs. These include the three-pronged angled pins, two flat pins, and two narrow round pins. A convertor must be in your package.
In the big cities of Nepal and Tibet, it is not likely to experience a power cut. But if your tour includes some exploration to the remote areas, such as the Everest Base Camp or Mt. Kailash, we strongly recommend that you take a flashlight with you. Sometimes these areas have no power supply. Besides, the guesthouses there normally have no private bathroom either. A flashlight will help you a lot if you need go to the public toilet at night.
The power of your mobile phone and camera will drain faster in the cold. Please make sure you take a power bank with you if you visit the mountain areas since those areas always have very low temperatures and might snow suddenly.
Poor road conditions in Nepal lead to a muddy and bumpy drive on rainy days and a dusty journey on sunny days.
You can search online freely in Nepal but while in Tibet, you might not open your Gmail, or log in to your Facebook, YouTube and so on. A VPN will be needed if you have important emails to reply to or you want to stay in contact with your family or friends.