Accommodations


The clients should not have high expectations of these and they will not be disappointed. Camping trek style might be a better alternative but currently it is not a Chinese-offered option, where the accommodation is available. The Chinese-built luxury tourist hotels that are found in Tibet are large, cold (figuratively & literally) cemented buildings set amidst fenced-in compounds.

The hotels in Zhangmu and Xegar and most guest houses in Tibet are poorly kept with dirty carpets, broken windows and a feeling of abandonment, that permeates the lobbies & bedrooms. Hotel Lhasa (former Holiday Inn) and few other hotels in Lhasa are comparable to average Western lodging. While all the hotels have rooms with bathrooms, some hotels/guest houses do not routinely have either hot or cold running water. Several hotels (except in Lhasa) have hot water for bathing available during certain hours in the evening only; these hours of availability are announced, when guests arrive in the hotel.

All hotel guest rooms are provided with a thermos flask of hot water for tea as well as comfortable beds with lots of warm blankets. While all the hotels are wired for electricity, power in some of the hotels/guest houses are limited to a few evening hours. Taking a flashlight along is a must. All hotels provide toilet paper, but for toilet stops during the day while on the road, it's a good idea to take some toilet paper along. Except the Lhasa Hotel in Lhasa, none of the hotels are heated. People wearing down jackets & hats while eating dinner or breakfast is a common sight. In November, the mean temperature in Lhasa goes from -4°C to 12°C. In August, the mean temperature ranges from +8°C to +22°C.