The ride from hell or do not believe what your tour agent tells you......
We booked an 8 day/7 night tour to Tibet while in Kathmandu. We were promised a lot of things and so far it has all been bullshit. Do not book tours to travel by land to Tibet unless you are willing to accept that what the tour agent has promised may or may not happen.
We were suppose to travel by 4-wheel jeeps to the border - that did not happen. There were 19 of us in a bus. 15 km from the border the villigers living next to the road had block passage and we had to walk two km and then pay a jeep to carry us to the border crossing. That in and of itself had to be a scam. The villigers were making a ton of money by their standards portering everyone's bags and such. We were not the only group subjected to this mess. Apparently this particular tour package runs on Sunday and Tuesday every week. Thus a ton of tourists pass through this road and are more than likely subjected to this scam.
Once we got to the border crossing we had to stand in the rain the rain and wait to be processed. Due to the H1N1 virus scare everyone had to go through a health check. So we had to line up single file and be scan by an infra-red scanner. Of the 19 in our group only five passed through immeadiately. Everyone else had to go into a room and have there temp double checked. Fortunately everyone got through immagrations. This whole ordeal took around two hours.
All of us were expecting to be picked by the promised jeeps but alas that never happened instead we piled into a tour bus and proceeded on to our first stop. However, the road which is on the side of a mountain was under construction. Yes, our lives were in the hands of our driver and I am hear to tell you that there were times when I did not think we were going to survive this adventure. At one point I and a few others got out of the bus and walked ahead because the bus was only inches from the edge of the gravel road and was having to pass several dump trucks.
Needless to say we all made it in one peice but it has not been anything to what we were promised. Hopefully thing will improve.