Arrival in Lhasa
When you arrive in Lhasa by train or flight, your guide will greet you and the driver will take you to your hotel. After arriving in Lhasa, you are highly suggested to take a good rest in order to get acclimatized to high altitude.
TIPS: In the first day you arrive in Lhasa, we highly recommend you to stay in hotel for a good rest, attention to keep warm and avoid labor work, shower or alcoholic beverages, in order to prevent or reduce high altitude sickness.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Then wait for the tour-guide and drive to our first view-spot Potala Palace. Potala Palace is one of the most magnificent heritages in China, also is the highest altitude palatial architecture complex on earth. The Potala Palace was built in Tang dynasty (7th century A.D.) for the marriage of Princess Wencheng and Songtsen Gampo (the king of ancient Tibet). Potala Palace is hailed as the essence of Tibetan architecture, painting and religious art. A large number of historical religious artifacts in Potala Palace are also priceless treasures.
Then after lunch, we will head to Jokhang Monastery which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Monastery. Around the monastery is Barkhor Street, where you can explore the old market and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.
Besides, we can taste Tibetan butter tea like locals in a tea house.
Lhasa: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa's main disciples. You can visit biggest kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the Afternoon, tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hottest event is the Monks debate in the afternoon. Inside the monastery, you can also see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house.
Lhasa - Shigatse via Gyantse
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) in the distance, which is the highest mountain near Lhasa.
Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang prayer flag at Simila Mountain Pass. Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, the historically Tibet's third largest city. In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery, and to enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Shigatse (3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien's travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, a small town where you can have lunch.
After that, we will pass Tsola Pass (4600M) and Gyatsola Pass (5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can enjoy a closer sight of the Mt. Everest peak. If time and weather permits, you may also see the sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area.
EBC to Gyirong Border 370km
In the morning, you can appreciate the sunrise of Everest Peek at the lodging area and then visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Later, we can visit the Everest Base Camp and take pictures of Mt. Everest at the closes distance.
After that, we can drive from EBC to Gyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo (5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
Gyirong to Nepal border
Tour Guide will assist the clients to exit China. And see clients off at Gyirong border. End the services at the border.
Optional: Transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu (not included in package; You need to pay extra if clients request: public bus transfer 30-60 USD/person; private vehicle around 300 USD/vehicle.)
End of the trip, and wish you have a good time in Nepal!
Tibet travel permit and all other permits to Tibet needed.
All entrance ticket fees red marked.
Tibet local 8-20 seats Tourist Vehicle. (depending on the group size)
A professional English-speaking Tibetan local.
Three stars hotel or same level. (normally standard room, if you travel individually need to share a room with other guest, or you can pay a single room supplement for stay by yourself)
SHUTTLE TRANSFER: Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa airport and hotel.
Tourist accident/casualty insurance.
Tibet hand map & Service Charge & Government Taxes.
International flight to and out of China. Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the BEST discount price for the domestic flight/train ticket booking service, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself, usually it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
There are three kinds of cancellations:
|Cancellation Time||Cancellation Fee|
|Within 24 hours||Free, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|30 days in advance||20% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|7 to 29 days in advance||30% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|Less than 7 days in advance||50% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|No show up||100% of total trip cost.|
Cancellation 10 days before departure due to political reason or natural force, no cancellation charge on local tour, but the lost caused by refunding flight tickets and train tickets is on travelers.
Airfare: Travelers can get refund of airfare according to the policy of Airline Company. Local Tour Fee: Travelers can get refund of 60% of unused local tour fee, including admission fee of tourist sites, accommodation fee, tour guide fee, private vehicle fee, etc which are included in tour contract.
Train Fare: Travelers can get 60-80% refund of unused train fare according to the policy.
1) Tibet Travel Permit
The permit is an essential document for international visitors to enter Tibet. Normally we highly recommend customers to apply it 20-30 days in advance of your departure with submit copies of your passport and visa to us. It is required 30 days in advance at least if your tour involves Kailash or Lake Manasarovar. Basically the permit will be done within 10-15 days (except Chinese public holiday) and it will be delivered by express to your hotel or valid address in China.
(We have branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, which means can be delivered by our staff.)
2) About Tibet Accommodation
There are luxury resort, three and four stars hotel can be arranged in Lhasa & Nyingchi, four and three stars hotel in Shigatse can be arranged, guesthouse only in Gyangtze & Everest & trip to Kailash. The price showed on website includes three stars hotel, if you want to upgrade your hotel level, please contact with our travel consultant. We've selected safe and cozy hotels in Lhasa central area where you can explore more around Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple & Barkhor street.But the accommodations of trip to some areas like Tingri, Gyangtze, Everest, Ngari, Naqu, etc., would be poorer, and the food is very basic.
3) About single room supplement
The price showed on website is single person accommodation fee. Normally, when you're travelling alone, you will be arranged a shared twin beds room with another tourist, or you can pay a single room supplement if you want a private room.
4) About Meals
Our hotel includes complimentary breakfast (except guesthouse),our tour leader will arrange dining during the trip but need to pay on site around 5 USD per person. Or you can arrange it by yourself.
5) About guiding and tips
Our English-speaking tour leaders are licensed native of Tibetan with profession Tibet culture and Buddhism knowledge. A tour leader plus one experienced driver will be arranged in each group, You can get any assist from them if needed. Basically a $7 tipping per day is acceptable. Anyway good payment depends on good service.
6) About pick-up/drop-off services
We provide free public shuttle service to pick-up/drop-off between airport/railway station and Lhasa downtown. 70km from airport to downtown, 30km from railway station to downtown.
7) About toilet
For many international travelers, using toilets in Tibet is an unforgettable experience. So, please reduce your expectation. If you take Tibet train to Lhasa, both sit and squat toilet are available on the train. If you stay in hotel above 3-star in Lhasa or Shigatse, you will have no complaining using standard western toilet.However, if you are visiting some outdoor attractions, such as Yamdrok, Namtso and EBC, mostly you have to use the smelly and filthy pit toilet. You would better carry enough toilet paper.
8) Climate in Tibet
The Tibet Autonomous Region located in the southwest of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China,it has dramatic temperature change between day and night. The annual temperature in Lhasa is -2~12°C (spring),10~25°C (summer), 6~18°C (autumn), -9~10°C (winter). Normally, As the altitude rises much higher, the temperature drops much lower. Do wear clothes properly such as thermal tops, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, down jacket, jeans, beanie, etc. Tibet has long duration of daylight and the climate is dry, so sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm are necessary.
9) About high altitude sickness
Taking a good rest is the best way to prevent high altitude sickness for the first time to Tibet no matter by Airplane or train. Do not get a cold or fever before your arrival. Walk slowly, eat more fruits or vegetables, try to drink local Tibet butter tea. If you feel uncomfortable, just find our tour leader to get assist.
As Tibet is a special region in China, According to local policy, international visitors are not allowed to travel without a tour leader. Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics. Do not photograph the Buddha in monastery unless you get permission. Walk clockwise around Barkhor street.ect…Remember to find our tour leader if you are uncertain about something before you do it.