Tibet Tour

Introduction

Locked away in its Himalayan fortress, Tibet has long exercised a 'Shangri-la' type hold on the imagination of the West. A 'Land of Snows', the 'Rooftop of the World' is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Tibet is comprised of the three provinces of Amdo (now split by China into the provinces of Qinghai and part of Gansu), Kham (largely incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan), and U-Tsang which, together with western Kham, is today referred by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The bulk of Tibet, both in population and land size, lies outside the TAR.

Fact for Travellers

Visas: All individuals entering Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months. If you are entering Tibet from China, your Chinese visa will be valid, though only travellers with tourists visas (not business, resident or student visas) are permitted. You must also obtain a Tibetan Tourist permit (TTB) before you can enter Tibet. Entering Tibet from Nepal or by air from another country requires a separate visa valid for Tibet from a Chinese embassy (30-60 day visas are the norm) which can be arranged by us. You may have to get a group visa (minimum of two people in a group and you must leave China with this person unless you can change the visa inside China), arranged by an agent and enter on a tour.

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +8
Dialling Code: 86
Electricity: 220V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Attractions of Tibet

Lhasa
Lhasa is a city of wonders. The Potala, a vast white and ochre fortress, dominates the Lhasa skyline. Once the seat of Tibetan government and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas. The Jokhang temple, 2km (1.2mi) to the east, is the spiritual heart of the city. The medieval push and shove of crowds, the street performers, the stalls hawking everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls, and the devout tapping their foreheads to the ground at every step is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist.

Gyantse
Gyantse, some 200km (124mi) southwest of Lhasa, is one of the least Chinese-influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone. The Palkhor Monastery here was built in 1427 and is notable for its superb Kumbum stupa. The dzong (old fort) that towers above the village offers a fine view over the valley. Gyantse is a four-hour bus ride from Shigatse.

Mt Everest
The Tibetan approach to Mt Everest provides far better vistas of the world's highest peak than those on the Nepal side. Some 27,000 sq km (10,422 sq mi) around Everest's Tibetan face have been designated as the Qomolangma Nature Preserve.

For foreign travellers, the Everest Base Camp has become the most popular trekking destination in Tibet, but this does not mean that the region is exactly swarming with hikers. The two access points are Shegar and Tingri, along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, but be warned that neither trek is an easy three- or four-day stroll. Take your time getting acclimatised and be prepared for a strenuous climb. If it all sounds too much, 4WD vehicles can lurch all the way to Base Camp along the Shegar track.

Sakya Monastery
This immense thick-walled monastery, in the monastic town of Sakya, was one of the largest monasteries in Tibet before the Cultural Revolution. The ash-grey structure was established in 1268 and is designed defensively, with watchtowers on each of the corners of its high walls.

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Tibet Cultural Trek

Trek Info :10 nights in Tibet, Kathmandu airport/ Tatopani Border

DayDestination Programme
1Kathmandu to Lhasa flight. drive to Tsethang. Visit Yumbulakang.
2Visit of Samye, back to Tsetang.
3Lhasa. Visit of Mindroling et Dranang. Lunch on the way. Afternoon visit around Jokhang.
4,5Lhasa : Potala, Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Norbulimka.
6Excursion to Tsurphu or Ganden, back to Lhasa.
7Drive to Gyantse via Kampala pass.
8After visiting Kumbum, drive to Shigatse via Shalu.
9Shigatse : visit Tashilumpo. Afternoon free.
10Drive to Dingri via Sakya.
11Drive Dingri Border/Kathmandu
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Tibet Trek(Namtso & Everest Base Camp)

Trek Info :15 days Kathmandu/Kathmandu

DayDestination Programme
1Kathmandu Flight to Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa.
2,3Visit of Lhasa: Potala, Jokhang, Barkhor, Drepung, Sera.
4Drive to Drigung.
5Trek to Terdom.
6Drive to Reting.
7Drive to Namtso Lake.
8Visit of Namtso Lake.
9Drive to Shigatse, visit Tashilumpo.
10Drive to Phutsoling.
11Morning visit of Jonang monastrery.
12Drive to Everest Base Camp.
13Trek glacier de Ronbuck.
14Drive to Dingri
15Drive to border
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Kailash South Road & Tsaparang (No Lhasa)

Trek Info :16 days Kathmandu/Kathmandu

DayDestination Programme
1Drive to Nyalam.
2Drive to Shishapangpa BC.
3Drive to Sarga via Pegu Tso.
4,5,6Drive to Ali by north road.
7,8Drive to Töling & Tsaparang.
9Tirtapuri.
10Darchen.
11,12,13Trek Kailash.
14,15Drive to border (south road) via Baryang & Sarga.
16Border/Kathmandu transfer
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Kailash North Road & Tsaparang

Trek Info :21 days Kathmandu/Kathmandu

DayDestination Programme
1Flight Kathmandu/Lhasa.
2,3Visits in Lhasa.
4Drive to Gyantse.
5Drive to Shigatse.
6Drive to Raga.
7Drive to Tsokchen.
8Drive to Gertze.
9Drive to Gegyai.
10Drive to Ali.
11,12Toling & Tsaparang.
13Tirthapuri.
14Drive to Darchen Kailash Base Camp.
15,16,17Kailash trek with yaks & food.
18At Manasarovar
19,20,21Drive to Border/ Transfer to Kathmandu