Happy Holidays Treks and Expedition
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Welcome to TIBET – a land so rich in culture and tradition steeped in religion along the far flung unique landscape, aptly called the Roof of the World. Let the age old Tibetan mysteries cast an enchanted spell on you which holds you in thrill and excitement.
The tour takes you over the majestic Himalaya offering you the long cherished breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges including MT EVEREST (8,848m) by an hour long Trans-Himalayan flight from KATHMANDU to LHASA.
LHASA offers incredible sites like POTALA PALACE (majestic winter palace of Dalai Lama dominantly located in the central part of Lhasa city), JOKHANG TEMPLE (8th century temple of Avaloketeshwar), BARKHOR BAZAAR (typical Tibetan downtown still intact with its originality and flavour), DREPUNG & SERA monasteries (the biggest monasteries in Tibet still vibrant with hundreds of monks and lamas) and so on.
XIGATSE offers Panchen Lama’s TASHILHUMPU monastery (the most beautiful monastery in Tibet). In GYANTSE, you will see the unparallel KUMBUM PAGODA with 100,000 images of Lord Buddha along with PHALKOR monastery within the age old courtyard encircled by the traditional wall all around on a hillock. Interestingly, TSEDANG is called the cradle of the Tibetan civilization. Our visit includes century old beautiful monuments like YUMBULAKHANG, THANDRUK MONASTERY & SAMYE MONASTERY.
Your memories of this holiday in TIBET is enriched by the lingering impression of the most lavishly decorated huge monasteries & temples, saffron coloured monks, ever smiling people & their typical lifestyle and above all, the challenging Himalayas.
DAY 01: KATHMANDÚ – RASUWAGADHI (135 km) – KERONG (100 km) – (3,200m: 235 km/7-8 hrs)
Early morning, start a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kerong using about 50 km drive on the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway (Prithvi Highway). Then, continue drive with a right hand side turn to TRISHULI from where our uphill drive starts by using popularly used route by the trekkers going for the LANGTANG VALLEY & GOSHAINKUNDA exploration. We pass by DHUNCHE and SYABRUBESI townships on our way to RASUWAGADHI (Nepal side immigration point) and KERONG (Tibet side immigration point). After completing custom and immigration formalities, our Tibetan guide will take you to the KERONG township where we will have overnight in hotel/guest house.
DAY 02: KERUNG – NEW TINGRI (XEGAR) (4,350M): 260 KM
Today, we drive on the Tibetan plateau encountering a completely different landscape which is arid and rugged, but extremely scenic and colourful. Our drive will take you the top of the LALUNG LA (pass of 5,050 m), from where (weather permitting) a breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including MT CHO OYU (8,201 m) & MT XISHAPAGMA (8,012 m) but dwarfed by the height of the pass itself. Then we continue our drive to OLD TINGRI from where one can also enjoy the magnificence of MT. EVEREST (8,848 m)(weather permitting) but a bit far at a distance. Overnight at hotel
DAY 03: NEW TINGRI – XIGATSE (3,900M): 244 KM
Continue scenic drive to XIGATSE crossing over GYATCHU LA (5,220 m), the highest pass en route to LHASA via LHATSE. En route there is a high chance of encountering 21 st century Tibetan nomads taking care of their animal herds like yaks, sheep and so on. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: XIGATSE – GYANTSE (3,950M): 90 KM
Morning sightseeing to the PANCHEN LAMA’S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY. Afternoon, scenic drive to GYANTSE (1½ hrs) through the picturesque typical Tibetan farmland side by side of the road. Afternoon, visit to the KUMBUM STUPA & PHALKOR MONASTERY in GYANTSE. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: GYANTSE – LHASA (3,650M): 261 KM
Full day picturesque drive (5-6 hrs) crossing over KARO LA (5,010 m), KAMBA LA (4,794 m), colourful YAMDROK LAKE and the Tibetan lifeline river BRAHMA PUTRA (YARLUNG TSANGPO) – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: IN LHASA
AM: Visit POTALA PALACE (Dalai Lama’s winter palace). PM: visit JOKHANG TEMPLE (central Buddhist cathedral of Lhasa city)) and BARKHOR BAZAAR (downtown bazaar of Lhasa) – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: IN LHASA
AM: Visit DREPUNG MONASTERY (the biggest monastery in Tibet). PM: Visit SERA MONASTERY (the 2nd biggest monastery with debating monks in its beautiful garden every afternoon). Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08: LHASA – KATHMANDU/BEIJING:
Morning/evening transfer to train station to catch the train to BEIJING or to airport to fly back to Kathmandu– END OF THE TOUR.
Gongkhar Airport is the main gate way to Lhasa. Chamdo airport and Nyangchu airport also provide air access into Tibet but are not very reliable because of bad weather.
From/to Kathmandu: From July till September Air China has daily flight from/to Kathmandu. During the low season there is only one flight per week (December till February).Contact us at [email protected] for flight details and fares.
From/to Chengdu: There are 2 flights from Chengdu daily. This connection offers a better connection into Tibet as Chengdu is connected with many cities such as Seoul, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Other connections are proposed for near future.
The Qinghai-Tibet (Qingzang) Railway connects rest of the mainland with Lhasa. Operation of this railway started in 2006. The Journey from Beijing to Lhasa is 2 days/48 hours. Besides Beijing there is rail connection between Lhasa and cities like Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu.
There are 5 road routes common with tourist to enter into Lhasa, Tibet.
Contact us at [email protected] for more details about access into Tibet from different routes.
Adventure Mission Nepal always works for the comfort and satisfaction of the valuable clients. We assist you will all our knowledge and resources to make your trip into Tibet a life time journey. There are things you should know and pay attention before you start your trip to Tibet with us.
Travelling within Tibet can be done by trekking on foot or by jeeps that are arranged by AMN. There is a train service which started recently from Lhasa via Golmud to other cities of Tibet. You can also ride bikes into Tibet from Nepal or India with special permits. There are intercity flights between Tibet and China and within Tibet as well but many are seasonal.
Using SUV is the best way to travel because of the road conditions but small cars and vans can be used in good roads depending on the group size. If your group is very large we provide large buses. We suggest you to travel to Tibet and use SUV, 3-4 people on each for better experience.
Chinese Yuan or Renmibi (people’s money) is the money used in Tibet. You can exchange money at the Bank of China or it’s authorized when you are in Tibet. 1 USD is equivalent to approximately 6 RMB. It is better to have local money while travelling to Tibet as credit cards are accepted in very limited places.
Most of the big towns of Tibet such as Lhasa, Gyantse, Tsedang, and Shigatse have different options of accommodation ranging from budget hotels with basic facilities to 4 star luxury hotels. In small town and villages the hotels are basic and sometimes with just a kitchen and a dormitory style rooms with people having to share with other travel companions. Tibet is for adventure not for luxury, if you have this in mind you won’t be surprised to see the remote nature of Tibet.
Guides in Tibet are not very fluent in English but we try to find the best among them. If you are travelling as a big group or want to join a fixed departure trip you can have a tour leader from Nepal who is experienced about Tibet and its heritages and fluent in English or language of your choice (German, Spanish, French).
The one good thing about Chinese coming into Tibet is they brought some good descent restaurant otherwise in Tibet the food choice is limited to barley, meat (mutton or yak) and dairy products, with very few spices or vegetables. The Chinese ethnic group Hui has some restaurant in Tibet which are cleaner because the Hui people are Muslim and strictly follow the Halal food laws. You can figure them out with the Green Muslim flag sign. If you are camping we provide quality food prepared by our camping crew.
It is wise to take consult your guide regarding places where you can take photographs. Places such as airports, bridges and government establishments are areas where you might not be allowed to take pictures. You might get fined or even get your cameras seized if you are caught photographing restricted areas. Most of the temples and monasteries allow photography but some might ask for a fee for using Camera inside the premises. Tibetans are shy in nature so don’t like being photographed but taking permission might help.
Cell phone network coverage is getting wider in Tibet nowadays. Even the nomads can be seen riding motorbikes and carrying cell phones. You can get sim cards in many places around Lhasa and other big cities. Cyber café’s with telephone and internet services are available even in small towns and villages. WI-FI is common in big hotels only; the small ones might charge you for using this service.
All of Tibet is in High altitude zone more than 4000m from sea level. Most of the travelers suffer from mild symptoms. Some mild symptoms include headache, breathlessness, fever, a loss of appetite, unrest, stomach disorder but once you start getting acclimatized the symptoms will go away. Proper acclimatization is very important so you must spend few nights in the towns before going up in the high passes. Use of Diamox and check up by a physician is advised if you have any doubts. Contact our trekking specialist for queries about high altitude sickness at [email protected].
Tibet has tipping culture and drivers and guides are happy to receive tips. You can tip as you wish and for restaurants you can tip 10% of your total bill amount.
AMN tries its best to operate trips smoothly and without any discomfort to our valuable guests but many things is not under our control and most of the things are controlled by the Chinese authority. Weather in Tibet is also not predictable. AMN and its partner agencies will not be responsible in change of travel programs due to Political reasons and weather conditions. AMN and its partner in Tibet will not be for cancellations because of sickness of the guest before arrival, no show or cancellation of Flight. We recommend you to have a comprehensive insurance which cover cancellation, rescue and other unseen incidents.
Tibet is free of caste system and sexual discrimination. Even the womens have the same right and in some cases are dominant than males in the society. Tibetans are friendly and help people in need so there are no special precautions to be taken but it is wise to be safe as personal experiences can be different.
We feel very proud for being able to provide a nice travelling experience of Tibet for senior travelers. The hotels, guides and drivers AMN uses are well aware of the need of senior travelers. By tradition Tibetans show great respect to their elders and with guests they are very careful and respectful. Medical attention and supply of medicine is easily available in places where we operate trips for senior citizens.
Tibet offers limited entertainment for children. Children travelers are always immediately accepted by local kids and their families and in the process make new friends advise to consult with pediatrician before planning a trip to Tibet, to avoid any altitude related sickness for your child.