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Tibet Group Joining Tour

Yamdrok Lake
A budget tour to Tibet is the Tibet Group Joining Tour to visit and witness the ancient land of Tibet in lower cost. The group will consist of different people from various parts of the world with different age-groups. The tour duration will be 7 nights/8 days joining in and ending at Lhasa. You can fly in from Kathmandu to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu after the tour’s compilation or it can be connected with arriving via railway from the other parts of China during as per your travel-plans. 
 
The tour begins with interesting sightseeing around the Lhasa city with visits to it’s prominent landmarks like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drupung Monastery. It further proceeds overland via Yamdruk Lake and several remote towns of Tibet towards the base camp of Mt. Everest from the Tibetan side at the Rongbuk Monastery. Then eventually re-trace your way back to Lhasa City and depart to your onward destination. All in all the tour is amalgamation of witnessing the age-old history, traditions and art & culture of Tibet together with being at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided tour around Lhasa city witnessing the local art, culture & history.
  • Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Market.
  • Visit the world’s highest monastery at Rongbuk -Everest Base Camp.
  • Witness majestic Himalayan views including Mt. Everest & other world’s highest peaks
  • Enjoy Cultural & Spiritual Experience.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa

Day 02 : Lhasa Sightseeing (Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery)

Day 03 : Lhasa Sightseeing (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street)

Day 04 : Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse (Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum)

Day 05 : Shigatse – Tingri – Rongbuk (Option: Rongbuk Monastery on own)

Day 06 : Rongbuk/Tent Camp to EBC to Shigatse (Everest Base Camp)

Day 07 : Shigatse to Lhasa (Tashilump Monastery)

Day 08 : Lhasa – Depart

What is Included

  • Private transportation as per the group size.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis 
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Everest base camp entry permit.
  • All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
  • Tibet travel permit.
  • Welcome Dinner in Lhasa.
  • Government taxes and Service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Visa Fees
  • Train or Air fare of any sectors.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Single room with an extra cost.
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa

Upon arrival in Lhasa (Airport/Railway), our representatives will meet you and transfer to your hotel. From Lhasa airport, it’s about 1 & half hours drive/from Lhasa Railway Station about 20 minutes drive to Lhasa city. The first day is for rest and to get better acclimatize in the high altitude. The day can be used for relaxing at the hotel or explore around the city on your own. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, eat light and not to shower if you can help it. O/N Hotel.

Day 02 : Lhasa Sightseeing (Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery)

After breakfast, go on for Lhasa sightseeing with in the morning visit to Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa. And during the afternoon, Sera Monastery. Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest of the Gelung Sect covering an area of 250,000 sq. meters. Drak Yerpa has a deep meaning in the Tibetan spirictual culture and there’s a saying ‘Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar’. Towards the northeast of Lhasa about 16 kms is the entrance to the Yerpa Valley on the north banks of Kyichu River. Another 10 km from here is the famous ancient meditation caves. Then proceed to Sera Monastery located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa. Sera meaning wild roses in Tibetan language as the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. Afterwards, return back to hotel. Evening: Welcome Dinner. O/N Hotel.

Day 03 : Lhasa Sightseeing (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street)

In the morning visit Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world at 3700 meters altitude. From the top of the palace, one can have the bird’s eye-view of the entire Lhasa City and distance undulating mountain ranges, Lhasa River, villages, fields. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple which was built during the peorid of the King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century. It’s a beautiful temple with prayer wheels, reclining deer and golden sutra streamers. Later on proceed towards Barkhor Street which is famous for local handmade crafts for buying souvenirs. O/N Hotel.

Day 04 : Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse (Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum)

Today drive to Shigatse via Yamdrotso Lake and high passes. The lake is normally visible from the top of Kamba-la (4700m) and is located several hundred meters below the road. In a clear weather it becomes a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. In the distance huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) can be spotted. The trail proceeds forward passing by Mt. Nojin Kangtsang and it’s Karola Glacier (5,560m) located below the southern ridge of Mt. Nojin.

Soon, the tour reaches Gyantse and sightseeing around with visits to Pelkor Chode Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum. The north section of Gyantse town is Pelkor Chode Monastery and the monumental Kumbum, a Chorten filled with fine paintings and statues. Pelkor is on the foot of Dzong Hill and popular for it’s Kumbum which has 108 chapels in it’s four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals. Afterwards, drive to Shigatse through the typical Tibetan countryside. O/N Hotel.

Day 05 : Shigatse – Tingri – Rongbuk (Option: Rongbuk Monastery on own)

Tibet has a serious rule abut speed-limit and though Shigatse to Everest is only about 350 kms (no more than 40km/hr regulation), there many road check en-route which will really slow us down. Be prepared for about 10-12 hours on the road. (including meal times). But the other benefit is the super scenaries you encounter so be prepared with your camera.

After Shigatse will reach Rongbuk Monastery late in the afternoon. Though the monastery is quite tiny but view of Mt. Everest from here is superb surrounded by other high peaks. It is located in the Shigatse region southwest of Tibet Autonomous region and north to Mt. Everest. You can choose to just hang around Rongbuk to take photos or visit it at your own expense of CNY 25/person. If in summer (May-Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp for overnight and in winter (Nov-Apr), stay at guesthouse in Rongbuk. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. O/N Tent Camp/Lodge Dorm bed.

Day 06 : Rongbuk/Tent Camp to EBC to Shigatse (Everest Base Camp)

Everest Tent Camp is the furthest point where vehicle can drive to. From this point, take along the shuttle bus for the last glorious 4 km ride which is amazingly scenic. Towards the east and west will be high grey ridges and to the south is Mt. Everest north face dominating the skyline. Everest Base Camp (5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. After clicking some good photos drive towards Shigatse spending 10 to 12 hours on the road again. (Breakfast is not included today but Tibetan breakfast like noodles, zanba etc are available here (About CNY30). You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee etc on your own.) O/N Hotel.

Day 07 : Shigatse to Lhasa (Tashilump Monastery)

Drive to Lhasa from Shigatse. In Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the six big monasteries of Gelugpa (Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. It is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain) and also called of Heap of Glory. The monastery was founeded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447 and later on expanded by the fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Covering over 300000 sq. meters, the main structures are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas. Later on drive to Lhasa tracing the same route which takes about 6 hours on the road. Upon arrival in Lhasa, check-in hotel. O/N Hotel.

Day 08 : Lhasa – Depart

Transfer to Gonggor airport to connect with the return flight or transfer to the railway station for onward journey.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Tibet Group Joining Tour with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 07 nights/08 days.

Clothing
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to November as the weather will be cold from December to February.

Will high altitude be a problem for me?
High altitude sickness is a main issue while traveling to Tibet. Tibet has average altitude of 4000m so people with heart or lung problems are strictly advised to consult their physician before traveling to Tibet. People with normal fitness are also advised to follow the instruction given in the pre-departure briefing.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?
Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. The copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided in order to apply for the permit. You can take help from your local travel agency.

Can I travel with my kids?
The cities like Lhasa, Shigatse or Gyantse can be traveled with the kids. However traveling to Mt. Kailash or other remote regions with your kids is not advised.

Are there ATM facilities in Tibet?
Yes the major cities in Tibet provide the facilities of ATM.

How to get into Tibet?
There is only one international flight to Tibet which is from Kathmandu (Nepal). Overland tour to Tibet is also possible from Nepal. Domestic flights are available from most cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Is individual travel possible in Tibet?
Yes it is possible to travel alone, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.

What should I pack for Tibet?
While traveling in Tibet Sunglass, Sunhat, Good walking shoes, sleepers, warm enough clothes are recommended.

What happens if I get Sick?
We advise you to keep basic medicines with you. Our guide will also take basic medicines. If you get altitude sickness during the travel please inform your guide in time so that a timely precaution can be taken. In case of serious condition you will be taken to hospital of Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Can I get laundry facility at hotel?
You get this facility mostly in three star or above hotels. There are few laundry outlets in the cities but not outside the cities

Is communication to home possible while on trek? What about internet?
There are telephone facilities in cities as well as in the villages at many places , from where you can make international calls. Internet facility is available in the cities. You can also use your mobile phone at most part of Tibet .

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet

Duration: 08 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing, Overland journey

Season: All Year Around

Accommodation: Hotels/Guest Houses/Tented Camp

Transportation: Jeep / Van / Flight

Start/End: Lhasa

Price start from US$ 1250.00 per person on twin sharing basis

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