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Central Tibet Tour - 8 Days

Trip Description


Wonderful holiday in the mystical land of Fantasy.

Central Tibet Tour of 8 days takes you to the heartland of Tibet framed by the ancient monasteries, turquoise lakes and the Himalayas.  The place you will visit are the spiritual and cultural hub of Tibet. Land at ‘the Forbidden City”- Lhasa that has become the Tourists’ haven. Visiting the historical and religious site inside Tibetan Capital City, you will encounter another beautiful and important cities- Gyantse and Sigatse.  While driving along the Central Tibetan Plateau, see the ancient forts and citadels of the Kings who ruled over Tibet, monasteries that displays history as old as Tibet, caves painted with beautiful murals, and the loving Tibetans. Take the splendid vistas of Yamdruk Lake, Kora la Pass, Khamba la and many more. The focal highlight of 8 days Tibet tour is your visit to the Everest Base Camp rewarding the astonishing view of Mt. Everest from north.

Trip Overview
Primary Activity sightseeing of religious and cultural sites in Tibet and a drive to Everest Base Camp
Duration 8 Days Trip Code HNCTT008
Meals Breakfast Accomodation Hotel
Group Size Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Private vehicle
Trip Start Kathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Route Lhasa-Shigatse-Rongbuk-EBC-Gyantse-Lhasa
Best Season Mid-April to October
Trip Notes Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.
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Outline Itinenary:

Day 01: Fly to Lhasa
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 04: Drive to Shigatse via excursion trip to Yamdruk Lake
Day 05: Drive to Rongbuk, Hike to Everest Base Camp
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse
Day 07: Drive to Lhasa
Day 08: Departure transfer

What is included

  • Airport transfer with an escort in a private vehicle
  • Tibet travel permit.
  • Private transfer during sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • English speaking Tibetan local guide for sightseeing tour
  • Accommodation at standard hotel on twin/double sharing room basis with breakfast
  • Monuments’ fees as per our itinerary

What is not included

  • Airfare for Lhasa flight (shall arrange on request)
  • VISA fees
  • Clients’ travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner during stay in Tibet
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips& etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in “Service Includes”

Day 01: Fly to Lhasa

You will be picked-up at the Hotel in Kathmandu for your flight to Lhasa. On your arrival in Lhasa Gongaar airport, you will be meet and greet by one of our office representative and take you to the Hotel. Afternoon time, free time to acclimatize with the altitude. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

After breakfast, get ready for a sightseeing tour in Lhasa. You will be fully accompanied by the experienced Tibetan local guide. Today, you will visit the mystical place of Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace (Summer Abode of Dalai Lama), Jokhang Temple (7th century temple made by Tsong Sang Gampo), Barkhor Street Market (biggest market for foreign goods in Tibet). After visit for whole day, you will be drop off back to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Enjoying warm morning, you will again headed for a full day sightseeing tour to Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Km north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Remaining time at free for shopping or own activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Shigatse via excursion trip to Yamdruk Lake

Today, you will be driving along the Kamba La pass (4,796m) to the Yamdruk Lake (turquoise of 3 holy lakes). Enjoy the Ningjinkangsang Snow Mountain and Kora la Glacier pass (5010m) from a distance on the way as well. Upon arrival in Gyangtse, visit Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa-the only monastery that houses monks from different sects. Later drive to Shigatse, the hometown of Bachen Lama. Upon arrival, check in at lodge for overnight at Shigatse.

Day 05: Drive to Rongbuk, Hike to Everest Base Camp

In the morning, visit visit Tashilumpo Monastery which sprawls on the slope of Mount Niser, southwest of Shigatse, exhibits lots of rare and invaluable articles. Then, you will be driving towards Rongbuk with the amazing view of surrounding. In a clear weather, you could have a clear view of 3 mountains above 8000m and many others above 7000m near Shegar. En route visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery on earth. Then, take the local minibus or hike to the base camp (10km). When you arrive at the base camp, walk around to shoot valuable photos and appreciate the beautiful views of Mt. Everest. Many tourists like collecting some stones as the souvenirs. If you are lucky enough, you could see a fantastic view of the moon illuminating the mountain in the night. Overnight at Rongbuk.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse

After breakfast, you will be driving towards Gyanste. Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. Overnight at lodge in Gyantse.

Day 07: Drive to Lhasa

Now, it’s a time to return back to Lhasa. Driving along the highway viewing beautiful scenario, you will reach at Lhasa. You can go for shopping taking permission of guide and spend remaining time at your own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Departure transfer

Taking wonderful memories of Tibet tour, you will be transfer to Gonnager airport and fly back to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit
While entering to Tibet, you will required a Chinese Visa. If you are planning to travel China you’re your homeland, we suggest you to obtain the Chinese Visa from the Chinese Consulate in your home country before you leave. We suggest not to mention “Explore Tibet” on your visa application form. As, Tibet is a politically sensitive area and mentioning your visit to Tibet as a destination on your application might reject the VISA. You can use your return flight tickets and hotel reservation in other cities of China to get the VISA.

Meantime, if you are planning to Travel Tibet via Nepal, you will required to get VISA from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. If you already apply for individual Chinese Visa in your country, it will automatically cancelled. Hence, do not apply for Chinese Visa when you are travelling Tibet via Nepal. You will required to apply for Group Tibet Visa. In order to issue Tibet Visa, we will need a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencement of your trip. Tourism regulations in Tibet are subject to change without prior notice. The details like name, name, sex, nationality, passport number, date of birth and occupation should be mentioned in a form. You will get two original copies of the Tibet Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for the exit. We can easily help you with the Tibet Group Visa application.

Accommodation
You will get the standard hotels facilities during your stay in Tibet. Lhasa offer some good star rated hotels relatively comfortable with heating system and hot water in winter. However, as you go outside the city, you will get basic accommodation and facilities. Rooms in Tingri and Rongbuk cannot be booked in advance. Your guide books them on arrival. If rooms are not available at specified guest house, he will book a room at another similar category guest house. No private rooms are available at Rongbuk guesthouses. Only dormitory style of accommodation is available with 6 to 7 beds in a big hall.

Health
As you are travelling to Tibet involves high altitude that can be strenuous. Try to keep healthy and not even a cold before entering and while in Tibet, as illness makes any altitude sickness feel worse. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very rare cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache; fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Some advice: drink approx. 3 liters of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.

Best Season
February and March Closed
Tibet is usually get closed for most of February and March due to some political issues as February and March is politically sensitive time of Tibetan New Year. So, the best time to travel Tibet from mid-April onwards
May to October
The best time to visit Tibet is from mid-April to October when the weather is clear with clean sky. The average temperature ranges from 15 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius.

During the month of July to August, there can be odd shower during the day. The nights, however, can be very cold and temperatures can drop below 0 degree Celsius.

You may consider visiting Tibet in the low season to enjoy a less-crowded trip and various discounts.

Clothes:
Warm clothes, such as sweaters and fleeces are needed even in summer as the day-night temperature drop to freezing point. Even, if you are going to visit Everest, better to wear a thick down coat. If you go in the low season bring mountain winter clothes. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from strong sunlight.

Skin/Lip cream: Due to dryness, it is wise to take some moisturizing cream for your skin and lip as well.

Comfortable Shoes: For sightseeing tour, you will mostly visit monasteries in Tibet and you will need to walk on steep steps climbs. Hence, bring shoes that is comfortable for you while walking on a steeps climbs.

Things to know before travelling Tibet:

  1. Do not wear a hat inside the Jokhang, Potala or other sacred sites. Please no short pants or tank tops. When visiting shrines it is customary to leave a small money offering, especially where you do not have to buy a ticket!
  2. Circumambulate stupas and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  3. Do not climb onto statues, mani stones or other sacred objects.
  4. Avoid eating garlic before visiting a temple. Tibetans find the garlic breath in a temple disrespectful.
  5. Do not smoke while visiting monasteries.
  6. Dress properly, not in shorts or sunglasses.
  7. Photography is NOT allowed inside the Potala Palace. You can take photos in the Jokhang temple. Some monasteries will allow photography upon payment of a small donation or fee. Monks begging will often allow a photograph after you make a small contribution. When in doubt, ask before snapping your camera.
  8. Visiting a local family: If you have a chance to visit a local family, let the oldest people go first when you walk together with them. Do not step on the threshold when entering a tent or house. Do not touch the heads of people with your hands.
  9. Manners: If you have a chance to have dinner with Tibetans, do not eat with your mouth overfull, and do not chew or drink noisily. When the host/hostess hands you something, for example a cup of tea, take it with both hands to show your respect and appreciation.
  10. Shopping: Do not buy anything made from wild animals' skin or bones, as it may cause problems when you try to leave the area.
  11. Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics when in Tibet. Do not try to debate with lamas about their lives and religions. Do not enter monasteries without permission.
  12. Walk clockwise around Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9 am to 6 pm.
  13. During religious festivals, many pilgrims come to monasteries to pay religious homage. At some monasteries there are special passages for tourists. Do not join with the pilgrim crowds or queues.
  14. Beggars: It is suggested that you prepare about 20 easily accessible 1 yuan bills if you want to give to beggars when encountered.

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