• 13 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking
  • 13 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking
  • 13 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking
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14 Days Mount Kailash Tibet Highlights Tour from Kathmandu

Traversing the Himalaya Range

This tour is strongly recommended for those who want to travel to Tibet from Nepal. You will enter Tibet at Gyirong Port on the border, then directly head to take the world famous Mount Kailash & Manasarovar Lake Kora, one of the superb trekking route in the world. Leaving Mount Kailash, you will go to explore another important peak in Tibet even the world - Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Then then you will travel to the Lhasa, the capital of Tibet along the Friendship Highway. THere are many sites to visit along the road - Tashilhunpo Monastery, Gyantse Dzong, Yamdrok Lake, etc. (Gyirong Port has been opened for foreign travelers. From 30 August, 2017, foreign travelers can enter Tibet from Nepal or leave Tibet for Nepal at Gyirong Port again. )

Highlights of this tour:

  • Trek the holiest mountain in Asia - Mount Kailash and visit holy Lake Manasarovar Lake;
  • Take the once in a lifetime trip to the majestic Mount Kailash, world's highest peak;
  • Enjoy authentic Tibetan culture by visiting the most unique Buddhist monasteries and sites, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Palcho Monastery, etc.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-KKET-14
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathmandu - Gyirong - Mount Kailash - Manasarovar Lake - Everest - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
  • Duration: 14 days and13 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyMountain
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumn
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Comfortable

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    5,630m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~3 Kathmandu - Gyirong Port - Darchen

Start you tour at Kathmandu and drive to Gyirong Town for accommodation on the Day 1, then drive to Saga for accommodation on the Day 2. Day 3 is the long driving to Darchen near Mount Kailash.

Day 4~6 Mount Kailash Trekking

In the following three days, you will trek around 50 kilometers to complete the Mount Kailash Kora and enjoy the beautiful landscape at Manasarovar Lake on the Day 6.

Day 7~8 Drive to Mount Everest

Start your long driving to Mount Everest. Before getting to Mount Everest, you will stay a night at Saga County.

Day 9 Mount Everest - Shigatse

Go to visit the famous Everest Base Camp, then drive about 8~9 hours to Shigatse City for accommodation.

Day 10~11 Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse

Spend two days to travel from Shigatse to Lhasa and visit unique Palcho Monastery, high Dzong,imposing Karola Glacier and tranquil Yamdrok Lake on route.

Day 12~14 Lhasa Tour & Departure

Visit the most classic attractions in Lhasa on Day 12 and Day 13, including the grandiose Potala Palace, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, also the exotic Barkhor Street and quiet Norbulingka, and depart from Lhasa at Day 14 by flight or train.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Kathmandu - Gyirong / 185km, About 7hrs' Driving

After breakfast, our local guide will pick you up, then drive to Gyirong Port (altitude: 1800m) at the border. Though the distance is only about 160km, it takes more than 6 hours to drive to Gyirong Port from Kathmandu because the road is narrow and bumpy. During the rainy season, the road is muddy and may be closed for the landslides. 

After arriving at Gyirong Port, you will check through the custom, and be picked up by your Tibetan tour guide, then drive about 25km to today's destination Gyirong Town. 

Accommodate at Gyirong Town(altitude: 2600m).

Tip of today: Make sure your Group Visa, Tibet Entry Permit and Border Pass are issued before departing to Tibet.

  • Gyirong Port Gyirong Port

Day 2 Gyirong Town - Saga / 170km, About 4.5hrs' Driving

On this day, you drive about 4.5 hours (170km) to Sagar County from Gyirong Town. It is a rather short trip but scenery is good as well. The altitude of Saga County is around 4600m. After arrival at the town, spend some time acclimatize yourself to the high altitude here. Avoid strenuous activities.

Tip of Today: you can buy some food and drinks in the town of Saga County. After leaving Saga, there won't be bigger town for supply.

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Day 3 Saga - Darchen / 490km, About 9hrs' Driving ( B )

After breakfast, you have to take another long driving about 550km from Saga to Darchen (4,575m), a small village located as the starting point of  the walking kora of the holy Mount Kailash. During the auspicious pilgrimage times, Darchen will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all over the small village. 

Accommodate at local guesthouse in Darchen.

  • Darchen Town Darchen Town

Day 4 Darchen - Dirapuk ( B )

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs, 20km

Trek from Darchen (4,560m) to Dirapuk Monastery (4,750m). The trek is a gradual walk in the clockwise circuit at the average altitude of more than 4,700 meters. You will be accompanied by many local Buddhist pilgrims also walking the same kora. If you meet people who come the anti-clockwise direction, don't be surprise, they are Bon pilgrims. You will stop at the Tamdin (4,780m) for lunch and hot water supply. Then keep trekking 4km to the final destinations of today - Dirakpuk Monaster. This section of trekking boasts some of the best scenery of the entire kora.

Accommodate at Dirapuk guesthouse.

  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Day 5 Trek from Dirapuk to Zutulpuk

Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs, 18km

Trek from Dirapuk Monastery uprising 762 meters at altitude to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass (5,630m) before quickly descending to Dzutul-puk monastery (Dzutul-puk means "magical cave" in Tibetan).

Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.

  • Mount Kailash looks like a huge ice-cream

Day 6 Zutulpuk - Darchen - Lake Manasarovar

Trekking Time: 3 hrs,11km

Wake up in the holy sunrise of Mount Kailash, after breakfast, you will trek back to Darchen. Todays' trekking is leisure and relaxing, which can be done in 3 ~ 4 hours. On route, explore the meditation cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist master and Yoga meditator. Surrounding the cave are many temples and shrines.

Once you exist from the valley, your driver will pick you up and transfer to visit the famous holy lake Manasarovar. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a holy place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, the neighboring countries and Tibet. Believers bath in the Manasarovar Lake and drink its water are believed to cleanse all sins. Every summer, pilgrims from Tibet, India and Nepal cluster to make circumambulation and bathe in the lake. After that, they will return home and bring some samples of the holy water to family and friends as precious gifts.

Stay over night in a local guest house near the Lake Manasarovar.

  • Lake Manasarovar View Amazing Lake Manasarovar View
  • Mount Kailash looks like a huge ice-cream

Day 7 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga

Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders, and back to Saga. There are many opportunities to take great pictures!

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Day 8 Saga - Mount Everest / 450km, About 9hrs' Driving ( B )

Today, you will leave Shigatse for the word's highest peak - Mount Everest. Though being a long driving of about 7 hours, but the views along the road are stupendous. In clear days, you can see the clear face the Himalaya range including several famous peaks over 8,000 meters, such as Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung and Cho Oyu and enjoy the beautiful view of Pekutso Lake. When you finally get to the Rongbuk Monastery, and get the first sight of the mighty Everest, you will immerse in a solemn ethereal mood and find all the efforts you have made along the long way are not in vain. Located about 5100 meters above the sea level, Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It is the best location to take some great photos of the front face of Mount Everest. The rest of today is free for you to visit the Rongbuk Monastery and explore surrounding landscape.

Accommodation: if you visit Mount Everest during off season (November to April), you will accommodate at Rongbuk Guest House near the Rongbuk Monastery; if you visit Mount Everest during the peak season (May to October), you will accommodate at the Tibetan Tents Camp which is only run between May and October by local Tibetans. It is near Rongbuk Monastery as well. Please note that the accommodation at both places is very simple and basic, only dorm beds with communal squat toilets are available. Duvets, heated blankets and hot water will be provided, and you are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag and toilet paper. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The dining room just offer basic breakfast and dinner without menu. Remember to dress warmly all the time.

Tips of today: 1) currently Everest Base Camp is not open for tourists for environmental protection and the Everest landscape can be also enjoyed at Rongbuk Monastery - closest place to Mount Everest tourists can reach; 2) the vehicles and buses can only escort travelers to the Parking Lot which is about 20km away from Rongbuk Monastery, and then you need to take a 30 minutes' scenic park bus there; 3) the Everest altitude marker, a tablet reading "Mt. Qomolangma Elevation Measurement" has been transferred near Rongbuk Monastery and you can take a photo to commemorate your wonderful adventure tour; 4) bring a warm coat for low temperature in Everest and avoid strenuous activity to prevent from high altitude sickness.

  • Sunset on Mount Everest Sunset on Mount Everest
  • Dining Room of Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse Dining Room in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
  • Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery on the Mount Everest

Day 9 Mount Everest - Shigatse / 350km, About 7hrs' Driving

Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the peak of the world from Rongbuk Monastery. The top part of the Mount Everest is always covered by snow all the year round, and when the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like a giant white pyramid, which is one of the most famous sceneries of Mount Everest. In bright days, you can also see a wisp of cloud hanging above the top of Mount Everest. It flies eastward in the fast western wind just like a flapping flag. This unique phenomenon is the spectacular “Cloud Flag”. The cloud will change from surging waves into a thin cooking smoke or from galloping steeds into the mysterious veil of a goddess.

Till now your Mount Everest adventure is about to end. The rest of today is to drive back to Shigatse City. 

Accommodate in Shigatse City.

Tips of today: 1) the sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 2) keep warm all the time.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilumpo Monastery in Thangka Sunning Festival
  • Mt. Everest Charming Sunrise on World Highest Mountain
  • Walking Around on Mount Everest Mount Everest Base Camp Walking Around

Day 10 Shigatse - Gyantse / 95km, About 2.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today, before driving to Gyantse from Shigatse, take a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery (altitude: 3,800m)which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth ( 26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide ), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.

After arriving at Gyantse, go to visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery (altitude: 4,040m). The monks and tradition of three important sects of Tibetan Buddhism - Sakyapa, Zhalupa and Gelukpa, peacefully coexist in this monastery. Its Kumbum, which is 35 meters high and has 76 small chapels with hundreds images of Kriyatantras , is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet. Finishing the visit in Palcho, go to take some photos of the Gyantse Dzong Fortress on which the Tibetan army used to fight against the British army's invasion during the early 20th century. It is a very impressive fortress with typical Tibetan palace architecture style which is inherited from Yumbulagang Palace - The First Palace of Tibet.(Gyantse Dzong Fortress now is closed for maintenance. Tourists cannot climb up to the top, but still can enjoy its magnificent appearance from the square at the foot of the Dzong Hill.)

Accommodate at Gyantse Town.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Glorious architecture of Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Palkor Myriad Buddha Stupa Overview of Palcho Monastery from Dzong
  • Gyantse Dzong Fortress Gyantse Dzong Fortress

Day 11 Gyantse - Lhasa / 260km, About 6hrs' Driving ( B )

After breakfast, you will going to visit a very special site where you can learn about the living condition and tradition of old Tibet - Pala Manor (altitude: 4,040m). Located in a Tibetan village about 4km southwest from Gyantse city, Pala Manor is the only aristocratic manor preserved well in Tibet, and used to be the private manor of Pala families since 17th century. The aristocratic and the serfs both lived in the manor but completely different life. The aristocratic didn't need to work, lived in bright, large and luxury rooms, used costly furnitures and imported luxuries, such as OMEGA watch, LV purse, wine, etc. While the serfs lived in dark crude room in yards, got paid little but did all the labouring works. Fortunatly, the house, relics in the rooms are still remain the same as they used to be. 

Leaving Gyantse, you will heading to the capital city of Tibet - Lhasa. After a driving of about 75km, you will see the imposing Karola Glacier (altitude: 5,045m)towering aloft on the right side of the road. Keeping driving for a while, you will get to Yamdrok Lake (altitude: 4,400m). As the largest fresh lake in the northern of the Himalaya Mountains, it spreads about 675 square meters from south to north, like an eardrop lying in the arms of snow-capped giant mountains. Viewing from a distance, you can see fertile pastures full of yaks and sheep, and some small Tibetan villages along the lakeshore.

  • Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake is as beautiful as a sapphire
  • White Pagoda of Palcho Monastery White Pagoda of Palcho Monastery
  • Gyantse Dzong Fortress Dzong Fortress in Red Dusk

Day 12 Lhasa ( B )

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark - Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.

Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Templewhich is considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Each day, there are thousands of pilgrims coming from different places in Tibet to the temple to worship to the Buddha. This temple is also known as the “house of Buddha” because it keeps the precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handcrafts.

Tips of today: 1) there are 1,080 steps up to climb to the top of Potala Palace, so don’t walk in a rush, which may cause high altitude sickness; 2) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 3) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses with you.

  • Exploring Tibet with Your Whole Family Sven explored Potala Place with Tibet Discovery (February, 2017)
  • Prayers at Jokhang Temple Prayers at Jokhang Temple
  • Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Day 13 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, you will firstly go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa - Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular “Buddhism Debating”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitates better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the "Buddhism Debating", you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn’t wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

  • Debating Monks of Sera Monastery Debating Monks
  • Entrance of Drepung Monastery Monks Gathered at the Entrance of Drepung Monastery
  • Norbulingka Monastery Enjoy the bright flowers in Norblingka

Day 14 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel; 2) if your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit.
  • Admission fee of all tourist sites in itinerary.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary. ( “B” for breakfast; “L” for lunch; “D” for dinner.)
  • Travel Agency Service Charge.
  • Transportation
  • - Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city.
    - Lhasa City transportation, Tourist vehicle according to Group size.
    - Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-EBC-Gyirong, Tourist Vehicle in Spring/Summer/Autumn, 4WD in Winter.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC.
  • Hot water bottle and sleeping bag provided in Winter while traveling to EBC.
  • Oxygen provided while traveling to EBC.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • All accommodations
  • - 3-star facility sharing twin room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa. - Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk with simple breakfast. - 2-star facility accommodation sharing twin room with Chinese style breakfast in Gyirong.
  • Welcome Tibetan Style dinner.

  • Please Note:

    Free airport pick-up service is only available for the flights arriving at Lhasa between 11:00 AM ~ 12:00 AM, 14:30 PM ~15:30 PM. There are two schedules of free airport drop-off vehicles at 10:30 AM and 13:00 PM. Train pick-up/drop-off service is free for all train schedules. If your flight arrive or departure with different time,and need transfer service, we will charge 58$ per transfer.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Single room supplement.
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Breakfast at Rongpuk.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. What is a Tibet Group Tour?

    Save money, make lifetime friends on the way!

    Getting more people in the group is a great way to save money. Our group tour is very suitable for solo travelers and students. When inquiring, please ask our travel consultants if there are other people also travel alone and indicate if you would mind to travel with like-minded people.

    Our group tour is a join-in tour. You will travel with other visitors from all over the world. You will share the costs of hiring vehicle, guides and accommodation with other visitors. 

    Our group size is from 2-20 people. To make sure the tour guide is able to take good care of everyone in the tour, there will be less than 8 people for most of our group tours. We had handled tours only had 3-4 peoples, which is like a private tour.

     

  2. Recommended Tibet Packing List

    For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.

    For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.

    For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.

     

  3. Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
    All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

    We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It's advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 10 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.

    Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.

    A valid passport and a valid China visa is needed when applying a Tibet travel permit. The cost of a Chinese Visa is not included in our tour, so you have to apply for your China Visa in your country by yourself. If you have any question in terms of applying a China visa and filling out the application form, feel free to contact our Travel Consultant.
  4. Meal Information

    Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.

    Lunch and Dinner:
    We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers' responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.

    We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In "off-the-beaten-road" destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!

     

  5. Questions About Attractions and Tour Activities

    Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don't push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.

    Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and JokhangTemple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.

    Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.

  6. High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?

    Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.

    Taking a Tibet tour with Tibet Discovery, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.

     

     

  7. Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value

    Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value:

    Travel Insurance:
    We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.

    Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
    30 or more days prior to departure result in a 90% refund
    29-15 days prior to departure result in an 80% refund
    14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund
    6-2 days prior to departure result in a 50% refund
    Less than 2 days prior to departure or a no show result in no refund.
    Note:
    Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by the service providers other than Tibet Discovery tours (i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.) will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, in cases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we can sometimes offer a more generous refund.

    Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.

    During the trip:
    If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

    After the trip:
    Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!

  8. Best time to visit Tibet

    Best time to go:

    Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th )
    In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs for vehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generally has great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremely crowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July and August is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoid those two months to reduce the costs.

    Best Value: April, May, and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st)
    Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time to go, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costs between this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.

    Shoulder Season: Late November December, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th)
    December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather is generally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during the peak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is that prices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoy another side of Tibet.

    Note: Above information applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, please contact our travel consultant.

Reviews of Our Customers

Still not know us well? Read what other travelers are sharing about their Tibet trip with Tibet Discovery (We only accept reviews from confirmed travelers who took our tours / activities, so you can surely rely on the reviews)

Dear Mr.Leo Li,

Please find below some comments regarding our experience in Tibet-Nepal.

All the guides, in Chengdu (Mrs. Gila), Tibet (Mr. Po Ta) and Nepal (Mr. Bishnu) provided us an excellent service, they were very informative, forbearing and helpful about every matter along our stay (check in/out in the hotels, tickets for the attractions, rides, queues etc etc), also the drivers were very skilled and safe in driving us to the many visited spots.

The vehicles were in good condition of maintenance, we always found bottles of water on board for us (provided by the assistant driver)

The daily organization of the visits in China and Nepal was mostly done in the perfect timing, respecting the schedule (some more consideration about Nepal will follow).

The included lunches and dinners, were very welcome. 

Almost all the hotels were very good, high standard, comfortable, clean and the their staff very helpful.   The only exception was the hotel in Gyirong, of very low level (one star ? maybe less) and very old.  Furthermore the morning after we slept there, we found out that there was no water in the bathroom and it was really a bad situation for us and at our request to do something the staff was not helpful at all.  It seems that the missing of water in that hotel (maybe in all the city) is recurrent , but in this case would have been very simply to provide some spare water in the rooms.

A note about the "road" on the border from China to Nepal.... from the information provided in the program/itinerary we supposed to find a bumpy and muddy one ....but in reality it was much worst than that, the journey by car was stressful, very long and extremely dangerous (no guardrail at all and the overhanging on the river in the valley !!!).

The drivers were very skilled and they drove in the safest possible way, but at end for the time needed to get in Kathmandu would have been better to return from the Everest Camp Base to Lhasa and take a flight.

The itinerary in Nepal should be balanced a bit better considering the huge time needed for the transfers, of course not because of the schedules provided by the guide or the driver but because of the incredible traffic jam and the very poor conditions of the "roads", for example both Patan and Bhaktapur visits would have been deserved more time. 

Same consideration for the time needed to go and to come back to Nagarkot, where, beyond that, the view is also too variable because of the weather.

In Chitwan park, the possible options to chose from, should have been provided (and booked) before (as we requested many times by email)  because not everyone can enjoy what scheduled by default. Some of the group didn't like to ride the elephant because this causes him/her pain, and for the same very poor conditions in which the animals were kept (chained and with no space), they didn't like the "elephant breeding center".

To conclude, the suggestion is to include in the itinerary/program all the possible information and details (even the sensitive ones, as  the mentioned bad treatment of the animals), so that the clients have the right to decide what to see and what to skip.

Dear Mr.Leo Li, hope what above gives you a better feedback about the great adventure we lived thanks to your agency services. 

And please share our special thank also to the representatives of the local nepalese agency, they were very welcoming and helpful.

 

We'll be happy to be back to you, with further details in future if requested.

Best Regards

Alfonso & friends

 September 4, 2019
Good morning Mr.Leo Li,

Thanks for your email, we're at home safe and very happy for the great experience we lived.

It was our pleasure to meet you in Chengdu, we appreciated very much your gifts and all the efforts you made to make our travel memorable.

It was already our intention to share with you our thoughts about the travel, as soon we have some time we'll let you have a more detailed feedback about the whole tour.

Have a nice day!

Alfonso & friends

 August 29, 2019
Dear Johnson, 

We are back from our wonderful trip to China and wanted to thank you for the effort you put in to make it smooth and comfortable for us. As we didn’t speak the language, we appreciated being helped through all the airports which made things much easier for us. 

Your country is beautiful, so vast and with so much to see. All the meals we had were super delicious, the best one being in Xi’an at the spa resort. Truly, there was never a bad meal in China anywhere. 

We loved Beijing - Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City were impressive, the Temple of Heaven, and walking through the Summer Palace and tombs of the Ming Dynasty, very lovely. The highlight though, was our climb to the Great Wall - amazing! Kevin, our guide in Beijing, was outstanding and went out of his way to cover it all while making sure we avoided the crowds.

 

In retrospect, we might have spent less time in Xi’an, where we traveled back to 221 BC to see the Terra-cotta Warriors and browse through the Muslim Quarters. Our guide, Timo was very professional. Perhaps though it might have been better to spend a few days in Sichuan where the pandas live. We also loved going to Lhasa and our guide, Zhou Ma, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Shanghai was not to be because of the typhoon, so going back to Beijing for the Lama Temple, Confucius Park, Imperial College and zoo was the right thing to do. We also appreciated upgrading to a suite at the Dong Fang. Our guide, Sally, and pick up person, Cherry, were very good. 

On the whole, it was a fabulous tour. Once again, thanks for all your help in making it happen. 

Manju, Bob and Chetan

 August 16, 2019
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Tibetan Yak by the side of Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake, one of the five most beautiful lakes in China, should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet.

Namtso is the best place to explore the nature of Tibet. With the snowy mountains in the background, the crystal-clear dazzling blue water, Namtso is stretching to the horizon. In clear days, the lake looks like a beautiful turquoise surrounded by magnificent snow-capped Tanggula Mountains, and the lakeshore is green, wide and open, dotted with tents, yaks and sheep of local nomads. For travelers, Namtso is the ideal place for photography, while for Tibetans, it is a scared and magical lake for pilgrimage.

Useful Trip Notes

  • 1. Necessary Visa and Permits for Nepal Tibet Tour
    Travelling to Nepal and Tibet requires several travel documents. You can get multiple entry Nepal Visa for 15, 30, 90 days ahead of departure or upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport. When you travel to Tibet from Nepal, Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Group Visa are foremost and compulsory to take flights to Tibet or overland driving. Besides, more Tibet travel permits are needed if you are travelling to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash and other remote places in Tibet. Tibet Discovery has always kept up with the latest news on Nepal and Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, we will help you apply for and obtain all the visa and permits as long as you are qualified to the requirements.
  • Tibet Permits
    Tibet Entry Permit (Tibet Travel Permit), issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip, because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit. And there are other permits are needed if you travel to else prefectures in Tibet outside Lhasa. (Aliens’ Travel Permit is required for travelling to Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan and ect. Border Pass is obligatory for Mount Everest travel for it is located at China-Nepal border area. Military Permit is additional needed for visiting Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Nyingchi and remote places in Shannan Prefecture.)
  • Tibet Group Visa
    If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, whether by flight or overland driving, Tibet Group Visa is a must-have permit. Both single travelers and group tourists are mandatory to get the Group Visa. Please note that Chinese Visa you got from home country is not available for Tibet entry from Nepal. To get Tibet Group Visa, you can book a Tibet tour with us, and complete the visa application form with passport-size photo attached, deliver your original valid passport to us, and then we will apply for the Tibet Group Visa in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu for you. The fastest processing for Tibet Group Visa is 3 working days (working days: Monday ~ Friday). During the visa application period, you can also travel in Nepal with copy of your passport. Once it issued, we will send the Tibet Group Visa to your hotel, or you can collect your passport and Tibet Group Visa in our Nepal office.
  • 2. Best Time to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, May to early October is the recommended time to have a Mount Everest trip. July and August are the peak season and rainy season. The temperatures in daytime and night differs a lot, usually 5~15℃ in the daytime and -5~0℃ in the night, so please keep warm all the time. It is usually snowy and cold in winter, which is not suitable for visit Mount Everest. While other places like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are suitable for travel all year around.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet from Nepal
    Basically you have two options - flight and overland driving. Currently, you can take a 1.5 hours' flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu directly, and usually there are about 1~2 daily flights operated. Another way is to drive to Tibet from Nepal crossing the border, and it takes about at least 6 hours to the Gyirong Port from Kathmandu by driving. Then you can travel to Lhasa from Gyirong Port to start your Tibet travel. You can stop by to visit Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, etc. en route.
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended too.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is always necessary.

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