Are you looking for a refreshing change of pace during the holidays? How about trekking through Tibet from Mid-April through Mid -October 2016? Now you can easily immerse yourself in Tibet’s cultural scene while trekking across its many natural wonders. Our company’s primary goal is to provide you with the most authentic Tibetan trekking & Mountaineering experience at an affordable price.
This tour is available from April to October.
|HIGHLIGHTS||Combining alpine tundra and sweeping mountain panoramas with visits to the monasteries and a nunnery, this trekking path nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities.|
|INCLUDED||Tibetan Local English-speaking tour guide (experienced with this route), and Tibetan mountain chef.
Private tour vehicle for all transfers, including to ana from the airport, the monasteries, and the hotspring.
5 nights comfortable hotel accommodation conveniently located in Lhasa
Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, lights, stoves, gas cylinder, stools or chairs, dining table, etc (all necessary trekking and cooking equipment)
Full board meals (only for trekking days)
Tickets to all sightseeing locations shown on the itinerary (as listed above)
All necessary travel permits
Fresh food including all kinds of vegetables such as Tibetan potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, eggplants, beans, cabbages, etc, along with beef, eggs, and an assortment of fruits.
Yaks and yak men for shipping luggage during the trekking days
|EXCLUDED||Airfare, personal expenses including laundry, IDD calls, internet café, lunches and dinners except for meals provided on trekking days.
Tips for the guide, driver and cook.
|Recommended Packing List||Passport, Visa (Tibet Group visa or China visa)
International air tickets
Cash in RMB, USD, Euros, etc. or checks and Credit Cards (only a few large shops will accept credit card payments). Using a Credit Card in Tibet is quite difficult and not as convenient as Cash. We recommend a budget of 15-50 USD per person per day, this should cover food, drink & daily necessities)
Travel plan, addresses (simply print out the tour service voucher)
Medicine (Try to bring the following medicines which may be useful during your travel)
* Aspirin-for pain or fever
* Diamox (altitude sickness medication)
* Antibiotics – consider including these if you are traveling well off the beaten track
* Cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant
* Multivitamins-consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate
* Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer
One or Two pairs of trekking boots if your vacation in Tibet involves more than 3 days trekking.
Sleeping bags (ours are not brand new but cleaned after every use, pack your own sleeping bag if possible)
Large travel bag (soft luggage)
Gloves (especially for tours in winter seasons, December – March)
Sunblock, lip balm, insect repellent
Cold weather trekking trousers (fleece inside)
Warm and hiking suitable socks
Camera, film, or rechargeable digital camera (remember to bring a 2/3 pin plug adaptor if needed)
Day 2 Guided sightseeing & hiking tour in Lhasa (B)
Today we will visit the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Potala palace is Lhasa’s most important landmark and a wonder of Eastern architecture – you definitely will remember the first time you lay your eyes on this beauty. The palace has existed since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. After the palace, we will move on to the Jokhang Temple which is located near the Barkhor Bazaar, the crowded central market in an ancient section of Lhasa where the local residence lives. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkhor Bazaar!
Day 3 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa (B)
After breakfasts in the hotel, we will drive to the west of the city (about 11km) and visit the Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest monastery in the world. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in the rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly, much of the building was left untouched throughout several hundred years.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well-preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. It is famous for hosting debates every day from 3-4pm, an event which we will certain not miss.. Tonight our agency advisor, cook, and driver will prepare and pack all the food and ingredients for your trekking days.
Day 4 one free day of resting before trekking on the mountain range (B)
Day 5 Lhasa / Tsurphu Monastery (B from hotel, L+D arranged by cook)
We will drive for about 2 hours from Lhasa to the Tsurphu Monastery, the altitude of which is up to 4480m. The rest of the day will be spent visitng the Monastery and becoming accustomed to the area.
Day 6 Tsurphu Monastery / Leten, trekking for 4 hours, 11km(B+L+D arranged by cook)
A spectacular first day of trekking up a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. Be on the lookout for various species of mountain goats. Several small nomadic communities camp here for the summer herding months. You may visit one of the yak-hair tents for a cup of salt butter tea or some fresh yak milk! After we reach the top of the ridge four hours later, emerging onto a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts, we will look for a flat area for camping. Today we will be able to enjoy breathtaking, classic Tibetan beauty.
Day 7 Leten / Bartso, trekking 5-6 hours, 15km (B+L+D arranged by cook)
After we pass the Damchen Nyingtri, to the left of the cairns at the crest, we will descend into the magical valley of lichen-coated boulders and meandering streams under expansive, powder-blue sky. Around three hours later, we will cross the Lasar La and walk along the wide open plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra-like parched patches of earth of the Yangpachen valley. Afterward we will head towards Bartso. The views of Brize (translated as female yak herder) and Tarze (horse keeper) are superb. We will camp, under the care of the local mountain god, Nyenchen Tanglha, near Bartso, a drokpa (nomad) village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world.
Day 8 Bartso / Dorje Ling Nunnery, Trekking 4 hours, 15km (B+L+D arranged by cook)
Leaving the village of Bartso behind, we will head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over a ridge, from where we will be rewarded with views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111m), the most pious mountain in central Tibet. Latere will arrive at Tajung village, and then climb gently up the rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. We should reach the small Djore Ling Ani Gompa (nunnery) by midday,near which wewill set up camp. It is possible that these nuns, some of the friendliest peoplein Tibet, will drag us into the gompa’s tea house and pass around a heaping plate of yak meat (use the bowie knife provided to hack a piece off) before getting into the requisite photo session.
Day 9 Dorje Ling Nunnery / Yangpachen Monastery / Yangpachen Hot springs / Lhasa, trekking 4 hours, 14km(B+L arranged by cook)
Today we will walk for three or four hours along the ox-bow Nyango Chu River, snaking our way through the grassy valley, and head for Yangpachen Gompa. This old Kagyupa monastery, with Tibetan mastiffs keeping guard, overlooks part of the Trans-Himalaya range. Our tour vehicle will wait for us at the Monastery, take us to a hot spring at Yangpachen, then drive for 1.5 hours back to Lhasa.
Accommodation: Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel
Day10 Departure from Lhasa (B)
We will take an airline shuttle bus from our hotel to the airport then depart from Lhasa.
|2||$1959 per person (1 double occupancy room)|
|3-4||$1589 per person (1 triple occupancy room or 2 double occupancy rooms)|
|5-6||$1489 per person (1 double occupancy room & 1 triple occupancy room or 3 double occupancy rooms)|
|7-8||$1399 per person (1 double occupancy room & 2 triple occupancy rooms or 4 double occupancy rooms)|
|9-10||$1369 per person(1 double occupancy room & 3 triple occupancy rooms or 5 double occupancy rooms)|
|Note||Prices are based on per person with double occupancy or triple occupancy. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single supplement will be charged.|