IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR TOURISTS TRAVELING ON A BUDGET
As from January 1st 2016 the Tibet tourism office has imposed new regulations regarding traveling in Tibet. They have decided that, as from now, ALL tourists must travel in new vehicles. This means that older cars cannot be used any longer. Because of this decision, the minimum price per kilometer has increased dramatically. This means that it is becoming more and more difficult for BACKPACKERS and TRAVELERS ON A BUDGET to visit Tibet. Every price on the internet before 2016 that involves transportation by car, is outdated.
Since we have organized many trips for BUDGET TRAVELERS before, and continue wanting to do so, we have started offering the service of bringing travelers together to form a group. From the beginning of 2016 we will organize set dates with specific itineraries on which you can come along. By doing this, our aim is to bring people together and make it possible to share a car, and therefore cost. This way you can still visit our beautiful country but without the otherwise higher cost involved.bet group tour; If you are looking travel partner to Tibet. Below is some of our customer travel date and travel itinerary. If any one love to Join with them please send us email
8 days Everest fixed departure
Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa airport or train station
ELEV: 3650 m
Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)
(Note: If you shares the pick-up transportation with other travelers in the group. You need to wait till other people to come. If you don’t want to wait then you can possible to take taxi or local bus to your hotel )(Overnight in Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 02: Lhasa -Jokhang temple-Barkhore square-Sera monastery
Morning visit The Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called “Bakhore”. One of the most important religious paths, Afternoon visit The Sera monastery is founded by Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built the monastery in 1419. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters. As a complex of structures, it housed several institutions in its precincts. The structures of notability were the Coqen Hall Tsokchen (Great Assembly Hall), the three colleges and Kamcun (dormitory) also called Homdong Kangtsang. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries(Overnight in Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace
Morning visit The Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D. Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. (Overnight in Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 04: Lhasa- Yamdrok lake-Karola glacier-Gyangtse-Kumbum stupa-Phelchoe monastery-Shigatse(360km)
ELEV: 3900 m
The first day we drive westwards to Mt.Kailash will reach Shigatse, which is the second biggest city in Tibet. on the way to Shigatse, we will pass kangpa-la with 4794m, from the top of the pass in clear weather, we can see the Yamdrotso lake in fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Just a few kilometers’ driving through the shore of lake yamdrok-yutso reaches Nangartse county and is the largest town on the lake side. and stop luch at Nangartse town and after finished lunch drive toward Gyangste, after half hours you have to cross the 5050m karo-la pass with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. in Gyantse city, you will explore the Kubum Monastery which is the town’s foremost attraction. The 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like goldendome, is awe-inspiring. drive to Shigatse only 2 hrs drive (Overnight in Yak hotel in Shigatse 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 05: Shigatse-Lhatse-New Tingri-Everest Base Camp(350km)
ELEV: 5008 m
Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you to bring your own sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.
Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar(Overnight in tent city guesthouse dorm room bases)
Day 06: Everest Base Camp-Shigatse(350km)
ELEV: 3900 m
This morning view of Mt Everest Sunrise and drive back with same route. Overnight in Shigatse Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 07: Shigatse -Tashi Lhunpo monastery-Lhasa(280km)
ELEV: 3650 m
The primary target today is the giant monastery in Shigatse city, (Tashilunpo Monastery), the preaching place of Panchen Lama who is the most prestigious Tibetan leader in vast Shigatse Prefecture. Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the four famous monasteries of Gelugpa Sect where travelers can look up at the tallest copper statue of [Great Figure of Buddha] with reverence. Memorial photos can be taken at the gate of the giant monastery.
The alternative choice for those not interested is to ramble in [Rinca Area] (free of charge), the exclusive relaxing place in Tibet where travelers will have the chance to view Brahmaputra sightseeing, grasslands in desert, sand dunes and Tibetan incense workbenches. We are returning to Lhasa after lunch. On the whole way, what will be permanently impressive are unique Tibetan customs, the small valley of River Brahmaputra and alpine scenery(Overnight in Lhasa Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)
Day 08: Depart Lhasa
Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and depart Lhasa and end the Tibet Tour
Note: If you departure time is different with other majority group then you need to pay us extra US$66 for the car fee which is not included in your tour cost.