20 days Tibet Biking Adventures

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Trip Length: 20 days / 19 nights Trip outline: Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Old Tingri-Dram-Friendship bridge-Nepal Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experienc,Everest Base Camp Tours,Mountain Bike Tours Season: All Year Around,Summer,Autumn,Spring Trip Level:      Explain>>

In order to make it easier for you to choose the right trip, we have graded our trips with certain Trip Level System from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activities and altitude. We have also suggested the most suitable groups or individuals for each Trip Level.
In the Trip Overview of each itinerary there is also a brief description of what the Trip is like.
Our staffs at the Explore Tibet are always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
1. Easy
Light walking and hiking that is suitable for all level of fitness, generally altitude range between 3500m/9800ft to 4000m/13000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids and senior groups.

2. Moderate
May included moderate level of hiking, biking, horse riding and maximum altitude of 5000m/16000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids bigger than 12 years, individual having average level for fitness.

3. Moderate to Strenuous
May include high altitude hiking up to 6 hours, long hour driving and sometimes overnight at around 5000m/16000ft, require a moderately high level of fitness, camping and basic lodging facility.
Suitable for adult family, individuals physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.

4. Strenuous
May include high altitude trekking and mountaineering, camping and basic lodging facilities, altitude range from 3600m/9800ft to 6000m/19000ft.
Suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

Inquiry Tailor-Made
Tibet offers some of the most extreme and exhilarating mountain biking adventures by standing on the roof top the world and encompassing by snow caped ranges, this particular Tibet biking adventure comprises indispensable spiritual and cultural experiences by visiting most active historical monasteries and bustling local streets, gradually heads up to the west and pass through diverse landscapes of the young Himalayan region which was proving as a giant sea millions of years ago. Then spend a night at the foot of world highest peak-Mt.Everest and get chance to see the famous gold face of the peak at sunset. Continue bike over last couple of passes and then head into the subtropical Nepal through the Mustang Gorge
Tour Map Click on the map to enlarge
Days Trip Outline Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel. Yak hotel
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing Johkang Temple, Potala Palace, Bakhor street Yak hotel
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery Yak hotel
Day 4 Lhasa-Chushul Bridge (3700m), 80km, approx 7hrs Yamdrok Camping
Day 5 Chushul bridge-Yamdrok lake (4770m), 70km, approx 7hrs Semi pass Camping
Day 6 Yamdrok-Ralung village (4350m), 80km, approx 8hrs Karola, Camping
Day 7 Ralung-Gyangtse (3980m), 70km, approx  7hrs Kumbum Camping
Day 8 Gyantse-Shigatse (3800m), 90km, approx 8hrs Tashilhunpo            Manasarovar
Day 9 Rest day in Shigatse (3800m) Shigatse sightseeing and rest            Manasarovar
Day 10 Shigatse-Tso la pass (4500m), 112km, approx 10hrs Tsola pass               Camping
Day 11 Tsola-Lhatse (3950m), 70km, approx 8hrs Typical Tibetan villages               Camping
Day 12 Lhatse-Shegar (4300m), 90km, approx 7.5hrs Gyatso pass (5120m)               Camping
Day 13 Shegar--Pasum (4440m), 65km, approx 8hrs Phangla pass (5200m)               Camping
Day 14 Pasum-Rongbuk (5100m), 55km, approx 7hrs Wild landscapes               Camping
Day 15 EBC exploration and rest day Everest base camp               Camping
Day 16 Rongbuk-Old Tingri (4250m), 82km, approx 10.5hrs Himalayan ranges               Camping
Day 17 Tingri-Gutso-Munbhu village (4170m), 80km, approx 8hrs Tsamda hotspring               Camping
Day 18 Munbhu-Lalung pass (5050m), 70km, approx 7hrs Lalung pass, Thongla pass (4950m)                Camping
Day 19 Lalung-Nyalam-Dram (2300m), 100km, approx 9.5 hrs Melarepa meditation cave, Matsang river, unique zig-zag road          Ganggyan hotel
Day 20 Depart from Tibet Send off to Friendship bridge  

NOTE: Hotels can be upgraded or downgraded based on your requirement, please check more hotels HERE
Tour Cost Included:
Tour Cost Includes:
- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
- Transportation in Tibet: Supporting truck (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Hotel / Guesthouse / Camping, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
- Oxygen canisters: 2 canisters for each person;
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
- First aid kit;
- Liability travel insurance;
- Basic camping gears: tents, mattresses and sleeping bags;
- Cook and cooking gears;
- Full board meals outside of Lhasa;
Tour Cost Excluded:
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);
- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
- Meals in Lhasa (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

DAY 01. ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY AIR OR TRAIN.

A short flight to Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. At your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station. Our Tibetan guide and driver will greet and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city. From the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.

 

 

DAY 02. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. 
Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery.

Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the centre of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.


 DAY 03. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.

Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery .

Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

 

 

DAY 4. Lhasa-Chushul Bridge. 80km.

Today it is an easy day as we bike from Lhasa to Chushul Bridge on the Friendship Highway and there is no passes to climb up. However, we will ride bike along the Lhasa river and meet the famous Yarlung Tsangpo River (it also called Brahmaputra River when it falls in India) at Chushul. After our lunch stop along the route we will continues for few kilometers to our days destination camp site. Camping 

 

DAY 5. Chushul -Yamdrok Lake (4770m). 70km.

Today is comparatively hard day, as we will climb over the Gampa la pass (4800m) through numbers of switch backs. Though it will challenging with the altitude and steep road but your supporting trucks will keep you watching and if you like you can take the car for some distance the then continues your biking when you got rest. Once you get on the top, the amazing view of the lake gives you wonderful and worth full feeling of your journey. Where far behind the lake, you can see the great glacier Norjin Khangsar (7191m), surrounding by different snow-caped mountains all around. Ascending from the pass for 19km, we are going to camp near the lake. So that you can also go for swimming if you wish or you can just sit near the lake and enjoy the cool breeze from the lake. Camping
 
DAY 6. Yamdrok Lake –Ralung village (4350m). 80km.
Today we bike to Ralung or further based on the physical condition of the group members, riding over the southern friendship highway along the Yamdrok Lake and enjoy the beautiful movement of the journey, moving further to the next town that is Nagartse (4400m), a small town which is very popular for lunch stops for tourist. On the left side of the town on a small hill, you can see a monastery called Samding monastery. Many Tibetans believe that the monastery is the home of the earthly incarnation of the goddess Droji Phakmo. However, the second challenging pass is near to the town, Karo pass (5039m). After having a good rest and taking lunch at the same time. Be ready for your new challenge. Once you cross pass, the great and gigantic Norjin Khangsar Glacier is gazing at you to take some photos meanwhile. And today’s camp site is quite near after the pass and if you are possible you can carry on some more kilometers. Camping
 
DAY 7. Ralung village-Gyangtse (3980m). 70km.
By crossing the Semu pass (4350m), a pass from where Tibetans believe to find previous stone called Dze in the early days, that’s how the pass was named Dzemig pass. However, as you descend from the pass the Manak River offer you another picturesque. Next to the river is the Manak Dam and then proceed to Gyangtse (Hero’s town). At Gyantse we visit Kumbum monastery that belongs to yellow hat sect (one of the four main sect of Tibetan Buddhissm). Moreover, you can see the Palchoe stupa that erected during 1427 at the time of 1st Panchen Lama. That is one of the well known stupa containing 100 thousands of wall paintings, murals, statues with the height of 32.4m itself, around five floors to climb up in clockwise. After the short visit to the monastery and explore around the typical Tibetan town. Moreover, the Dzong (a castle), situates opposite to the monastery that is good for viewing the whole scenery of the town. Overnight at Gyantse
 
DAY 8. Gyangtse-Shigatse (3900m) 90km.
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet, where you can find more traditional things including the Tibetan Barley Beer. Locals sitting near to the road in groups and enjoying the barley beer is another kind of unique thing that you can find very commonly in this region. Apart from social things, we visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery tomorrow. Today is hard for you to bike for 90km so we spend the rest of the day to relax and rest. Overnight at Shigatse.
 
DAY 9. Sightseeing and rest in Shigatse.
We visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in the morning, it is belongs to Gelugpa sect which is one of four major sects in Tibetan Buddhism, it was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1429, and later it became the seat and administration office of successive Pachen Lamas from the time of 4 Pachen Lama. There we will visit the four main chapels in which you will find the biggest bronze and copper alloy statue of Buddha Jampa, the future Buddha & then stupas of some Pachen Lamas. And you can go to the old Tibetan market near the monastery and hang around or you rest as your wish. Overnight at Shigatse.th
 
DAY 10. Shigatse-Tso la pass (4500m). 112km.
Today we will bike from Shigatse to Tso la, which is a pass next to Larong village. In addition, there is no passes to climb up today yet we have to bike for 112km. We bike on the Friendship Highway to the pass and mostly near by the road you can see so many of typical villages and farmland. Yaks are the primary animals that are using for the ploughing and harvesting since from early days. However, on the way you can also see some of the ruins of forts and small monasteries. You would cherish the magnificent landscapes in the area. Camping.
 
DAY 11. Tso la-Lhatse (3950m). 70km.
Today we cross the Tsola pass and the ridge of the pass is marked with heaps of colorful prayer flags flapping in the wind, from there you can see some of the snow caped mountains around and then descending road to the next town Lhatse. This town also calls home town of Toe shay (a traditional dance in the western Tibet). Since there use to happen so many dance competitions between villages on special festivals. Moreover, they are good at Tibetan guitar as well. Many of the locals there are good at guitar and dancing. Overnight at Lhatse or camping near the Gyatso pass.
Note: if we stay in hotel its harder for tomorrow and if we stay in camp near the gyatso pass its much more easier for tomorrow as we have to climb up the one of the highest pass with altitude of 5147m.
 
DAY 12. Lhatse-Shegar (4300m). 90km.
We start to bike either from Lhatse or the campsite. Gyatso la pass is one of the highest passes along the road with altitude of 5147m. Obviously, it is very challenging for you. Moreover, it takes 7-8hours to bike until to the top of the pass from where you can see the panorama of great Himalayans in the North. However, once you get there the road is slope and its very easy for you to bike except the windy climate. From there our day’s destination Shegar is not so far. Camping or hostel.
 
DAY 13. Shegar-Pangla (Gyawu pass) 5100m-Pasum village (440m). 65km.
Today we will cross the border check point and then off the friendship high way and ride into a long valley over the unpaved road, cross the Pangla pass (5250m) through its zigzag road for 24km and then descending way down to the campsite. This part of the trip we can’t bike too fast because of the road conditions. From the pass you can see the distant views of 5 major peaks of the Himalayan that are beyond 8000m. One very attractive thing is that there are around 117 zigzags on both sides of the pass. Tashi zom village is nearest village on the other side of the pass where we can stop for a tea if necessary. The campsite is situated 12km further from the village. Camping.
 
DAY 14. Pasum-Rongbuk monastery (5100m). 55km.
After having breakfast at Pasum village, we will bike to tracing the river upstream to Rongbuk monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. Exploring the way of life in Tibetan society both by the nomadic and peasants. We ride the bumping road seeing sheep, goats, cows, yaks, horses and so on. Biking towards the Everest region gives you extraordinary feeling of the rooftop of the world. However, we still have to bike along the Rongbuk River originated from Rongbuk Glacier. Through the valley we will keep move of the left side and before we reach to the Rongbuk Bridge we can see the north face of the Everest. This gives you feeling auto snapping. We bike until to the Rongbuk monastery and then spent the night at the camping area. Before sunset, we will see the golden roof of the Everest as well. Camping or overnight at local tent guesthouse.
 
DAY 15. Exploration and rest day at Rongbuk.
Today we will spend our day here and after breakfast, we go to EBC Everest Base Camp by minibus or we can bike as well. From the campsite to the EBC is 5km. after viewing the great view of the Everest, rest of day is to explore around and relax. Camping or overnight at local tent guesthouse.
 
DAY 16. Rongbuk-Tingri (4250m)-Tsamda hot spring. 82km.
Tingri is a small town consisting different kinds of famous mountains around and a hot spring near by. Tingri is our next destination and we have to bike on the mountains and bumping road for today. Our biking distance for the day is only 70km where if we want to take a bath in hot spring then we have to do another 12km more. As we move from the monastery, we have to take the alternative road to Tingri on the left side through an alpine valley. Scenery of the day is quite unique that we can see some of the wild animals right after crossing the small pass Namla (5000m), on a vast empty grassland some of the wild animals use to come for grass and water. So if we are lucky then we can see some on the way to Tingri. In addition, Tsamda hot spring is popular with biking groups to have a bath. Overnight at local guesthouse or camping.
 
DAY 17.Tingri-Gutso village (4170m)-Munbo village. 80km.
After sunrise, we start our journey to Gutso and Munbo village respectively, both the villages are nice campsite along the route. On the way, the scenery is changing a bit since the altitude is getting slowly lower. Hence, you can see more greens. Apart from the sceneries, you can also see the Himalayan ranges on your left side. when we reach to Gutso, we can decide either set our camp there or process to Munbo village. Camping.
 
DAY 18. Munbo village-Lalung pass (5050m)-Thongla pass (4950m). 70km.
Today across two passes, we will bike very slowly up through the so called road to sky where can view the mighty Himalayan right in front and Mt.Xixabangma (8012m) on your right. from pass of the Lalung la we can see the Himalayan ranges. Then gradually climb down and find our next camp site somewhere between the two passes. Camping.
 
DAY 19. Lalung pass-Thong la pass-Nyalam (3750m)-Dram (2250m). 100km.
Today will be our last day in biking day in Tibet, after crossing the last pass we will continues climb down through small villages along the road, sometimes it will be little difficult to ride forward against the wind but that is part of the biking adventure on the Tibet plateau. Then we may stop for a short at Nyalam which is another small town and the formation of the town is little similar to those in Nepal and India. That town is very popular for Indian pilgrims to spend a acclimatizing night there before heading to Mt.Kailash. After having a break, we will proceed to Dram which is also called Tibet border town. This last 30km road is barely going down into the Mustang River gorges and you will feel the humid climate of subtropical Nepal, beautiful greens, rushing white river, cascades within the gorges will conclude the adventure in a different image of the plateau. We will spend the last night at Dram which is small busy streets is very much like in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

 

DAY 20. Dram - Kathmandu. 115km, 4 to 5 hours drive. Send-off day.

We will leave Zhangmu in the morning and drive to the friendship bridge which is about 6km from the town, your Tibetan guide, driver will help you to clear the China customs, If you have booked our Nepal services, then our Nepalese staff meet you at the bridge and escort you for the Nepal visa formalities and transfer you to Kathmandu. You might be interested to spend some time at the Nepal border town Kodari by experiencing the bustling tea houses. On your way to Kathmandu you will pass through numbers of Nepalese villages and feel the low altitude, en route you will see the Bungy Jump point (160m deep) which is second deepest jump in whole Asia. At your arrival in Kathmandu city, our Nepalese staff deliver you to your hotel. And end the trip.
Tour Cost Includes:
Tour Cost Includes:
- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
- Transportation in Tibet: Supporting truck (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Hotel / Guesthouse / Camping, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
- Oxygen canisters: 2 canisters for each person;
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
- First aid kit;
- Liability travel insurance;
- Basic camping gears: tents, mattresses and sleeping bags;
- Cook and cooking gears;
- Full board meals outside of Lhasa;
Tour Cost Excludes:
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);
- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
- Meals in Lhasa (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
- Gratuities for the guide and driver:
Tibet is a country, which is totally different from any other places around the world, just because of its political sensitivity, rich culture diversity and peculiar geographical formation. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, which is also what makes it so special.
In order to make your trip worry free and indisputable, here we have carefully collected all the essential information that will give you a clear image of the trip as well as logistics during your stay in Tibet, this also will be helpful for your trip preparation before you leave, so please go through it and make sure you are well prepare for the trip, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our tour consultant or write us on sales@exploretibet.com

Legitimate Claim;
As we mentioned above, Tibet is politically very sensitive and any political activities are restrictedly prohibited, so we always advising our clients to keep away from any political conversations or activities that bound against the policy of People’s republic of China. Your involvement in such activities would influence the whole group as well as future of all your guides, driver and the company. If any one does, then we have the full right to cancel the trip and we are not responsible for so caused hassle and costs.
 
Emergency contacts:
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers;
Lhasa Head Office: (0891)-6329441 (the area code 0891 is not necessary if you are calling from Lhasa)
Chengdu Office: (028)-86262365
Note: office working time is 9am – 7pm from Monday to Friday.
Sonam Jamphel (Sales Manager) 0158890904080 or 018980810151 (Available for 24 hours a day)
 
Chinese Visa
Every one should have the valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity) and Chinese visa to travel into China and the Chinese visa is also valid in Tibet, generally the Chinese visa is can be applied either by your self or use a visa service agency in your home country, but the visa application and requirements are little vary in different countries, so please check with your regional Chinese Embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
NOTE; It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination. If you enter Tibet from Nepal then you don’t need the Chinese individual visa and please check the next line for what you need.
 
If You Enter Tibet From Nepal
If you enter Tibet from Nepal, then the permit and Chinese visa formalities are slightly different, to enter from Nepal, you don't need the Chinese individual visa and instead you should obtain the Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy in Nepal, you can’t apply it directly and you should have a local Nepalese agency to apply for it, so our Nepalese partner agency will assist you for that application, normally the application takes 2 to 5 working days for different cost and it only can be applied when you arrive in Nepal, because your original passport is needed along the application. More about the Tibet Group Visa and cost please check here
 
Tibet Travel Permit and Its Process
Tibet travel permit is compulsory for all the travelers to visit Tibet and it can be obtained within 15 days prior to the trip starting dates, once you have booked the tour with us, we will obtain it for you which is included in the tour package. We need clear scan copies of your Chinese visa and passports to apply for the permit.
For more detail and latest permit updates, please check here
 
Etiquettes and Taboos:
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Tibet and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Tibetans are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (guys and girls). If you wear shorts in rural villages or in the Bakhor district in Lhasa you will definitely get stranger looks than normal! Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries. Don’t be shy to inform other tourists of the proper dress for monasteries; perhaps they are not aware of the cultural considerations and etiquette.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and climate.
 
Keeping in touch with folks at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to connect with you during the tour, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or if you don’t know your guide number at the time, please don’t feel hesitate to provide our company contact numbers listed in the Emergency Contact section and we can find a way to reach you through guide mobile.
 
Meals
In order to provide you the maximum flexibility of what, where and when to eat, we generally doesn’t include meals in the tour cost except breakfast included at the hotels, but our local guide will suggest you good local restaurant per your requirements. In the cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Zhangmu you can find good restaurants serve wide range of Tibetan food, continental food, Nepalese food, Indian food and Chinese cuisine, but in Tingri, EBC and in remote places, there is a limited choice for noodles and pan cakes. Approximate cost of a meal in Tibet is USD3 – USD10 per person/meal depending on your individual requirement.
 
Destination Guide Recommended Reading List:
Tibet is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Tibet. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. While we include a recommended reading list, which you can refer to for in-depth information, the following is a recommended reading list that might be helpful for you.
Tibetan History | Tibetan Culture & Arts | Tibetan Religion |
 
Lhasa and the TAR:
  • Tibet: The Lonely Planet Country Guide
  • Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide by Gary McCue
  • Tibet Handbook: Moon Travel Guide
  • Fodor's Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and 
Explore On and Off the Beaten Path
  • To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
  • The Mount Kailash Trek by Constance Roos/Sian Pritchard-Jones
  • Trekking Tibet by Gary McCue/George Schaller
  • The Heart of the World, A Journey to the Tibet's Lost Paradise by Ian Baker
  • My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel 
 
Kham and Amdo regions:
  • Footprints Tibet Handbook by Gyurme Dorje
  • Lonely Planet China (See Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces)
  • Bradt Guide Tibet by Michael Buckley
 
Domestic Flights and Trains to Tibet
There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Kathmandu (Nepal), and then there are lots of flights from different cities in Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. Please Check Flight Schedule and Cost Here
There is no international train to Tibet and all the trains are from Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining and so on. Please Check Train Schedule and Cost Here
 
Responsible Tourism Initiative: 
Tourism has the potential to have positive and negative effects on the local environment and peoples. Making a conscious decision about how you travel can make a difference. Whether you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or to Mt. Everest Base Camp, taking the initiative to reduce negative impacts and help sustain local communities is the responsible thing to do. Read more how we practice Responsible Travel
 
How & What To Pack
It is important to pack light and effectively, specially when you travelling to a new place, you need to know some necessary items should be carry with, depending on the length of your trip and where you go, you can get away with a minimal amount of clothing. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffle and a day pack should be just right for a 2-4 week trip. We suggest you to check our packing guideline here

Complaint & Feedback
We are always trying to provide the best service that can achieve a memorable Tibet tour for you, but sometimes you might be dissatisfied with some arrangement as different people has various aspirations and requirement, so please let us know instantly and we will try to solve everything right away to avoid repeating mistakes unknowingly. As we are looking for every single opportunity to improve our services, so your valuable suggestions and constructive complaints are very much appreciated. 
"Our most heartfelt thanks go out to Jamphel at Explore Tibet for making this journey such an insightful and joyful experience"
 " My trike on the roof of the world" 
Paul Pritchard From Australia, Sep, 2011 
 

" Visiting Tibet was a dream come true for us, and particularly for Colin, who has wanted to visit the Potala Palace since he was a child. We've been to other Buddhist countries and regions -- Sikkim, Nepal, and all over Southeast Asia -- but Tibet seems particularly remote and starkly beautiful. We don't know anyone else who has been to Tibet."

 

-- from James & Colin (USA). Travelled in Oct 2012. 

 

“Tashi Delek Sonam!

We had a wonderful time traveling in Tibet and I thank you for making our trip so fabulous

You are an amazing and special man Sonam.

I thought you might like some copies of the photos I took when we went out with you.

Your mother is a beautiful person.

Thank you again”

-------Amon and Margaret. Traveled in 28th April,2012.
 

“We had a wonderful time traveling in Tibet and i thank you for making our trip so fabulous. You are an amazing and special man Sonam Jamphel.”

 ----From Amon Clerc  (Australia), traveled in April, 2012.

 

“We love both our guide Namgyal and drive Choephel very much, they are great people and it was really nice to travel with them”

“wir lieben beide unser Führer Namgyal und fahren Choephel sehr viel, sie sind tolle Leute und es war wirklich schön, mit ihnen zu reisen “

----From A group of German Family, traveled on 31st March, 2012.

 

“Our guide is knowledgeable and good commend of English, extremely helpful and attentive to our needs. a superb guide.”

--From Christopher Douglas Lewington and Anne Marie Fereday (British), traveled in August, 2011.

 

“We had a wonderful time, Dolma was an excellent guide & very helpful. We especially enjoyed our time in the more rural areas of Tibet!”
----From Qiao Li & Imogen(Austrilia), traveled in August, 2011.

 

“Lovely people. Good knowledge. Excellent having a female guide, very happy with Tenzin & her support. vehicle excellent & driver very happy & good”.

----From Charnley Lisa Marie (Australia), traveled on 22nd May, 2012.

 

“Great responses from Sonam Jamphel during organizing and planning of the tour. Kelsang was very helpful and obviously has great knowledge of many areas of Tibet and its history. The driver was always happy everywhere we went. The whole was package also really good value. Thanks!”

 

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