16 Days Sichuan-Tibet Northern Route Adventure

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1. Based on double occupancy.
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Trip Length: 16 days / 15 nights Trip outline: Chengdu-Khangding-Ganzi-Chamdo-Sok-Nakchu-Namtso-Lhasa Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experienc,Overland Driving Tours Season: All Year Around,Summer,Autumn,Spring,Winter 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
The splendid Sichuan-Tibet Northern route is one of the best overland drive in Tibet, passing the well known Khampa culture heartland Ganzi and Dege, isolated beauty of Riwoche Tsuglhakang, sparsely populated nomadic grasslands of Tengchen and Sok, then finally the stunning beauty of holy Namtso lake and mystical Lhasa. Within the alpine terrain of far eastern Tibet, traverse numerous high passes and photogenic valleys, northern route is slightly different from southern road, where you will experience distinctive breathing cultures of Khampa people and their beautiful costumes. Nevertheless, this route highlights the crisscrossing route over the narrow and steep slopes and sharp ridges with spectacular views of nomad communities on the vast plateau grassland, picturesque sceneries of mighty rivers and snow capped peaks within the beautiful fertile valleys, then the follow the Qinghai-Tibet train track to Lhasa after a memorable night at Namtso Tashi Do promontory. Generally the Northern and far eastern part is receiving a cold climate due to its high altitude, so this adventurous journey is accessible from April to Mid June and then Sept to Nov, since some high passes are blocked by snow
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Days Trip Outline Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu (550m) Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel. Hotel
Day 2 Chengdu sightseeing Giant panda breeding center Hotel
Day 3 Chengdu-Luding-Khangding (2700m), 380km, approx 8hrs Khangding Tibetan towns Hotel
Day 4 Kanding-Bamei (2958m), 230km, approx 7hrs Vast nomadic pastures Hotel
Day 5 Bamei-Tawu-Ganzi (3394m), 245km, approx 7hrs Ganzi gompa Hotel
Day 6 Ganzi- Trola-dege (4327m), 210km, approx 6hrs Yilhun Lhatso lake Hotel
Day 7 Dege-Chamdo (3240m), 337km, approx 7hrs Drichu Hotel
Day 8 Chamdo-Riwoche Tsuklakhang (3800m), 110km, approx 6hrs Number of Bon monasteries                  Hotel
Day 9 Riwoche-Tengchen (3820m), 2148km, approx 6hrs Riwoche gompa                  Hotel
Day 10 Tengchen-Bachen-Sok (4000m), 270km, approx 8hrs Glimpse of Nyenchen Thangla                  Hotel
Day 11 Sok-Nakchu (4500m), 237km, approx 7hrs Scattered nomadic villages                  Hotel
Day 12 Nakchu-Namtso lake (4600m), 230km, approx 6hrs    Holy Namtso lake                 Hotel
Day 13 Namtso-Lhasa (3680m), 250km, 4hrs Qinghai-Tibet railway               Yak hotel
Day 14 Lhasa sightseeing Johkang TemplePotala Palace               Yak hotel
Day 15 Lhasa sightseeing    Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery               Yak hotel
Day 16 Depart from Tibet Send off to train/airport               Yak hotel

NOTE: Hotels can be upgraded or downgraded based on your requirement, please check more hotels a href="http://www.exploretibet.com/Essential-Info/Hotels-In-Tibet/" target="_blank">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;

Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, 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;

 

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 that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

DAY 01. ARRIVAL AT CHENGDU BY AIR;

Today you will be greeted by our local guide and driver at the Chengdu International Airport and a short drive of 30 minutes get you to hotel in the Chengdu downtown, rest in the hotel and alleviate jet-lag. Overnight in Chengdu.

 


DAY 02. HALF DAY GIANT PANDA BREEDING CENTRE ESCORTED TOUR.

Attraction: Giant Panda Breeding Centre, cute giant Pandas and Red Pandas.

This morning our guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby about 8 am and start the beautiful day with a visit the Panda breeding centre, the cute pandas are very active in the morning and there you will see them rolling, climbing and eating bamboos, Chengdu Giant Panda breeding centre was founded in 1987 with 6 rescued Pandas from the wild and now there are about 83 Pandas rearing in it. You will enjoy the time by seeing both Giant Pandas and red Pandas, you will definitely impress by seeing the newly born Panda cubs in the nursery. After lunch, you have time to pack and prepare for your long overland journey through the Tibet plateau, you will meet your Tibetan guide and drive this afternoon and confirm your departure time of the trip. Overnight in Chengdu.

 


DAY 03. CHENGDU - YA’AN-LUDING - KANGDING, 380km, 7 to 8 hours drive

Attractions; Chengdu country side view, Kangding Tibetan town situated in the narrow valley.

Today we will drive to Kangding via Ya’an and Luding, the well paved highway ends at Ya’an, then the twisted and narrow road within the gorge sometimes take longer than expected, continues drive through the Mt.Erlang(3437m) tunnel and following river upstream to Kangding. Kangding is the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture, but in these days more and more Chinese merchants trading in the town and settled there, the river passing in the middle of the town plays and important role during the sunny summer days. You may have a short walk around the street after dinner. Overnight in Kangding.

 


DAY 04. KANGDING(2395m) - TAGONG – BAMEI(2958m), 230km, 7 hours drive.

Attractions; Mt. Zheduo(4270m), vast nomadic pastures of Tagong, Tagong Phalhakang monastery, blooming wild flowers, mighty snow capped peaks and local Tibetan house.

Today we will drive across the Zheduo pass(4270m) and it is remarked by a heap of prayer flags and a stupa, Tibetan pilgrims put prayer flags up on the passes which is considered as most clean spot, further driving into the valley pass by the recently opened Kangding airport, before we get to XinduQiao, you will be impressed by the colorfully designed triangular prayer flags and well carved mantras over the hillside along the road, among Chinese tourist, XinduQiao is well known as heaven for photographers, specially in spring, when the trees along the road shed its leaves with yellowish color, the whole surrounding looks like a great painting and crowds of Chinese tourist occupies the whole region. The southern and northern highway is also divide at Xinduqiao, we will take the spurroad toward the north and Tagong is noticed by the huge mantra curving on the small hill with lines of prayer flags, Tagong is famous for its pasture with Tibetan herders and Pha Lhakang monastery, Lhakang monastery originate its history prior to the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, the replica Sakya Muni Buddha statue was curved when Princess Wencheng traveled to Tibet with the original Buddha image in 7th century. Then after lunch we will keep on drive to Bamei (Garthar). Overnight in the guesthouse.

 


DAY 05. BAMEI – TAWU -DRANGO(Luhuo) – GANZI(3394m), 165km, 5hrs

Attractions; Nomads and herds of yaks over the vast pasture, Ganzi Gompa.

Bamei is a beautiful village located in a basin valley, you will have some nice shots in the morning the sun rise fall over the town, the lines of stupas next on the road and the monastery is busy with locals making circumambulation early in the morning. After breakfast, we will drive straight to Ganzi via Tawu and Drango, today the road condition is comparatively the worst and it may take longer to get to the final destination, passing through the nomadic areas and herd of yaks grazing in the valley, afternoon we will get to Ganzi and you have time to visit Ganzi monastery at the arrival, it is the largest monastery in the region with over 500 monks and located up on a small hill that visible from the downtown, you may get chance to see the monks debate in the afternoon in the cuordyard. Overnight in Ganzi.

 


DAY 06. GANZI(3394m) – MANIGANGO – TROLA – DEGE(4327m), 210km, 6hrs drive.

Attractions; Manigango nomads, Yilhun Lhatso lake, Trola pass(5050m), Dege Parkhang.

Today we will drive to the famous Khampa culture heartland Dege, driving over the plateau grassland and views of nomads family tents are can be seen all around the region, and after 15km from Manigango and before crossing the Trola pass we will stop at fascinating lake Yilhun Lhatso, the lake is decorated with thousands of giant rock curved with mantras “Om Ma Ni Pad Mi Hum”, every year, near by villagers gather here voluntarily and curve mantras on the rock for several days, after a short hike up to the lakeshore and then drive ahead to Dege by crossing the might Trola pass(5050m), at the arrival in Dege, we will visit the famous Dege Parkhang (Printing house), Dege Parkhang was famous for printing scriptures since from 18th century, this three-storeyed building was also damaged during the Cultural Revolution in 1960s and the later restored its murals and woodblocks, you will get chance to see some of the old woodblocks preserved on the 2nd floor and functioning printer too. Overnight in Dege.

 


DAY 07. DEGE(4327m) – CHAMDO(3240m), 337km, 7hrs

Attractions; Drichu (Yangzi) river, nomads and herds of yaks.

Today we will cross several different passes to Chamdo, we will cross the Yangzi river bridge and it is borderline to the Tibet Autonomous Region, the check point at the end of bridge will check the documents and permits to enter TAR, Chamdo is local in a wide valley in the middle of two rivers. It is a one of the largest city in TAR and you may shop some provisions for the remaining days to Lhasa. Overnight in Chamdo.

 


DAY 08. CHAMDU(4327m) – RIWOCHE(3800m) – RIWOCHE TSUGLHAKANG, 110m, 6 hours drive.

Attractions; Mekong river, 1500 year old juniper forest and Riwoche Tsuglhakang(monastery).

Today we will follow road along the Dza-chu(Mekong river) to some distance and then leave the river and head toward south to Riwoche, spectacular fusion of alpine conifer and deciduous forest can be seen beyond the pass, slowly ascent the Trugu la pass or Zholpel la (4688m) and then again follow the Dzichu upstream to Riwoche(Ratsaka) town, from there only 29km over a newly built road to Riwoche Monastery, it is founded in 1276 by Sangye On, whose teacher Yarjon is the third lineage-holder and abbot of the Taklung branch of Kargyu sect, it is painted in the distinctive black, white and red vertical stripes, which are a hallmark of the Taklung lineage. Later in the afternoon drive back to Riwoche town for the night. Overnight at Riwoche.

 


DAY 09. RIWOCHE(3800m) – TENGCHEN(3820m). 148km, 5 or6 hours drive.

Attractions; Numbers of Bon monasteries.

Today the we will pass some Nyingmapa monasteries and Bon monasteries along route, crossing several mountains like Seya la (4680m) and white marble mountain before the pass, this region is famous for the diversity of natural herbs use for Tibetan medicines. Through the barley fields and red rock gorges we will get to the day’s destination Tengchen, this area is heartland of Bon religions, people in these areas are mainly depends on selling caterpillar fungus. Overnight in Tengchen.

 


DAY 10. TENGCHEN(3820m) -BACHEN– SOK(4000m), 270km, 8 hours.

Attractions; Glimpse of Nyenchen Thangla range, vast nomad camps and herds of yaks.

Today we across several passes to the high plateau of northeastern Tibet, fabulous views of vast pastures with nomads communities and mighty snow capped mountains are so called Jangthang drogpas(northern nomads land). Crossing over the Shel la pass(4905m) which is the highest and vivid pass along the northern route, through the alpine valleys reach us to Bachen county bypass by the main road and then from there it is 33km to the Sok. Overnight in Sok.

 


DAY 11. SOK(4000m) – NAKCHU(4500m), 237km, 7 hours drive.

Attractions; scattered nomad villages and tents along the route.

Today we will drive through several nomadic counties and villages, the spectacular vast pastures are sparsely populated but they live in the peaceful nature by moving from season to season, crossing couple of gentle passes we will see the Nakchu city from the ridge of the Tuoka la pass(4640m). Nakchu is the largest and most developed city in the northern Tibet plateau, due to its important location on the Qinghai-Tibet highway and train road, it plays the centre of trade for entire nomadic region of northern Tibet, it is also well known for its horse racing festival in Aug, which is the most popular nomadic traditional festival of the area. Overnight in Nakchu.

 


DAY 12. NAKCHU(4500m) – DAMSHUNG – NAMTSO(4730m), 230km, 6 hours drive.

Attractions; Nomadic villages, Qinghai Tibet train track, Holy Namtso lake.

Today well paved road follow next to the Qinghai-Tibet rail way until Damshung county, the picturesque scenery of the nomads villages and herds of yaks grazing on the grassland is wonder of the day, from Damshung we turn-off to the west crossing the Lagen la pass(5190m), you will have the first view of the stunning lake Namtso from the pass and further drive through the paved road over the grassy field pass several nomads family tents, then Tashi Do peninsula offers a great view of the miraculous shade of turquoise color with surrounding snow capped ranges. Namtso lake is 2nd larges saltwater lake in China (largest saltwater lake is Kokonor in Qinghai) and world highest saltwater natural lake. In the late afternoon, you can follow the pilgrimage trail around the peninsula. Overnight at local guesthouse on the peninsula.

 


DAY 13. NAMTSO-NOMAD FAMILY VISIT-LHASA, 250km, 4hrs.

Attractions; Nomads family visits.

Today we will explore more around the like in the morning and then drive back to Lhasa, we will stop at a local family tents to experience their home structure and lifestyle. Afternoon you have time to explore around the Bakhor street on your own and you may need some time to shop souvenirs for your family and friends at home. Overnight in Lhasa.

 


DAY 14. 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 15. 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 16. LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SEND OFF.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. The trip is officially ended.
Tour Cost Includes:

Tour Cost Includes:

All necessary travel permits to Tibet;

Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;

Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, 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;

 

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 that are not specified in the itinerary (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. 

“Visiting Tibet was a dream comes 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). Traveled in Oct 2012. 

 

“We were extremely pleased with our guide and itinerary, our guide gave us good suggestions for activities when we were on our own, responded well to our requests and was adaptable, and was good company for these few days. he talked with local people and monks to give us more interesting experiences.”
----From Ruth Rosenfeld and her son (USA), traveled in May, 2011.

 

“Overall very enjoyable experiences, thanks to our knowledgeable and caring guide. We look forward to coming back next time.”

----From QuynhTien Cao & Gia Chan Vuong (Australia), traveled in December, 2011.

 

“Base camp was very nice. The stay with a Tibetan family very interesting. “

----From Silke Neumann (Germany), traveled on 15th May, 2012.

 

“Overall had a great trip and were very happy with the driver and the guide. Especially Phurtse was always available to help and was very knowledgeable, especially on the monasteries and temples. Greatly enjoyed the personal touch on my birthday from Phurtse and Explore Tibet. Thank you.”

----From Janie Neumann (Germany), traveled on 15th May, 2012.

 

“We had a wonderful time travelling in Tibet and i thank you for making our trip so fabulous.”

----From Margaret (Australia), traveled in 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.

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