12 Days Mt. Gonka Trekking

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1. Based on double occupancy.
2. Comfortable hotels in cities and guesthouses in some remote places.
3. Flight and train are not included.
4. Tour cost is only for reference, please inquire for detailed quotation.
5. The more people, the cheaper cost.
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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.

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Mt. Gangkar is situated on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Minyag Gangkar (literally means Minyak Snow White) with elevation of 24,790 ft or 7556 is Asia’s highest summit east of the Himalayas and the highest peak of the Minyak Rabgang range (ch Daxue), which covers an area of 290 square kilometers, with more than 20 peaks over 6.000 meters and some 45 glaciers. In summer the mountain is shrouded in cloud. The air temperature sometimes falling to -20, and most of the annual precipitation (800-900 millimeters) occurs between July and September. The precipitous granite ridges of the mountain’s north-east, south-west and south-east faces have attracted mountaineering expeditions since 1878. For Tibetans, it is the sacred abode of both Chenrezik and the Tantric deity Demchok. Along with Kailash, Amnye Machen and Khawa Karpo, it is one of the holiest mountains in Tibet, and embarking a pilgrimage is a lifetime dream for many Tibetans. It is The Minyag are a distinct linguistic and cultural sub-group within the Tibetan nationality. They are similar to other Tibetans in that they follow the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism, and live in dispersed agricultural communities growing barley and raising yak. The trekking package tour offers great experience of Minyag Tibetan culture and intensive natural beauties in the shadow of Mt. Gangkar(7668m).
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Days 1-2: All the group members gathered in Chengdu, and have an opportunity to relax, unwind and alleviate the effects of jetlag. In the next day we will visit the famous Giant Panda Breeding Center where you will impress by the cute red pandas and giant pandas actively eating bamboos, in the afternoon, you may interested to visit the Jinli street where you can find lots of Sichun folk handcrafts and all the buildings along the streets are build in traditional Chinese architecture. Late afternoon prepare for the overland drive to Kangding.

 

Day 3-4. Kanding to Minyak Area: Rested and ready for an adventure, the group will set out across the rice-growing plains west of Chengdu and ascend picturesque foothills to the small city of Dartsedo (2,616m). Once an important trade center that served as a buffer zone between China and Tibet, Dartsedo, now known as Kangding, still marks the edge of the Tibetan frontier. This bustling crossroad-city will offer us our first glimpse of a traditional Tibetan community and act as a welcome respite for the Tibet plateau.

After a stroll through the markets and a good night’s sleep we will ascend further into the mountains, we will drive to Tagong, where the Pha Lhakang monastery is one of the most spiritual destination of Tibetan pilgrims with its mystical Buddha image, visit the monastery and enjoy the beautiful Tagong grassland, then later in the afternoon drive to Dora Village in Ponposhi Township of Minyak. There you will have an authentic Tibetan family experience by staying at a local family house. Then drive further deep into the valley to Mt.Gangka interim camp Yoloshi, you will have an opportunity to visit some of the Tibet’s oldest homes (~900 years) en route that offers glimpse of ancient living before heading to Yoloshi for a night of rest.


Day 5-9. Yoloshi and Gangkar Mountain Trekking: Yoloshi is first base camp of Gangkar Mountain(7668m) and it is a small nomadic village from where we meet with our trekking supporter horses and horseman. The typical plateau nomad town offers beautiful mountain views. You can take moderate to strenuous treks up to 7 days. However, this particular itinerary designed for moderate trekkers with 4-5 hour day for 4 straight days through Lunchenma Pass (4560m) and Gangkar Monastery, outstanding mountain views from the ridge of Tseme la pass (4550m) and photogenic villages, along the forbidden track you will enjoy endless wonders. Trekking route offers best views of Mt. Gongkar from different angles and perspectives and then finally circuit complete at Yoloshi.
 

Day: 10-12. Dora Village, Kangding and Chengdu: We will drive back to Kangding via Dora Village, and then we will end our trip in Chengdu after a night of rest in Kangding. On your departure, our staff will deliver you to the airport per your flight schedule and leave for your next destination
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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. 

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