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15 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour

Nov.-Mar. From USD 1750
Apr.-Oct. From USD 1950
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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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This is our most comprehensive Kailash Mansarovar tour, specially designed for adventurous travelers to gain deeper spiritual insight on the Tibetan plateau and experience firsthand Tibet’s best natural wonders. Mount Kailash is one of the most holiest mountains in Tibet.
 
After acclimatizing in Lhasa, you will drive west across the vast plains with spectacular view of the Himalayans to the south and the Trans-Himalayans to the north. Stopping along some of Tibet’s most spiritual sites like Tashi Lhunpo, Yamdrok Lake and the Kumbum Stupa, you’ll gain an understanding of Buddhism’s impact on Tibet before the magnificence of Mt. Kailash is unveiled.
 
For thousands of years, Mount Kailash has been the pilgrimage destination of Buddhism, Bon, Hindu and Jainism worshippers alike. At an altitude of 6714 meters, Gangkar Ti-se, as it is known in Tibetan, has perennial snow cover and is the focal point of all travel to western Tibet.
Pilgrims travel to this sacred mountain to complete a spiritual circuit, as it is believed that it will wash away their sins.
 
In addition to the varied landscapes, wildlife abounds in Western Tibet. Along the route, you will be able to see herds of wild ass, gazelle, Hodgson’s antelope, marmots and different species of geese from the window of your 4x4.
 
After spending three days trekking from monastery to monastery around  Kailash trekking, you’ll be absolved of all your sins. From there we’ll drive to Manasarovar Lake and then journey to the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, and stay overnight to enjoy a sunrise you will never forget.
 
If you’re looking for a tour that is cost effective, combines the best Tibet has to offer spiritually and naturally and stories that will last you a lifetime, then trip to Kailash is the right tour for you.
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Day Trip Outline   Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)   Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel. Hotel in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing   Bakhor streetJohkang Temple, Potala Palace Hotel in Lhasa
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing   Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery Hotel in Lhasa
Day 4 Lhasa-Shigatse (3900m), 370km, approx 7hrs   Yamdrok LakeKarola GlacierKumbum Stupa Gesar hotel
Day 5 Shigatse-Lhatse (4000m), 200km, approx 4hrs   Tashilhunpo monasterySakya monastery Farmer's hotel
Day 6 Lhatse-Saga (4600m), 312km, approx 6.5hrs   Wild landscapes of western Tibet Local Hotel
Day 7 Saga- Darchen(4560m), 606km, approx 8hrs   Sand dunes, Manasarovar lake, Mysterious view of Mt.Kailash Local guesthouse
Day 8 Trek from Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m), 20km, approx 4hrs   Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash      Local guesthouse
Day 9 Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m), 18km, approx 6hrs   Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash      Local guesthouse
Day 10 Trek from Zuktulpuk-Lake Manasarovar (4560m), 12km, approx 3hrs   Close view of Manasarovar lake      Local guesthouse
Day 11 Lake Manasarovar - Saga, 580km          Local Hotel
Day 12 Saga (4600m) - EBC, 550km, approx 9hrs   Peikutso lake, Mt Shishapama      Local guesthouse
Day 13 EBC-Shigatse (4000m), 350km, approx 7hrs      Rongbuk monastery, EBC Gesar hotel
Day 14 Shigatse-Lhasa (3680m), 280km, approx 6hrs   Yarlung Tsangpo Hotel in Lhasa
Day 15 Depart from Tibet   Send off to train/airport  --------------

If you want to have a single room during the hotel nights or no one else sharing the room with you, then you need to pay the single room supplement fee, please check the single room supplement fee as in the below table;

 Months   Cost of single room supplement fee in USD 
 Throughout the year   USD240

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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: hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, rest of the nights at local guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Free shuttle bus Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour ( Please check the free shuttle bus timing as below table);

- Bottle water;

- A mobile with local SIM card (it can receive international call and text messages also);

Oxygen cylinder for the group;

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);

Yaks and porters for Kailash trekking to carry luggages, you can hire it from there which cost around CNY300 per per day/per yak;

Meals - lunches and dinners, breakfasts at the guesthouses (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tibet Mt Kailash Trekking Map by Explore Tibet

DAY 01. ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY AIR OR TRAIN AND MEET WITH YOUR FELLOW TRAVELLERS
IN LHASA

Whether you travel to Tibet by flight or train, you are guaranteed to have an amazing journey to the plateau. Crossing the mighty Himalayas, you will arrive in Lhasa at the airport or train station, and your guide and driver will collect you and transfer you to your hotel. Once there, you can settle into the hotel and meet your fellow travelers. It is advisable to rest once you are checked in, to help alleviate some of the symptoms of altitude sickness.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Train to Tibet      

DAY 02. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.

Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery.
On your first full day on the plateau, you may experience some mild headaches, nausea, and drowsiness. This is normal for travelers to high altitudes, and will subside within a day or two as your body adjusts to the increased altitude of the plateau. Plenty of rest, water, and only mild activity can help to relieve the symptoms.
 
Your first day includes trips around the city to the famous Jokhang Temple, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet, and the amazing Barkhor Street, the ritual kora route around the temple and the largest market in Lhasa. The focal points of pilgrimage to Lhasa for Tibetan Buddhists, you can take a walk around the kora with the pilgrims and pick up some great bargains.
 
Your afternoon is filled with a visit to the Sera Monastery, a 15th century university monastery belonging to the dominant Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Home to more than 600 monks, the monastery was built by one of the disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect, and hosts monastic debates in the courtyard every afternoon, with the exception of Sundays.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa
 

     Jokhang temple in Lhasa

DAY 03. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.

Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery
Your third day in Tibet starts with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, the most prestigious building in Tibet, built in the 17th century to house the government of the Dalai Lama. This famous landmark sits on the location of an ancient 7th century fortress, part of which still remains inside the palace. The hike up the steps to the palace, which lies on Moburi high above the city, is well worth it, and you can rest whenever you need on the long walk up.
 
Your afternoon is spent at the immense Drepung Monastery, formerly the seat of the Dalai Lama’s power in Tibet and one of the largest monasteries on the plateau at the time. Filled with narrow twisting lanes and beautiful buildings, the monastery once held more than 10,000 monks.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala palace     

DAY 04. LHASA(3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) - SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km

Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
After touring the city for two days, it is time to head out on the winding road across the plateau. Our journey begins by heading along the winding road to the Gampa La Pass, at 4,794 meters. From here, you will get the first glimpse of the stunning Lake Yamdrok, one of the Great Three Sacred Lakes of Tibet, with the snow-capped peak of the sacred Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance behind. After a brief stop at the lakeshore, we will continue on to Nagartse for lunch.
 
After lunch, we will make a short stop at Karo La (5,150m) to see the amazing Nyenchen Khangsar glacier, before carrying on to Gyantse. Once the largest town in Tibet, Gyantse is home to the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which houses the famous Kumbum Stupa. Standing 32 meters tall and containing 108 small chapels, this amazing structure is the only one of its kind in Tibet. In the late afternoon, we will continue on to Shigatse for the night.
 
Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Yamdrok lake in Tibet     
 
DAY 05. SHIGATSE (3900m) – LHATSE (4200m), 150km

Attractions; Tashi lhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery.
In the morning we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, and your guide will take time to obtain the Alien’s Travel Permit (ATP) from the local Public Security Bureau (PSB). Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in western Tibet and boasts over 600 years of history. Founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, the monastery is now the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama and contains the tombs of seven of the former Panchen Lamas.
 
En route to our overnight destination in Lhatse, we will drive off the main road to Sakya Monastery to explore the twisting alleys of the monastery alongside the Buddhist pilgrims. In the 13th century, Sakya Monastery was an important scholastic study center for Buddhists in Tibet. Divided into two parts, the monastery is only active on the southern side of the river, with the northern part of the monastery now lying in ruins.
 
Stay overnight in Lhatse.

 
Visiting Gyantse Kumbum monastery in Tibet    

DAY 06. LHATSE (4200m) – SAGA (4500m), 340km

We will spend the day driving straight to Saga, through the scenic valleys of Brahmaputra tributaries. Having recently been reconstructed with a paved road, the journey to Saga should be very smooth.
 
Stay overnight at Saga

     Way to Mt Kailash in Tibet
 
DAY 07. SAGA – DARCHEN (5000m), 520km

Attractions: View of Lake Manasarovar and Mt Kailash.
From our car, we will have stunning views of the great Himalayans to the south and the Transhimalaya to the north, as we drive across the vast plains. This region is home to nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, as well as a wide spectrum of plateau wildlife.
 
During this thrilling journey, we will pass by sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valleys before we reach the holy Lake Manasarovar in the late afternoon. The lake is one of four holy lakes in Tibet and receives thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, India and Russia every year.
 
From there we will drive to Darchen, a small nomadic village and important launch point for pilgrimages around Mt. Kailash. Upon your arrival our guide will prepare for yaks and porters for tomorrow’s trek, if required. The hills around Darchen are great places to prepare for the main trek.
 
In the afternoon, you can explore the village, and look for dinner options or ask our guide for recommendations.
 
Stay overnight at Darchen.
 


Lake Manasarovar in Tibet     
 
DAY 08. 1st DAY TREKKING TO DIRAPUK. 20km.

Attractions; the views on the both side of the valley that you are going to trek.
From Darchen, our trek will follow the small trail in a clockwise circuit around Mt. Kailash at an average altitude of 4,700 meters. We will walk side-by-side with local Buddhist pilgrims following the same route and pass by Bon pilgrims walking a counter-clockwise circuit.
 
After a 4-hour trek we will reach Tamdin (4,780m), where we will have a simple lunch inside a nomadic tent. From there it is only 4km hike to Drirapuk Monastery where we will stay at a nearby guesthouse for the night. This 4km stretch contains some of the best scenery of the entire kora.
 
Drirapuk Monastery was rebuilt in 1985 and is located on the north side of the Lha-chu River, facing the north face of Mt. Kailash. The name, Drirapuk, originally comes from a word Dri-ra, meaning “female yak horn” and Puk, meaning, “cave.”  Legend has it that a female yak used her horn to create the cave. The Drirapuk Monastery guesthouse rooms are very basic.
 
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Drirapuk.
 
Fact of the day: Total distance 18.6km or 11.56 miles. Time: 6:58 hours with lunch breaks based on average speed of 3.4km/hour, approximately 30,699 steps.
 
Darchen altitude: 4,673m or 15,331 feet.
Drirapuk altitude: 5,050 m or 16,568 feet.
Ascent for the day: 377m or 1,236 feet


     Trekking around Mt Kailash
 


DAY 09. 2nd DAY OF THE TREKKING TO ZULTUL PUK(4790m) 18km.

Attractions; the once and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala
This will be our most challenging day of trekking. The Dikpa La (5000m) and Dolma La (5,630m) passes are not that steep, but trekking at such high altitudes will be very tiring and slow. But at the top, you will get a front row seat of the holy Mt. Kailash.
 
After a short rest at the top, we will climb down into the long valley and stop for lunch at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent.
 
Then will continues on to Dzultripuk Monastery for the night, Dzultripuk Monastery (4,803m) was built by two important religious figures, Milarepa and Naro Bon-Chung.  You can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave.
 
We will spend the night at the local family guesthouse at Dzultripuk Monastery, where the rooms are very basic.
 
Stay overnight at Dzultripuk Monastery
 
Fact of the day: Total distance 19.2km or 11.93 miles. Time: 8:19 hours with lunch breaks based on average speed of 3.6km/hour, approximately 42,206 steps.
 
Drirapuk altitude: 5,050 m or 16,568 feet.
Dzultripuk altitude: 4,803 m or 15,757 feet.
Ascent for the day: 580 m or 1,902 feet.
Descent for the day: 827 m or 2,713 feet.
Dolma La pass altitude: 5,630 m or 18,471 feet.
Distance from Drirapuk to Dolma La pass: 6.1 km or 3.79 miles, Time: 3:24 hours with rest


     Mt Kailash trekking over Dolma la pass


 
DAY 10. LAST DAY TREKKING AND DRIVE TO LAKE MANASAROVAR. (12km trekking and 80km drive).

Attractions; close view of the Manasarovar lake and Thuktso lake.
Today is an easy day of trekking, to complete the circuit, and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also known as Dzongsar). Then you will continue on the drive to Lake Manasarovar, to the guesthouses near the lake. You may have a short visit to the Chiu Monastery by walking up on the small hill.
 
Stay overnight at Lake Manasarovar.
 
Fact of the day: Total distance 12km or 7.46 miles and 5:33 hours trekking with rest.
Ascent for the day: 200 m or 656 feet.

     Mt Kailash trekking from Dzultrul puk to Darchen



DAY 11. TRACE THE ROAD BACK TO SAGA
Today we will trace the road back to Saga for the night.

DAY 12. SAGA – EBC (5150m).

Attractions: Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.
In the morning, we will head for Everest Base Camp, located in the Rongbuk Valley. The nearby Rongbuk Monastery is the “official” highest monastery in the world and houses both monks and nuns.
 
Driving alongside the Peiku Tso Lake, you will have a picturesque view of Mount Shishapangma and other peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Mount Shishapangma is the only Peak above 8000m that is fully located in Tibet. After passing Old Tingri, keep an eye out for the tallest peaks of the Himalayas. From left to right, the guide will point out: Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,844m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m).
 
In the afternoon we will arrive at the tent guesthouse community at the tourist-dedicated Everest Base Camp. The base camp for tourists was moved back from the climbers’ base camp to a position close to Rongbuk early in 2019. The closest one can now get to the mountain is the Dza Rongbuk Caves, just a short distance past the monastery.
 
We suggest you bring your own sleeping bags as accommodation at the tent guesthouses are very simple. We will stay overnight in these tent guesthouses unless you're there between November and March, when the tent guesthouses close and only the Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse is available.


     Everest base camp tent guesthouses
 
DAY 13. EBC (5150m) – SHIGATSE, 350km.

After we enjoy the sunrise view of Mount Everest, we will drive back to Shigatse along the friendship highway, in Shigatse, you will enjoy a hot shower at the hotel and rest.
 
Stay overnight at Shigatse.


EBC tent guesthouse    
  
DAY 14. SHIGATSE – LHASA, 450km/300km

Today we will drive back to Lhasa. In the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to explore the town and buy some gifts for your family and friends at home.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

    Lhasa in Tibet tour

DAY 15. LHASA AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION SENDS OFF.

After checking out of your hotel, your guide will transfer you to the train station or airport for your departure from Tibet and on to your next destination. We would appreciate if you could complete a short survey on our feedback form or by email to evaluate our services.
 
We'll head to the airport or train station and say our goodbyes. Before your departure, we would appreciate it if you can spend some time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or by simply sending us an email. Thank you very much and wish you have a safe journey
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: hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, rest of the nights at local guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Free shuttle bus Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour ( Please check the free shuttle bus timing as below table);

- Bottle water;

- A mobile with local SIM card (it can receive international call and text messages also);

Oxygen cylinder for the group;

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);

Yaks and porters for Kailash trekking to carry luggages, you can hire it from there which cost around CNY300 per per day/per yak;

Meals - lunches and dinners, breakfasts at the guesthouses (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 013398000993 (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. 

Rest assured, you are in good hands when you travel with Explore Tibet. As the first group tour operator on the Tibetan Plateau, we’ve accumulated tons of valuable experience leading tours over the years. Your safety and travel experience is paramount to us and we have constantly refined our practices to ensure our customers have the smoothest and most comfortable journey possible.
At Explore Tibet, we are not just your tour guides, drivers and travel consultants, but we are also your friends and hosts. We understand that you may be unused to this new environment, so we have taken these extra precautions at no extra cost to you.
Every tour group is equipped with:

1.  First Aid Kit
Besides a fully equipped kit in every vehicle, all of our tour guides have received First Aid Kit training from Aerie Backcountry Medicine, and are Wilderness Medicine Essentials Course certified.

First Aid in Tibet by Explore Tibet

2.  Oxygen Cylinder
All our cars are equipped with an oxygen cylinder (4L to 7L) for group use and if the oxygen runs out, our guide will refill the cylinder either in Lhasa or Shigatse. 

Oxygen tank provided by Explore Tibet

3.  Bottled Waters
As Tibet, has a dry and sunny climate, staying hydrated is very important. But since tap water in Tibet is not safe for consumption, we provide bottled mineral water for all of our groups.

Drinking water in Tibet

4.  Mobile Phone with Local SIM Card
When we say 24-hour service, we mean it. Every tour group comes with a dedicated mobile phone with all of our contact information already loaded and a local SIM card, so you can reach us at any time.

Mobile and local SIM in Tibet

5.  Specially Designed Explore Tibet Lhasa Map
Our itineraries hit the right balance of arranged activities and free time. To make the most of your free time, we’ve prepared a specially designed, handy Lhasa guide and map with our recommendations of what to eat and see.

Tibet Lhasa Map by Explore Tibet

And there are more surprises and extra services from Explore Tibet that will enrich your Tibet tour with full of wonders and excitement, please check with your Trip Advisor what are other extra services that only Explore Tibet can provide.
On the way to Kailash
Glacier
on the way to Mt.Kailash
holy lake in Tibet
Mt.Kailash view
Mt kailash 1
Monk debating at Sara Monastery
on the way to Zhangmu
Mt kailash 2
Potala Palace in Lhasa
Tibetan people
Tibetan people 2
Free Airport Shuttle Bus:

In order to make it more convenient for our clients, we have arranged two shuttle buses a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So when you are purchasing the flight tickets, please take the shuttle bus timing into consideration. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus, we can arrange a private airport pick-up and transfer for you, this service costs USD60 per time.

Shuttle bus pick-up time at the beginning of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the airport at 12:30 2nd shuttle bus departs from the airport at 16:00

Shuttle bus transfer time at the end of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 7:30am 2nd shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 11:00am

Note:
If you miss the free shuttle bus because of your flight delay or cancellation, then you will have to pay for the private airport pick-up, which costs USD60 per time. Also, please make sure to update your tour consultant about your new flight schedule.

Train station pick-up is totally for free, but sometimes you may need to wait for other travelers’ arrival around the same time.

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