3 independent reviews for Tibet tour, Lhasa and Lake Namtso

Reviews for Tibet tour, Lhasa and Lake Namtso

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review 11 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The trip to Everest Base Camp was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were really lucky with the weather and had a perfect view of the mountain at sunrise. But the whole trip was memorable/exciting - Tibet is a beautiful place :)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The whole trip involves being at very high elevations - and there are HUGE changes in elevation within a day. For example you go from Shigatse (3800m) to Everest (5200m) in one day, and from Lhasa (3500m) to Namsto (4700m) in one day. This can make parts of the trip uncomfortable - we didn't sleep well at Everest. Be prepared for this (maybe discuss with your doctor before you go) and be prepared to be flexible if someone on your trip gets really sick (this happened to us on the way back from Namsto). Also there is a LOT of driving and lunchtime is very flexible - bring lots of snacks with you :)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel like it benefited those who were employed by the company e.g. tour guides and bus drivers, and those who ran the accommodation where we stayed (particularly at Everest and Namsto). I'm not sure about the environmental impact of so many tourists visiting those areas - although they were generally good about removal of rubbish etc

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was great - our flight to Tibet was cancelled and we arrived two days late, and the company were very good about moving around our trip so we could still do all of it. As a result we had three different tour guides over the course of the trip - ranging from excellent to ok (the ok guide being a last minute substitute when another guide's son was in hospital). We learned a lot about Tibet and enjoyed our visit :)

review 10 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The view of Everest from the base camp was a key highlight. The monks debating in temples as well. I also liked the atmosphere around the Namtso lake.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do your homework beforehand in terms of history and culture as the quality of explanations from the local guides may vary. Be prepared for long hours in the bus enjoying the landscape

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really. Too many plastic bottles distributed for water. Not sure about the recycling of individual oxygène tanks (i did not use mine). With respect to support local community, drivers and guides are local. Not sure about the ownership of the hotels we stayed at.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I had a great time with a small group I kept in touch with. Views were amazing and local humanity inspiring. Hurry up to go before it is too late.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Valerie, thank you very much for sharing your travel experience here. Our tour guide often asks clients to bring back their plastic bottles and individual oxygene tanks, but a little go to do. Latter, we prepare glass bottles to offer hot-water. In your group, did tour guide not deliver the glass bottles? Yes, all tour guides, drivers, the ownership of hotels and company are local. If you are not sure, you should ask when you are in the hotel and read the hotel history. Thanks.

review 20 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visit to Everest Base Camp

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take enough really warm clothes and pace yourself well

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We certainly brought business to them and I feel that we didn't cause an environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was truly excellent. I had been to Lhasa before but this trip to EBC was magnificent.

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