Tibet exploration tour

“Acclimatise sightseeing in Lhasa on this tailor made 13 day tour before embarking on a series of drives and treks en-route to Everest Base Camp at 5,150m.”

Highlights

Lhasa | Potala Palace | Jokhang Temple | Guru Rinpoche | King Songtsen Gampo | Tsuephu Monastery | Tsurphu Monastery | Leten | Bartso | Dorje Ling Nunnery | Namtso | Gyangtse | Pelkor Monastery | Gyangtse | Tingri | Mt. Everest Base Camp | Shigatse |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Prepare well for trekking and driving at high altitude by keeping hydrated, avoiding alcohol and resting whenever possible.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. Trekking at altitude (max 5000m) and long drives within rugged landscapes.
Accomm:
Local hotels and basic campsites
Meals:
12 x breakfast, lunches and dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, camping tents and mats, English-speaking guide, entrance fee, yak man and yaks if needed.
About this vacation company:
This company specialise in tailor made active vacations across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travelers and local people alike.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tibet exploration tour

Environment

This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including part of the Himalayas that are of spectacular beauty. However, the impacts of tourism on Mount Everest have been acutely felt in recent times and we fully endorse the need to help manage and protect this natural wonder. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

Activity:
On first three days, we will have enough time to see the most important sights where with rich in historical and cultural in Lhasa. After that, begin our trekking with lower impact on the environments (Namtso lake, rugged valleys, mountainsides, vineyards, towns, etc). Traveling on foot, you will explore beautiful villages in and around Lhasa rom Tsurphu Monastery to Dorje Ling Nunnery in this tour.

Water:
Your own water bottle will be suggested to carry with before your departure from your country. We will provide the drinking water for the participants to refill in on a support vehicle and minimising the need to purchase bottled water.

Waster:
As we all know every camping producesasurplusofwasteandhard-to-usebiomass that isbestkeptin thefoodchainbyfeedingittolivestock. Before camping and hiking, we will buy from local markets to prepare foods in moderation, such as bread, milk, instant coffee, jam, vegetable, sausage... We will try to eat them all, do not leavingtoo muchfoodon camp site.

Office:
It is advocated to recycle paper and ink cartridges to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We turn off printers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances.

Flora and fauna:
Our local guides will have a set of guidelines for each tour. The flora and fauna (flowers and animals) are in abundance and wide variety in remote villages along this tour. And the weak ecological environments are complex and multiplicity, and they are damageable. we advocate ecological tourism. Footpaths crisscrossed the fields, where the crowing of cocks and the barking of dogs were heard within distance, of course we stick to footpaths. The growing number of visitors is damaging the footpaths. It is necessary to mention this on tour briefing to our clients.

Transport :
We try to seldom use vehicle except necessary on the tour. We actively encourage all customers to take public transport, or rent a bike, or just walk around the small and special Tibet old town in free time. So we could ensure that our transport is as low carbon as possible.

Community

Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the rural communities of the regions we visit, especially those in Tibet. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market.

Traveling with respect:
On this tour, we will visit lots of remote villages. On the basis of many years of joint efforts with them, we have good relationships with local community. For example, we usually visit some small villages and held special activity to promote local culture and customs, do culture exchange, visit locals schools, local families.... All our guests will also get the warmest welcome locally from the Kyrkiz communities when meet locals.

Accommodation and Meals:
We choose all the accommodation carefully, based on their location and their operating systems. Most of them are locally owned such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities. Before the trekking, travelers will buy some goods and materials that suitable for trek from local markets. In this way we could bring economic benefits to local residents. We are supporting employment and conservation efforts within these areas.

Local services:
We use local tour guide and drivers, and pay for them with good reward. Meantime, we empower them with training opportunities every year, especially theguide services training classes which is a must on tour industry.

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