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18 Days Ultimate Beijing Xi’an Lhasa Chongqing Yangtse River Shanghai Tour

Tour Route: Beijing - Xi’an - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtse River - Shanghai

Trip Overview:

This 18-day trip will offer you a diverse range of experiences, seamlessly blending the history, culture, and natural landscapes of various regions in China. It's the ideal route for first-time visitors to China, offering a rich and fulfilling journey that you can take with confidence.

The adventure begins in Beijing, where you'll explore historical wonders like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Then, travel to Xi’an, home of the Terracotta Warriors, before boarding a train to Xining and continuing on to the mystical land of Tibet.

In Lhasa, immerse yourself in the rich culture and spirituality, visiting landmarks like the Potala Palace and taking a day tour to Yamdrok Lake.

After that, journey to Chongqing and experience a Yangtze River Cruise, witnessing the breathtaking scenery along the river. Finally, conclude your tour in Shanghai, where you'll explore the vibrant cityscape before venturing to the serene gardens in Suzhou.

  • Tour Code: CTSG018

  • Trip Level : Easy for All Ages

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    Can I join this tour?

    • This Lhasa city tour is suitable for all levels of fitness, families with kids, and senior groups. As long as you're in good health, you can confidently join our tour. However, to ensure your health and safety, we recommend consulting a professional doctor before your departure.
  • Tour Type: Small Group (Max 12) i

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    Our Small Group Tour Features

    • Guaranteed Departures: With our fixed tour dates, we guarantee every departure.
    • Flexible Scheduling: Should you not find a suitable travel date, worry not. Share your preferred timing, and we'll tailor a personalized itinerary, inviting fellow travelers to join.
    • Non-shopping Journey: Enjoy a commerce-free expedition with us. Our commitment to top-notch tours ensures an authentic and immersive exploration of Tibet.
  • Time to Visit : Available All Year Around

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    Time to Visit Guide:

    • Lhasa stands out as a premier destination in Tibet for travel throughout the year.
    • The peak seasons are July, August, and from October 1st to 8th, coinciding with major holiday seasons.
    • The off-season, during the winter months from November to March, presents an ideal window for budget travelers to explore Lhasa. During this time, flights and accommodations offer significant discounts, while certain top attractions offer free admission.

Highlights:

  • Discover Beijing's UNESCO treasures, from the majestic Forbidden City to the awe-inspiring Great Wall, blending ancient Chinese heritage with modern political significance.

  • Get amazed by the majestic Terra-Cotta Warriors and cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall in Xi’an.

  • Take the famed Tibet train to Lhasa and appreciate the breathtaking views of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

  • Explore the most beautiful lakeside village in Tibet and savor a traditional lunch at a villager's home.

  • Enjoy a relaxing Yangtze River cruise onboard the luxury cruise ship and see the marvelous landscapes of the Three Gorges every day.

  • Explore the delights of Shanghai’s old and new facets, and see the world’s most famous skyline from inside the city.

  • Step into Suzhou's classical gardens and experience the exquisite elegance of ancient garden design.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, our local travel guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to your downtown hotel. After checking in, feel free to rest or explore the surroundings at your leisure.

Options for Today:
With your free time today, we suggest exploring Beijing's historic Hutongs on your own. Take a leisurely stroll through these traditional alleys in downtown areas. Popular Hutongs to visit include Nanluoguxiang, Yandaixiejie, Mao’er Hutong, Bada Hutong, and more.

Travel Tips:
Beijing boasts two international airports: Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport. Make sure to confirm which airport you'll be arriving at before your journey.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and the Ming Tomb (B)

The Great Wall was listed as one of the world's eight wonders. Mutianyu Great Wall, known for its "graceful" appearance, offers the best quality among all sections of the Wall. Located 80km northeast of Beijing, it features 22 ancient watchtowers, approximately one every kilometer. You will hike along the ancient walls and enjoy the stunning view of the surroundings.

In the afternoon,you will discover the Ming Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Beijing. Built in 1590 during the Ming Dynasty, it's the resting place of Emperor Shenzong and his queen. Renowned for its grand scale and spanning 100,000 square meters, it showcases the traditional layout of Ming Dynasty imperial tombs. Explore the underground palaces to gain firsthand insight into this historical marvel.

After that, go back to downtown Beijing.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Beijing

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 3: Beijing Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Take a High-speed Train to Xi’an (B,L)

Today is your guided tour to the must-see places in Beijing. After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and head to Tiananmen Square, the first site of the day. It is the world’s largest city square.

Next, you will enter the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, boasting over 500 years of history as the residence of 24 emperors. With its staggering 9,000 rooms, though only a fraction are accessible to the public, you'll get an image of how the ancient Chinese emperors managed the country and what their daily life was like.

You'll also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park, situated behind the Forbidden City. Ascend to the hilltop within the park for a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the entirety of the Forbidden City.

For lunch, indulge in the renowned Beijing Roast Duck. Accompanied by thin pancakes, spring onions, and sweet bean sauce, this traditional dish promises a delightful fusion of flavors and textures.

In the afternoon, you will go to visit the Temple of Heaven, located 6 kilometers from the Forbidden City. This sacred site served as a place where ancient Chinese emperors worshipped the sky, offering prayers for rain, prosperity, and peace for the country and its people.

After the tour, you will be dropped off at the train station to board the overnight high-speed train to Xi’an. The high-speed train journey from Beijing to Xi’an lasts approximately 12 hours. During the trip, you'll enjoy the modern sleeping cabins aboard China's high-tech bullet train.

Accmodation:

Overnight on the Bullet Train

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Xi’an Tour: Ancient City Wall, the Bell & Drum Tower, the Muslim Quarter

Upon your arrival in Xi’an, your local guide will greet you at the railway station and escort you to your hotel. After checking in and taking a brief rest, you will start exploring the city of Xi’an.

First, you will visit and stroll along the Ancient City Wall, which is the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Spanning 14 kilometers, the wall showcases the comprehensive layout of the ancient imperial city, dating back over 1000 years.

Next, you'll explore the Bell and Drum Tower Square. The Bell Tower, a 600-year-old Ming Dynasty landmark, rises 36 meters high with five floors. Its enormous bronze bell chimes morning and evening, while at night, neon lights illuminate its colorful glass, creating a captivating spectacle.

Adjacent to the Bell Tower stands the Drum Tower, China's largest, constructed in 1380. Climbing it reveals a 1.8-meter-high drum and 24 red drums adorned with the 24 solar terms, leaving a lasting impression.

At last, you will tour the Muslim Quarter, home to the largest and oldest mosque in China, and also the most famous food court in Xi’an. It is a perfect place to eat special snacks, chat with locals, and buy exquisite souvenir.

Stay overnight in Xi’an.

Travel Tips:
When visiting the Ancient City Wall, you have the option to rent a bike for an additional cost of 45 RMB to cycle along the wall.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Xi’an

Meal:

Dinner

Day 5: Xi’an Tour: Terracotta Army, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Weiyang Palace (B)

Today, you will first go to visit the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors, which is one of the eight wonders in the world. These terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army, and were buried alongside the Emperor in a vast underground palace.

Then, you will head for Big Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as Dayanta. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang are reserved here.

At the end of the day, you will visit the Weiyang Palace Relics Park. This palace, built in 200 BC, was China's second imperial palace. It's the oldest of all Chinese palaces and also marks the start of the Silk Road in the east.

Travel Tips:
An additional fee of 30 RMB is required for entrance and access to climb the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Xi’an

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 6: Train to Xining and Transfer to Lhasa via Tibet Train (L)

In the morning, you will go to take the train from Xi’an to Xining. Upon your arrival, your local guide will greet you at the railway station and escort you to a local restaurant for lunch, where you can savor traditional Beef Noodles.

Then, you will go to visit the Ta’er Monastery, also named Kumbum Monastery, lies on 25 km to the northeast of Xining. It is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, well-known Tibetan Buddhist master.

After the tour in Xining, you will be transferred to Xining Railway Station for your overnight train to Lhasa. Please be sure to arrive in train station at least 1 hour before the train departure. You need present your passport and Tibet Travel Permit to board the train.

Tibet Permit Notice:
1. When you book your trip with us, we'll take care of getting your Tibet Travel Permit.

2. It's best to book and send us the required documents at least 20 days before your trip.

3. Your travel permit will be sent to you before your train departs. Make sure to keep it safe.

Tibet Train Travel Tips:
1. Your package includes a soft sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa.

2. There is a dining car on board the train to Tibet, offering simple Chinese dishes. Feel free to bring some snacks and instant noodles with you.

3. All trains to Tibet are equipped with oxygen supply systems, so there's no need to worry about altitude sickness on board.

Accmodation:

Overnight on the Tibet Train

Meal:

Lunch

Day 7: Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Arrive in Lhasa

Today, you are going to witness the most beautiful scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the way to Nagchu, you will see Tanggula Pass come and go, almost indistinguishable from the rest of the highland. You may notice villagers gazing at the passing train and yaks darting off the tracks. Up here, every few minutes, another range of snow-capped peaks with glaciers streaming down their sides appears on the horizon.

Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be greeted by local guide at the train station and then be transferred to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. Along the way, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhasa River, and the typical Tibetan villages.

After arriving at the hotel, take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. It's helpful to take it easy for the first few days and remember to stay hydrated by drinking water.

Later in the afternoon or evening, your guide will welcome you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel guidance, and introduce you to the other members of your group.

Warm Tips:
If you require any assistance or have specific needs, please don't hesitate to visit our service center located at Gangjian Hotel.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Lhasa Day Tour: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B, D)

Today, you will first visit the Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet that once housed over ten thousand monks. Here, you'll explore the Coqen Hall, where your guide will provide a detailed explanation of the Tibetan Buddhist worldview and narrate the stories of renowned figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Additionally, you'll tour the Loseling College (or an equivalent) within Drepung Monastery to understand monks' practices and studies. Exploring their dormitories will offer insight into their daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, the tour proceeds to Sera Monastery, established in 1419 and long regarded as a significant Buddhist seminary. Here, you'll observe the renowned monk debates, a highlight of Sera Monastery. Your guide will provide a comprehensive explanation of how these debates aid monks in acquiring knowledge and advancing through academic degrees.

After today's sightseeing, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow group members.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast | Welcome Dinner

Day 9: Lhasa Day Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street (B)

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, where you'll stand atop its heights and gaze down upon the city of Lhasa. Your guide will narrate the life and tales of the successive Dalai Lamas within the Potala Palace and meticulously introduce the various halls and treasures housed within its walls.

Once you've explored the grandeur of the Potala Palace, your next stop will be Longwangtan Park nestled at its base. This tranquil spot offers a unique vantage point to admire the majestic Potala Palace and partake in traditional Tibetan cultural experiences.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the sacred Jokhang Temple—the heart of Tibetan faith and life. Within the temple resides the rare and revered 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, an image so lifelike that it resembles seeing the Buddha in person. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can take a clockwise kora, witnessing how local Tibetans practice their Buddhist beliefs.

Following this, your guide will take you to the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea house in Lhasa, where you can enjoy Tibetan sweet tea with locals. Your guide will join everyone, sharing insights into the social relations and daily leisure life of Tibetans.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 10: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa (B,L)

Today, you'll depart from Lhasa and set off towards one of the "Three Holy Lakes of Tibet," the breathtaking Yamdrok Lake, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes of snow-capped mountains and pristine waters.

After breakfast, your guide and driver will accompany you on an awe-inspiring journey, traversing the 4900-meter-high Gambala Pass to reach the sacred Yamdrok Lake. The lake is a beautiful jade-like color, with snow-capped mountains reflecting in it, and lush green fields where animals peacefully graze nearby. It's a serene place where herders tend to their animals, monks meditate on small islands, and the calm waters create endless breathtaking views, far from the hustle of the city.

Following your guide, ascend to the Lurila Platform, where the azure Yamdrok Lake and the towering snow-capped peaks of Gulha Kangri come into full view. Subsequently, you'll visit the Rutok Temple, where solitary monks pursue their spiritual practices in this ancient temple. Here, you'll behold a wider expanse of the lake and its continuous chain of islands.

Then you'll dine at a charming lakeside eatery for lunch, savoring regional delicacies served by a local family. On the scenic platform, take pleasure in a cup of coffee, basking in leisurely moments while delighting in the breathtaking vista of Yamdrok Lake from its southeast corner.

Following that, your journey back to Lhasa will traverse the renowned Gampala Pass (4900m). Standing at the Gambala Pass Platform, witness Yamdrok Lake stretching like a ribbon of sapphire for miles, extending all the way to the base of the towering Noijin Kangsang Peak (7191 meters), a sight of indescribable beauty.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11: Lhasa to Chongqing (B,D)

Today, you will fly to Chongqing, where the Yangtze Cruise Tour start. Upon arrival, our local travel guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to your downtown hotel. After checking in, feel free to rest or explore the surroundings at your leisure.

In the evening, you will go to visit the famous Hongya Cave. Adorned with dazzling neon lights, both Hongya Cave and the Qiansimen Jialing River Bridge offer a picturesque sight. Here, you can indulge in hot pot and local snacks while savoring the breathtaking night view of the Jialing River Bridge and the bustling commercial boats below. 

Accmodation:

Overnight in Chongqing

Meal:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12: Chongqing Day Tour and Transfer to Yangtze River Cruise

In the morning, your guide will take you on a ride on the Chongqing Light Rail, passing through the city's tall buildings and enjoying the views along the way. Our first stop is the Chongqing Zoo, where you can see rare animals like giant pandas up close.

Next, we'll visit Ciqikou Ancient Town, known for its old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Take a walk along the stone streets and soak in the historical atmosphere.

Then, we'll go to Liziba Light Rail Station to see the light rail passing through buildings, giving us a unique view of the city. After that, we'll visit the impressive Chongqing Grand Theatre.

After a full day of exploring, we'll take a car to Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock to board the Three Gorges Cruise Ship, where you can relax and enjoy the journey ahead.

Accmodation:

Cruise Ship

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 13: Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu Shuanggui Mountain & Fengdu Ghost City (B,L,D)

Today is your first day of Yangtze River Cruise Tour. In the morning, you can enjoy breakfast tea, coffee, and exquisite snacks on board, accompanied by the fresh breeze of the river, starting a wonderful day.

If you enjoy exercise, you might consider joining a Tai Chi morning exercise session. Under the guidance of professional instructors, you can admire the magnificent river views while experiencing the tranquility and strength of Tai Chi.

Later, the cruise ship will dock at Fengdu, where you will disembark to visit Shuanggui Mountain National Forest Park. Shuanggui Mountain is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery and rich historical and cultural heritage. Here, ancient trees tower overhead, and temples exude simplicity, filled with Zen and tranquility. You can visit Shuanggui Hall to experience the religious culture of Fengdu.

Afterwards, you can also choose to visit the famous Fengdu Ghost City (optional, 295 yuan/person). Having nearly two thousand years' history, the Fengdu Ghost City combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. You can see the Chinese Ghose culture and characters in here.

After you finish exploring Fengdu, you'll head back to the cruise ship. There, you can relax and take in the beautiful sights along the Yangtze River. Enjoy the onboard amenities and services for an unforgettable evening.

Accmodation:

Cruise Ship

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14: Yangtze Cruise: White Emperor City, Sailing to Goddess Stream (B,L,D)

Today, you'll continue your journey on the Yangtze River cruise, spending a wonderful day onboard to experience the infinite charm of the Three Gorges.

After breakfast, you can enjoy free time on the ship, making use of the various facilities and entertainment activities. If you want to explore more of the Three Gorges culture, you can choose to visit the White Emperor City (optional, 295 yuan/person). Located on the north bank of the Yangtze River, it's an ancient city famous for sheltering Liu Bei's orphan during the Three Kingdoms period.

After lunch, the cruise will sail through the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, known for their magnificent peaks and rugged cliffs, offering picturesque scenery on both sides.

Next, you'll transfer to a smaller boat to explore the Goddess Stream (also called Lesser Three Gorges). The Goddess Stream, a tributary of Wu Gorge, is famous for its pristine natural scenery and mysterious legends. The boat will navigate through the winding stream, surrounded by towering peaks and lush vegetation, creating a beautiful natural scene.

In the evening, return to the cruise ship for a sumptuous dinner. After dinner, you'll enjoy an artistic performance prepared by the crew. They will present a variety of colorful performances, including singing, dancing, and traditional instrument performances, ensuring you have a joyful and unforgettable evening.

Accmodation:

Cruise Ship

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15: Visit the Three Gorges Dam and Yichang to Shanghai by Train (B)

Today marks the last day of your cruise journey, and you will visit the Three Gorges Dam. As the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power station, this record-smashing wonder offers you the chance to witness a true marvel of human engineering.

Afterwards, your tour guide will pick you up from the pier tourist station and accompany you to the railway station in Yichang. From there, you can catch a high-speed train to Shanghai, which takes approximately 6 hours.

Upon arrival in Shanghai, a local guide will greet you at the railway station and accompany you to your downtown hotel.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Shanghai

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 16: Shanghai Day Tour (B)

Welcome to Shanghai, the international metropolis blending history with modernity. Today's itinerary will take you through the diverse charm of Shanghai, from its history to modernity, experiencing the city's vibrancy and cultural essence.

In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Shanghai Center. This skyscraper is not only one of China's tallest buildings but also the second tallest in the world. Standing on the observation deck, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the magnificent Shanghai skyline.

Next, your guide will take you to The Bund, one of Shanghai's most iconic landmarks. The Bund features a variety of architectural styles, from classical to modern, showcasing Shanghai's unique urban landscape. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich historical and cultural atmosphere of Shanghai.

At noon, you will arrive at Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, one of Shanghai's busiest commercial areas. Here, you can enjoy shopping freely and taste authentic Shanghai cuisine.

In the afternoon, explore the romantic Shanghai French Concession. This area retains many French-style buildings and streets, strolling under the quiet shade of plane trees, as if time has turned back to old Shanghai in the last century. Here, you can experience the romance and elegance of old Shanghai.

In the evening, board a Huangpu River cruise and sail along the river, admiring the sparkling night views on both sides. Shanghai's night is splendid with lights, especially on the cruise, where you can fully experience the vibrancy and beauty of Shanghai while enjoying the river breeze.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Shanghai

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 17: Shanghai to Suzhou (B)

After breakfast, you will depart from Shanghai to Suzhou, starting a day-long journey.

Upon arrival in Suzhou, your first stop will be the Tiger Hill, known as the "First Scenic Spot in Wu" and the "First Mountain in Wuzhong". You will ascend to the top of Tiger Hill to admire the famous Tiger Hill Pagoda, also known as the "Leaning Tower of the East", where you can overlook the beautiful scenery of Suzhou. In addition, Tiger Hill is home to many other famous historical sites such as Sword Pond and Yunyan Temple, all worth exploring.

Next, you will visit the Lingering Garden, one of the four famous gardens in China, known for its exquisite architecture and unique garden design. You will stroll among pavilions and towers, admiring delicate stone carvings, beautiful lake views, and lush flowers and trees, experiencing the elegant sentiments of ancient scholars towards nature.

After lunch, you will explore Suzhou's largest classical garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden. This garden is hailed as the "Mother of All Gardens" for its perfect integration of natural scenery and cultural landscape. You will visit the lotus pond, ancient bridges, pavilions, and rockeries, feeling the harmonious unity of garden architecture and natural scenery, and appreciating the unique charm of Suzhou gardens, which are said to be "created by man but resembling a scene from heaven".

After concluding today's journey, you will return to Shanghai, ending your day-long tour of Suzhou's classical gardens.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Shanghai

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 18: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Shanghai (B)

Today your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. Please confirm your departure flight or train details in advance with your guide. The tour ends.

Meal:

Breakfast

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What's Included?

1. Tibet travel documents such as Tibet Travel Permit (excluding expedited processing fees), and delivery of the permit to your hotel in mainland of China.

2. Standard tourist vehicles based on the number of group members, ensuring one seat one person. Experienced local drivers offer attentive service.

3. Three-star hotels throughout the itinerary (upgrades available for an additional fee; single room supplement required when not sharing; multi-person rooms for EBC Tent Guesthouse).

4. All meals listed in the itinerary. (Meal fees are non-refundable if declined due to personal reasons).

5. High-speed train tickets (the First Class) and the Xining-Lhasa train ticket (the soft sleeper) listed in the itinerary; Economy class air ticket from Lhasa to Chongqing; Three Gorges cruise ticket.

6. Excellent local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide (Prices for guides speaking other languages may be subject to separate negotiation).

7. Admission tickets for all tourist attractions listed in Itinerary, fee for environmentally-friendly sightseeing bus.

8. Travel accident insurance.

9. Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station and the downtown hotel. Free transfers between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel during specific times.

10. Other services: exquisite Tibetan souvenirs, tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

What's Excluded?

1. Chinese Visa (for any visa assistance services, please contact us for details)

2. International flight to and out of China. (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry form.)

3. Single Room Supplement: Hotels are based on double occupancy (twin-bedded rooms) by default. If you prefer a single room or if room sharing isn’t possible, a single room supplement is required (please consult the travel consultant for specific price differences).

4. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

5. Tips to the guide and driver based on your satisfaction with their services. We recommend paying a total of $7 per person per day for both the guide and driver.

6. Additional expenses resulting from force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic controls, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.).

7. Personal expenses and any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion list.

Beijing Xi’an Lhasa Chongqing Yangtse River Shanghai Tour Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this Gama valley trek tour?

    To ensure a seamless trip, it is recommended to book your Tibet tour at least 15-20 days before the departure date.

    Certainly, booking your tour 1-2 months or earlier in advance will assist us in arranging your Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary documents, as well as securing accommodations. Additionally, early bookings may qualify for early-bird discounts. This arrangement facilitates better preparation and a more relaxed journey.

  • 2. What travel documents are required for this Gama valley Trek tour?

    For taking this Gama Valley trek tour, various tourists require specific travel documents:

    1) Foreign tourists: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit
    2) Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau: Home Return Permit, Frontier Pass
    3) Tourists from Taiwan: Mainland Travel Permit (MTP), Tibet Travel Permit, etc.

  • 3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit? How long does It take, and when can I get the permit?

    For foreign tourists applying for the Tibet Travel Permit, photos or photocopies of a valid passport and Chinese Visa are needed. Holders of a working visa need to additionally provide a work certificate, while student visa holders require student certification.

    However, Taiwanese tourists only need to provide photos or photocopies of Mainland Travel Permit for the Tibet Travel Permit application.

    Generally, processing the Tibet Travel Permit takes 7-14 working days. Once the permit is successfully issued, we'll mail it to your address in mainland of China 3-5 days before your departure date, ensuring you have it in hand for your train or flight to Tibet.

  • 4. When is the best time to do Gama Valley trek?

    For the best trek through Gama Valley, go in spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October) to avoid winter. These times offer clear mountain views and less mist in the forests compared to rainy seasons or early winter.

    In May and June, the forests burst with colorful flowers, making the whole hike a feast for your senses with beautiful sights and delightful scents.

  • 5. What to pack for Gama Valley trek in Tibet?

    1) Clothing: Upper garments can include thick underwear (or thermal underwear), a sweater/fleece, and a thick down jacket (thick winter jacket). Lower wear can consist of windproof pants and warm thermal leggings. Footwear can be non-slip sports shoes or hiking boots. Additionally, scarves, gloves, and hats are essential. Layering clothing is advisable for adjusting to temperature changes.

    2) Personal items: Skincare products like facial cleanser, moisturizer, facial masks, body lotion, lip balm, and sunscreen. Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, and towels. Shampoo and shower products can be selectively packed based on personal needs. Sunglasses are a must due to Tibet's strong sunlight. Given the long distances between Tibetan attractions, carrying a U-shaped pillow for comfort during long journeys is recommended. Also, prepare a thermal flask to ensure access to hot water anytime.

    3) Common medications: Adhesive bandages, motion sickness medicine, cold medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, eye drops, altitude sickness medication, and other commonly used medications should be carried for emergencies. (Always follow medical advice and avoid misuse of medication.)

    4) Electronic devices: Bring chargers, power banks, cameras, earphones, or other electronic devices as per personal requirements.

    5) Small amounts of cash and bank cards: Although mobile payment methods are becoming more common in Tibet, there might still be instances in remote areas where cash is needed. It's advisable to carry a small amount of cash and at least one bank card.

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    I had an excellent experience with Tibet Vista (did the 4D/3N tour), starting with my initial contact with Liam/Jiang. The Chinese Embassy in Kenya has exceptionally stringent requirements that are not common with other embassies, necessitating multiple revisions of the Letter of Invitation. Throughout this process, Liam remained patient and accommodating...More reviews

    July 2024 PM
  • Kailash Mansarovar June 2024

    This was our second trip to Kailash Mansarovar. The sparsh darshan of Kailash made this trip way more special than our first trip. I can’t begin describing and praising Tibet Vista enough. Kristin is amazing and always super professional with immediate response to any help needed. We had the BEST guide in the world, Sonam Tenphel...More reviews

    June 2024 Mrinal J
  • A glimpse of the Holy Land & Qomolangma in 8 days

    We boarded the Qinghai-Tibet Railway at Xining (Qinghai), went on a 1972 kilometers, 20+ hour overnight(sleeper) train ride to Lhasa Tibet, the Holy Land. At Lhasa, we met our guide Lhasa Lhakpa of Tibet Vista, who took us through the itineraries seamlessly. Tibet Vista took care of the necessary permits while our guide Lhakpa was adequately knowledgeable....More reviews

    June 2024 Paradise169303
  • Awesome and Enlightening trip for two retirees!

    We travelled to Tibet (including Everest Base Camp), Nepal, Bhutan and India with Tibet Vista. The experience was excellent from booking to send-off. Our first online contact, Liam, was extremely responsive and always provided prompt answers, guidance and assurances...More reviews

    June 2024 Susan-and-Anthony
  • Ones in a life time trip!

    The tour around Tibet from Lhasa to the EBC was good organised and the guide Phurbu was very experienced, with a lot of knowledge about the cultural and historical background. The days in Lhasa at the beginning are good to adapt to the height conditions...More reviews

    June 2024 Alexander H
  • Profesional company, great guides

    The experience of a lifetime. We had the most wonderful experience traveling with tibet vista. It was our first time travelling with a travel agency and were very pleasantly surprised. The biggest contributor to our trip was most definitely our guide Ten Phel Sonam, who was kind, cheerful and very knowledgable...More reviews

    May 2024 elo
  • My Tibetan tour

    I just returned from my 8 day Tibetan excursion with my guide Kelsang Dorje I had a wonderful trip seeing fantastic places - there Jokhong Temple ,Potala Palace , the base camp of Everest. Kelsang was a wonderful guide and very informative about all the visits...More reviews

    May 2024 teri
  • Amazing trip with Pasang as the best guide ever!

    This was a great tour! Tibet is of course amazing but what really made this trip special is our guide Pasang! I feel we could not have been more lucky with him as our guide...More reviews

    May 2024 Celine C
  • A great adventure

    I joined a group, we had 8 nationalities between us. Our guide, Sonam Ten Phel, took very good care of us all. Nothing seemed to much trouble and he dealt with all our little and big issues efficiently and with a smile. He was very knowledgeable about the landscape...More reviews

    May 2024 fiona h
  • Wonderful experience in Tibet

    Really enjoyed visiting the monasteries and Everest base camp. Our tour guide Keldor was very good with arranging everything for us in the trip. Our experience wouldn’t be as great as it is without Keldor.More reviews

    May 2024 Nathan N

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