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17 Days Himalayan Kingdoms Expedition: Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan from Beijing

Tour Route: Beijing - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Paro

Trip Overview:

Embark on an exhilarating 17-day journey through the majestic landscapes of Beijing, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The adventure begins in Beijing, where you'll explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Then, journey to Xining to board the legendary Tibet Train bound for Lhasa. Discover the vibrant city of Lhasa, explore sacred sites in Shigatse, and marvel at the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp.

From Tibet, venture into Nepal, crossing the border at Gyirong to immerse yourself in the energy and historic charm of Kathmandu. Continue the journey into the mythical kingdom of Bhutan, where you'll uncover beautiful temples like Tiger’s Nest in Paro and other magnificent attractions in Thimphu.

  • Tour Code: CTSG017

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Admire the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, from different viewpoints.

  • Stay at Everest Base Camp, witnessing its sunrise, sunset, and marveling at the starry sky at night.

  • Visit the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

  • Experience the happiest and most peaceful life in the world in Bhutan.

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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: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square (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.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Beijing

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: Beijing Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall; Take a High-speed Train to Xining (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.

After the tour, you will be dropped off at the train station to board the overnight high-speed train to Xining. The high-speed train journey from Beijing to Xining lasts approximately 10 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

Day 4: Arrival in Xining and Transfer to Lhasa via Tibet Train (L)

Upon your arrival in Xining, 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)

After exploring Lhasa, you'll travel overland to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city. Along the way, immerse yourself in Tibet's splendid scenery and discover the leisurely lives of local villagers.

The first stop will be at Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. This stunning lake unveils its beauty from the Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), curving like a blue ribbon, while the towering Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7191m) can be seen in the distance. As you descend to the lakeshore, explore various viewpoints offering intimate encounters with the lake's shoreline. Towards the lake's end, you'll have the opportunity to visit a welcoming local family in the village and have lunch with them.

Next, you'll pass by the Karola Glacier (5100m). Positioned right by the roadside, it resembles a serene maiden grooming herself while gazing from afar at the majestic snow-capped mountains.

Continuing your journey towards Gyantse, you'll make a stop at Simila Mountain Pass. Here, you can hang prayer flags, offering prayers for global peace and the well-being of your loved ones.

Upon arrival in Gyantse, seize the opportunity to capture memorable photos of the ancient city. En route from Gyantse to Shigatse, you will witness vast stretches of lush green barley fields (in summer) and golden fields (in autumn), alongside numerous farms.

Finally, upon reaching Shigatse and checking into the hotel, take a moment to relax and prepare for the upcoming trip to Mount Everest the following day.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Shigatse

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (B)

In the morning, you will set off towards Mount Everest after breakfast. Beginning with the Gyatsola Pass (5280m), the viewpoint offers your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Veiled within the mountain range, Everest resembles a budding lotus flower, a captivating sight along the roadside.

Continuing into Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, the Gawula Pass (5198m) presents a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Here, you will see the breathtaking lineup of the five world's highest peaks in the Himalayan range, all towering above 8000 meters. This is your second glimpse of Mount Everest.

Then traverse the new winding road toward Everest Base Camp (5200m), each turn reveals a closer perspective of the majestic Everest, gradually unfolding before you. This marks your third view of the Everest.

Upon arrival at Everest Base Camp, the huge white pyramid peak stands tall before you. As dusk approaches, the setting sun casts warm golden hues upon Everest's northern face—your fourth view.

As night descends, the glistening Milky Way alongside the snow-white peak of Mount Everest offers your fifth and final encounter with the majestic peak.

Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp or in the nearby village if the EBC tent hotels close during the winter season.

Warm Tips:
1. Everest Base Camp sits at an altitude of 5200 meters, and it's common to experience headaches and difficulty sleeping at night due to altitude. This is a normal occurrence, so there's no need to panic. Continue to take it slow, relax, and savor the beauty of Everest. The symptoms will gradually ease.

2. The visibility of Mount Everest depends on weather conditions and cannot be assured.

3. From November to March, the tent hotels at Everest Base Camp usually close. Hence, if you're traveling during this period, your accommodation choices are restricted to the nearby village near EBC.

Accmodation:

Overnight in EBC Tent Hotel

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 10: Everest Base Camp to Gyirong Border

Today, you will travel from Everest Base Camp to the Sino-Nepal border at Gyirong Port, and marvel at the incredible landscape along the way.

Before departing from EBC, you'll enjoy the graceful sunrise of Mount Everest, and hike to the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery (5154 meters). This Tibetan Nyingma monastery sits in close proximity to Mount Everest and is a place where nuns and monks reside together.

Then, you will traverse the Himalayas, driving towards Gyirong Port (2800 meters). It is a lengthy road with a scenery change from the high plateau to a lower valley. You will pass by the Shishapangma Peak (8027 meters) and the serene Lake Paiku Tso, and be mesmerized by the tranquil and harmonious beauty. As the altitude rapidly descends upon entering the edges of the Himalayas, you'll be captivated by forests, waterfalls, and seemingly bottomless gorges.

Upon reaching Gyirong Valley, you'll behold dense forests with snow-capped peaks rising above. In Gyirong Town, you can deeply inhale the abundant oxygen in the low forests as you bid farewell to Tibet here.

Travel Tip:
Breakfast is not included in the accommodation at Everest Base Camp, so you'll need to cover the cost of breakfast today on your own.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Gyirong

Day 11: Gyirong Border - Kathmandu

In the morning, bid farewell to your Tibetan guide and driver. Our staff at the Nepal border checkpoint will welcome you, assist in arranging the handling of your large luggage (additional fee required), help with your Nepalese visa procedures, and ensure your safe transfer in our private car, all the way to your hotel in Kathmandu.

From the border, you'll traverse to the southern foothills of the Himalayas and journey through the Langtang National Forest.

After entering Nepal, you'll encounter numerous snow-capped mountains along the southern Himalayan foothills, such as Gaurishankar Himal (7,134 meters), Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters), Annapurna Range's Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Lamjung W (6,983 meters), Mount Kanguru (6,981 meters), Himchuli West (6,441 meters), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 meters), and Gaurishankar (7,181 meters).

Due to challenging road conditions, we won't make many stops along the way. But you will feast your eyes on the breathtaking landscape along the way, and enjoy the final gift the Himalayas have in store for you.

Finally, you'll complete the 130-kilometer journey and reach your hotel in Kathmandu.

Tips for Nepal Visa Application:
1. Prepare a passport-size ID photo with a white background.

2. The Nepal visa fee is payable at the border. Only cash in US dollars is accepted, credit cards are not.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 12: Kathmandu Tour: Durbar Square, Patan, and Swayambhunath (B)

After breakfast, you will go to visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. Durbar Square is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies taken place.

Next, stroll through the narrow streets of Patan, the second largest town in Kathmandu valley. Here you'll encounter ancient temples and admire the intricate wood, metal, and stone carvings on the surrounding buildings, immersing yourself in the charm of the "City of Fine Art".

Finally, visit the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. It sits atop a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, offering fantastic views of the city. The golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu Stupa is adorned with a colorful array of fluttering prayer flags.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Kathmandu

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 13: Kathmandu Tour: Changunarayan, Bhaktapur, Pasupatinath, and Bouddhanath (B)

In the morning, you'll begin by visiting Changu Narayan, the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings.

Then, go to visit Bhaktapur, the medieval city located in the east corner of Kathmandu Valley. Serving as the political, religious, and cultural hub of Nepal from the early 13th century to the 18th century, this small town has preserved its medieval charm for over 700 years. The ancient palaces, temples, and local residents provide a distinctive glimpse into Nepalese town life.

After that, continue to visit Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, had its old buildings destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th century, with its stone linga smashed to dust. However, it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and its images.

In the end, you will visit the Bouddhanath (Boudha Stupa), which is among the largest stupas in South Asia and has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. Located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Kathmandu

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 14: Kathmandu to Paro by Flight; Paro to Thimphu (B,L,D)

Today, you will travel to Bhutan, the happiest country in the world.

In the morning, you will take a flight from Kathmandu to Paro. During your flight to Paro, you will experience breathtaking views of the Himalayan Peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan.

Upon arrival at Paro Airport, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and assist you with the check-in process. After a short rest, the guide will take you on an exciting tour in Thimphu for the day.

First, you will go to visit the Buddha Dordenma, a majestic statue standing at a height of 51.5 meters (169 feet), making it one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Constructed to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Bhutanese monarchy, it aims to promote peace and happiness globally.

Next, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This large white stupa, adorned with golden spires and intricate carvings, is a hub for religious activities, attracting both locals and tourists for prayer and meditation.

Then, you will go to Takin Zoo, a sanctuary dedicated to the unique and elusive takin, the national animal of Bhutan. These large, goat-like mammals are native to the eastern Himalayas. The zoo provides a natural habitat for these fascinating creatures, allowing visitors the opportunity to observe them up close.

At last, you will head to Tashichhoe Dzong, a religious fortress originally built in 1641 and later reconstructed by a former emperor. It houses the secretariat, throne room, king's office, and the central monk body, serving as an important center for both religious and administrative functions.

After the sighting, your guide will take you back to your hotel.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Thimphu

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15: Thimphu Sightseeing and Drive back to Paro (B,L,D)

Today you will first continue to enjoy a sightseeing in Thimphu. After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the National Textile Museum. Here you can you can admire various traditional Bhutanese textiles, including traditional clothing, fabrics, shawls, and various ornaments. These textiles showcase the exquisite craftsmanship and unique designs passed down through generations of Bhutanese people.

After that, you will drive back to Paro accompanied by your guide and driver. In Paro, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Rinpung Dzong, two of the most distinctive temples in Paro.

Surrounded by vast fields and free from the hustle and bustle of vendors, Kyichu Lhakhang is serene and peaceful. This temple has a long history and has hardly been affected by natural disasters, thus maintaining its ancient and solemn appearance.

Paro Rinpung Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong, is one of the most famous temples in Bhutan. Constructed in 1644 as a defensive fortress guarding the Paro Valley, the Rinpung Dzong is now the “National Museum” of Bhutan, housing up to 3000 artifacts. These include religious relics, historical artifacts tracing the nation's development, stamps, photographs, tools reflecting daily life, and an array of flora and fauna specimens.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Paro

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (B,L,D)

Today, you will enjoy the wonderful trek to Taktshang Goemba, also known as Tiger's Nest. Perched on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.

Starting from the foot of the mountain, it will take about 3 hours of hiking to reach Tiger's Nest. You can enjoy lunch at a simple self-service restaurant halfway up the mountain. The descent will also take about 2 hours.

After visiting Tiger's Nest Monastery, if you're interested and have time, you can go to Paro Market to shop for Bhutanese handicraft souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Paro

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Paro (B)

Today your guide will transfer you to the airport and help you get on board. Please confirm your departure flight 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. Bhutan visa and government taxes.

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

4. 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).

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

6. Train tickets from Beijing to Xining and the Xining-Lhasa train ticket (the soft sleeper) listed in the itinerary; Economy class flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan.

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

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

9. Travel accident insurance.

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

11. Border transfer service from Gyirong to Kathmandu;

12. 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. Nepal Visa (Payment of US dollars in cash for a 15-day Nepal visa at the Gyirong border)

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

4. 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).

5. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

6. 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.

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

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

Himalayan Kingdoms Expedition: Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan from Beijing Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival 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 a Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival and Everest Base Camp tour?

    For taking this trip, various tourists require specific travel documents:

    1)Foreign tourists: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit
    2)Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau:Home Return Permit
    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 entry to Tibet.

  • 4. What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp? What should I do If altitude sickness occurs?

    Everest Base Camp in Tibetan side is situated at an altitude of 5200 meters, making it one of the highest points on this journey. Visitors who are new to high-altitude areas may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness such as dizziness and headaches.

    Our thoughtfully planned 8-day itinerary from Nyingchi to Everest Base Camp allows for 2-3 days of acclimatization in Lhasa, situated at an altitude of 3650 meters, before proceeding to higher altitudes like Shigatse and Everest Base Camp. This gradual ascent minimizes the chances of severe altitude reactions.

    If severe symptoms occur, such as intense headaches or breathing difficulties, promptly use oxygen, inform your guide, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. If necessary, immediate descent to lower altitudes like Shigatse Town or Tingri County may be arranged.

  • 5. How's the road from Nyingchi to Everest Base Camp?

    Well, the journey starts on the pristine Lhasa-Nyingchi Expressway, a recent construction offering top-notch road conditions.

    Continuing from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, you'll travel along the renowned Sino-Nepal Friendships Highway, a fully paved route recognized for its excellent quality.

    Even the last 90 kilometers leading to Everest Base Camp have been upgraded with smooth pavement, eliminating any concerns about a rough and bumpy road ahead.

  • 6. What to pack for the Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival and Everest Base Camp tour?

    1) Cold-weather clothing: Due to significant temperature differences in the highlands, bring items like down jackets, windbreakers, thermal underwear, and accessories like hats, gloves, and scarves for warmth.

    2) Personal care items: Skincare essentials such as facial cleansers, moisturizers, lotions, hydrating masks, lip balm, sunscreen, and a U-shaped pillow for comfortable travel during long car rides. Additionally, bring a thermal flask for access to hot water at any time.

    3) Medications: Carry essentials like adhesive bandages, motion sickness medication, cold and flu medicine, digestive aids, anti-inflammatory drugs, eye drops, and altitude sickness medication for emergency needs. (Use medication as directed by a healthcare professional and avoid unnecessary usage.)

    4) Electronics: Depending on personal preference, bring devices like smartphones, cameras, headphones, chargers, power banks, and charging cables.

    5) Cash and bank cards: While mobile payment methods are increasingly common, some remote areas along the G318 Highway may still require cash. It's advisable to carry a small amount of cash and at least one bank card.

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