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16 Days Best Wonders of Beijing Xian Tibet Mount Everest Kathmandu Tour

Tour Route: Beijing - Xi’an - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong - Kathmandu

Trip Overview:

This 16-day China Tibet Nepal tour offers an opportunity to explore 20 world-class cultural heritage sites in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa, and Kathmandu, including renowned Great Wall, Terracotta Army, and Mount Everest.

Begin your journey by immersing yourself in Beijing's landmarks, such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Mutianyu Great Wall, before embarking on a high-speed train to Xi’an. In the ancient capital city, explore the Terracotta Army and stroll along the Ancient City Wall. Then, transfer to Xining for the renowned Tibet train journey to Lhasa.

During your time in Tibet, discover the plateau's highlights, including the Potala Palace, Yamdrok Lake, and Mount Everest Base Camp, as you traverse the Himalayas overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Finally, indulge in the mysteries of Nepalese culture in the Kathmandu Valley.

  • Tour Code: CTSG016

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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 High-speed Train to Xining (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 (D)

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:

Breakfast | 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 - 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Gyirong Border - Kathmandu (B)

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

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 14: Kathmandu Tour: Durbar Square, Patan, and Swayambhunath (B, D)

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.

At the end of the day, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu, where you can sample traditional dishes such as Momo (dumplings) and Dal Bhat (a Nepali platter consisting of rice, curries, and local sweets).

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Kathmandu

Meal:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15: 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 16: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Kathmandu (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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If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.

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;

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. Border transfer service from Gyirong to Kathmandu;

11. 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 Nepal. (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.

Lhasa and Namtso Lake Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this 6-day Lhasa and Namtso Lake Small Group 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 trip to Lhasa and Namtso Lake?

    For traveling to Lhasa and Namtso Lake, 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. Is Namtso Lake at a high altitude? Will I suffer from altitude sickness? How to prevent altitude sickness?

    Namtso Lake is at an altitude of 4,718 meters, making it the world's highest saltwater lake. It's more than 1,000 meters higher than Lhasa (3,650 meters). For tourists visiting high-altitude areas for the first time, altitude sickness, especially for those unaccustomed to such environments, is possible.

    However, there's no need to worry. Our 6-day itinerary to Lhasa and Namtso Lake is scientifically designed. The initial 3 days of the trip are spent exploring Lhasa at a relatively lower altitude (3650 meters) to acclimatize to the plateau environment. It's on the 4th day that we ascend to the higher-altitude Namtso Lake. This arrangement, to a certain extent, helps alleviate or prevent altitude sickness.

    Certainly, you can take some measures to prevent altitude sickness. For instance, in the initial days after arriving in Lhasa, try to avoid bathing, especially washing your hair, to prevent catching a cold, and ensure adequate rest while avoiding vigorous exercise. Also, stay hydrated, consume fresh vegetables and fruits, and refrain from alcohol intake.

    If severe symptoms of altitude sickness occur, such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, or severe headaches, inform the guide immediately and seek medical attention with the guide's assistance.

  • 5. When is the best time to visit Namtso Lake?

    The best time to visit Namtso Lake is from May to October. During this period, the weather is pleasant with moderate temperatures, making it the ideal season for sightseeing. Particularly from June to September, the surrounding grasslands are lush, enhancing the beauty of the lake and mountains.

  • 6. Can I visit Namtso Lake in winter?

    Namtso Lake sits in a high-altitude area where winter temperatures drop significantly, sometimes below freezing. From November to March, heavy snowfall often occurs, possibly causing road closures. Visiting Namtso Lake in winter depends on weather conditions.

    While Namtso in winter offers unique beauty, some activities and sites might be limited due to extreme cold and snow. If you plan a winter visit, check weather and road conditions, and be well-prepared. Contact us before your trip for the latest updates for a safe journey.

  • 7. Can I camp overnight at Namtso Lake?

    To preserve the ecological balance around Namtso Lake, camping is not permitted in the vicinity. Typically, we arrange accommodations for you in Damxung County, approximately 10 kilometers away from Namtso Lake. This setup offers comfortable lodging, allowing you to rest well after your travels.

  • 8. What to wear to travel to Lhasa and Namtso Lake?

    When traveling to Lhasa and Namtso Lake, layering clothing is advisable for easy adjustment according to temperature changes. For summers, light clothing is sufficient. During spring and autumn, consider wearing at least three layers (base layer, sweater, outer jacket). In winter, additional warm and windproof clothing is necessary. Additionally, due to the strong UV rays in Tibet, sunglasses and a hat are essential.

  • 9. What to pack for traveling to Lhasa and Namtso Lake?

    1) Personal items: Facial cleanser, toner, moisturizer, hydrating facial masks, body lotion, lip balm, sunscreen, and other skincare products. The journey from Lhasa to Namtso Lake involves a considerable amount of time on the road, so bringing a U-shaped pillow can make the journey more comfortable. Also, prepare a thermos to ensure access to hot water at any time.

    2) 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.)

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

    4) 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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