Discovery Tours

Classic Tibet Tour

Country: Tibet Region: Lhasa, Everest

Classic Tibet Tour

£1995

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Overview

  • Classic tour in Tiber with all attractions
  • Enjoy the Everest from you hotel
  • Full support from your team

This definitely has to be one of the most breath-taking tours that exist, which is why numerous of people from around the globe opt to undertake it.

In this tour, both men and females have a one-of-a-kind experience that is replete of exciting and educational structures, as well as magnificent views that cannot be found anywhere else in the globe.

You’ll walk hand in hand with an experienced team, who knows the 411 about the area. You’ll always be safe, as safety is their priority. They always go the extra mile to ensure that you are doing well and that you understand everything that is being presented to you.

In this tour, you’ll be able to see a variety of different monasteries that withhold a lot of interesting historic articles and other things that always tend to grasp the attention of a great number of people. The treks taken are very interesting, so you won’t just be walking; you’ll also be enjoying one-of-a-kind views.

This tour is well organized. You’ll always be picked up on time and arrive on time to the destination of the day. Sticking to the schedule is very important to the team of this tour, as they want you to have the best time of your life.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Lhasa

Upon your arrival a representative from FrozenGround will transfer you to Lhasa. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel

Meals: Dinner

DAY

2

Sightseeing in Lhassa

On this day, you’ll be able to see wonderful massive structures, like the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. You’ll also visit Barkhor, the oldest street in Tibet.

Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

3

Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastey

the globe’s largest monastery. It has about 10,000 monks. In Sera, which is 5km of central Lhasa, you’ll be able to capture another one-of-a-kind monastery.

Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

4

Lhasa-Gyantse

In Gyantse you’ll experience the Palkhor Temple tour. This structure was built in the 15th century and has a meaningful history that is ready to be discovered by you.

Accommodation: Yeti Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 300 km

DAY

5

Gyantse-Shigatse

Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet, about a 90km drive. You’ll visit Tashilumpo monastery and Shalu monastery, two establishments that have a lot of interesting things ready to be known by you.

Accommodation: Manarovar Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 90 km

DAY

6

Shigatse-Shegar

In Shegar, you’ll visit Sakya monastery which has many historical articles that go hand in hand with the Yuan Dynasty emperors.

Accommodation: Everest Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 350 km

DAY

7

Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery-Mt. Everest

It’s 100km to get from Shegar to Everest Base Camp. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the Himalaya range. In the mornings and late evening, Mt. Everest shines brighter than ever before.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 100 km

 

DAY

8

Mt. Everest-Shegar-Lhaste

You’ll leave Mt.Everest. You’ll be driven back to Shegar where you’ll have lunch, and then, you’ll be heading back to Lhaste. You’ll be staying in the very entertaining Farmer’s hotel, which offers dancing and singing shows for free.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 110 km

DAY

9

Lhasate-Lhasa

On this day, you’ll be driven back to Lhasa.

Accommodation: Gang Gyan Hotel

Meals: Brakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 390 km

DAY

10

Fly Home. Taking with you the memory of lifetime.

On this day, the tour ends. You’ll take flight to Chengdu, and you will take with you more than a handful of remarkable memories.

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in China  before entering Tibet or  in Lhasa after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Nepal or China at the end of your journey.

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Full board meals
  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Private transportation as per group size
  • All entry fees at sightseeing
  • All necessary Tibet entry and road permits
  • All necessary conservation fee

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Personal insurance
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Alcohol beverage
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver

Meals

Full board.

We have our meals at restaurant or hotel chosen by tour leader.

Accommodation

9 nights in hotel

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays. As the facilities in Tibet are  basic, hotels, although they look gorgeous, not all of them have proper facilities, attached bathroom. In the remote areas, it is obvious that hotels may not have enough double.However, we always try to provide twin bedded rooms. The local standard inTibet is far behind of what we get used to in U.K.

Hotel and Guest House

No matter what areas we travel in, we always do our best to ensure accommodation that best reflects those specific areas. When hotels are involved, we always aim for requirements such as cleanliness, safety, location, and, of course, comfort. We have a wide range of 3 star hotels in Tibet including within this tour.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that some remote area single supplement not possible. Please contact us for further details.

Lhasa – Gang Gyan

The four-star Gang Gyan Hotel has a superior location in Lhasa center. It’s near the Ramoche Temple, the busy Barkhor Street and places for tourists to go sightseeing and go shopping. Tourists can also enjoy a good and convenient traffic.
There are about 170 rooms and suites in the hotel. The full views of the famous Potala Palace can be seen when you lie in bed. You can also enjoy a music feast performed both by the morning bell rings, evening drums and the Sanskrit singing at night. You can surf the internet in your own room and you will enjoy the typing, sending and receiving emails, fax and copying services as well.

Gyantse – Yeti Hotel

Yeti Hotel is a newly refurbished, 3 star hotel with Tibetan cultural theme with a war friendly ambiance. It is conveniently located within 5 minutes walking distance to the Old Town, about 10 minutes’ walk to the majestic Palkhor Coede Monastery and about 5 minutes’ walk to the Gyantse Dzong (Fortress). With a cosy and pleasant environment, creative design, unique and elegant decoration, the hotel offers high quality service of accommodation, catering, entertainment activities. It is ideal place for local and foreign guest alike. Indeed, magical place to enjoy Gyantse.

Dingri/Shegar – Everest Hotel

Everest hotel is the best hotel in Dingri. Even though it is a 3 star hotel, the hotel is impossible to offer hot shower in the mid-winter time because of the weather condition so the hotel can only provide shower in the summer time from April till Nov.

Shigatse- Mansaroval Hotel

Mansarovar hotel in Shigatse is a 3 star hotel, which has over 70 rooms.  It is 20 minutes’ walk away from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and 15 minutes from old market of Shigatse and Dzong.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

Flexible departure! Have you got any dates in your mind? Click here to contact us.

General Info

Equipment/Gears

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

For trekkers comfortable high altitude tents of good quality standards are provided with 12 cm tick mats. You should bring your sleeping bags which should be 4-seasons down bags as the temperature will decrease especially at 4,000 m camp sites.

Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.

What to Wear

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than a few thick ones. Warm clothing is recommended; and except for summer months, down jackets and woollen sweaters and socks, raincoat are suggested. In summer, heavy cottons and lightweight woollens will be acceptable.

While visiting temples and other religious institutions shoulders must be covered. Longer length skirts are more appropriate for women and slacks are more appropriate for men. Shoes must be removed when entering temples.

Getting to Lhasa

By air

There is no direct flight from U.K. to Lhasa. You need to travel to the mainland of China before entering Tibet.  Daily flights operates from many major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen, Xian, Chongqing, Kunming, Zhongdian Chengdu has the highest frequency with at least 8 direct daily flights around 20 flights daily during the high season. The flight takes approximately 2 hours only.

We would advise you to take one night in hotel at your mainland, China destination after arriving from U.K, especially if you landing late afternoon.  All your permit and visa will be delivered to your hotel room by our representative. Then the next day you can board you Lhasa fight comfortably. See Visa details.

By rail
A railway service now operates to Lhasa from many major cities in China. From Xining the journey time is about 22 hrs.
It is advisable to reserve train tickets to/from Lhasa several days in advance, however, sometimes is not possible to book tickets more than 10 days in advance.

Visa

There are two ways to get into Tibet, one is from Nepal to Tibet directly and another one is from any kinds of cities of mainland China to Tibet. If you fly from U.K. to mainland China and then to Tibet either by train or flight, after you book the trip with us, you will have to apply for your China visa to the Chinese embassy. Usually, when you apply for the visa, the embassy may ask you to have your first night hotel confirmation in mainland China and sometimes an invitation letter too which we can provide for you. We advise you to apply your visa two months before you start your trip because, once you get your visa, you need to send us both passport and visa copies. After we get your passport and visa copies, we will then apply for your Tibet entry and road permits according to your program. Once we get your Tibet entry and road permits, we send them to your hotel in mainland, China. Without Tibet entry and road permits, you will not be able to board the flight or train to Tibet. If you come from Nepal to Tibet directly, then you should not get the China visa in your country, we must get your visa from the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Once we confirm your trip, you will send us your passport copy and then we will apply for your visa invitation and Tibet permits together to the Tibet Tourism Bureau. We will first get your visa invitation and then we will send it to our agent in Nepal to get your visa. It is called group visa, no matter whether you are solo or small group travellers. Our representative in Nepal will hand over you the visa and then you will be flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu or by land to the Nepal Tibet border, our guide and driver will come to pick you up at the Lhasa airport and hand in your Tibet entry and road permits.

Many people are confused with the China Tibet visa and Tibet entry and road permits. The China visa is used for the whole China country including Tibet. You can travel to China with the China visa but you cannot travel in Tibet with only China visa. You need Tibet entry, road and alien permits so those three are the usual Tibet permits that you need when you travel to Tibet. FrozenGround will organize all these necessary permits for you.

Permits

FrozenGround will arrange all your necessary  Tibet permit by our fully registered local partner.

Regarding on Tibet entry and road permits, we have several different kinds of permits that are necessarily to be made before you start your trip.

Generally, we need to make Tibet entry and road permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau for all holiday in Tibet.

If you are traveling out of Lhasa, you need to have another permit, known as P.S.B permit (Aliens permit) Please bear in mind that we need your original passport and visa to issue the P.S.B permit. Without the original passport or visa, we cannot make this permit.

If you travel to the restricted traveling areas, including Mount Kailash, Eastern Tibet, Kham trekking, we need to apply another permits from Foreign affairs office, Military Lhasa Head Office, and Military Border Head Office.

Weather

The weather in Tibet is not as harsh as many people imagine. Between mid-March and early November is the best time to travel in Tibet.

The best time for trekking in Tibet is from May till mid-October.
The monsoon season from July to mid-September is not the best time to be guaranteed a view of Mt Everest, but even then the weather is often clear around sunrise and sunset.

Although the monsoon rains can at times cause minor landslides it is still a good time to visit Tibet because of the lush green grasslands, vivid wild flowers, and agricultural crops that flourish at this time of year.

Between December and February snowfall can at times block the road from Lhasa to the Nepal border. But it is usually still possible to drive around central Tibet and to the Nepal border.

In Ngari it is possible to travel between April and October although the recommended period is from May to October due to the cold and high elevation..

Kham is best visited between April and November but it receives more rainfall than central and western Tibet especially in the monsoon. Landslides are not uncommon in Kham during the monsoon season but they are usually cleared after a few hours.

Local Team

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken guides. The entire team, including guides, drivers and cooks are Tibetans. They are enthusiastic and have a deep knowledge and understanding of our culture and environment.

Staffs are the back bone of the company and we have understood it very well. Without happy staff you can’t operate nice trek or tour and your holiday will be not succeed. Therefore we have try our best to make our staffs happy and pay them well. All our staffs are insured against personal accidents throughout the year.

Vehicle

Comfortable surface transport is available in Tibet now, making journey in this mountainous terrain really pleasant. Latest model Japanese Toyota Cars, Land Cruisers, Hiace Buses and Coaster Buses are offered to our tourists depending upon the group size.

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Altitude

Most of our trips to Himalaya go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed for good acclimatization as we are following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and that you report any illness to your guide immediately. However, you don’t need to scare of travelling to high altitudes if you are following the simple rules and procedure of preventing altitude sickness.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of altitude and the best preventative measures, then please visit:

http://www .altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements to enter Tibet. However, you may at your own concern, wish to take immunisation against certain preventable diseases which are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Malaria.

Preparing Yourself Physically

Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.

Preparing Yourself Mentally

Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons. The maximum group size is restricted to just 8 travellers which means clients not only get personalised service and support but also the opportunity to make some great new friends. Smaller group size also mean we minimise the impact on the environment we are exploring.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in China  before entering Tibet or  in Lhasa after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Nepal or China at the end of your journey.