Tibet Private Tour ...

  • April 18, 2014 · 7:00 AM

hi everyone!
we are planning a life-time private tour to Tibet 18-29 April 2014.

schedule: we leave HK on 18.04 early morning to GZ and at noon we get on the highest train in the world to Lhasa from GZ train station.
train: soft sleeping seats, 4 seats per cart / price approximately usd150/1 person/1way . Transit time 56 hours.
Note: we are checking the possibility to get a mini van from HK airport, terminal 2 directly to GZ train station.

Day 1-April 20: Lhasa train station picking up, have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude in the afternoon, overnight at Lhasa.
Accommodation: St. Regis, 5star
Day 2-April 21: Lhasa sightseeing
Today you will visit the World Heritage Sites of Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkor Market, overnight at Lhasa.
Accommodation: St. Regis, 5star
Day 3-April 22: Lhasa sightseeing
The escorted tours today will cover some other highlights of Lhasa - the Drepung Monastery, the Sera Monastery, both of them are Gelupa Monasteries. And also you will visit the famous Dalai lama summer palace - Norbulingka. Overnight at Lhasa.
Accommodation: St. Regis, 5star
Day 4-April 23: Lhasa/ Yamdrok lake / Gyantse / Shigatse, 360KM, 7hour drive
Morning driving up to Kambala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso there, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Later afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Accommodation: VanRay International Resort, 4star
Day 5-April 24: Shigatse / Lhatse / Shegar / Rongphu Monastery / E.B.C, 6-7hour drive
Early morning start driving to Rongphu via Lhatse and Shegar, cross over Gyatsola & Pangla Pass, where you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day.
Rongphu is the highest monastery in Tibet, still a good point to see Mt.Everest. Overnight at Rongphu guest house. (dorm bed) or Tents.
Note: It is a bit cold to stay at Rongphu, we’d advise you take your sleeping bag.
Accommodation: Local Guesthouse or Tent
Day 6-April 25: Rongphu/ Shegar/Shigatse, 340KM, 6-7hour drive
If you are lucky enough, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. Late morning start driving back to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Accommodation: VanRay International Resort, 4star
Day 7-April 26: Shigatse / Lhasa, 300KM, 5hour drive
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, do its kora. Afternoon drive back to Lhasa along the friendship way. Overnight at Lhasa.
Accommodation: St. Regis, 5star
Day 8-April 27: Lhasa airport /train station dropping off
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, tour ends.
Note: you are welcome to fly back from Lhasa to HK. There is no direct flight, you will have to stop over in Chengdu, Shanghai or other big city. Flight to SZ or GZ also requires a stop over.

Price total: RMB12770(USD2106)
Price Includes:
1) Airport or train station pick up and transfer
2) Accommodation: mentioned as above(breakfast included)
3) English Speaking Guide: Local warm-hearted Tibetans with abundant knowledge of history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music of Tibet
4) Vehicle Rental & Driver: Well maintained and safe vehicles with an experienced driver
5) Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits
6) Entrance Fee: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary
Price Excludes:
1) All train fare or airfare
2) Tour guide and driver's tips
3) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc
4) Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
5) Wire transfer procedure fees
6) Service fee charged by your bank during the transaction

- decision on the tour must be made by[masked] (dead-line)
- scans of passport and China visa are required for permit application. Tibet permit application should be submitted around 40 days before the trip.
- payment terms: 60% of the tour cost as deposit to book the tour, the rest of balance in either cash (RMB) or credit card should be paid upon arrival to Lhasa.

It is very important to pack lightly. No matter how long your trip is or where you are planning to go, it is always essential to pack with minimal amounts of clothes and other supplies. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffel and a day pack should be enough for a 2-4 week trip.
For men and women, shorts are inappropriate and instead jeans or skirts are recommended. In the summer and spring, doing your own laundry is an excellent solution to dirty clothes. The strong sunlight and dry environment are perfect for allowing clothes to dry quickly.
ü 1 pair of Hiking Boots/Sturdy Sneakers
ü Rain Gear (waterproof pants and jacket)
ü Towel
ü 3-5 T-Shirts
ü 1 Lightweight Fleece or Wool Sweater
ü 2 Pairs of Nylon pants
ü 5-7 Pairs of Socks ( polypropylene or wool are recommended)
ü 3-5 Pairs of Underwear
ü Sunglasses
ü wet tissues
ü Personal Toiletries (you may want to carry your own toilet paper and some zip-lock bags, as bathrooms may not be readily available.)
ü Personal Medication
ü Camera, Batteries and Memory Cards
ü Adapter and Surge Protector (see detail below)
ü Bandanas
ü Gloves
ü Scarf
ü Sunscreen- SPF 30+
ü Snacks (Cliff/Luna bars, trail mix, jerky and dried fruit are good options)
Many of you may be wondering what type of power socket is being used in Tibet. For Class 1 appliances, a Type 1 3-pin plug and socket is being used. In Tibet, plugs are rated as 220V 50Hrtz.
Not only will you be needing to bring along a power socket adaptor, it is essential that you also bring a 2-pin adaptor socket to fit nicely into either a wall socket or shave socket.

- have a proper rest and avoid strenuous activities days before you go to Tibet
- The first day arriving in Tibet, visitors are advised not to take a bath, smoke and drink alcohol
- It is better not to take shower at first two days you are in Lhasa, because you are facing the danger of catching a cold
- Don’t be so exciting upon your arrival in Tibet, and do not run, jump or do some taxing job at the first two days. Being peaceful and having a good rest are important
- Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip creams are recommended to protect your eyes and skin because the solar radiation strikes the earth with unusual intensity due to the high altitude and the thin atmosphere in Tibet
- If you go above 10,000 feet (3,048m), only increase your altitude by 1,000 feet (305m) per day and take a rest day
- Keep optimistic mind every moment. Nervous will make the heartbeat faster and worse symptoms of lack of oxygen
- If you start to suffer the symptoms of moderate Acute Mountain Sickness, don't go higher until symptoms disappear
- If the signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness increase, stop climbing high!
- Take it easy. Do not over-exert yourself when you first get up to altitude
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills
- Eat a high carbohydrate diet. Have some easy-to-digest food. Do not be too full for supper. No smoking and drinking. Fruit and vegetable that are rich in vitamins are helpful for overcome altitude sickness
- You are kindly suggested not to have oxygen uptake if slight signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness occur to avoid dependence. please do not use it often in Lhasa while your symptoms of altitude sickness are not serious. Most of our clients has more than 4 days itinerary covering Namtso(4800m), Everest Base Camp(5200m) etc, the oxygen treatment does not work at a higher altitude if they take too much at a lower altitude
- You need to bring enough water or drinks and fruits, snacks with high caloric content, like chocolate
- When the travelers are walking or climbing, they can put both of their hands on hips making the muscles of their arms, collar bones, shoulder blade and those of the body above their waists do assisted respiration so as to strengthen the circulation of the respiration systems
- avoid over-hot water showers
- Tell your guide quickly if you don't feel well and follow the guide's advice and don’t go higher with symptoms of altitude sickness
- Mild altitude sickness symptoms can be treated with proper medication. If medication and oxygen do not relieve the symptoms, go to hospital or evacuate immediately to a safe altitude!
- Change clothing appropriately since the temperature in Tibet varies greatly between day and night as well as different areas. Generally speaking, the temperature would decrease 6 degrees centigrade as the altitude increases per 1,000m, and the temperature is much lower at early morning and late afternoon. Therefore, it is also necessary to prepare a coat or light sweater even you travel to Tibet in summer.

- Nifedipinum, Nuodikang Capsules and Suoluomabao Capsules (known as Hongjingtian Capsules in Chinese) may help some people prevent the occurrence of altitude sickness when they are taken three days before arrival to a highland. Note: Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a drug used to stimulate breathing and reduce mild symptoms of mountain sickness. This drug can cause increased urination, so when taking this medication, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and do not drink alcohol; if you don’t drink enough water, it may result in serious dehydration, which can worsen AMS.
- If you get the suffer Acute Mountain Sickness, you are kindly suggested to take some medicines such as acetazolamide. It will be helpful to your sleep quality and incidence decreasing, and the absence of oxygen. Prednison could be taken 5-10mg twice a day and it is better to take after three days arrival in high altitude
- Useful medications include: cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges, nasal decongestants, and Aspirin. Diamox is good for the altitude sickness, but remember to ask your local doctor for instructions and suggestions. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water after you take the Diamox,to prevent serious dehydration.
Acetazolamide Use & Dosage:
a dosage of 250 mg every 12 hours. The medicine can be discontinued once symptoms resolve. Acetazolamide does lessen the risk of AMS, that's why we recommend it for people on forced ascents. This protection is not absolute, however, and it is foolish to believe that a rapid ascent on acetazolamide is without serious risk.
Dexamethasone Use & Dosage:
Two doses of 4 mg, 6 hours apart. This can be given orally, or by an injection if the patient is vomiting. Do not ascend until at least 12 hours after the last dose, and then only if there are no symptoms of AMS.

Except altitude sickness, there are another health risks in Tibet. Insects might be one of them, particularly in the wild. Protect yourself from insect bites by using insect repellant or spray.

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  • Melody

    sound an interesting trip! wish i could make it but i have a biz trip in that week! enjoy!

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Seeker

    Pls enjoy as i went already must go!!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Green L.

    I have a question:Potola Palace's tickets is been To obtain so difficult.you need To make an appointment.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Sana

    Unfortunately can't make the dates but would have loved to. Enjoy!!

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • victor t.

    How many sign up so far ? What is the name of the local tour

    January 7, 2014

    • Youssef S.

      it's too early to know the final amount of ppl for now … the name and all the details are mentioned above …

      January 7, 2014

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