What's the coolest destination in your mind? This tour might give you an idea: drive through glaciers towards to the roof of the world — Mt. Everest, ride a yak on the bank of Yamdrok Lake, and count the stairs of the Potala Palace.
This tour gives you the most original experiences and most options. It is flexible so that you can change the itinerary and transportation. We offer a free Tibet travel permit and free connecting transportation suggestion. A caring and experienced local guide will ensure your safety and maximum comfort.
- Stay in a Tibetan style guesthouse in the backstreets around the Jokhang Temple and see the local people doing kora under your window
- Challenge your breathing limitations — approach Everest Base Camp and feel the thin air
- Admire the sacred Potala Palace and count the steps
- Observe monks debating at Sera Monastery
- Explore the local culture at Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse
Accommodation in Lhasa: House of Shambhala
Your private guide and driver will pick you up at Lhasa's airport or train station and accompany you to your hotel.
To prevent altitude sickness, we suggest you have a good rest and do not get too excited. We haven't arranged any activities for the first day of your trip in order to give you time to acclimatize.
There is a chance you might suffer from symptoms of altitude sickness, including abnormal tiredness or headaches. If you need any help, your guide is on 24-hour standby. If you feel good, feel free to explore this gorgeous ancient city on your own. Take it easy and move slowly.
Enjoy some time in the square in front of the Potala Palace at night. It's a good chance to see more of the locals as they like to get together there at night.
1. Tibet Travel Permit
You will need a Tibet Entry Permit. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for your permit once you book a Tibetan tour with us.
In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.
2. Altitude Sickness
Before your trip, ask your doctor for any suggestions in relation to altitude sickness and take some medicine with you, just in case. The most popular altitude medicine among foreigners is Acetazolamide/Diamox.
We recommend that during the first 2 days after arriving in Tibet, you should keep warm, avoid taking a bath, and refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol.
Drink plenty of water (more than 4 liters per day) before you go out and when you have reached a higher altitude, and eat lots of vegetables and carbohydrates. Slow down, even if you feel energetic. Moving slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
If you don't feel well after entering Tibet, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors in major hotels in Lhasa, and you can call your tour guide for help at any time. We offer a free oxygen bag in the car.
Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. They are trained to offer a Western standard of service.
Customizing the Tour — According to Your Needs
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule.
Our service includes
- Our 1-to-1 expert China consultancy with unlimited itinerary changes
- Booking of China internal flights, trains, and cruises, per your preferences
- Your own China-Highlights-trained, versatile and knowledgeable tour guide (per city)
- Your own chauffeured and comfortable vehicle, chosen for ample space
- Hand-picking of hotels for your requirements
- Hotel breakfasts arranged, and local restaurant lunches ordered, to suit you
- Entry to all attractions on your itinerary, with queues avoided wherever possible
- Our 24-7 helpline for while you are travelling