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Travel to Tibet via the Qingzang railway – it’s always an incredible adventure!

 

This railway is the first to connect China proper with Tibet Autonomous Region, which due to it’s altitude and terrain is the last province level entity in mainland China with no railways.

More than 960 km, or over 80% of the railway is built at an altitude of more than 4000 meters and over half of it is laid on permafrost.

 

Of those 45 stations, nine have been set up with viewing platforms, for passengers to get a better view of the local scenery than they can on the moving train, or just sat in the stations.

 

 

While the journey on the train has more than its share of spectacular sights, there is nothing more thrilling than the sight of the nomadic herdsmen of Tibet, grazing their herds of yaks, sheep and goats close to the railway tracks.

 

Nomads have been living their traditional lifestyle for thousands of years on the plateau and spread from Western China all the way to Nepal and India.

 

The Changtang Grassland covers the Northern and Northwestern parts of Tibet and counts two million nomads who prefer their traditional way of life to living in houses made of brick.

 

 

Tibetan Nomadsherd hundreds of cattle on the grassland. They live in a tent and keep moving for better grass for their livesstock.

 

 

History of the Nomads

 

Tibetan nomads are part of an ancient culture that is derived from the Qiang nomads of ancient China. Nomadic pastoralism has long been part of the Tibetan culture and living side by side with their livestock. Tibetan nomads are hardy and well used to the harsh climate of the plateau.

 

Tibetan Nomad culture

 

One of the striking characteristics of Tibetan nomads is the harmonious relationship nomads to nomads, nomads to livestock and nomads to nature.

Tibetan nomads are born with an optimistic and friendly mind. Tourists will be surprised to find how generous and hospitableTibetan nomads are when chatting alongside with them and drinking yak butter tea in their tent made of yak hair.

 

 

Tibetan Nomad Life

 

As the resources for human survival are extremely limited, Tibetan nomads are experts at making full use of all the available materials for existence. In this respect, yaks play an indispensable role in maintaining nomads’ daily necessities. Male nomads spin yak wool, yak hair and braid ropes and slingshots while women weave wool into fabric for tents, blankets, bags and clothing.

 

 

A typical day for female nomads begins with milking yaks or sheep. Then, they would use milk to make yogurt, yak butter tea and yak cheese.

 

 

Next, women nomads are expected to grind barley, fetch and boil water, weave sheep wool. As there are no trees in the nomadic regions of Tibet so the main fuel has to be relied on dried yak dung. Every morning, the women collect and spread yak dung out to be dried and later use it to make a fire in the tent. To keep tent warm and cozy is one of the important parcels of women’s duty.

 

 

Certain changes were made to the nomadic way of life with the Qingzang Railway

 

As the train cuts across the prairie, it has sometimes cut across the herding routes to the best grasslands. The nomads need to be more careful about where their livestock wander.

 

Moreover, the railway brought more tourists and one of the major draws of Tibet is the opportunity to visit a traditional Tibetan nomad camp and experience their culture and way of life.

 

 

 

Song Jianhui, 54, and his 84-year-old mother arrived safely at their home insouthwest China’s Sichuan Province on July 1, after making a trip to Tibet on amotorcycle, the Chengdu Business Daily reports.

 

They spent 17 days traveling a total of 5,000 kilometers.

Song, a resident of Leshan city, loves outdoor sports, and is especially good at swimming and motorcycling.

One day inearly June, Song asked his mother if there was a place she wanted to visit most. She answered immediately: “Tibet!”

Aftermaking necessary preparations, they set out on June 16 and arrived in Lhasa onthe afternoon of June 21. “Mum was very happy and excited upon stepping onthis pure land of Tibet,” said Song.

 

Duringtheir two-day stay in Lhasa, they visited famous sites such as the Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace.

 

                                                                Jokhang Temple

 

Potala Palace

 

On the morning of June 23, they left Tibet for home. In order to enjoy different scenery, they chose a different route.

 

 

Commenting on Tibet, the mother said: “It was beautiful! Beautiful scenery, with good air quality, too!”

 

For safety concerns, Song said his mother had taken medicine to prevent possible altitude sickness before the trip, and that they would have retreated if she showed any sign of it.

However, at an altitude of 5,130 meters, “I had no reaction (to the high altitude) at all,” said the mother. She had even asked her son, “Is this the highest mountain along the way to Tibet, with such a small height? It’s simply a wet blanket!”

Capital: Lhasa

Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī zàng)

Location: Located in the southwest of China

 

Tibet enchants tourists from China and abroad with its landscape, religious traditions, culture, and its unsolved mysteries.At any mention of this land, the images of snowy mountains, mirror-like lakes, Potala Palace and Buddhist disciples immediately come to mind.

 

The best time to visit Tibet

Summer and autumn, from June to October, are considered to be the best times to visit.

Tips

 

à Travelers are strongly advised to bring sunscreen and medication for altitude sickness.

à Visitors are strongly advised to prepare appropriate clothing according to the season they are traveling in.

à Travelers are advised to observe local taboos when visiting monasteries.

 

 

 

 

Most popular food in Tibet 

 

 Momos: Dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

 

 

 

 

  Tingmo: Bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

 

 

 

 

Thukpa: A hearty noodle soup with veggies or meat

 

 

 

 

ThenthukThukpa with handmade noodles

 

 

 

 

Yak butter tea: Salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and a rather acquired taste for most Westerners

 

 

Things to visit in Tibet

 

Mt Everest and Base Camp : is  located at the border of Nepal and Tibetan plateau and it receives hundreds and thousands of mountaineers from worldwide.

 

The Potala Place: is located in the West part of Lhasa and is actually an architecture group situated on an extremely high mountain in the northwest of Lhasa, consisting of temples, palaces, dormitories and office areas

 

Sera monastery: is one of the three greatest Gelugpa monastic colleges throughout Tibet and is located about 2km outskirt North of Lhasa.

 

Jokhang Temple: This temple is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.Located in central Lhasa with an area of 25,100 square meters, it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims.

Barkhor Streetis a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. This is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa, a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City.

 

Yamdrok Lake: is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It’s over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams.

 

Shigatse : is 300 kilometers away from the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. Shigatse is the most colorful area in Tibet with vast grasslands,fertile fields in river valleys, flourishing semitropical jungles and snowfields at high altitudes.

 

Tashilhunpo Monastery: one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447.

 

Tingri: is a town in southern Tibet. Old Tingri is also one of the perfect places to view Mt.Everest and other high mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

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8 days tour in Tibet including visiting of Lhasa, the highest city in the world, the highest monastery in the world as well as overnight at Everest Base Camp! Make your dream come true!

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Like a railway to heaven, sky train to Tibet is the highest train in the world.

Qinghai -Tibet railway goes from Xining to Lhasa and looks like a huge dragon spanning the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The total length is 1956 kilometers. A section of 960 kilometers of railway is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, and 550 kilometers is permafrost. The highest elevation of the railway across Tanggula Mountains is 5072 meters, and it is a plateau railway with world’s highest elevation, longest distance on permafrost, and world-class difficulty.

The railway opened in 2006 and has attracted millions of tourists. It is a wonderful experience and it has become the preferred means of transportation to travel to Tibet. The number of tourists who take train to Lhasa equals to that of taking a flight.

The train from Xining to Lhasa takes 24 hours. You can also take the train from Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, Chengu, Guangzhou and other major cities – it takes around 48 hours.

What to See

Most scenic spots center around the last section of the Qinghai -Tibet Railway, namely from Kunlun Mountains to Damxung prairie. The train will pass Kunlun Mountains, Tuotuohe – the source of Yangtze River, Tanggula Mountains (at an elevation of more than 5000 meters), Amdo prairie, Cuona lake on Nagqu prairie, and Damxung prairie. Finally, you will arrive in Lhasa at dusk.

Check out some gorgeous sights you are going to see on the way:

How to go

The biggest advantage of taking a train to Tibet is the price: it is usually one third of the price of the flight.

Train cost from Shanghai one way (2016):

Hard sleeper – 793.5 rmb

Soft sleeper – 1262.5 rmb

The nearest city to take Qinghai-Tibet train is Xining with only 24 hours and budget costs. You can take a flight to Xining and start your sky train journey from there:

Train cost from Xining to Lhasa one way (2016):

Hard sleeper – 288.5 rmb

Soft sleeper – 450.5 rmb

Please make sure to buy your train tickets months in advance, they get sold out very fast!

Check out our 8 days Tibet tour:

– Weekly departures

– Small groups (limited to 12 people)

– Best prices

– Not a shopping tour

– Authentic Tibetan local custom experiences

– Hospitable local Tibetan guides

 

Schedule:

Day 1: Lhasa

Take an early flight MU2335 to Lhasa.

Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel, have a rest and get adjucted to high altitude. Stay in 3-Star Hotel (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa

After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Dinner in a local Tibetan family will be arranged.

Viist Sera monastery in the afternoon.

Day 3: Lhasa

Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  Free time in the afternoon (we also offer 2 free activities for your choice)

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse by road (253 KM), Gyantse to Shigatse (86 KM)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour’s driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight in Shigatse (Zangba hotel or Manasarova hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery (400 KM) – EBC

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive we will pass one of the highest Pass in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest pick in the world. Drive 2 more hours until we reach EBC. (Overnight at Rongbuk tent guesthouse, dorm beds 4-6 people sharing)

Day 6 Mt.Everest base camp – to Shigatse (400 KM)

Have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa by road

In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After that we will go back to back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. Stay at Lhasa (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel). The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Day 8:

Drive from Lhasa to airport

Dates of departure and price:

January: 1st, 5th, 14th, 21st, 26th

February: 8th, 16th

Price: 5800 rmb / person

April: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th

May: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st

June: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

Price: 6400 rmb / person

June: 27th, 29th

July: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29

August: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 

Price: 7300 rmb / person

August: 26, 30

September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

Price: 6800 rmb / person

Including: Tibetan permit, transport in Tibet, English speaking Tibetan tour guide, traffic accident insurance, all entrance fees as per itineary, oxygen supply, 1 dinner in local Tibetan family, accomodation in the three stars hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single suppplement – 1000) and hostel at the base camp.

Not including: flight/train to and from Lhasa, lunches and dinners (except for 1 dinner in local Tibetan family), breakfast at Rongbuk monastery, your personal expenses, tips to guide and driver,  invoice

Documents for Tibetan permit:

1) Flight/train

2) Scanned copy of passport in color

3) Scanned copy of visa in color

4) Scanned copy of entry stamp in color

5) a) Scanned copy of work permit in color (with work visa)

b) Scanned copy of university enrollement in color (student visa)

 

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions or unforeseeable events. If Tibet closes its border and no permit can be issued, full refund will be provided.

 

How to book:

1) FIll up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/

2) BOOK YOUR SEAT by transferring 1000 RMB deposit (100% of price needs to be paid 10 days before the trip)

3) Receive confirmation by email

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

 

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 What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness — also known as acutemountain sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. AMS commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 ft).  (by wikipedia)

Who is most likely to be affected by high altitude sickness?

It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude sickness, as there are no specific factors that correlate with a susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can ascend to 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) without difficulty.

Altitude sickness is considered as the biggest health risk for travelling to Tibet. Tibet is a land with average elevation above 4,000m.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

Headache
Nausea
Dizziness
Fatigue
Shortness of breath
Loss of appetite
Disturbed sleep
Feeling unsteady

People with serious heart desease shouldn’t travel to Tibet.
Those with less serious heart problems need to consult a doctor before starting your trip.
People with high or low blood pressure need to consult a doctor before traveling.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Tibet?

Before coming to Tibet:
1. You need to get as healthy as possible, do exercise, have good sleep, eat healthy food, avoid consuming alcohol.
2. Try to avoid catching cold before you travel to Tibet.
3. It is recommended to take sky train instead of flight as your body will have more time to get adjusted to high altitude on the way to Tibet. Besides, you can enjoy some beautiful scenery!

While in Tibet:

1. .Don’t be get too excited when you arrive to Tibet: do not run, jump, hike or do exercise during the first two days.

2. Have a good rest: good sleep is important.

3. Do not consume any alcohol drinks in the first two days in Tibet.

4. Prepare enough water and energetic snacks, for example chocolate or nuts. Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy.

5. It is recommended not take shower in the first two days in Lhasa as it is easy to catch a cold

6. Drink a lot of water to decrease the risk of dehydratation.

7. Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet.

8. It is recommended to prepare high altitude sickness medicine such as Hongjingtian 红景天. Please consult your doctor before taking medication.

9. Inform your guide immediately if you do not feel well.

If you have symptoms of altitude sickness:

1. Inform your guide immediately if you do not feel well.

2. Do no go to a higher altitude.

3. Take prescribed medication and breathe oxygen

4. If it doesn’t get better, go to hospital or evacuate immediately to safe altitude.

Check out our 8 days Tibet tour:

– Weekly departures

– Small groups (limited to 12 people)

– Best prices

– Not a shopping tour

– Authentic Tibetan local custom experiences

– Hospitable local Tibetan guides

Lhasa – Gyantse –Shigatse  – Everest Base  

8 days tour in Tibet including visiting of Lhasa, the highest city in the world, the highest monastery in the world as well as overnight at Everest Base Camp! Make your dream come true!

Welcome to Lhasa, capital of Tibet located at the height of 3650 meters!

Sera Monastery, founded in 1419, is one of the ‘great three’ university monasteries of Tibet, to witness the “Monk Debates” on the teachings of Buddha and the philosophy of Buddhism.

The Jokhang temple was constructed by King Songtsän Gampo probably in 642. The famous Buddhist Master Atisha taught here in the 11th century and it has been considered the most important temple in Lhasa ever since, remaining a key centre of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries.

The Barkhor is an area of narrow streets and a public square located around Jokhang Temple, and was the most popular devotional circuit for pilgrims and locals. Now the area is famous for its multitude of market stalls, selling everything from devotional goods to silk cloth to trinkets and jewelry. There are also many restaurants selling both native and international cuisine!

The huge Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. It is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. In the 2nd week of the 5th lunar month (around June/July), Tashilhunpo Monastery is the scene of a 3-day festival and a huge thangka is displayed.

Old Tingri town: Places like Tingri will give you a true sense of what the real people of this area endure, with smiles on their faces, every day. This place will change you.

Gyatsola Pass at 5,220m., which is the highest enroute pass.

Mt. Everest Base Camp (5200 meters!) and Himalayan peaks.

Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest monastery in Tibet, for breath-taking views of Mt. Everest

Schedule:

Day 1: Lhasa

Take an early flight MU2335 to Lhasa.

Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel, have a rest and get adjucted to high altitude. Stay in 3-Star Hotel (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa

After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Dinner in a local Tibetan family will be arranged.

Viist Sera monastery in the afternoon.

Day 3: Lhasa

Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  Free time in the afternoon (we also offer 2 free activities for your choice)

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse by road (253 KM), Gyantse to Shigatse (86 KM)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour’s driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight in Shigatse (Zangba hotel or Manasarova hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery (400 KM) – EBC

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive we will pass one of the highest Pass in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest pick in the world. Drive 2 more hours until we reach EBC. (Overnight at Rongbuk tent guesthouse, dorm beds 4-6 people sharing)

Day 6 Mt.Everest base camp – to Shigatse (400 KM)

Have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa by road

In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After that we will go back to back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. Stay at Lhasa (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel). The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Day 8:

Drive from Lhasa to airport

Dates of departure and price:

December: 17th, 23rd, 24th, 26th

January: 1st, 5th, 14th, 21st, 26th

February: 8th, 16th

Price: 5800 rmb / person

April: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th

May: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st

June: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

Price: 6400 rmb / person

June: 27th, 29th

July: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29

August: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 

Price: 7300 rmb / person

August: 26, 30

September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

Price: 6800 rmb / person

Including: Tibetan permit, transport in Tibet, English speaking Tibetan tour guide, traffic accident insurance, all entrance fees as per itineary, oxygen supply, 1 dinner in local Tibetan family, accomodation in the three stars hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single suppplement – 1000) and hostel at the base camp.

Not including: flight/train to and from Lhasa, lunches and dinners (except for 1 dinner in local Tibetan family), breakfast at Rongbuk monastery, your personal expenses, tips to guide and driver,  invoice

Documents for Tibetan permit:

1) Flight/train

2) Scanned copy of passport in color

3) Scanned copy of visa in color

4) Scanned copy of entry stamp in color

5) a) Scanned copy of work permit in color (with work visa)

b) Scanned copy of university enrollement in color (student visa)

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions or unforeseeable events. If Tibet closes its border and no permit can be issued, full refund will be provided.

How to book:

1) FIll up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/

2) BOOK YOUR SEAT by transferring 1000 RMB deposit (100% of price needs to be paid 10 days before the trip)

3) Receive confirmation by email

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

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Email: [email protected]

Phone number: 13764884661

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Many wonder: when is the best time to visit Tibet to plan their lifetime journey to the holly land better?

Depending on your purpose of visiting, every single month is the best time to visit Tibet!

Spring (April–May)

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The weather becomes warm during spring and the ice melts. It is the best time to enjoy already warm weather and still not crowded Tibet before the high summer season.

Summer (June–August)

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The weather is warm and most comfortable for traveling in Tibet during the summer. Although there is a rainy season from mid July to late August, the rain usually doesn’t last longer than one hour and doesn’t make your journey uncomfortable.

If you are afraid of the high altitude sickness, the summer is the best season for you as the air contains more oxygen than in other seasons.

This is the busiest season of the year and it is very difficult to get a train to Lhasa.

Autumn (September–October)

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The rainy season is over and the weather is clear and cool. It is the best time to take pictures of the mountain peaks as there is less cloud. It is also the best season for trekking and hiking in Tibet.

Autumn is still a very busy season in Tibet, almost like summer.

Winter (November–March)

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Temperature in Lhasa is mild, around 10 degrees by day, but if you travel to the Everest base camp, it might drop as low as to – 30, so you need to be well prepared. There are far fewer tourists than in summer or autumn. Some roads might be closed due to the heavy snow. It is also the most economic: the prices are 20% lower. 

Summary: 

– The best weather to Visit Tibet – Summer & Autumn (April to October)

–  The lowest cost season to visit Tibet – Winter

– Th best trekking time in Tibet – Autumn

Planning your trip to Tibet? Check out our 8 days Tibet and Everest base camp tour:

– Weekly departures

– Small groups (limited to 12 people)

– Best prices

– Not a shopping tour

– Authentic Tibetan local custom experiences

– Hospitable local Tibetan guides

More info:

https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/8-days-tibet-and-everest-base-camp-tours-schedule-2016-2017/

 

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– Weekly departures

– Small groups (limited to 12 people)

– Best prices

– Not a shopping tour

– Authentic Tibetan local custom experiences

– Hospitable local Tibetan guides

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Schedule:

Day 1: Lhasa

Take an early flight MU2335 to Lhasa.

Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel, have a rest and get adjucted to high altitude. Stay in 3-Star Hotel (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa

After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Dinner in a local Tibetan family will be arranged.

Viist Sera monastery in the afternoon.

Day 3: Lhasa

Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  Free time in the afternoon (we also offer 2 free activities for your choice)

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse by road (253 KM), Gyantse to Shigatse (86 KM)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour’s driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight in Shigatse (Zangba hotel or Manasarova hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery (400 KM) – EBC

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive we will pass one of the highest Pass in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest pick in the world. Drive 2 more hours until we reach EBC. (Overnight at Rongbuk tent guesthouse, dorm beds 4-6 people sharing)

Day 6 Mt.Everest base camp – to Shigatse (400 KM)

Have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa by road

In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After that we will go back to back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. Stay at Lhasa (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel). The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Day 8:

Drive from Lhasa to airport

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Dates of departure and price:

November 19th, 21st, 26th

December: 3rd, 9th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 26th

January: 1st, 5th, 14th, 21st, 26th

February: 8th, 16th

Price: 5600 rmb / person

 

April: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th

May: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st

June: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

Price: 6200 rmb / person

 

June: 27th, 29th

July: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29

August: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 

Price: 7000 rmb / person

 

August: 26, 30

September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

Price: 6600 rmb / person

 

Including: Tibetan permit, transport in Tibet, English speaking Tibetan tour guide, traffic accident insurance, all entrance fees as per itineary, oxygen supply, 1 dinner in local Tibetan family, accomodation in the three stars hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single suppplement – 1000) and hostel at the base camp.

Not including: flight/train to and from Lhasa, lunches and dinners (except for 1 dinner in local Tibetan family), breakfast at Rongbuk monastery, your personal expenses, tips to guide and driver,  invoice

Documents for Tibetan permit:

1) Flight/train

2) Scanned copy of passport in color

3) Scanned copy of visa in color

4) Scanned copy of entry stamp in color

5) a) Scanned copy of work permit in color (with work visa)

b) Scanned copy of university enrollement in color (student visa)

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions or unforeseeable events. If Tibet closes its border and no permit can be issued, full refund will be provided.

How to book:

1) FIll up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/

2) BOOK YOUR SEAT by transferring 1000 RMB deposit (100% of price needs to be paid 10 days before the trip)

3) Receive confirmation by email

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

Wechat: wanna-travel1

Email: [email protected]

Phone number: 13764884661

Follow: wanna_travel

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What do you know about Tibet?

By Katie S.

Where is Tibet (I’m gonna be totally honest, I don’t know)?

 

So it’s between Nepal (didn’t know that) and China (did know that). The Tibetan people practice Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam (quite a melting pot for beliefs).

There are 6 million people living in Tibet and their economy mainly consists of agriculture and animal husbandry (don’t’ worry I had to look that last one up too, for your convenience, Animal Husbandry: the science of breeding and caring of farm animals. You learn something new everyday). Tibet covers about 2.5 million square kilometers and is about 4,000 meters above sea level.

So one of the main highlights of Tibet (probubly the biggest, not just cause it’s the largest mountain in the world) is Mount Everest. It stands tall at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) and is about 60 million years old (it’s about as old as dinasours, it might be a dinisour, that’s a terrifing thought).

About 200 people have died climing Everest, but that didn’t deter the about 4000 people who have climbed it. Not to mention that it costs 25,000 US dollars per person (ouch, that hurt) to purchase a permit to climb this old beast (ya I’m not paying to almost die, not today, or any day probably).

There’s even what they call a “Death Zone”, which is located at 26,000 feet (you’ll reach it if you walk past the last camp, which is why, I’m assuming, it’s called the last camp, cause it’s the last camp you’ll ever see if you pass it!). But I guess it’s worth it if you can see 3 different contires from just the summit: India, Nepal, and Tibet (you can literally see over Nepal into India).

 


Hello sheep.

This is Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. And being that, it’s Tibets’ center of politics, culture, and economy. The city covers about 11,583 square miles and is home to 400,000 people. Because of this city’s beauty, rich cuture, and history, it’s becoming a more and more popular tourist destination (sooner you get there, the better).

One of the most visited buildings in Lhasa is (drum roll please)

Jokhang Temple


(bet cha can’t say that 5 times fast). This temple is included in the World Heritage list by UNESCO and is part of the Potala Palace


(another fun one to say, Potala Potala Potala). It is about 6 acres large and it is considered the most important temple in all of Lhasa because of its key importance to Buddhist pilgrims and it houses the throne of the Dalai Lama (the building itself looks like a throne, look at that thing).

 

Next stop: The Barkhor


The Barkhor is also located in Lhasa (it’s conviently located right around the temple! Literally, it’s a giant square. Just for you). The Barkhor is home to marketsgallor, selling silk, trinkets, and jewelry. And many restaurants, local and international, are located in this areaas well (shopping and eating, yes! Someone gets it).

 

Gyantse is 13,000 feet above sea level (wooh, getting up there, literally) and is considered a mid-sized city with a population of about 20,000 people.

Shigatse. The second largest city in Tibet, about 70,000 miles in size.The main attraction (like it’s some kind of amusement park, ha) is the Tashilhunpo Monastery(definitely not an amusement park, I repeat, not an amusement park).

This is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas (highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama).

 

Tibet is also home to the highest monastery in the world, the Rongbuk Monastery (so not only do they have Everest, they also have the highest monastery in the world, kinda makes sense). This monastery is known for being the tallest and (go figure) having amazing views of mount Everest.

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/21/mount-everest-by-the-numbers-deaths-cost-to-climb-more-mountain-records.html

Something about us:

 

Check out our 8 days Tibet tour:

– Weekly departures

– Small groups (limited to 12 people)

– Best prices

– Not a shopping tour

– Authentic Tibetan local custom experiences

– Hospitable local Tibetan guides

Schedule:

Day 1: Lhasa

Take an early flight MU2335 to Lhasa.

Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel, have a rest and get adjucted to high altitude. Stay in 3-Star Hotel (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa

After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Dinner in a local Tibetan family will be arranged.

Viist Sera monastery in the afternoon.

Day 3: Lhasa

Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  Free time in the afternoon (we also offer 2 free activities for your choice)

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse by road (253 KM), Gyantse to Shigatse (86 KM)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour’s driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight in Shigatse (Zangba hotel or Manasarova hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery (400 KM) – EBC

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive we will pass one of the highest Pass in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest pick in the world. Drive 2 more hours until we reach EBC. (Overnight at Rongbuk tent guesthouse, dorm beds 4-6 people sharing)

Day 6 Mt.Everest base camp – to Shigatse (400 KM)

Have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa by road

In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After that we will go back to back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. Stay at Lhasa (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel). The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Day 8:

Drive from Lhasa to airport

 

Dates of departure and price:

December: 17th, 23rd, 24th, 26th

January: 1st, 5th, 14th, 21st, 26th

February: 8th, 16th

Price: 5800 rmb / person

April: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th

May: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st

June: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

Price: 6400 rmb / person

June: 27th, 29th

July: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29

August: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 

Price: 7300 rmb / person

August: 26, 30

September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

Price: 6800 rmb / person

Including: Tibetan permit, transport in Tibet, English speaking Tibetan tour guide, traffic accident insurance, all entrance fees as per itineary, oxygen supply, 1 dinner in local Tibetan family, accomodation in the three stars hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single suppplement – 1000) and hostel at the base camp.

Not including: flight/train to and from Lhasa, lunches and dinners (except for 1 dinner in local Tibetan family), breakfast at Rongbuk monastery, your personal expenses, tips to guide and driver,  invoice

Documents for Tibetan permit:

1) Flight/train

2) Scanned copy of passport in color

3) Scanned copy of visa in color

4) Scanned copy of entry stamp in color

5) a) Scanned copy of work permit in color (with work visa)

b) Scanned copy of university enrollement in color (student visa)

 

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions or unforeseeable events. If Tibet closes its border and no permit can be issued, full refund will be provided.

 

How to book:

1) FIll up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/

2) BOOK YOUR SEAT by transferring 1000 RMB deposit (100% of price needs to be paid 10 days before the trip)

3) Receive confirmation by email

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

Wechat: wanna-travel1

Email: [email protected]

Phone number: 13764884661

Follow: wanna_travel

www.wannatravelshanghai.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wannatravel1