Tibet Culture Tour – 12 Days

Tibet Culture Tour – 12 Days

Drive in and fly out tour through a circular route from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the heart of Tibet, offers you some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth creating a real Adventure trip for travellers on a limit of time and money.
Go on 12 day trip for
$1,300 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3431
  • Country: Tibet
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude: 5,050 m /16564 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Overland Tour
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Nyalam-Lhatse- Gyantse-Lhasa-Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March to November

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Scenic drives Kathmandu – Nepal/China Friendship Bridge – Nyalam
  • Scenic drive crossing over Gyatchu-la pass at 5,220m
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world
  • Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • Scenic flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Trip Information

Drive in and fly out tour through a circular route from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the heart of Tibet, offers you some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth creating a real Adventure trip for travellers on a limit of time and money.

The Friendship Highway is an important artery of commerce as it’s also Tibet’s most popular tourist route. Enjoy fabulous mountain scenery, visit mystical Buddhist Monasteries of Tashilungpo at Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse.

Drive past the beautiful Turquoise Lake. This path gives you a glimpse of both the Tibetan and Nepali culture. We’ll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey.

Itinerary

  • Day  01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day  02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and onto Nyalam (3,750m)- 147 km/6 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 04 – Drive from Nylam to Lhatse (4,350m)- 210 km/5 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 05 – Drive to Xigatse (3,900m) via sakya monastery, 205 km/4 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 06 – Drive to Gyantse (3,900m)- 95 km/2 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 07 – Drive to Lhasa (3,650m) via the yamdrok Tso- 305 km/6 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 08 – Guided Tour in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 09 – Guided Tour in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 10 – Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 11 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 12 – Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. Overnight at Hotel. 
(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and onto Nyalam (3,750m)- 147 km/6 hrs.

Today, we wake up little early morning and take pack breakfast from hotel then prepare to move border. We begin our jeep ride towards Kodari border today covering distance about 115 km. The undulating drive from Kathmandu to border are splendid due to wonderful views of Himalayan ranges from Dhulikhel, driving through different local villages, picturesque views of greenery hilly region and extreme flow of white water in Bhotekoshi river. We will make tea break in zero kilo small town (40 km) and drive further straight to Kodari. Reach border and go through immigration formalities in Nepal side, walk through the friendship bridge for Chinese Immigration & take further one & half hours switch-back drive uphill to Nyalam (3750 m.). Overnight at a guesthouse.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 04 - Drive from Nylam to Lhatse (4,350m)- 210 km/5 hrs.

Morning: after breakfast we will start easy ride up, there is the main checkpost to enter further up at Nyalam. We will be visiting Milarepa’s cave enroute lies at 10 km drive from Nyalam, that is belongs to the famous Tibetan saint Milareppa, who was known as a famous Tibetan tantric and poet too. Further continuing a couple of hours drive will take us to Lablung-La (5100 m) from where you can see the magnificent view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Shisapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet.

We treat this trip as a pleasant journey passing through Tingri offering the great views of the Himalayas in the South including Mt. Everest & Choyu on clear weather days. Similarly, you will be crossing a 5220 meters high pass called “Gyatso La” today via passing through new town – New Tingri (Xegar) and continuing riding down to the fertile valley of Lhatze for overnight stay. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 05 - Drive to Xigatse (3,900m) via sakya monastery, 205 km/4 hrs.

A typical day riding between the villages to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. The ride today is across Yulung La (4950 meters). On the way, we will also visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest Monastery in Tibet for Sakya sect of Buddhism, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library which is written entirely in gold. Sakya situated 21 km off the friendship highway. Also we visit to Natang Monastery after getting close to Shigatse town (12 km ahead).

After reaching Shigatse, we will transfer you in a better hotel and relax. If interested, you can visit the “Tashilunpo Monastery”, the residence or official throne of Pancen Lama built in 1447. This is a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex of temples and halls. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 06 - Drive to Gyantse (3,900m)- 95 km/2 hrs.

After visiting Tashilunpo, your drive on to Gyantse takes us through intensely agricultural, cultivated areas. Much of the gravel road is lined with poplar trees, which are a distinctly Tibetan feature. The drive on this day is just 95 km with enroute visiting Shalu Monastery. Gyantse is a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Gyantse consist its amazing sites – Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong and the Khumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. This excursion will also take you to an old castle, Kumbum and Palkhor Chode monastery. The hotel in Gyantse has good facilities, like the one in Shigatse. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 07 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650m) via the yamdrok Tso- 305 km/6 hrs.

Enhance your journey with much interesting towards the turquoise Lake “Yamdruk Tso”. You will be crossing the high pass of “Karo La” at 5050m & the Kamba- La (4794 m) and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra), the journey ends in Lhasa. There will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok?Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. On arriving in Lhasa you may feel as though we have left Tibet and entered China, for the Chinese influence – signs, people on the street, development – is ever more pervasive. And upon reaching Lhasa itself, you will see the picture of old Tibet by the new layers of Chinese infrastructure. Lhasa is a sprawling, modern Chinese city but we will stay there for two full days to acclimatize and take in the awe-inspiring Potala and other parts of this World heritage site Elevation – 3650 metres. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 08 - Guided Tour in Lhasa

The journey begins with a visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 09 - Guided Tour in Lhasa

We continue our city tour with Sera Monastery, accompanied with our experienced tour guide. Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries. Overnight in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 10 - Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Early morning drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you). Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 12 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Tibet Cultural Tour. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 15 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the discount. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax $2500
    2 pax-4 pax $2000
    5 pax-7 pax $1550
    8 pax-10 pax $1450
    10 pax+ $1300
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a threestar hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (4 nights).

  • Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse with basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

  • Lhasa to Kathmandu airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Surface transportation to and from Kathmandu on private tourist vehicle.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle.

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.

  • Tourist Van or Land cruisers (4WD, 4500 model) during the tour in Tibet (One Land cruiser for four clients)

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Ace the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trek).

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 11th).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner for the entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

USD 460 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible accommodation in Tibet.

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of  special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trip. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

The Tibet Cultural Tour is suitable for the average traveler who is moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on this journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the tour, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized to high altitudes.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use twin sharing standard rooms from three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. In Lhatse, Gyantse and Lhasa, the accommodation will be in 2-star hotels. The hotel offer the room with breakfast.

There will be additional charge of USD 460 per person for entire trip to upgrade the four to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and in Lhasa with best possible hotel accommodation in Lhatse, Gyantse, Nyalam, Sighatse.

We try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts.

All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. A must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation.

The best time for Tibet Cultural Tour is between March and October.

The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.

Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

For the second day tour in Kathmandu will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.

Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.

For travelling group of six and more people travelling, we will provide experienced prefect English speaking Nepalese guide from Kathmandu.

Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs

YES, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price.

We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa. There will be no laundry service available in other towns.  Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/guesthouse reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!

Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.

Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China.  While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.

Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)

· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.Please go through the trip extension page for more information.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro traveling in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to traveling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Private Departure available on any day all year round.

    On adventure trips of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    Important Note

    If you happen to return back earlier due to high altitude sickness or any other reasons. You have to pay for all extra expenses like transport, group visa splitting charge, accomodation charge and medical expenses that occour while returning. There wont be any refund or adjustment from our comapny as the chinese government doesnt consider any refund or adjustment to us.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org