Small Group Expedition for Mt. Everest

November 1st, 2010 No Comments

Mount Everest

This tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. You could wind your way up through the Potala, join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang, let yourself be swept around the Barkhor, and be enveloped in the vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape. For centuries, the impassable routes and political upheaval have made Tibet and Everest one of the last great unexplored territories in the world, but this expedition could offer you a chance to see the great Mt. Everest, one of earth’s most remote corners. To view the sunrise and sunset there, you can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece.

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)

Welcome to the “Roof of the World.” On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport/train station and transfer you to the hotel. Plan on taking it slow the rest of today, so you can adjust to the altitude. Remember to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep for the long journey ahead.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Day 2 Tour of Lhasa [B]

This morning you’ll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang.” Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy.

Day 3 Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse [B]

In the morning you’ll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you’ll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day 4 Tashilunpho Monastery & Drive to Mt. Everest [B]

In the morning, you’ll be driven to Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. This evening you’ll have free time to explore the monastery, or go on short hike so you can drink in the intoxicating views of Mt. Everest. Overnight in the Rongphu Monastery Guesthouse.

Day 5 Mt. Everest Base Camp & back to Shigatse [B]

Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest , (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to Everest Base Camp, where you’ll have 1-2 hours to explore. In the afternoon, drive back to Shigatse, and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.

Day 6 Back to Lhasa [B]

This morning you’ll have a chance to visit Tashilunpho Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then you’ll drive back to Lhasa, but don’t worry, you’ll take a slightly different route this morning back to Lhasa. So, sit back and enjoy another full day of breathless mountains under an endless Himalayan sky. Those with shorter tour options will be transported to the airport.

Day 7 Lhasa & Return Home [B]

Free time in the morning for you to wander around Lhasa. Take a last, memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to the airport at 12:00 p.m.

The outline map of a trip to Mt. Everest

Map of Tibet tour

The outline map of a trip to Mt. Everest

Our Service quality in the group sized tour

  1. Our guide will hold the sign and wear the chest card to meet you at the airport
  2. Comfortable vehicle(s) with good condition, different type according to different season and different group size:
    Minivan

    Minivan

    Coach

    Coach

  3. Clear and comfortable accommodation with western buffet breakfast

    Double beds room

    Double beds room

Tour Departures

  • Group tour departure date available:
    • November 2010: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • December 2010: 03, 10, 13, 17, 21, 24
    • January 2011: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • February 2011: 01, 08, 14, 21, 28
    • March 2011: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • April 2011: 04, 08, 11, 18, 24
    • May 2011: 01, 08, 15, 22, 27
    • June 2011: 01, 06, 11, 16, 21, 26
    • July 2011: 01, 06, 11, 16, 21, 26
    • August 2011: 01, 05, 09, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29
    • September 2011: 02, 06, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26
    • October 2011: 01, 03, 06, 14, 21, 28
    • November 2011: 04, 11, 18, 24
    • December 2011: 03, 10, 17, 24
  • We can organize a group at any date if the group size is 4 pax or more

Price quotation

Departures

(dates omitted)

Tour Cost

(in RMB)

Tour Cost

(in USD)

Single Supplement

(in RMB)

Single Supplement

(in USD)

Apr. to Oct.

except August

(High Season)

¥4550 US$669 ¥650 $96
August

(Peak Season)

¥5435 US$799 ¥710 $104
Nov. to next Mar.

(Low Season)

¥4420 US$650 ¥590 $87

The price here is the Net Price, and we collect from the Chinese Currency rather than USD.

Note

  1. Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Tour cost in USD is subject to exchange rate of the day you book the tour. (Rate in chart is 1:6.8)
  2. We will charge you for 100USD per person as a deposit for booking the tour, we accept cash, credit card or West Union.
  3. Because you need original copy of the Tibet permits to board the plane, in this way, all the clients in one group who depart from the same city should take the same airplane. So please discuss with us first to fix the flight schedule, sorry for any inconvenience it may cause.

What’s included

  1. Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and see off is at 12:00 p.m., and train station see off is at 6:30am. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that at the following prices:
    Item Cost per person

    (in RMB)

    Cost per person

    (in USD)

    Single way between Lhasa and airport ¥200 US$30
    Single way between Lhasa and train station ¥75 US$12
  2. Accommodation: 5 nights stay in comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Tibet. 1 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather.
  3. Meals mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
  4. English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you’ll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
  5. Coach Rental & Driver: All of our coaches are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
  6. Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
  7. Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve

What’s excluded

  1. Transportation to and from Tibet (can be purchased with eChinaTravel separately)
  2. Other services of non-Tibet parts
  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,road washouts, etc.)
  5. Meals nos specified in the tour itinerary
  6. Tips for the tour guide and driver.

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