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Tibet Overland - Everest Base Camp, Namtso Lake - 15 Days with options for 1-way Rail

Tibet is a beautiful rugged, desolated, mountainous region with numerous snow-capped peaks, jade-green lakes, with a predominant Buddhist influence.

On this adventure, we'll get to see the rich cultural diversity of Tibet as we travel through its heartands on wheels and foot. This may be a a tough journey for some travellers as much of the travel are on high altitude grounds over high mountain passes, remote mountain areas, and often rough mountain roads. The bulk of the journey will be on wheels, either 4WD or mini-bus but we'll see more compared to the typical Tibet travel program. We shall set aside a few days to hike around the beautiful Nam Tso Lake & Everest North Base Camp to take in the beautiful sights that many other travellers miss in their rushed 8-12D overland program.

Activities include overland drive, culture sightseeing, trekking, visit to alpine lakes. This is an overlander that is packed with enough sights and high adventure that you'll remember long after the journey is over. More photos here

Our program includes an option of one-way train journey from Lhasa to Chengdu via the Tibet-Qinghai railway link.

Included
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2-ways internal / domestic airfare from Chengdu to Lhasa
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Full accommodation arrangement ( 3-star hotel in Lhasa, 2-star hotel in Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and guesthouse in in Namtso Lake, Rongbuk ) with daily breakfasts
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Full transport arrangement & airport transfers in both 4WD Landcruisers & tourist -bus
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All travel permits for Tibet
* All entry fees for places of interest
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Both Chinese & English speaking guide service

* Oxygen support for overland journey & trek in Tibet
Excluded
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2-way international economy class return airfares between Singapore & Chengdu
* All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
* China travel visa
* Meals- lunches & dinners
* Fees for photography & videography inside monastery chapels & other places where extra fees are required
* Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
* Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations, and all expenses of a personal nature

Optional Extension to Panda Volunteering. For more details, contact us.

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Duration: 15 days
Best Season: Apr - Oct
Dates: 17 Apr - 1 May 11
  11 - 25 June 11
   
Group Size: minimum 2 persons
Maximum Altitude: 5,200m ( EBC North )
Grading:
Group Sizing
Land Price
2 persons S$ 3750
4 persons S$ 3450
6 persons S$ 2950
International airfare Singapore - Chengdu can be arranged on behalf
Highlights
* Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokhang monastery visits
* Visits to Sera, Drepung, Ganden, Tashilunpo, Palkhor Chode monasteries
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Namtso Lake ( Sky Lake )
* Rongbuk Monastery & Everest North Base Camp ( EBC North )
* Soaking in the electrifying atmosphere at Barkhor Square and Jokhang Palace


The vast Tibetan plains and beautiful alpine lakes



Day 1
Singapore - Chengdu - Lhasa ( by flight )
Day 2 - 14

Tibet Overland - 13 Days
Upon arrival in Lhasa, we shall spend 3 days acclimatising to the high altitude Tibetan plains with a series of visits and kora walks to the nearby hills & monasteries of Lhasa. Then we travel overland in 4WD Landcruisers westwards to Rongphu monastery via Shigatse. From Rongphu, the energetic can take a hike to Everest North Base Camp while the rest can travel there by horse carriage. The views of Everest in this area is the best you can find anywhere else in the world. After visiting Everest BC, we travel back eastwards to visit beautiful Namtso Lake where we can do some easy day hikes or take a horse ride. Then we travel back to Lhasa.

Day 15 Lhasa - Chengdu - Singapore
  Optional Departures from Lhasa by Tibet-Qinghai Train

Option 1
+ 1 Day

Depart Lhasa by train arriving in Xining the next morning and transfering to the airport for flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight back to Singapore.
Option 2
+ 2 Days
Depart Lhasa by train, spending 2 nights onboard and arriving in Chengdu 45 hours later. Upon arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight back to Singapore.

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Beware that any trip to Tibet will involve high altitude travel and may be tough especially for most of us who live at sea level. The main deciding factor to whether you'll enjoy the trip or not will be your ability to acclimatize to the high altitudes within the prescribed trip period. We will provide oxygen support during the overland & trek period but do note that this is not a substitute for proper acclimatization which is subjective and cannot be pre-determined in each person.

At high altitudes between 4000m to 5200m, even an easy walk will push your lungs pretty hard if one is not well-acclimatized enough so sufficient acclimatization is one of the main criteria to an enjoyable & comfortable time on this outing. On certain days, the overland drives will be long so this trip may not be suitable for those who dislike long drives as well as unprepared people looking for a comfortable holiday. All participants must travel with an open mind and positive attitude. For many, however, the superb beauty of the Tibetan highlands will more than often not make up for whatever discomfort you may experience on the trip and leave you with lasting memories of this adventure of a lifetime.

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