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Tibet
Overland Including Everest North Base Camp

Tibet - used to be the mysterious, legendary and unknown Roof of the World - can be easily reached today from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province to Lhasa.

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 travel overland in vehicle on the ‘Roof of the World’. The highlight of the trip is the visit to Everest North Base Camp to take in the awesome view of the north face of the highest peak on earth. Enroute, we get to see the cultural richness of Tibet and perhaps gain a bit of understanding on the resilience of its local people.

The bulk of the journey will be on wheels, either 4WD or van and this may be 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 but the stupendous views of this beautiful land will more than compensate for any discomforts we may experienced on the journey.

For 2007, our program includes an one-way return train journey from Lhasa to Chengdu via the recently completed Tibet-Qinghai railway link.

Included

  • 2-way internal / domestic return airfares between Chengdu & Lhasa including airport taxes
  • Full accommodation arrangement ( hotels in Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and guesthouse in Namtso Lake, Sakya, Rongbuk, New Tingri ) with daily breakfasts
  • Full transport arrangement & airport transfers in both 4WD ( in Tibet ) & van ( in Chengdu )
  • Entrance tickets to the listed scenic spots as well as special travel permits for Tibet
  • Either Chinese or English speaking guide service
  • All expenses for guides, drivers, and vehicles
  • Oxygen support for overland journey in Tibet
  • Half day tour of Chengdu Panda Research Centre
  • Complimentary use of sleeping bags & down jackets, if required

Excluded

  • 2-way international economy class return airfares between Singapore & Chengdu & associated airport & other taxes
  • Meals during tour except for breakfast which is provided with accommodation
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & driver
  • Fees for photography inside monastery chapels & other places where extra fees are required
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations, and all expenses of a personal nature
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Photo Credit: Galen Rowell

Duration: 14 days
Group Size: minimum 2 persons
Maximum Altitude: 5,200m
Grading:
Group Sizing
Land Price
08 - 11 persons (3 Jeeps)  
06 - 07 persons (2 Jeeps)  
04 - 05 persons (2 Jeep)  
03 persons (1 Jeep)  
02 persons (1 Jeep)  
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international return air fares.
Highlights
* Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokhang monastery visits
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Rongbuk Monastery & Everest North Base Camp ( EBC North )

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Tashilunpo, Palkhor Chode Monastery, Kumbum Stupa


The vast Tibetan plains and beautiful alpine lakes



Day 1 - 2
Singapore - Chengdu ( fly in to ) - Lhasa
Day 3 - 11

9-Day Tibet Overland & Everest Base Camp
Upon arrival in Tibet, we acclimatize in Lhasa for a few days first and visit some of its popular attractions such as Potala Palace before traveling westwards to Rongbuk ( Rongphu ) Monastery and Everest North BC. Then we journey back to Lhasa to end our Tibet overland journey.

Day 12 - 14 Lhasa - Chengdu (by train via Qinghai) - 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.

All participants are strongly advised to join our weekly GCS to tune up their fitness for this trip.

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