Tibet Adventure

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Duration: 12 days 
Type: Comfort
Itinerary:
Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Sakya, Everest Base Camp, Chengdu

Price: Start from USD3,899
Single room: 
USD1,200

Tour Details

Group Size: 
4 pax--16 pax 

Travel Season: 
April - Nov.

Accommodation: 

3 & 4 star hotel 

Transport: 
chartered car or bus

Flights:
Chengdu/Lhasa/Chengdu

Meals:
Listed in the itinerary
   
Guide:    
English-speaking guides    

Entrance Fees:

Entrance for the sites stated

Payment

Tibet Adventure
To explore the best part of Tibet and Chengdu in 12 days including Potala Palace, Shigatse, Sakya, Everest Base Camp with well-designed travel route, it is a wonderful and unforgettable Tibetan tour.

Itinerary   
Day 01. Arrive in Chengdu:
Arrive in Chengdu, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu Xinliang Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 02. Chengdu/Lhasa  Flight:
This morning transfer to Chengdu airport to take flight from Chengdu to Lhasa.
Arrive in Lhasa (3650m), our representative will pick up you and transfer to hotel. Get full rest for acclimatization.
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast &Dinner


Day 03. Sightseeing in Lhasa: 
Today we will vist Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor street in Lhasa.
Potala palace, which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates at center of Lhasa city, this palace was established in 7th century, 5th Dalai Lama enlarged the palace to present size.
Jokhang Temple which will provide us one of your first sights of devout Tibetans. In the temple we will see the glistening Sakyamuni statue which is considered as Tibetan Buddhism's rarity. The Barkhor Street is high active free market in Tibet, and it’s one of very important place to purchase local souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast &Dinner


Day 04. Lhasa: 
Morning time will be spent in Dreung Monastery, the Drepung monastery was built in 1416, which belongs to be the biggest monastery among the six monasteries of the Gelukpa sect. In the afternoon, transfer toNorbulingka palace where it was a place for Dalai to spend his Summer time.
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast &Dinner


Day 05. Lhasa/Gyangtse :
Drive Shigatse via Gampa La pass(4980m) which offers spectacular views of the Nojin Kangsang snow ranges and the turquoise  lake  (4400m)Yamdrok, view of glacial mountain peak Nojin Kangsang(7200m) , Gyangtse township(4000m). The fertile valley of the Nyang-chu River, which is the principal tributary of the Brahmaputra in Tsang, visit Gyangtse township and Kubum monastery and sightseeing the old part of town. 
Overnight in Gyangtse Hotel 3 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch    


Day 06. Gyangtse/Shigatse/Sakya: 

Continue driving in the Nyang-chu valley about 90 km to north via Padnam township to Shigatse city (3900m) where we will visit Pachen Lama's seat place, the great Tashilumpo monastery, a very big and complex monastery in Tibet. Afterwards continue driving to Sakya. 
Overnight in Sakya
Meals: Breakfast & lunch


Day 07.Sakya/Shegar: 
This morning we will visit Sakya Monastery. It has a history of more than 900 years and is the leading monastery for the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. A number of cultural relics and artifacts in the Sakya Monastery ensure that it is a historical and cultural museum, presenting its glittering past to all visitors. Afterwards drive about 4 hours through the high pass over 5200 m to Shegar town.
Overnight in Shegar Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast & lunch


Day 08. Shegar/Everes: 

Today we will get away from the Friendship Highway and travel towards Rongbuk Monastery near the Mount Everest Base Cam. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and has been rebuilt considerably in the past decade. From Everest base camp, you can see stunning views of Everest and the surrounding Rongbuk Valley. Spend rest of the day exploring to the Everest.  
Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse. (Depending on weather, you might stay in Shegar rather than in Rongbuk)
Meals: Breakfast & lunch    


Day 09. Everest/Shigatse:
 
Morning time exploring to the Everest base camp, Afterwards take the same way drive back to Shigatse. Please note the Everest view might be covered by clouds depending on the weather.
Overnight in Shigatse Shenghu Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

   
Day 10. Shigatse/Chengdu:

In the morning, transfer to Shigatse Airport to catch flight from Shigatse to Chengdu. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Visit Kuanzhai Alleys this afternoon.
Overnight in Chengdu Xingliang Hotel 4 star or similar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch


Day 11. Chengdu
Private transfer to the Chengdu Panda Base to view the cute panda being fed in the morning. Visit Wenshu Temple this afternoon in Chengdu.
Farewell dinner will be the yummy hot pot.
Overnight in Chengdu Xingliang Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch


Day 12. Chengdu Departure
Transfer to Chengdu Airport to catch flight onward home.
End of services.
Meal: Breakfast

Chengdu成都

Population: 4.2 million
Province: Sichuan (provincial capital)
Established: 311BC

  Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. The urban area houses 14,047,625 inhabitants. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is also known as the "Country of Heaven" a phrase also often translated as "The Land of Abundance". Chengdu is the original city name that dates back to its founding over 2000 years ago. Chengdu is the only major city in China that has never changed its location or name for more than 2000 years.
  Established during the late Warring States Period, Chengdu boasts a 2300 year history. As early as the 4century BC, the Shu State moved its capital to where Chengdu city is presently located. In 311BC, the Qin people built a city wall of 6 km in circumference and about 25m in height, which marked the formal establishment of Chengdu city.
  Over thousands of years Chengdu has been known for its history of silk brocade manufacturing. During the Wudai Dynasty (907-960 AD), the top of the city wall was
extensively planted with hibiscus flowers resulting in Chengdu being referred to as Hibiscus City, a name by which it is still called today. The city saw brisk night fairs at
the time and today people can still see such names as Business Street and Button Fair Street, a reflection of the city's historical commerce. Chengdu was the first city in the
world to use paper money (Northern Song Dynasty, 420-479 AD) and the first to extract and use natural gas (Western Han Dynasty 206BC-24AD). Chengdu is also renowned for its history in lacquer ware making, woodblock printing, irrigation techniques and tea drinking culture. Today Chengdu, is a centre of science and technology, commerce and finance as well as leading hub of transportation and communications in Southwest China..
  Chengdu has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate and is largely mild and humid. It has four distinct seasons, blessed with abundant rainfall, and relieved from both sweltering summers and freezing winters. Its favorable climate contributes to the development of agriculture and animal husbandry, making Chengdu a comfortable place for sustained human habitat.

Chengdu Attractions:
Mao Stature:毛主席像
In front of the Exhibition Hall stands Mao staring down on the masses. He marks the geographic centre of town and is a great landmark when walking.

Teahouses 茶馆
Drinking tea is a nationwide institution, but Chengdu has always been famous for its numerous teahouses. In the past they were a place to meet and finalize deals, hold meetings or relax at the end of a hard day’s work listening to storytellers or watching troupes of performers. With over a thousand years of history, Chinese tea culture is perhaps best exhibited by the bamboo chairs and wooden tables found in the hundreds of tea houses throughout Chengdu, As early as the Western Han period, both tea trade and tea culture were very prosperous in Sichuan when Chengdu became the starting point of the Southern Silk Road. An old Chengdu saying goes, "Sunny days are rare, but teahouses are abundant". Teahouses have played diverse social roles in the history of Chengdu. Locals are passionate about going to teahouses, not only for tea, snacks, and entertainment, but also for social gatherings and business meetings. 

Wenshu Monastery 文殊院
Dedicated to the God of Wisdom, and also known as the Hollow Wood
Temple, Wenshu is situated in beautiful grounds containing a noisy
teahouse and a vegetarian restaurant where the Monks prepare the food.
Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, the temple’s 5 halls support beautiful
tiled roofs, carved eaves and painted ceilings. Wenshu is also the
headquarters of Sichuan’s Chan (Zen) Buddhist sect. It is 1½ km north of
‘Mao’ off Renmin Zhong Lu 人民中路. (5Y entry, 6am-8:30pm)

Renmin Gongyuan (People’s Park) 人民公园
About a 10 min walk west of ‘Mao’, the People’s Park is typical of Chengdu’s open spaces. There’s a small lake at the southern end of the park where, in the warmer months, you can enjoy cruising around in one of the boats for rent. Check out the small children’s fun fair built in a converted air raid shelter! It’s a great place to relax and watch the locals
at play, enjoying the simple pleasures in life. It also has one of Chengdu’s most famous teahouses. ( 6:30am-2am)

Du Fu thatched cottage 杜甫草堂
Du Fu was one of the most noted Tang Dynasty poets and is considered the "Sage of Chinese Poets". During the Lushan-Shi Siming Rebellion, he left Xi'an (then Chang'an) to take refuge in Chengdu. With the help from his friends, the thatched cottage was built along the Huanhua Stream in the west suburbs of Chengdu, where Du Fu spent four years of his life and produced more than 240 poems oft-quoted and widely loved. During the Song Dynasty, people started to construct gardens and halls on the site of his thatched cottage to honor his life and memory. Currently, a series of simple and solemn memorial buildings representing Du Fu's humble life stand on the river bank, along with a large collection of relics and various editions of his poems.

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base 大熊猫繁殖研究中心
As China’s National Treasure, the giant panda is one of the rarest animals in the world. The total number is estimated to be 1,500, including those living in the wild, 80% of which are in Sichuan Province. A breeding center for giant pandas was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. It is the only one of its kind in the world that's located in a metropolitan area. In operation since 1990 the research station and breeding ground for both Giant and Lesser Pandas was first opened to the public in 1995. The aim is to promote their numbers and eventually expand the site from the current 36 hectares to a more adequate 230 hectares in the near future. There is also a comprehensive museum and video on the pandas history, breeding and eating habits in English. (58Y entry)

Bifengxia Panda Reserve 碧峰峡熊猫基地
In order to better protect wild giant pandas, Sichuan province has established nature reserves in Dujiangyan City, Chongzhou City, and Dayi County. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 kilometers outside Chengdu. Unfortunately the severe earthquake in 2008 destroyed Wolong badly; therefore pandas were transferred to Bifengxia Panda Reserve (150 km away from Chengdu), another well-known core panda habitat with unique natural conditions, complicated landforms, a temperate climate and diverse wildlife. 

Mount Qingcheng: 青城山
It is amongst the most important centres of Taoism (Daoism) in China. It is situated in the suburbs of Dujiangyan City and connected to downtown Chengdu 70 km away by the Cheng-Guan Expressway.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System:都江堰
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System (58 km away from Chengdu proper) is the oldest existing irrigation project in the world with a history of over 2000 years diverting water without a dam to distribute water and filter sand with an inflow-quantity control. The irrigation system contains floods and droughts throughout the Plain of Chengdu.

Sichuan Opera: 川剧
  Sichuan Opera derives from local religious and folk festival performances blended with Beijing and Guangzhou styles. It dates back about 200 years (not so old by Chinese historical standards) and is immensely popular in Sichuan. The saying “Shu opera towers above all other performances in the world” reflects the achievement of Sichuan Opera and Zaju (an ancient form of comedic drama involving dancing, singing, poetry, and miming). In the city, the first named opera “Bullfighting” was written in the Warring States Period. The first detailed recorded opera was staged in the royal court of Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdom Period. China’s first clearly recorded Zaju was also performed in Chengdu. And face-changing masks and fire breathing remain hallmarks of the Sichuan Opera. Daily at the Cultural Palace Wenhua Gong 文化宫. (10Y entry,
starts 2pm).

Sichuan Cuisine: 川菜
  People from Scihuan province prefer to eat spicy food. Local specialties including Grandma Chen's Tofu (Mapodoufu), Chengdu Hot pot, and Dan Dan Mien (literally meaning, "Noodles carried on a pole" (Dan Dan Noodles) etc. arespicy. MapoDoufu and Dan Dan Mien contain Sichuan peppers (huājiāo; 花椒; literally "flower pepper") to give them additional flavor. Sichuanese cuisine features careful pairings of boldness and subtlety in dishes, snacks, banquets, and hotpot. A characteristic saying goes: 'one dish, one style; one hundred dishes, one hundred flavors; flexible use of hot chilies and delicate flavors.' 
  The local snacks in Chengdu are known for creative ingredients, skilled preparation, wide variety, and cheap price. Tastes range from sweet and spicy to sour and hot in a range of cooking techniques including frying, stewing, baking, steaming and boiling. Some of the more common snacks found across town include noodles, wontons, dumplings, pastries, tangyuan (sweet rice balls), drinks, salads, and soups.

Currency Exchange 兑换
There is a large Bank of China 中国银行 on Renmin DongLu 人民东路 or Renmin Nan Lu 人民南路, south of the Mao statue, just before the river.

Shopping:购物
Chunxi Road:春熙路
Located in the center of downtown Chengdu, Chunxi Road is a trendy and bustling commercial strip with a long history. It was built in 1924 and was named from stories of Dao De Jing by Laozi. Today, it is one of the most well-known shopping center in Chengdu, lined with shopping malls, luxury brand stores, and boutique shops.

Communications:
Telephone 公用电话:
Make international calls from the hotel or buy an IP card with English instructions on the back.

Post Office: 邮局
There is a large post office just south of Renmin Park人民公园.

Transport:
Taxis are cheap and easy, have your destination written in Chinese.
Tricycles/rickshaws are great in summer; agree on the price before you get in.
Buses also cover all the city sights. Maps can be bought from the hotels.

Eating & Entertainment:
Local Specialties 特色菜
Chilli and oil are the two main ingredients in almost all Sichuanes dishes! Make sure you try hotpot 火锅 and be prepared to breathe fire.

Restaurants 饭店
Head south down Renmin Nan Lu 人民南路 and turn left on the far side of the river. Many restaurants along here including Carol’s by the River which also has great Mexican food. Hot pot is available everywhere, just look for the gas bottles under the tables.

Jinli St (alongside Wu Hou Si) is a restored shopping street with a food court selling all manner of local specialties. Also a Starbucks and many bars.

Nightlife
Try Dave’s Oasis near the corner of Hong Xing Rd 红星路 and Bin Jiang Rd 滨江中路 on the river for a relaxing cold beer or MGM nightclub for serious dancing.

Massage按摩
Heading south from Mao along Renmin Nan Lu 人民南路 take the first small street to the right. Along here (just past the Rong Cheng Hotel) are two traditional massage places. The 2nd one along is run by John who studied for 5 years at the prestigious Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He speaks good English and offers a fabulous 1hr massage for 30Y and 45-min foot reflexology for 30Y.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
 
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
 
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
•    Insurance company
•    Policy number
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
 
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
 
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour