October 2017 (Full)

Mystic Tibet Tour

October 14 - October 25
12 Days
RM 7450
15 Pax

Price

Date: 14/10-25/10/2017 (12 days)
Fee: RM 7,450
Register before: 15/7/2017
Travel style: Road trip
Tour status: On


Terms & Conditions

  1. Fee includes:
    • Accommodation (3-star or traditional hotels, 2 sharing basis; D8 at Everest Base Camp, sleep in tents, multiple-sharing, also possible mixed-gender sharing)
    • Chartered transport (tourist bus, vehicle model depends on group size)
    • Local tour guide (Chinese speaking)
    • Tibet entry permit
    • Qinghai-Tibet Railway ticket (soft sleeper; if failed to secure soft-sleeper tickets, will replace with hard sleeper, and the differences in pricing shall be refunded)
    • One-way Lhasa-Chengdu flight
    • Entrance fee as per itinerary
    • Tips (for local guide & driver)
    • Travel insurance (only for Malaysia-based tour members, the point of embarkation and return must be Malaysia. Overseas based members, please acquire own policy, the charges included in Levart’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee)
  2. Fee excludes:
    • Chinese visa fee (single entry tourist visa RM88.30)
    • Round trip KL-Chengdu Air Asia flight (once the trip is confirmed ON, LevArt will inform members to buy own tickets online, estimate air fare is RM1,200 – RM1,500 )
    • Meals (estimated budget of 1,000 Reminbi for the entire trip; suggest to pool fund for shared meals)
    • All cost incurred during free & easy sessions
    • Optional activities and optional tourist sites
    • Additional cost due to unforeseen calamity (acts of god)
  3. Group size: Minimum 10 pax, maximum 15 pax.
  4. Booking fee: a non-refundable deposit of RM2,450 per pax is payable to secure tour booking. The deposit can be returned if the tour is canceled due to insufficient number of participants, or unforeseen calamity (acts of god).
  5. Balance tour fee: full payment upfront upon registration deadline or when the tour is fully booked.
  6. Tour cancellation: Fully paid tour members who pull-out due to unavoidable circumstances with valid reasons, may get partial refund based on a case-to-case review. RM200 administrative charges applied.
  7. LevArt reserves the right to alter the fee in the event of a significant spike in fuel prices, airfares and foreign exchange rates.
  8. Itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond LevArt control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations in accommodation arrangements and itinerary may occur when deem necessary.

Reminders

Reminders

  • Travel in Tibet involved a lot of uncertainties, including unpredictable weather, road blocked due to landslide or other reasons, political situations, policy changes, and more. As a result, Tibet tour itinerary may subject to changes in response to various uncertainties, interested tour members should be mentally prepared to accept changes and be understanding.
  • People who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and chest problem are advised against traveling to Tibet.
  • High altitude sickness prevention tips: avoid alcohol, sleeping pill, and cigarette, drink more water, eat more fruits, rest well and avoid strenuous activities. Yak milk tea, red meat, and dairy products are good for energy and generate heat.
  • Respect Tibetan culture and custom. Do not step on threshold when entering Tibetan house or tent; do not spit in front of Tibetan; do not touch people's head with hand. When entering temple and monastery, take off your hat and sun glasses, do not smoke, no photography, and do not touch holy statues or articles without permission. Please check with local guide if unsure of local taboos.
  • Tibet is set at high elevation, the day and night temperature gap could be huge, and UV light strong. Do bring warm clothes, sun protection gears and lotion, medicine (eg: for diarrhea, high-altitude sickness, flu, cold, headache, motion sickness), and personal hygiene items (such as wet tissue, hand sanitizer).
  • The journey involves long drive and bumpy road, be prepared for rough and though terrains. The standard and quality of accommodation and amenities in Tibet may not always be desirable, please bear with minor inconveniences and discomforts at times, but you would be rewarded with amazing sights and culture.

Hardship Level rate-3

  • Possibility of suffering from high altitude sickness.
  • Poor road condition and long drive.
  • Huge temperature gap between day and night, strong UV rays.
  • In some places, lack of quality accommodation and amenieties, such as staying in tents at Everest Base Camp.
  • Lack of modern toilet in certain areas, you may have to answer nature’s call in the wild.

Tour Map


Tour Leader

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Itinerary

Tibet is dubbed the roof of the world, and the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is located in its Tingri County. The region has an average elevation of 4000m above sea level. Tibet offers dramatic natural sights, from majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, to vast grassland roam by nomads and yaks. It is also a land rich with cultural heritage, and full of Buddhism pilgrimage sites. Tour highlights include taking the world’s highest railway through the Tibetan plateau, and overnight stay at the Everest Base Camp (5200m).


DAY 01 : Kuala Lumpur - Chengdu

Depart from Kuala Lumpur on board Air Asia to Chengdu, arrival around 2pm, transfer to hotel in Chengdu downtown. After lunch, could explore the Wide-and-Narrow Alley, Jinli Old Street, and sample local street food.


DAY 02 : Chengdu - Lhasa (train journey, 3360km)

Morning free and easy, after check out from hotel, transfer to train station and take the afternoon train heading to Lhasa.


DAY 03 : On Board the Train

The Qinghai-Tibet railway travels through an average elevation of 3700m above sea level; its construction involved some 200,000 workers and faced many technical challenges. The train passes through ecologically fragile areas, offering majestic view of snow-capped peaks, glacier, lakes, and grassland.


DAY 04 : Lhasa

Arrival in Lhasa in the morning, transfer to hotel. One should rest well and avoid strenuous activities to acclimatize to the high altitude.


DAY 05 : Lhasa

In the morning, visit Potala Palace, which was the traditional administrative center of Tibet, and a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, tour Lhasa's oldest temple - Jokhang Monastery. In the afternoon, visit Barkhor Street, which is crowded by pilgrims and traders selling exotic articles.


DAY 06 : Lhasa - Yamdrot Lake - Shigatse (338km)

Journey through numerous mountain passes, including Kangpala pass (4990m), to reach Yamdrot Lake, the world's highest-elevation freshwater lake, it is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Spectacular view of mountain ranges and glacier en-route to Gyantse, visit Kumbum Monastery, which has a 35m-high chorten (stupa). Overnight in Shigatse.


DAY 07 : Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri (260km)

Today’s journey offers sweeping view of the Himalayan ranges. Tingri County is where the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8844.43m) located. Other peaks above 8000m in sights include Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung, and Cho Oyu. The snow-capped peaks and wild landscape are gifts to nature lovers, explorers, and scientific expedition teams.


DAY 08 : Tingri - Everest Base Camp (243km)

Drive through winding and bumpy road, pass wild grassland, cross rapid rivers and high passes to reach the foot of Mt. Everest. Switch to environmental-friendly vehicle to reach the Base Camp (5200m), which is a protected reserved area. Admire spectacular sun set view. Overnight stay at base camp.


DAY 09 : Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

Wake up to the amazing sun rise view, after breakfast, travel the same route back to Shigatse for overnight stay.


DAY 10 : Shigatse - Namtso (360km)

In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the biggest temple in southern Tibet, built in 1447. Later, drive to Namtso, known as the Heavenly Lake in local language. The turquoise blue lake is located on an elevation of 4718m, the surrounding snow mountains reflected in the calm water, and rows of prayer flags flapping by the shoreline. Overnight in Namtso.


DAY 11 : Namtso - Lhasa (200km)

Rise early for superb sunrise view. Later, enjoy a morning stroll along the Namtso shoreline. Return to Lhasa in the afternoon, check into hotel. Free and easy for the evening.


DAY 12 : Lhasa - Chengdu - Kuala Lumpur

Take an afternoon flight to Chengdu for transit, then board the Kuala Lumpur-bound international flight in late night. Arrive in Kuala Lumpur the following day around 4:30am. End of tour.

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