May 2018

Ngari: Wild West of Tibet

May 26 - June 9
15 Days
RM 10700
15 Pax

Price Details

Tour Date : 26/5/2018-9/6/2018 (15 days)
Tour Fee : RM 10,700
Booking deadline : 28/2/2018
Travel style : Road trip
Tour status : Booking Open
Group size : min 10 pax, max 15 pax
Remarks: Due to local regulations, this tour only opens to Asian nationalities.


Price Details

Fee includes:

  1. Chengdu-Lhasa Chinese domestic round-trip flights
  2. Airport transfers
  3. Transports (tourist bus)
  4. Accommodation (3 stars hotel in major cities, budget guesthouses in others)
  5. Shigatse – Lhasa train ticket
  6. Local tour guide (Chinese speaking)
  7. Tibet entry permit
  8. Entrance fee as per itinerary
  9. Tips (for local driver and guide)
  10. International 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)

Fee excludes:

  1. China visa fee (single entry tourist visa RM 104.20)
  2. KL-Chengdu Air Asia round-trip flights (once the trip is confirmed ON, LevArt shall provide flight details for members to buy own tickets online, estimate air fare is RM 1,200 – RM 1,500)
  3. Meals (estimate RM 1,300)
  4. All cost incurred during free & easy sessions
  5. Optional activities and optional tourist sites
  6. Additional cost due to unforeseen calamity (acts of god)

Payment terms:

A non-refundable deposit (unless tour cancelled by LevArt) of RM 2,700 is payable to secure booking. Balance fee RM 8,000 to be collected upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked.

Terms & Conditions

Your travel has been booked with Levartravel Sdn Bhd (referred as LevArt herein), on the basis of the following terms and conditions:

  1. Tour: all LevArt tours are published on www.levart.com.my, please ensure you have read, understand, and agree to all details stated for the tour package you are interested in prior to booking.
  2. Tour Fee: all rates are quoted per person in Malaysia Ringgit (RM). LevArt reserves the right to alter the fee in the event of a significant spike in fuel prices, airfares, and foreign exchange rates.
  3. Tour Booking: all bookings must be registered and confirmed via LevArt official website or email to levartjourney@gmail.com, by furnishing personal details: full name (as in passport), mobile contact, and gender.
  4. Booking Fee: once confirmed tour registration, a non-refundable deposit as stated in individual itinerary’s price details is payable to secure booking. The deposit can be returned in full if LevArt cancelled the tour, for reasons such as insufficient number of participants, or unforeseen calamity (acts of god), etc.
  5. Balance Fee Payment: full payment upfront upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked. If registered tour member failed to make payment a month after LevArt issued balance fee collection notification, the booking will be cancelled and deposit forfeited.
  6. Tour Cancellation & No Show:
    • If a tour member wish to pull-out after full payment, LevArt may consider partial refund based on a case-to-case review. A RM200 administrative fee applied, and cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If prior to departure, tour member’s visa application is rejected, may opt for tour cancellation and refund, but cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If a tour member pulled out 1 month before tour departure, 100% tour fee non-refundable.
    • Cancellation must be formally informed via email to levartjourney@gmail.com, verbal cancellation unacceptable.
    • 100% charge will be applied for No Show booking.
    • After commence of travel, no refund in part or in full will be given for services included in the booking and not utilized by the tour member.
  7. Itinerary Amendment: itineraries may subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond LevArt’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations in accommodation arrangement, tour program, travel date, may occur when deem necessary.
  8. Travel Documents: tour member must possess a valid passport and is responsible for obtaining necessary visa prior to departure. LevArt cannot accept responsibility for your failure to ensure that you have correct travel information. We are not in any way liable if you are subsequently denied entry/deported at your destination due to your failure to follow the correct travel document procedures.
  9. Travel Insurance: LevArt tours included travel insurance to protect tour members. If a tour member has an existing policy, the insurance charges included in LevArt’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee. LevArt cannot be held responsible for any losses as a result of you being inadequately insured/ without insurance.
  10. Contents and T&C Amendment: LevArt reserves the rights to update or modify website contents and clauses in terms and conditions without prior notice, please check and keep tab of changes by browsing our website regularly.

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, 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

  • Possibility of suffering from high altitude sickness.
  • Itinerary includes one day trekking at high elevation for about 16km.
  • Poor road condition and long drive.
  • Huge temperature gap between day and night, strong UV rays.
  • Lack of quality accommodation and amenities, sometimes sleep in home-stay or tents.
  • Lack of modern toilet in certain areas, you may have to answer nature’s call in the wild.

Tour Map


Tour Leader

To be confirmed

Itinerary

Tibet is dubbed the roof of the world, and its least populated western region, Ngari, is known as the top of the roof. Ngari has an average elevation of 4,500m; a trip there could be challenging with high altitude, poor access, and lack of amenities, but traveler would be rewarded with endless adventure, amazing landscapes, and spiritual experiences.

Buddhists and Hindus believe the holy Mt. Kailash in Ngari is the center of the universe, and the sacred Mapham Yumtso was where the mother of Lord Buddha once bathed in. Thousands of pilgrims make circumambulation trip on foot around the holy mountain and lake each year. Other interesting sites in Ngari include ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom, and Tibetan Buddhism Monasteries.


DAY 01 : Kuala Lumpur – Chengdu (4h30m flight)

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


DAY 02 : Chengdu – Lhasa (2h20m flight)

After breakfast, transfer to airport, take a domestic flight to Lhasa, arrival before lunch, transfer to hotel. For high altitude acclimatization, avoid fast-pace walking, running, or other strenuous activities; best to stay idle and rest for half a day upon arrival. At night, retire early to bed.


DAY 03 : Lhasa

Morning visit Potala Palace, 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 with pilgrims and traders selling exotic articles.


DAY 04 : Lhasa – Yamdrot Lake – Shigatse (338km)

Travel with tourist bus and journey through numerous mountain passes, including Kangpala pass (4990m), to reach Yamdrot Lake, the world's highest-elevation freshwater lake. Spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges en-route to Gyantse, en-route passing the Kanuola Glacier. Overnight in Shigatse.


DAY 05 : Shigatse – Saga – Zhongba (600km)

After breakfast, drive to Saga, a major crossroad to access Ngari in the west and Nepal in the south. On the way from Saga to Zhongba, impressive view of vast grassland and snow mountain ranges, if lucky, may also spot rare wildlife.


DAY 06 : Zhongba – Paryang – Darchen (350km)

Drive through windswept territory, with snow-capped mountains as backdrop; pass-by many traditional villages, and grassland dotted with yak-herder camps here and there.


DAY 07 : Darchen – Donggar Piyang - Zhanda (220km)

Today’s highlight is a Buddhsim grotto complex named Donggar Piyang, used to be one of the biggest monasteries built in the 10th century. Located on a cliff, the honeycomb-cave ruins have remnants of pagodas, temples, and fort. It was once the politics, economy, and cultural center of Guge Kingdom. Overnight in Zhanda.


DAY 08 : Zhanda – Guge Kingdom Ruins – Darchen (240km)

Visit the ruins of ancient Guge Kingdom founded in the 10th century by a descendant of King Glang Darma, who fled from Lhasa after the collapse of Tupo Kingdom. Guge Kingdom disappeared in the 17th century mysteriously. Now there are more than 400 houses and 800 caves piled up on a mountain slope. Also tour the nearby Toling monastery and stupa mounds. Overnight in Darchen.


DAY 09 : Darchen – Mt. Kailash – Manasarovar Lake (40km, trek 16km)

Visit Mt. Kailash (6656m), deemed sacred by four religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Bön. Pilgrims from China, India, Nepal, and Bhutan come in droves each year to circumambulate (52km walking path) the holy mountain on foot. Today’s itinerary include trekking for 8km to reach the 5100m spot (starts from 4800m), later retrace the steps back to foothill, and then drive to Manasarovar Lake for rest and recuperate.


DAY 10 : Manasarovar Lake – Paryang – Zhongba (350 km)

Today’s highlight is Manasarovar Lake or Mapham Yumtso (4578m), deemed sacred by Buddhists and Hindus, the earlier believe Buddha was mystically conceived when his mother bathed in the lake, while the later believe God of Creation Brahma formed the lake. The ancient Wuji Temple overlooking the lake sits on a cliff nearby.


DAY 11 : Zhongba – Saga – Lhatse (450km)

Today heading east, drive through breathtaking landscape, with snow mountains looming over high cliffs, rugged plateau, endless blue sky, and more. Along the way, pass-by villages, yak herders, nomad children, have a taste of the wild countryside.


DAY 12 : Lhatse – Shigatse – Lhasa (400km+3h train)

Drive from Lhatse to Shigatse, the seat of Panchen Lama, upon arrival visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the biggest in southern Tibet, built in 1447 on a hill slope, coated in colorful paints and ornately decorated. Late afternoon, board a train to Lhasa, arrival at night.


DAY 13 : Lhasa

Morning visit Sera Monastery, one of the great three monastic universities of Tibet. Founded in 1419, it’s a complex consisting great assembly hall, colleges, and temples; it has a huge collections of statues, scriptures, tangkas, and wall paintings. Explore Norbulingka, once the summer palace and royal garden of a succession of Dalai Lama. Afternoon free and easy, one could go for souvenir hunting.


DAY 14 : Lhasa – Chengdu – Kuala Lumpur (2h domestic, 4h30m Internatinal flights)

Morning free and easy, later take an afternoon domestic flight to Chengdu, and catch a connecting night flight back to Kuala Lumpur, arrival the next morning.


DAY 15 : Kuala Lumpur

Morning arrival in Kuala Lumpur, end of tour.

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