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This is a classic Lhasa overland tour that takes us to Mt. Everest which is the dream for travelers. On this trip we get an all over sample of Tibet, its culture, history, some of the finest monasteries and spectacular views of the Himalayas. We travel over high meadows filled with yaks, some of the highest road passes in the world, passed emerald colored lakes and exquisite villages.

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Day 1        Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2        Drive to ZHANGMU (2250m/7382ft)
Day 3-4     Drive to EBC (5150m/16897ft)
Day 5-6     Drive to LHASA
Day 7-8     Sightseeing LHASA
Day 9-10   Drive & explore TSEDANG
Day 11      Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 12      Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS


Start/End: KATHMANDU

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 2 Drive to ZHANGMU (2250m/7382ft)

Early in the morning we begin driving overland north from Kathmandu to Tibet through the breathtaking vistas that capture the eye as Nepalis work their steep terraces against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.  Approaching Nepal's northern border, we begin our ascent to the high altitude Tibetan plateau to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After stopping short, we continue uphill on foot for one and half-hours (with porters) to reach the border town of Zhangmu. Here we formally clear Chinese immigration, and then spend the night in a Chinese hotel at Zhangmu. Meals: Breakfast


Day 3 Drive to SHEGAR (4250m/13944ft)

Today’s drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan plateau. We cross several high passes including the Lalung La (5050m) from which (if weather permits) there is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 Drive to Mt. EVEREST BASE CAMP (5150m/16897ft)

Early in the morning we drive from Shigar to EBC. During this route we can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8201m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m). Then arrive at Rombuk Monastery (visit by optional) which is the highest monastery in the world. Meals: Breakfast


Day 5 Drive to SHIGATSE (3840m/12599ft) via Lhatse

We wake up early in the morning to see the stunning sunrise at the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and walk a little bit in front of it and take some picture of its true face. Then drive to Shigatse and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. On the way we visit Sakya Monastery. Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 Drive to LHASA (3650m/11976ft) via Gyantse and Yamdrotso Lake

In the morning time we visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was built in 1447, spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas; after this drive to Gyangtse we visit Palkor Monastery and Palchoi Pagoda, far view Tzong fortress. On the way, stop off and visit Maracaju la glacier. Sightseeing to Yamdrotso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (another are Namtso Lake and Manasarovar). After crossing Gangbala Pass which is over 4850m, then drive to Lhasa City along Lhasa River. Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 Sightseeing in LHASA

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel. Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 Sightseeing in LHASA

Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Meals: Breakfast


Day9 Drive TSEDANG

In the morning we depart from Lhasa to Tsedang, a small city in the Yarlung Valley considered the cradle of Tibetan culture. On our way to Tsedang, we cross the Yarlung Tsampo River and explore Tibet's earliest monastery, Samye monastery.  Meals: Breakfast


Day10  TSEDANG

A full day of exploring in Tsedang introduces us to the old earth tombs of former kings, the Thandruk Monastery, and Tibet's oldest building, Yambu Lakang, a fort perched high in the mountains overlooking the vast plain.  Meals: Breakfast


Day 11 Fly back KATHMANDU

We take a last memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to airport for the flight back to Kathmandu from Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport and drop to the hotel. This day can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 12 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, India or Bhutan tours etc.  Meals: Breakfast


Trip Cost Includes

1.     All domestic flights and hotel/airport transfer by private vehicles.
2.     Hotel Encounter in Kathmandu or similar standard hotel with breakfast as per itinerary.
3.     Welcome & Farewell dinner.
4.     All Sightseeing and tours by professional tour guides.
5.     Entry permits and fees for all temple, park, monasteries, cultural and historical spots.
6.     Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all tour staff.
7.     All accommodation during Tibet
8.     Kodari border (Friendship Bridge) transfers and pick up by private vehicle.
9.     Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monasteries entry fees
10.   All applicable taxes in the tour.



Trip Cost Excludes

1.    Nepal entry visa fees.
2.    International airfare and airport departure tax.
3.    Bar bills and laundry.
4.    Travel insurance including evacuation.
5.    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals.
6.    All optional additional tours or activities in your extended holidays.
7.    Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
8.    All other expenses that are not mentioned in Price Includes section.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.


Trip Highlights

Pilgrimage to Jokhang temple; Mt. Everest; the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and unparalleled view of the great Himalayas; Thandruk Monastery; Samye Monastery


Validity

This trip is valid till end of May 2011


Trip style

This trip follows through Zhangmu, Xegar to Everest Base Camp and onwards for LHASA tour. We will be staying at night in lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our tour and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with great views of Tibetan plateau with mountains and monasteries.


Service level

This trip is leveled as standard. Most of the time we will be staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity.


Dossier Disclaimer

The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. We update trip/website information usually end of December each year.


Itinerary Disclaimer

Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Important Notes to know

Whilst we travel slowly allowing plenty of time to acclimatise we may experience headaches, nausea, lethargy on arrival in Lhasa. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one's tolerance especially on long driving days. The sun is intense - hat and sun screen are essential as well as drinking plenty of water as altitude exacerbates dehydration.


Group Leader Description

All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by our group leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local people. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Group Size Notes

Max 14 & Min 2


Your Fellow Travelers

When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.


Meals Included

Breakfast, Welcome and Farewell Dinners are included.


Meals

Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels.  We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. Food in Western Tibet is limited in variety - we recommend bringing snacks, museli bars etc for snacks.


Transport

Private Bus, Car and van


Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.


Single Travelers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Accommodation

Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses.


My Own Room

Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.


Joining Hotel In Kathmandu

Kathmandu Hotel Encounter Nepal

(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu.

Nepal

Website: www.encounternepal.com

Tel: +977-1-4440476, 4440534

Fax: +977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com       email:encnepal@mail.com.np


Joining information

Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport in Kathmandu you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.


Arrival Information

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.

 

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts

Personal

Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile

Pramod +977 98510 55970 Mobile

Office 9.00 am -5.00 pm Nepal Time +5.45 hrs +977 1

Hotel Encounter 24/7 (Kathmandu Hotel) +977 1 4440534, 4440476

Fax: +977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com      email: encnepal@mail.com.np


What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.


Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)

Photos for Nepal visa on arrival

Travel insurance (with photocopies)

Airline tickets (with photocopies)

USD cash and travelers cheques

Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)

Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and  Travel dossier

Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Day pack for daily personal items

Wet wipes / Moist towelettes

Hand sanitizing lotion

Alarm clock

Flashlight

Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses

Moisturizer, Lip balm

Insect Repellent

Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery

Tampons

Ear plugs for light sleepers

Small towel and swim wear (optional)

Toiletries (biodegradable)

Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals

Money belt

Shorts for summer months (June – September)

Long trousers

Hiking pants/track pants

Shirts/T-shirts

Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.

Umbrella or waterproof jacket.

Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.

Camera and film

Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.

Binoculars

Pocketknife

First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.

Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.


Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. There wil be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.


Visas

CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.


NEPAL - All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's International Airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:

Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40

And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.


Destination Travel Guide

For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.


Extra Spending Money

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.


Money Exchange

American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.


Local payment if any

There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.


Departure Tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.


Tipping Custom

Traditionally in China, tipping is not expected in restaurants, except in the tourism industry where guides and drivers expect tips. Tips are expected but not compulsory. 


Tips while travelling

Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.

Tipping  Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for porter 30 US$ from a group

Tipping  Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for  porter 50-75 USD from a group

Tipping  Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for  porter 75-100 USD from a group


Must have Good Health

You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.


Safety and Security

Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.


Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice

We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest tour programs.


Must Have Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


Responsible Travel

Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike.  We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by "Take a photograph & leave zero foot print" and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.


We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.


-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.


-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.


Associated Children Education Project

Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.


How you can help?

There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.


Respect Local Dress

In Asia the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.


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