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Tour Tibet: Housing the Abode of Snow

西藏行:雪域之光

14 – 23 June 2018 (10 Days)

Introduction

Known as “the land of snows”, Tibet is located in the heart of Asia, locked between China and India, held aloft on a limitless mountainous plain. Many people visit Tibet to see the Mount Everest, but its charm lies not only in the breathtaking scenery, but also in its distinct language, history and people – which survived imperialism, remained intact for centuries but is now at risk of extinction. The combination of inaccessibility and political sensitivity made Tibet unattainable and a challenge to experience first-hand its richness as well as to preserve its ancient heart.

Our Tour Tibet: Housing the Abode of Snow 西藏行:雪域之光 will explore the controversies relating to Tibet nowadays, the close relationship between religion and politics in Tibet and the material development in the region as Tibetans fight to hold on to their unique identity without getting left behind in China’s race to modernity. At the same time, we do not compromise the fun and interesting parts of travelling. The 10-day tour will spend an extra day at Everest Base Camp (珠峰大本營), from where the view of Everest is the most spectacular of all.

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Programme Details

*Note 1: Walk In Hong Kong Limited (License No.: 353919) is the responsible tour operator of this programme.

*Note 2:  Republic of China (Taiwan) Passport Holders are not allowed to join the trip.

Tour Fee:
Hong Kong / Macau Mainland Permit holders: 12,000 HKD
Other Passport holders: 12,800 HKD

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Our Tour Fee includes

  • Application fee for all required documents (Tibet Travel Permit and/or Aliens Travel Permit) to enter Tibet
  • All Transportation in Tibet
  • All accommodation (shared twin-room) throughout the programme (9 nights)
  • Meals as indicated in the Programme Guideline (you will receive this after registration)
  • Drivers and licensed local guide
  • One Eastern Vision tour mentor
  • All entry fees to museums, monasteries and sightseeing spots
  • Academic materials customised for the tour
  • 0.15% Stamp Duty by Travel Industry Council

Our Tour Fee Excludes

  • Transportation from Hong Kong (or elsewhere) to Lhasa and transportation from Lhasa to Hong Kong*
  • Extra meals or souvenirs in Tibet
  • Travel Insurance**
  • Your China visa of single entry (if necessary)***
  • Tips for Tibetan tour guides and driver

*Our programme starts and ends in Lhasa. You should arrange your own flights/trains to Lhasa. However, we also facilitate two separate, non-bundled Group Transport Options(train or flight package) via our responsible tour operator Walk In Hong Kong Limited (Licence no. 353919) if you depart from Hong Kong:

Outbound:
11 Jun 2018 Guangzhou – Lhasa (train [no. Z264] operated by China Railway)
  OR
13 Jun 2018 Hong Kong – Chengdu – Lhasa (operated by Air China)
Inbound:
24 Jun 2018 Lhasa – Chongqing – Hong Kong (operated by Air China)

For those who opt for the flight package, an overnight hotel in Lhasa on 13 Jun 2018 will be included. Both options include round-trip transfer (coach) between airport and hostel/hotel. You can find more details in the Programme Guideline (you will receive this after registration).

**An appropriate and adequate travel insurance is a condition of travelling with Eastern Vision.

***For some passport holders who need to acquire a visa to enter China, you are reminded to secure a proper visa for single entry.

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Itinerary

Day 1: 14 June 2018

Start of Programme

  • Gather at Lhasa (拉薩) in the afternoon, to be greeted by our Eastern Vision tour mentor and familiar local guides.
  • Our Tibetan expert will give you an introduction on Tibetan Culture before the exciting journey. It will provide you with essential prior knowledge, ranging from geographical, political, cultural and historical background of Tibet. They are the backbone of issues and themes that we will be discussing later throughout the tour.
  • Check-in to local hostel, which has a view of the whole Potala Palace directly from your room
  • Stroll around Bakhor Circuit (八廓街) on a walking tour, to discover the local Tibetan community
  • Museum of Ambans in Tibet (駐藏大臣館), a rarely visited museum depicting the Chinese influence in the heart of the old city area
  • Ani Sang Kung Nunnery and Teahouse (倉姑寺及甜茶館), get a taste of local Tibetan noodles (藏麵) and Butter Tea (酥油茶)
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (平措康桑青年旅館)

Day 2: 15 June 2018

Lhasa (拉薩)

  • Visit Potala Palace (布達拉宮), the most iconic landmark of Tibet, also the winter residence of various Dalai Lamas
  • Chagpori Hill(藥王山), the best shooting angle to capture Potala Palace
  • Zongjiao Lukang Park(宗角祿康公園), catching the glimpse of the reflection of Potala Palace at night
  • Bakhor Supermarket (八廓商城)
  • Princess Wencheng Stage Drama (文成公主處境劇), a multi-million dollar production to assert Chinese propaganda message of its ownership of Tibet
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (平措康桑青年旅館)

Day 3: 16 June 2018

Lhasa (拉薩)

  • Tibet Thangka Institution(西藏唐卡學院) to know more about this declining Tibetan arts
  • Explore Jokhang Monastery (大昭寺), one of the most important temples in Tibet
  • Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺), to witness the unique Buddhist painted on rock
  • Sera Monastery (色拉寺), a monastery known for scholarly learning. You get to see the monks engaged in a philosophical Buddhist debate as part of their learning process
  • Dinner meet-up with Tibetan Monks, listen to their personal stories as a monk, under the tourism boom in Tibet over the recent few years
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (平措康桑青年旅館)

Day 4: 17 June 2018

Lhasa (拉薩) > Gyantse (江孜)

  • Leave Lhasa and drive to Gyantse, crossing three passes over 5,000m and skirt the shores of the beautiful lakes
  • Yamdrok Lake (羊卓雍錯), one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet
  • Karola Glacier (卡若拉冰川), the breathtaking contrast between the blue sky and snow peaked mountains
  • Puma Yumco (普莫雍錯), which means “blue jewel floating in the sky” in Tibetan
  • Arrive at Gyantse before dinner time. Lying on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, Gyantse has long been a crucial link for traders.
  • Overnight at local hostel in Gyantse

Day 5: 18 June 2018

Gyantse (江孜) > Shigatse (日喀則)

  • Gyantse Kumbum (白居寺十萬佛塔), one of the few Kumbums (means 100,000 images) in Tibet
  • Gyantse Dzong(宗山古堡), the important landmark of War of the Tibetans against the Britain
  • Head to Shigatse after lunch
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (藏巴大酒店)

Day 6: 19 June 2018

Shigatse (日喀則) > Everest Base Camp (珠峰大本營)

  • Tashilhunpo Monastery (扎什倫布寺), founded by the 1st Dalai Lama, also the largest temple in Shigatse area
  • Depart from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp after lunch
  • You will view the Mount Everest in the distance if the weather is good enough
  • Camp in enjoy the spectacular starry sky at night, unblemished by light pollution
  • Overnight at Everest Base Camp tent

Day 7: 20 June 2018

Everest Base Camp (珠峰大本營) > Shigatse (日喀則)

  • Watching the sensational sunrise at the Base Camp, a golden glow on a clear morning
  • Walk around Mount Everest Base camp, enjoy the dramatic view of the world’s highest peak in front of you
  • Rongbuk Monastery (絨布寺), the highest monastery in the world (5100m)
  • Head to Tibet-Bhutan Border, a mysterious remote area which is full of glaciers
  • Overnight at local hostel

Day 8: 21 June 2018

Shigatse (日喀則) > Namtso (納木措)

  • Transition day, a long ride up to Namtso (納木措)
  • Arrive at Namtso before dinner, also known as the ‘heavenly lake’
  • Overnight at local hostel in Namtso

Day 9: 22 June 2018

Namtso (納木措) > Lhasa (拉薩)

  • Enjoy the spectacular sunrise of Namtso
  • Morning walk around Namtso
  • Drive back to Lhasa after packing up
  • See for yourself the natural beauty around Namtso area
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (平措康桑青年旅館)

Day 10: 23 June 2018

Lhasa (拉薩)

  • Norbulingka (羅布林卡), the traditional summer residence of Dalai Lamas in the past
  • Free time around Lhasa
  • Hotpot buffet dinner in Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise Hotel (拉薩聖地天堂洲際大酒店)
  • Overnight at local hostel in city centre (平措康桑青年旅館)

End of Programme

*The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change. Registrants will receive a full itinerary with programme details via email.

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