Lhasa to Mount Kailash tour, Tibet

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04 Oct 2016
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lhasa to Mount Kailash tour, Tibet

Environment

We, being a responsible tour operator in Lhasa, understand how important the coexistence between Tibet tourism and the protection of its natural environment is and always puts environmental protection at a foremost place, doing its utmost to leave no garbage or any pollution to the scenic sites.

Considered to be one of the most important ecological zones, Tibet features abundant resources of glaciers and lakes globally, and many world-renowned rivers originate from it as well. As there are no rubbish and sewage disposal facilities in many isolated regions of Tibet, the fragile natural environment needs to be taken with great care. If travelers carelessly leave pollutants in the wild, the damage to the unspoiled environment would be catastrophic and irreversible. Mount Kailash gained the status of holy mountain well over 2,000 years ago, and recognized as the center of the world by Hinduism, Tibetan, Buddhism and Bon. Apart from that, Mt. Kailash tour follow the footstep of devoted pilgrims to the magical land of western Tibet and experience wilderness adventure with abounding wild lives and lonely nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries. The tour across the dry and vast plain is bounded by Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north. This region abounds with wildlife, particularly after the monsoon season (July and August), herds of wild ass, Gazelle, Hodgson’s antelope, Marmot and different species of geese that can be seen along the route. We work with a strict “pollution-free travel” and all the plastic rubbish and other pollutants that can't decompose naturally will be packed and carried by yaks to the highway and later get transferred back to cities by tour bus for disposal. We make sure no organic rubbish will be left around tourist sites, and things like human waste and food remnant of meal are expected to be buried deep there.

In this tour, there are one night stay in the sleeping tent in the Everest Base Camp and four nights spent on Mount Kailash, and others in 4-star hotel. The living and accommodation condition in western Tibet is very poor, lack of water and electricity, and rooms and beds are not clean enough because the water recourse is limited. Tourists are suggested to take their own sleeping bag. There is a shortage of food and modern facilities, the cost for per meal is much higher than Lhasa, approximately 10USD for a meal. On the three days pilgrimage kora, tour guide will do assist tourists to communicate with porters. Normally, the guide will go and discuss with porters after collecting all tourists’ demand, and later all the tourists share the cost.

Community

All our tour guides and drivers hired are pure local Tibetans and we provides them with salary, tour allowance, insurance, travel rewards, and opportunities for in-service training and offer necessary help when their family members become sick. Owing to the apparent seasonal change of Tibet travel, so far Tibet Vista has offered 9 months' work to around 40 Tibetan staffs from April to January next year, representing 30 percent higher working months than average in the field.

We have been working to train local Tibetans to work in the field of tourism and helping them to master the professional skills to achieve stable and long-term profits and an improved standards of living. Each year from Nov. to March, we offer much training to all the staffs (such as driver, tour guide, employees of hotels) involved in travel service, including tourism management, service skills, treatment of unexpected injuries, first aid to altitude sickness, etc. We give every tourist a guide on how to be a responsible traveler, an initiative created by Tibetan Village Project and Chris Jones for the Tibet Eco-tourism Project: an ongoing educational initiative through Columbia University, NYC. This initiative lists basic rules and highlights the social responsibility one has to fulfill so as to be a responsible traveler. Before beginning of tourists' journey, the initiative has been sent to their E-mails and the relevant information has also been posted on our website.

In the whole tour, our Tibetan tour guide will escort clients to every tourist sites and introduce their history and culture. Especially, on trekking tour from Day 9 to Day 11, our tour guide will escort clients to trek and deal with emergency. When walking into the monasteries, please follow our tour guide walk clockwise or anticlockwise. Clients need get the permission for taking a photo of Lamas in the Monasteries. Do not give candy to local children, which is considered by the Tibetans as an unearned behavior. Do not buy products made from endangered wildlife or endangered plants. Do not intrude on local Tibetans’ homes, tents. Do not swim in holy lakes. Do not sit on holy objects, such as mani stones or walk on or step over prayer flags.

We encourage guests to buy locally, to eat in local restaurants and buy handicrafts that are authentic and locally made. We employ local guides and staff who help make guests aware of any cultural values that may differ from their own. After a long driving, our driver will have a 10 to 20 minutes for rest. It is OK for our clients to buy some small handmade souvenirs on Tibetans’ stall, such as small prayer wheels, small pocket bag, which are very cheep. Although this package does not include the meals, our experienced tour guide will help find the local Tibet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

About the permits to enter into Tibet and Mt. Kailash:
Due to Mt. Kailash in Ngari region at the border between China and Nepal, international tourists are only allowed to visit there when they hold Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit and Military Permit. As a local Tibet tour operator, we can help you to get these permits when you send us your inquiry.

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