Small group holiday to Tibet

“This classic road trip will take you to a higher plain as you cross the stunning Tibetan plateau and the lush green valleys of Nepal with a chance to visit the Everest base camp. ”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Temples of Pashupatinath and Bodnath | Yumbu Lakhang |Samye Monastery | Lhasa | Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple | Cross the Yarlung Tsang Po| Scorpion Lake | Pelke Chode Monastery | Tashilunpo Monastery | New Tingri (Shegar) | Everest Base Camp | Himalayan Peaks | Cross into Nepal

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Our top tip:
Bring layers and prepare for hot, cold and occasionally wet weather depending on the season.
Trip type:
Small group - minimum age 18
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
10 nights standard hotel with en suite facilities, 2 nights guesthouse shared facilities
Solos:
Welcome, surcharge from for single room
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader, international flights (if booked), internal transfers
Meals:
All breakfasts
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Small group holiday to Tibet

Accommodation & Meals:
We spend ten nights in standard hotels and two nights in basic guesthouses. All the lodgings on the trip are locally staffed, which has a positive effect on the economy. In particular, using remote guesthouses in the Himalayas is a great support for fairly isolated communities. Where provided, meals are made using locally sourced ingredients if possible. Lunches and dinners bring some wonderful opportunities to experience local cuisine and support independent cafes, restaurants and market stall owners. Be sure to try Nepalese Momos (steamed dumplings) and Dal Bhat (rice or lentil dish) with curry. In Tibet you may even find yourself buying a yak steak!

Local Craft and Culture:
This trip is packed with opportunities for cultural exploration as we visit a large range of colourful Buddhist and Hindu temples, monasteries, impressive palaces and bazaars. Through this we put clients in touch with authentic experiences of local cutlure, whilst also supporting preservation of important attractions with our entrance fees, donations and purchasing of souvenirs. Local craftsmanship is evident in the architecture all around us e.g. the wonderful painted wooden roof beams and typical gilded roofs of Samye monastery and Tashillunpo monastery. In Lhasa, there is the chance to purchase crafts and even see things being made. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts, brightly coloured boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and household wares.

Community:
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 35 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators, leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. On top of providing fresh water, educational supplies and sustainable wood, we have introduced a number of larger projects. We have opened an orphanage in Kathmandu (Nava Kiran) and are now involved in funding education there. We have also installed 60 solar cookers across the Everest region and 28 smokeless stoves in Thulopatel Village. Smokeless stoves use less wood and protect those cooking from a range of health complaints caused by exposure to smoke.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Small group holiday to Tibet

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I was actually the last couple of days i.e. Everest base camp although personally, too much was spent there.
Short walk coming down from base camp to the border town - the views were spectacular.
Short walk through old village one afternoon.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not let the thought of altitude effect you too much - it is normal to be short of
breathe, experience a little headaches etc. Listen to your own body and team leader.
Try out the local cuisines.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No as there was little opportunities to visit local villages etc apart from the
monasteries.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Was good although would have preferred less visits to monasteries or at least them be optional. Would have liked more short walks/treks included and more options for local food.

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