Tibet holiday

“Adventure across the roof of the world meeting monks, exploring monasteries & crossing the world’s highest mountain range as you make your way from Lhasa to Kathmandu.”


Kathmandu | Lhasa | Gyantse & Kubum Chorten | Shigatse | Meeting monks in Sakya | Everest National Park | Rongphu monastery | Nyalam | Bhote Kosi River | Bhaktapur & Lalitpur | Trekking the Tibetan Plateau | Optional: trek to Everest Base Camp

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2016: 30 Oct
Our top tip:
Ask the local guides about what interests you most. If you'd rather opt out of a group activity to explore something else just let your leader know.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people. Min age 15.
Activity level:
Moderate to challenging.
13 nights budget guesthouses, 1 night permanent tented camp.
Solo travellers welcome, no surcharge if happy to share.
Accomm., transport, internal flights, group leader, listed activities inc. Base Camp visit.
Not included. Budget around $200 for meals.
Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tibet holiday

With the help of our local Nepalese tour leaders and our Tibetan guides, our passengers really can gain firsthand insight into the Nepal and Tibet they are travelling through and benefit from their knowledge on places to eat and stay which best support the local people.

The Kathmandu Environmental Education project (KEEP), is a very local and interesting Nepalese NGO that groups can organise to visit with their Nepalese tour leader. It offers training and courses on nature conservation to Nepalese people, basic English to trekking guides, first aid and eco trekking workshops. It has a part to play in the conservation of Nepal’s ecology and culture, and we are happy to give support to this project.

While in Tibet, many of our passengers take up the option of visiting the Braille without Borders centre in Lhasa and view it as a highlight of their trip. Tibet has one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world and the centre provides a school for children and produces educational materials and vocational training programs, with the aim of integration and acceptance of the blind into the community. You can go and listen to the stories of those who attend the school or perhaps organise a massage from one the graduates of its vocational massage courses.

Reviews of Tibet holiday

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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 13 May 2010 by

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

Seeing the Potala Palace and Mount Everest with my own eyes, instead of on TV or in a photograph.

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

The first week in Lhasa is easy going and paced well to allow gradual acclimatisation. The second week is hard going and not for the faint hearted. Drink plenty of fluids, even in Lhasa, keep a sense of humour, and never forget how privileged you are to be visiting Tibet.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, I spent an afternoon talking with young Tibetans training to be tour guides who saw tourism as being a way toward a brighter future for the people of Tibet. It is also important for westerners to see for themselves conditions inside Tibet and the impact of Chinese rule (some good, some bad, some very very bad). Whilst there visitors can also set an example of keeping the environment clean such as putting waste into bins instead of on the street.

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

Very good, enjoyable, hard work but always worth it.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2006 by

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

See Mt. Everest from Base Camp.

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

Expect the worst toilets you can imagine and they will be worse.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

4. Any other comments?

Excellent. Group leader Gorpal was terrific.

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