Tibet exploration tour

“Acclimatise sightseeing in Lhasa on this tailor made 13 day tour before embarking on a series of drives and treks en-route to Everest Base Camp at 5,150m.”


Lhasa | Potala Palace | Jokhang Temple | Guru Rinpoche | King Songtsen Gampo | Tsuephu Monastery | Tsurphu Monastery | Leten | Bartso | Dorje Ling Nunnery | Namtso | Gyangtse | Pelkor Monastery | Gyangtse | Tingri | Mt. Everest Base Camp | Shigatse |

Description of Tibet exploration tour

If you’re looking to unearth the true nature of Tibet then this 13 trekking day tour will go some way to helping you understand the natural and cultural wonders of this captivating region of Asia.

Throughout this Tibet exploration tour you’ll encounter an eclectic array of Buddhist sites and heritage highlights all within the dominating shadow of the mighty Himalayas, including a short stop at Everest Base Camp from where the indomitable peak rises into the clouds above.

Starting this Tibet exploration tour in the country’s capital city, Lhasa, really brings home the essence of Tibetan Buddhism with the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery and Barkhor markets all adding to the spirituality of life in the mountains.

Next stop is Leten village, one of the highest in the world, where you’ll discover the authentic rural lifestyles and the food that sets this place apart from anywhere else on the planet.

More remote villages and rural communities await throughout this 13 day Tibet exploration tour with the important heritage sites at Gyantze and Tingri culminating in the thrill of keeping an eye out for Everest.

This is an active trip and some walks can be challenging however, fortune favours the brave and some of the views at altitude are just rewards for trekkers looking to place their heads well and truly in the clouds.

Concluding in Shigatze is always a pleasure with a camera full of photos and a head full of memories to last long after the final journey home.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Prepare well for trekking and driving at high altitude by keeping hydrated, avoiding alcohol and resting whenever possible.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. Trekking at altitude (max 5000m) and long drives within rugged landscapes.
Local hotels and basic campsites
12 x breakfast, lunches and dinners.
Accommodation, camping tents and mats, English-speaking guide, entrance fee, yak man and yaks if needed.
About this holiday company:
This company specialise in tailor made active holidays across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travellers and local people alike.

Responsible tourism

Tibet exploration tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including part of the Himalayas that are of spectacular beauty. However, the impacts of tourism on Mount Everest have been acutely felt in recent times and we fully endorse the need to help manage and protect this natural wonder. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

On first three days, we will have enough time to see the most important sights where with rich in historical and cultural in Lhasa. After that, begin our trekking with lower impact on the environments (Namtso lake, rugged valleys, mountainsides, vineyards, towns, etc). Traveling on foot, you will explore beautiful villages in and around Lhasa rom Tsurphu Monastery to Dorje Ling Nunnery in this tour.

Your own water bottle will be suggested to carry with before your departure from your country. We will provide the drinking water for the participants to refill in on a support vehicle and minimising the need to purchase bottled water.

As we all know every camping produces a surplus of waste and hard-to-use biomass that is best kept in the food chain by feeding it to livestock. Before camping and hiking , we will buy from local markets to prepare foods in moderation, such as bread, milk, instant coffee, jam, vegetable, sausage... We will try to eat them all, do not  leaving too much food on camp site.

It is advocated to recycle paper and ink cartridges to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We turn off printers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances.

Flora and fauna:
Our local guides will have a set of guidelines for each tour. The flora and fauna (flowers and animals) are in abundance and wide variety in remote villages along this tour. And the weak ecological environments are complex and multiplicity, and they are damageable. we advocate ecological tourism. Footpaths crisscrossed the fields, where the crowing of cocks and the barking of dogs were heard within distance, of course we stick to footpaths. The growing number of visitors is damaging the footpaths. It is necessary to mention this on tour briefing to our clients.

Transport :
We try to seldom use vehicle except necessary on the tour. We actively encourage all customers to take public transport, or rent a bike, or just walk around the small and special Tibet old town in free time. So we could ensure that our transport is as low carbon as possible.


Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the rural communities of the regions we visit, especially those in Tibet. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market.

Travelling with respect:
On this tour, we will visit lots of remote villages. On the basis of many years of joint efforts with them, we have good relationships with local community. For example, we usually visit some small villages and held special activity to promote local culture and customs, do culture exchange, visit locals schools, local families.... All our guests will also get the warmest welcome locally from the Kyrkiz communities when meet locals.

Accommodation and Meals:
We choose all the accommodation carefully, based on their location and their operating systems. Most of them are locally owned such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities. Before the trekking, travellers will buy some goods and materials that suitable for trek from local markets. In this way we could bring economic benefits to local residents. We are supporting employment and conservation efforts within these areas.

Local services:
We use local tour guide and drivers, and pay for them with good reward. Meantime, we empower them with training opportunities every year, especially theguide services training classes which is a must on tour industry.

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