“Adventure across the world's highest mountain range, meeting monks and exploring monasteries as you make your way from Lhasa to Kathmandu.”


Kathmandu | Bhaktapur | Changu Narayan | Lhasa | visit Braille Without Borders project | momo cooking class | Sera Monastery | Jokhang Temple | Potala Palace | Drak Yerpa Monastery | Yamdrok Lake | Gyantse | Shigatse | Sakya | Everest National Park | hike to Everest Base Camp | Rongphu Monastery

Description of Tibet holiday

Travel to the roof of the world on this Tibet holiday, to explore an ancient Buddhist nation. After time exploring Kathmandu in Nepal, you’ll fly into Lhasa to discover the former home of the Dalai Lama, and the fascinating temples and monasteries of the city, including Jokhang Temple, the holiest in the Tibetan Buddhist world. We’ll take a Tibetan road trip, too, crossing high passes and taking in the lakes and mountains of this lofty country, before camping for a night at Everest Base Camp, in the shadow of the mighty mountain. Through meeting monks and local people, learning to cook Tibetan momo dumplings and watching pilgrims at prayer, you’ll gain a personal insight into Tibet, its people and their lives.

The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has made visa regulation changes which means we now need two full days in Kathmandu so that the group visa for entry into Tibet can be processed. The itinerary has been adjusted to allow for this, and additional included activities have been added so you get the most from this extra time in Kathmandu.

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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

Tibet holiday

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 trip is an adventure of a lifetime and challenges people culturally, politically and physically. It is sometimes very exciting and sometimes frustrating as we travel through China and Tibet and Nepal with differing cultures, as we get out there and meet people, listen to them, hear their stories, breathe deeply and notice everything. Our longstanding experiences in these areas and our great local guides help us to negotiate our path.

Waste and litter is a serious issue in Tibet. We provide all travellers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste. For the train journey, we also encourage our travellers to buy food with less packaging and share more to avoid generating plastic wastes or general waste of food.

We encourage the use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!) so as not to purchase multiple plastic bottles. Safe drinking water is available in all our accommodation and transport. Any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income.

With Tibet having one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world, a project that we have been supporting is Braille without Borders, based in Lhasa. Through visit their base in Lhasa, we’ll learn about the great work they’ve been doing for the blind Tibetan people, especially the education and work opportunities they’ve created for them. Our travellers can contribute directly by buying their products like t-shirts, bags etc, or donate through our Foundation to double your donation to them.
Other fun and practical contributions to the employment of Tibetans on our trips have been the introduction of a one hour Tibetan language class for our passengers (try saying Nga, Na and Nye and make them sound different) and also the opportunity to attend a Tibetan cooking class. We’ve also trained Tibetans to be the leaders of these trips so that they can develop their skills and career better.
There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals by doing a family visit in Gyantse, or visit a local nunnery in Sakya – perfect chances for travellers to gain a deeper insight into the Tibetan life and community, a fun and educational experience for both the visiting and the visited.

2 Reviews of Tibet holiday

3.5 out of 5 stars

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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