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"thank You for the perfect organisation of our tibettrip. Every single step from the beginning in Bejing until the meeting with the reponsible guide in Nepal was meticulously fulfilled"

Tibetan Expeditions operates tours, escorted by an experienced English-speaking local guide, to many areas of the Tibetan Plateau, Bhutan &China.
Larger groups may also be accompanied by a western tour leader on request

Many of our itineraries operate in remote areas - particularly in Tibet. These are by nature 'expeditions' not conventional holidays; conditions are harsher, events less predictable, infrastructure less developed and the lifestyles very different to those you are familiar with. The standards of accommodation and communications are often not up to Western levels.
However good our organization is, we are at the mercy of the unexpected, and while most of the time things go smoothly, this cannot be guaranteed. Remember in many areas - particularly in western Tibet infrastructure is poor compared to western standards, although improving daily.
If you are not prepared for this you should not travel here. The unpredictable, however often leads to unexpected encounters and the best experiences.

In China the infrastructure for tourism is far more developed - hotels are of higher standard, trains and flights generally operate to schedule, communications are easier, restaurant and food variety much greater.

All of our itineraries may be privately booked for groups of any size or tailored to your specific time constraints and interests.
Please ask for a quote based on the number of travelers in your group and your season of travel.

Remember: In some cases you are traveling to remote areas, many of which are subject to strict permit control, over rough roads. While we are able to follow the published itineraries most of the time, be aware that changes are occassionally unavoidable.
Where delay or a change of itinerary is unavoidable the leader/guide will decide on the best alternative and will do everything possible to minimise its effects, but we cannot be held responsible for the results of delays or changes outside our control.


Traveling Responsibly

Asia is our home and at Tibetan Expeditions we are committed to sharing our would with you whilst maintaining and respecting the cultures, traditions and environment unique to each region.

We encourage all travelers to be aware of the responsibilities of traveling; understanding social and political problems; respect for cultural differences; causing as little impact as possible and making a positive contribution to the areas we travel in. This includes respecting your guides' suggestions relating to respect, photography, appearance, behaviour and dress when visiting monasteries, politics, begging and the environment.

Your attitude is the most important way that you can contribute - respect local customs and traditions, dress appropiately, talk to people as equals, listen to their views and accept that their perspectives may be very different from your own. Remember - the view of Tibet, particularly as presented by the western media is not the only view, nor necessarily the view of most Tibetans in Tibet (rather than in India). As an Australian raised in Asia and the Middle East, long resident in Lhasa and married to a Tibetan, I have learned how many perspectives there can be on all subjects.

We support the local economies of the countries we travel in by using local guides and drivers, using privately owned hotels and guest houses and supporting endeavours that directly aid local people and communities, both through donations and included / optional visits.


Groups
Fixed Departures - Minimum 3-5/ Maximum 10-11
We restrict the size of our groups to minimize the impact on the local environment and communities and to maximize your local interaction as well as interaction within the group.
Private Departures - any size.

Accommodation
& Camping

Tibet: In main towns and cities in Tibet accommodation is of a good standard - clean, comfortable twin share rooms, clean shared/private facilities and hot showers.
Up to 5 star in Lhasa, 4 star in Shigatse &Tsetang - to 3 star in Gyantse, Sakya, Samye & Shegar.
There are simple hotels with private bathrooms in Saga, Darchen & Tsada,

Whilst new facilities are constantly appearing,plumbing, hot water and electricity can be erratic in smaller towns erratic.
In many places where you will stop for lunch & other breaks toilets are of the pit variety - bring your own toilet paper and don't look down. Tiger Balm has proven popular with those with sensitive noses.

In remote areas, particularly on the Kailash kora, it may be 3-4 people to a room (we try to give couples their own room where possible, but please keep an open mind about sharing). In some places single/twin occupancy of a room is possible by paying for the unused beds in a room.

Bhutan: Hotel accommodation throughout Bhutan is generally of a good tourist standard - clean, comfortable twin share rooms, clean shared/private facilities and hot showers. In some remote areas showers and private toilets are unavailable.

China: Hotel accommodation throughout China is generally of a good tourist standard - clean, comfortable twin share rooms, clean shared/private facilities and hot showers.

Camping: On camping itineraries all camping & cooking equipment is supplied except your sleeping bag & inflatable mattress. This includes 2-man tents, dining tent, toilet tent and cook tent. Due to the extra staff & equipment (plus its' transport) camping is expensive for small groups.


Group Leaders
& Guides

In Tibet all guides are licensed by the Tibetan Tourist Bureau.
Our guides are directly employed by us (not freelance). We have trained them and know them well. They are experienced and knowledgeable and speak good English.
Large groups in Tibet may also be accompanied by a western tour leader who has been working in Tibet for a minimum of 2 years.

Tours in Bhutan are accompanied by a Bhutanese guide liscenced by the Bhutan Tourism Authority.

In China, experienced, liscenced local guides will meet you in each town/city and accompany you for all sightseeing and included meals/activities.

Your leader or guide's role is to facilitate the smooth, safe running of your trip, solve problems that may occur, organise back-up plans should the need arise and provide you with an appreciation and understanding of the Himalayan world. If you have any concerns or problems on the trip, this is the person to speak to.


Transport
& Drivers
In Tibet all tourist transport is by private vehicle - car, van, minibus, bus depending on itinerary and group size. Roads in most areas are paved - including to Kailash, Guge & EBC. 4WD is not necessary and as most 4WD vehicles were de-licensed for tourism at the end of 2014 an unnecessary additional expense on most routes.

Our drivers are extremely experienced, both as drivers and mechanics and know the road conditions. They speak varying amounts of English, but all will be delighted to point out the best photo spots etc. Make the effort to get to know them and you will have a lot of fun.

In Bhutan all transport is by private vehicle - car or mini bus/van depending on your group size.

In China we use a mix of public (train / boat) and private (car / mini van/bus) transport.

Food
In Lhasa there are restaurants of every description and budget. There is also a good variety of options in main towns (eg. Shigatse, Gyantse). Outside the main towns food is often fairly basic, but there are decent Chinese restaurants everywhere. Most travelers find Tibetan food less than exciting.
- your guides will make recommendations.


All meals are included in Bhutan.
In China there are restaurants of every style and budget

Communication
In Tibet Internet facilities are available in all major towns and mobile phones work virtually everywhere. Generally mobile phones with international roaming will work in Tibet, although US phones must be triband.

In Bhutan internet facilities and IDD phones are available in most towns. In China Internet and phone communications are readily available everywhere.

The Physical Reality & Culture Shock

In Tibet (particularly Kailash and Eastern Tibet tours) the remote type of travel that you experience can be physically demanding and the effect that this will have on you, both physically and mentally should not be underestimated.
Some driving days are long, 7+ hours. Breakdowns can occur. You are expected to help load/unload your own bags from vehicles and to/from your room. In some areas the terrain is very mountainous and you may be affected by altitude.
These trips take you into areas well away from the usual tourist trail and into a world very, very different to that you know.

Opportunities to 'get away' from the group may be limited; patience, tolerance and humor will be required by all.
All this can and does take its toll on people and should not be underestimated - the rewards however are incredible.

Whilst travel in the central regions of Tibet may be harsher than you are accustomed, it is no where near as taxing - comforts such as better standards of accommodation, reliable electricity, hot showers and international communications are more readily available. Namtso is the notable exception in Central Tibet - accommodation is very simple guest house with rooms and toilets of dubious cleanliness.

In Bhutan and China accommodation and facilities are generally of good tourist standard.


ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions

ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions
ibet tours, trek, travel, Everest, Kailash, Tibetan Expeditions

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