Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour

Environment

With the help of our local Tibet tour leaders and our Tibetan guides, our clients really can gain firsthand insight into Tibet they are traveling through and benefit from their knowledge on places to eat and stay which best support the local people. We believe we can influence travelers as long as we insist our value.

Firstly, we pay much attention to increase travelerís awareness of environmental protection. When an inquiry is sent to us, our trip advisor not only help to design your Tibet itinerary, but also explain the necessary knowledge of Tibetan environment production.

Secondly, we give every travelers a guidebook before leaving for destination, on which, our clients not only know exactly how to protect cultural relics in the monasteries and palaces, but also understand the importance to keep the natural relics, lakes from being polluted during their tour.

Thirdly, on the tour, our tour guides distribute rubbish bags to each traveler, so they can collect their own trash as they travel and later throw all of it to designated places. We believe we can influence travelers as long as we insist our value.

Community

As a responsible tour operator in Lhasa, we understand how important it is to work in the field of tourism and help local Tibetan to achieve stable and long-term profits and improve their standards of living.

All our tour guides and drivers are hired from the local Tibetans. Firstly, we provide them with salary, tour allowance, insurance, travel rewards, and opportunities for in-service training. We also offer necessary help when their family members become sick. Secondly, owing to the apparent seasonal change of Tibet travel, so far†this organisation†has offered 9 months' work to around 40 Tibetan staffs from April to January next year, representing 30 percent higher working months than average in the field.

On this Tibet tour, you can not only appreciate the scenery in a flexible way, but reduce the impact of pollution, you also have a good chance to feel the real Tibet life when stopping by the villages.

2 Reviews of Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour

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Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by

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


The whole trip was quite unique. To travel in Tibet at 5000 meters high, to feel the hight and see the ancient Tibetan culture. I would have liked to see more Tibetan culture, like farming and people in the countryside. The temples were impressive as well as the landscape and the Tibetan people. The Potala Palace and the old city of Lasha were very memorable and to see the ordinary people praying in the temples was great. Also, see the monks debating. But I did not like to see all the money in the temples. I searched for a hat with the name Tibet but didn't find any and I felt so sorry about it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Read about Tibet before you go there and be in warm clothing.

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


Yes, I think more tourism is needed to help the Tibetian people to look after their culture. I did not like how the Tibetian culture has been wiped out in some places, like Kyirong.

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


The trip is once in a lifetime trip for me. I am very glad that I could go there. I want to thank Leon Zhang from the tour operator for his very good and informative communication. He always answered my questions right away and helped to solve the problem. When we came to Kathmandu, a representative of the tour operator was here to greet us and we could not call from our mobile phones so I sent him an email and he responded right away and asked us to wait at the airport.

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2018 by

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


I was equally enthralled by the beauty of the Tibetan countryside and the wonderful monasteries, and surprised by the friendliness of the Tibetan people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Mid-late October is an ideal time to go, with beautiful autumn colouring, and fewer crowds than in the summer. You need to be fit and healthy to cope with
the altitude and the considerable climbing involved in exploring the monasteries. Be prepared for some discomfort. A relaxed attitude towards the unexpected helps!

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


I did not feel that the vacation benefited local people at all. We stayed in hotels owned and run by Chinese (possibly there were no Tibetan run ones of a
suitable standard). Less excusably we always ate in Chinese or Nepali restaurants, when Tibetan ones existed and would have been much preferred by the group. We were constantly plied with bottled water, whereas boiled or filtered water would have been less environmentally damaging.

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


The trip was well organised and honestly described. The tour company have high standards of customer service and I would not hesitate to recommend them. My
main criticism is that the itinerary was too tight, given the large distances to be covered and the chances of delays. An extra day would have allowed more
time for sightseeing and provided better value for money overall.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much for your comments.

About point 3:
1. We used Tibetan tour guide, driver and tourist bus for the group.
2. The hotels are registerred in Tibet tourism bureau and need pay tax to TTB and the money will be used in infrastructure of Tibet, incl. road building,
school, etc.
3. For the meals, we did not arrange in advance. Our Tibetan tour guide will recommend clients to eat during the trip. There are many restaurants to choose.
4. We offer bottled water and boiled water on the road. But boiled water is not enough because it need get from restaurant. On the bus, there is no method to boil water. So, we have to prepare some bottled water in advance.

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