Discover the festivals and colorful markets of minorities
In the bustling and lively markets of the villages, you will meet ethnic people who wear their traditional costumes and jewelry. They sell agricultural products, fabrics, and handicrafts.
We also recommend that you attend a festival during your journey. It will be an opportunity to meet minorities who wear traditional costumes. You will see superb shows or religious ceremonies.
The itinerary is designed according to the festivals and the markets. The order of visits will be adjusted according to the dates of festivals and the markets. You can check the chart for more information about the festivals and markets.
Optional tour: If time permits, you can visit the Mu’s Residence.
Discover Shuhe Village. It was a very important village on the Ancient Tea and Horse Road leading to Tibet.
DAY 11: LIJIANG – TIGER LEAPING GORGE 1900m alt.
Visit Baisha village, the first capital of the Naxi Kingdom, there are still traditional houses of the Naxi minority.
Optional tour: If you like, you can visit an embroidery institution. Invested by the government of Lijiang, this institution offers training to local people who lost their land due to the construction of the second-largest dam in China.
Enjoy a tour of Lhasa’s most important place of pilgrimage for Tibetans, the Jokhang.
Free time before transfer to Gongar airport for your return flight.
Extension: You can take the train from theTibetan Plateau to Xining, the capital of Amdo. During this journey on the highest train in the world, you will see very beautiful landscapes: snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, as well as herds of domestic and wild animals. After exploring the city of Xining, you return home by plane via Chengdu, where you will visit pandas and the Giant Buddha (4 days).
Guaranteed departures from 4 people, maximum 12 people
For a group of 4 to 6 people
2 531 €
For a group of 7 to 9 people
2 160 €
For a group of 10 to 12 people
1 906 €
Supplement for the person who will take a room alone during the whole trip
The hotels are mentioned in the itinerary (includes breakfast).
Full board (from dinner on day 02 to lunch on day 18, a glass of drink for each meal: water, beer, or tea)
Transfers by a private vehicle during the tour.
Quality English-speaking guides at every stage throughout the tour.
Entrance tickets for the visits and activities during the tour. (Except optional tours).
Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
Domestic flights: Shangri-La/Lhasa (economy class, includes tax)
24 hours a day, seven days a week, our English-speaking advisor provide online assistance service for the duration of your stay.
Tibet travel permit.
Free credit card payment or bank transfer, bank charges will be borne by our company. This allows you to avoid bank transfer fees to China. Payment by credit card is free and at no extra cost, so you don’t have to add additional travel insurance.
The price does not include
Chinese visa fees ($140 per person).
Tips for guides and drivers ($45 per person for the entire stay).
Travel insurance, additional activities, personal expenses.
For your information, the level of comfort of hotels in Tibet is not comparable with those in Yunnan. Especially in some remote areas like Shigatse and Gyantse where the supply is meager. We try to select for you the best hotels that offer basic but acceptable accommodation.
If you have several extra days for your trip, it is possible to add a choice of extensions/excursions associated with this trip.
World’s Highest Train Trip (+ 3~5 days):
After your stay in Tibet, we can leave Lhasa by soft sleeper train and make an exceptional journey on this roof of the world train. The scenery is beautiful on the way. You can get off the train in Xining or Lanzhou, on your way to Beijing or Shanghai.
If you don’t mind the long journey, you can get off in Chengdu or Xi’an to see the panda and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of China’s first emperor.
This tour is suitable all year round except between early March and early April (Tibet is closed to foreign travelers during this period). But the best seasons are in spring and autumn (April, May, June, September, and October) when temperatures are mild. In Yunnan and Tibet, summers are pleasant and temperatures are comfortable, the monsoon brings some rain from July and early September, but it won’t influence this cultural tour.
Information about Yunnan climate:
You can visit Dali at any time of the year thanks to its somewhat mild climate. Most people visit Dali between March and June, as well as between September and November. During those two periods, Dali’s weather is almost perfect in the sense that it doesn’t rain very much.
Shangri-La is about 3,300 meters above sea level. The climate is changeable in four seasons. Like all plateaus, the temperature difference between morning and evening is large and the wind is strong. If the sun shines during the day, the temperature can reach 25 degrees or more. At night, there is a feeling of cold wind. No matter what season, you should prepare a jacket and sun protection items.
Lijiang: You can travel to Lijiang year-round. During the springtime (March-May), visitors will be quite comfortable here. It’s not too cold and not too hot (14°C is the average temperature during this period). The temperature doesn’t get any hotter than 24°C during the summertime.
Information about Tibet climate:
– May, June, September, and October: Those are the best months with a dry and pleasant climate. Mild temperatures during the day and beautiful weather, It’s an ideal period for outdoor activities.
– November to April: It is the low season with fewer tourists and is affordable. Although it’s cold during the period, it is a very good time for travel. But beware, traveling in a high-altitude area may be slightly more strenuous than usual.
– July and August: It’s the high season as well as the rainy season in July and August, it is best to avoid this period.
Entry formalities in Tibet
To enter Tibet, document needed for application:
a Chinese visa.
a special permit, which must be obtained through a government-licensed travel agency, and an itinerary must be agreed with the agency.
– It is best to do this at least 2 months in advance.
– We provide all the necessary documents to obtain the Chinese visa and to apply for the Tibet travel permit.
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