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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Wonderful trip but be aware that this is not a trip for the faint hearted. The altitude is a real issue and even though Exodus says there is plenty of time for acclimatisation the impact of an instant leap to 3500 metres can be frightening.
Meeting the nomads. This was unplanned as I suffered from altitude sickness.
the group leader (Gum) was excellent and very knowledgeable. Nice smiley face personality and looked after us from start to finish.
If you have suffered with altitude sickness before go prepared.
Breath taking in many ways.. physically due to the high altitude but also the country and the scenery was fabulous
Tying a white pray scarf (in memory of my mum who always wanted to go there but never managed to before she died) to a pole at Everest base camp. It will remain their with all the other pray flags and scarfs flapping in the wind taking their good wishes and prays up and away.
Pleasant, competent guy who knew his stuff regarding altitude and it's affects on people. He had all the gear which he knew how to use....just in-case we needed it (oxygen cylinder and portable compression chamber). He could also sing a good Nepal folk song, showed a bit of sense of humour but kept himself to himself.
You need to be mentally and physically prepared for this trip. A good strong stomach and pair of thighs for the toilets!! A tip would be take some Vick or menthol to put under your noise before you enter them!
Well worth doing, would not have missed it for the world.
A busy trip , although not arduous, covering a lot of distance in order to see lots of different landscapes.
The turquoise lake, Everest Base Camp , Potala Palace amongst others
BothNepalese and local Tibetan leaders kept provided informative commentary and useful assistance ( when buying things in local shops etc ) .
Toilets ( public toilets ) range from grim to deplorable. Carry lots of own hand gel and toilet tissue . keep small change ( 2 yuan ) for toilets as there was always a screeching demand for money ( doesnt appear as if that money is NEVER spent on actually doing anything to improve facilities ) . At first opportunity get hold of some tiger balm or similar ( vicks ) to put under nose before entering the toilets.
Make sure you bring a small torch or head torch , especially useful at Rongbuk monastery for toilet visit at night .
Buy/bring some sweets / snack for the long coach days , on those days could be long break between miserly breakfast and lunch .
Bring some "squash drops" or juice flavouring to add to water. You have to drink a lot of fluids to help stave off AMS and plain water gets pretty boring after a few days. Also bring re-hydration powder , as agin drinking so much water daily flushes through your body .
Also bring some nasal decongestant and your own painkillers ( Ibruprofren ) as everyone seemed to get "stuffed up nose" ( due to altitude) . Some travellers were using Diamox but by no means was everyone.
Seemed like average meal with a soft drink ( i.e. fried rice and a coke ) would be around 45 - 50 yuan , easily spending 100 yuan a day on 2 meals . Alcohol ( beer ) would increase that budget . I purchased Yuan in UK to avoid any issues with bank opening hours in country .
Lots of "admin and bureaucracy" for local guides to deal with , so some time wasted at numerous checkpoints.
Gongga ( Lhasa) airport has a level of "admin" all of its own.............the thermal body checking caught a few people out and they had to be "cooled down " before entry allowed.
The altitude can cause some discomfort , but drink plenty of fluids, do things SLOWLY and listen/follow advice from the guides . Said as an unfit , overweight 50+ whose main discomfort was with a head cold.
Things have improved in recent years but you should be aware that a lot of the roads are still very bumpy and dusty, the altitude can have an effect and some of the facilities are not what you may get elsewhere! You need to travel with an open mind and remember that Tibet has been traditionally quite poor and facilities, especially in some hotels, may not always be up to a western standard, although we will always do our best to ensure clients are as comfortable as possible.
There are some fairly long days of driving on this trip, and due to the rough roads and altitude this can be tiring. The road resurfacing can result in some delays and the border formalities can take time and it is not unusual to have to queue for around an hour or more at passport control. The road after the border to Kathmandu is not in a very good condition and we will be in a bus for this part of the journey. Whilst in Tibet you will spend most of the time above 3500m and altitude must be taken into consideration, but plenty of time is given for acclimatisation. This is quite a tough trip, due to the high altitudes and bad roads, but the stunning scenery, cultural interest and the Tibetan people make any discomforts worthwhile.
Joanna Zubr - Tibet Operations
Situated near the entrance of Yak Hotel and close to Barkhor Street, Dunya restaurant offers everything from pizza, pasta to Indian /Nepalese dishes (you can even try yak steak!!) giving a welcome break from the monotonous Chinese food and packed lunches that you have had or are likely to have once you get out of Lhasa. All staff working here speak good English and is a popular eat out/meeting place amongst the expats and western guides and leaders while in Lhasa. Check out the well stocked bar upstairs and have a chat with Fred (if he is around) with his wonderful stories of life in Tibet he loves to share with travelers.
Niraj Chand Shrestha - Customer Operations
The Dalai Lama has stated that he believes westerners should visit Tibet so that Tibet and the Tibetans do not become isolated, and our belief is that the Tibetans themselves, in general, regard the presence of westerners in Tibet as a positive factor. Our agent in Tibet is Tibetan and as far as possible, we only use Tibetan guides and drivers or Chinese guides sympathetic to Tibetan culture. Wherever possible we use facilities that are Tibetan owned and run. Sometimes this is not possible and travelling in Tibet you must understand this.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you wont get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact Travcour or the Nepalese embassy direct.
It costs $25 for a 15 days visa and $40 for a 30 days visa. You will need a passport photograph if getting a visa on arrival. Please note if you are staying in Nepal longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.
Emma Garrick - Product Manager
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