Tibet - Roof of the World Dates & Rates
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Tibet - The Roof of the World Tour (TBJ04)
Duration: 14 Days
Prices are in USD per person, twin share. Please note: For passengers arriving earlier then the start date of the expedition, transfers can be provided at USD $20 per person. Group size: maximum of 16 people & minimum of 6 people, plus leader per trek. Please contact Aurora Expeditions for more dates on +61 2 9252 1033.
For teams, clubs or other groups of 6 or more we are happy to assist in organising a private departure of one of our amazing treks at a time that suits you best. Please contact us for more information or a group quote on +61 2 9252 1033 or email us.
|Tibet - The Roof of the World Tour (TBJ04)||06-Sep-15 to 19-Sep-15|
Days 1-2: Kathmandu
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort. Your leader will organise a short briefing and collect your passport and four photos for the special Visa which is needed to enter Tibet. We’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner and stay overnight at the resort. The next day includes a tour exploring Kathmandu, followed by another night at the resort.
Day 3: Fly to Lhasa/Tsedang (3550m)
Flight to Lhasa - one of the world’s most spectacular flights across the main Himalayan Ranges, then drive to Tsedang (Zêtang), Tibet’s ancient capital.
The city lies at the foot of Mt Gongbori, one of Central Tibet’s holy mountains in the ancient kingdom of Yarlong. We’ll arrive at Tsedang Hotel and the have the opportunity to rest and acclimatize. A relaxing stroll this afternoon will be offered for those who wish to explore the town.
Day 4: Samye Monastery (3550m)
Visit Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. Located north of the Yarlong Tsangpo River, about 30 kilometres from Tsedang, the monastery was founded in 779.
We’ll also make time to visit the castle of Yumbu Lhakang, the oldest known dwelling in Tibet and reputedly the home of the Yarlong kings, and the Trandruk monastery, which dates back to the 7th century and is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.
Days 5 – 7: Lhasa “The Forbidden City”
Journey back to Lhasa where we will spend the next three days learning about the rich cultural history of Tibet’s capital, dating back more than 1,300 years. Visit the Norbulingka Winter Palace of the Dalai Lama, and also visit the Jokhang Temple, the religious and geographical centre of Lhasa and the most important monastery in the world for all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Another highlight of Lhasa is our visit to the Potala Palace. It was established during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama and is built entirely of wood, earth and stone. The 13 stories rise 117metres and include over 1000 rooms.
Day 8: Gyantse (3800 metres) 5-6 hours
We start our journey into the high mountains. Our drive out of Lhasa is quite dramatic as we climb to the valley rim and look back at the broad valley with the timeless image of the great Potala Palace. We visit Tibet’s famed lake, Yamdrok Tso or ‘turquoise lake’, then head south to Gyantse, a remarkable example of a traditional Tibetan town.
Day 9: Sigatse - 3900metres
We drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest town, and visit the famed Tashilumpo Monastery. Time permitting, take an excursion to the local Tibetan markets.
Day 10: Shegar - 4500metres 5-6 Hours
Drive from Shigatse from Shegar, crossing a vast, broad plain to this small town which used to be a major trading post for the Sherpa people from Nepal. Afternoon climb and trek to this beautiful spot, with a splendid view across the valley to Mt Everest.
Day 11: Rongbuk, Explore Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery 5300m
We drive to the Rongbuk Valley near the great Dza Rongphu monastery, famed for its situation close to Everest, set against one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world.
From the monastery we visit Everest Base camp and enjoy the stunning view of the world's highest mountain's north face as well as the Rongbuk Glacier which flows down the north face. We then return to Tingri for our overnight stay.
Days 12-13: Return to Kathmandu
From Tingri we journey south back to Nepal. Experience a stunning panorama of the main Himalayan range rising straight up from the Tibetan plateau to the south. Arrive back at the Gokarna Forest Resort in the afternoon. The following day enjoy further sightseeing in Kathmandu and the evening end the tour with a special farewell dinner.
Day 14: Kathmandu
As our tour comes to an end, we swap contacts and farewell our new found trekking friends. Our group transfer will take you to the airport for your onward flight, or continue on with your own arrangements.
|14 Days||06-Sep-15 to 19-Sep-15|
How to Prepare
To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trekking expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.
Our treks often venture into more remote country and cross mountain passes, with some also reaching high altitudes. Read more on our trek grading.
Fitness is an important aspect of any trekking holiday, especially in high altitude. The fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. It is also essential for resisting colds and illness during your trip.
The trek is suitable for anyone who loves hill walking and leads a healthy, active lifestyle. If you exercise regularly, we recommend as a minimum to train four to six months prior to the trip, walking for at least 3km, three times a week. If you are not normally active, you may need to increase your training to include 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to six times a week. Ensure you train using your trekking gear, such as shoes and a backpack filled with 2-3 kilos.
As level ground is rare in the mountains, we also recommend to include some uphill training with a mixture of slopes and stairs into your training program. Remember to take the stairs wherever possible; not only does this build strength in your legs and buttocks, it is also one of the quickest ways to increase your fitness and expand your lung capacity.
You will be walking through undulating country for extended periods of time, albeit at an easy, comfortable pace. The distances are not great, however due to the amount of inclines and walking in high altitude, most people find that they are not able to maintain their normal pace. Our shortest walk is about three hours, whilst our last day is a full eight-hour day (including breaks).
The path itself is mostly a rocky, uneven surface, so good balance and stability is a must. Walking poles are provided for support only, you must be able to walk on uneven surfaces without them if required. We climb and descend an average of 300-400 metres each day, which can cause some pressure on knees, hips and joints. If you have any concerns please call our sales team to access your abilities on +61 2 9252 1033.
For treks going above 3,500 m we are very careful with acclimatisation to altitude, and our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to minimise the effects. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days to enable safe acclimatisation. It is still possible for mountain sickness to occur, so a close watch is kept on each group member by the leader, who is trained in recognising early symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Medication such as Diamox is available to relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness. Please ask your doctor for advice before travelling. If you wish to find out more about acute mountain sickness visit http://www.himalayanrescue.org for more information.
Is your passport valid?
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.
All nationalities require a visa for Nepal . It is your responsibility to obtain your own visa. Please visit these websites for more information on your Nepal Visa: http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au
Your Bhutan visa is included in your trip cost and will be organised by Aurora Expeditions.
For travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, a visa is currently not required for visiting Argentina and Chile for tourism purposes.
**Please keep in mind visa and passport requirements for countries you will pass through to reach your trek destination.**
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from remote areas.
Emergency contact details
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ contact numbers.
Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.
How to Book
If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).
Complete a booking form
Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.
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Preparation for your voyage
On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.
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Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers. Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.
We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.