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Trip Extensions

Beijing Essence Tour

Duration: 5 days

This extension takes you on an exploration of all the major sites in and around Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven, all fine examples of exceptional Chinese architecture. See one of the 7 Wonders of the World at th... read more

Nepal Chitwan and Everest

Duration: 6 days

Fly to Kathmandu for a quick taste of the high Himalayas and the fabulous Chitwan National Park where we will take elephant back safaris into the most famous tiger reserve in Nepal. You will also get a close up look at Mt Everest from a special fligh... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive in tibet

Welcome to Tibet!Welcome to Tibet!

Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, you will be met and transfered to your hotel in Lhasa to rest up and begin your acclimatization. (Lhasa is at an elevation 3590 meters, and you'll travel up to 4718 meters during this trip.) Expect about a two hour drive from the airport to Lhasa. 

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
House of Shambhala (or similar)

Days 2-3: explore lhasa

The goosebump-inducing Potala PalaceThe goosebump-inducing Potala Palace

The next two days are focused on exploring the heart of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and the center of Tibetan Buddhism for over a thousand years. Literally translated to "Place of the Gods," Lhasa is a city of wonders, with palaces and old town areas that preserve the traditional Tibetan way of life. While here:

  • Visit the Potala Palace that soars above the city and has been the winter residence of every Dalai Lama from the fifth to the current 14th
  • Explore the Jokhang temple, the“spiritual heart” of Lhasa city
  • Stroll around Barkhor street and the surrounding old quarters of the town
  • Visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries in Tibet
  • Visit Nechung temple just below Drepung – the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist university monasteries to see the Buddha painting Thangka display
  • Partake in the Shoton Festival, translated to “Yogurt Banquet Festival,” one of the most important festivals for Tibetans that includes a Tibetan opera performance, the unveiling of Thangka at Drepung, and Sera Monastery—a major highlight visited by many local Tibetans and tourists

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
House of Shambhala (or similar)

Day 4: drak yerpa monastery / norbulingka palace

See the opera show in the Shoton FestivalSee the opera show in the Shoton Festival

Embark on a day trip today, with a short (1/2 hour) drive northeast of Lhasa to the Drak Yerpa monastery. This area also includes ancient meditation caves that used to house 300 monks.

After exploring Drak Yerpa, head back to Lhasa for a late afternoon visit to Norbulingka Palace, the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas, as well as a great horticulture park. Here, you'll experience the Tibetan opera performance that is part of the Shoton Festival. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
House of Shambhala (or similar)

Day 5: drive to tsetang and samye

Visit Yumbu Lhakang, the first Tibetan palaceVisit Yumbu Lhakang, the first Tibetan palace

Today you'll head out for a 2.5-hour drive to Samye and the region commonly known as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization," with plenty of stops along the way, including:

  • Visit Yumbu Lhakang, famed as the first Tibetan palace
  • Explore the Tandruk temple, one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet
  • See the Samye monastery, the first monastery in Tibet, and explore its architecture and rich murals

End the day at your comfortable guesthouse in Samye. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tibetan-style Guest House

Day 6: drive to gyantse

Pass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake todayPass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake today

Get your camera ready for today's stunning drive from Samye to Gyantse. You'll be in the vehicle for about seven hours, but with all of the gorgeous scenery, the time will fly by.

Along the way, cross over Kamba-la pass (4700m), descend and drive by the magnificent freshwater Yamdrok Lake, drive up the Karo La pass for an amazing view of the Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier, and then continue to the town of Gyantse, considered the third largest and most prominent town in Tibet.

When you arrive, you'll be at an elevation of 3980 meters.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tibetan-style Guest House

Day 7: explore gyantse / drive to shigatse  

Explore the town of GyantseExplore the town of Gyantse

This morning is a chance to get to know Gyantse, with visits to places such as the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum, a nine-tier, 32m building with 108 gates.

When it's time to leave, you'll drive a short distance (two hours) to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Along the way, stop by and visit Pashual, a traditional Tibetan village, where you can observe the life of the indigenous Tibetan farmers and taste locally made snacks.   

Take a slight detour south to visit the Shalu monastery, renowned for mural paintings and Buddhist scholastic learning and training, then continue your travels until you reach Shigatse city where you'll stay for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tibetan-style Guest House

Day 8: explore shigatse / drive to dhamshung

Stay at quaint guesthouses throughout your tripStay at quaint guesthouses throughout your trip

After breakfast begin a tour of Shigatse, starting with Tashi Lhunpo, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Tsang province of Tibet, and witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet. Enjoy a stroll through the local market before heading out for today's 7-hour drive.

You'll leave Shigatse and drive along the Friendship Highway, turning at what used to be the ferry crossing point and is now Takdruka village. Continue driving through a stunning valley and cross the Shugu La pass (5259m). End in Dhamshung, a small town on the northern nomadic upland, where you'll stay for the night at an elevation of 4290m.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tibetan-style Guest House

Day 9: explore namtso lake / drive to lhasa

Stroll around the Jokhang TempleStroll around the Jokhang Temple

After breakfast, head out for a two-hour drive to the beautiful Namtso Lake, at an elevation of 4718m. Namtso, or Sky Lake, is one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet, reaching 70km in length and 30km in width. Once here, relax in the incredible landscape surrounding the lake with a short walk along the lakeshore. 

After, it's time to return to Lhasa via a four-hour drive. After arrival, you can rest up at your hotel, and take a gentle stroll around the holy Jokhang Temple one last time.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
House of Shambhala (or similar)

Day 10: lhasa cultural experiences

See artists at work at the Handicraft centerSee artists at work at the Handicraft center

Today you'll dig even deeper into the cultural side of Lhasa, with two fascinating glimpses into life in Tibet.

In the morning, participate in an inspirational and enlightening talk by a renowned local Tibetan expert. The theme varies between tradition and culture, architecture and festivals, costume and Tibetan symbols. Speakers are experts from Tibet University, Academic of Social Science, Tibetan Traditional Medical Collage or local NGOs.

In the afternoon, visit Shol Dhenpa Handicraft center to see and learn about the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary crafts, like Tibetan pottery, Thangka painting, sewing work, paper arts, and Buddhist statue fabrications. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the selected materials, elaborate design, and color matching strategies. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
House of Shambhala (or similar)

Day 11: depart

Extend to Chengdu to see pandasExtend to Chengdu to see pandas

It's time to say good-bye to Tibet. At the appropriate time, you'll be transfered to the airport to begin your travels home.

Not ready to leave? Ask your Adventure Specialist about extensions in China or Nepal, with options in Beijing, Xi'an, Kathmandu Valley, and Chengdu (home of the Giant Pandas!).

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,230
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates
Aug 9-19, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
On this tour, you will stay in comfortable and pleasant hotels, Tibetan-owned boutique hotels, and basic Tibetan-owned guesthouses.
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
6-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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See the Potala Palace that soars above Lhasa
See the Potala Palace that soars above Lhasa
Meet the villagers of Tibet
Meet the villagers of Tibet
Witness a Buddhist philosophical debate
Witness a Buddhist philosophical debate
Stroll around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa
Stroll around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa
Witness the Thangka display during the Shoton Festival
Witness the Thangka display during the Shoton Festival
Visit the Yumbu Lhakhang Palace, from the 2nd century B.C.
Visit the Yumbu Lhakhang Palace, from the 2nd century B.C.
See a Tibetan Opera Show during the Shoton Festival
See a Tibetan Opera Show during the Shoton Festival
Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in the Shigatse region
Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in the Shigatse region
Watch for colorful costumes as part of the Shoton Festival
Watch for colorful costumes as part of the Shoton Festival
See the Gyantse Fort, built in the 1390s
See the Gyantse Fort, built in the 1390s
Explore the Shalu Monastery, renowned for its mural paintings
Explore the Shalu Monastery, renowned for its mural paintings
See artists at work when you visit the Shol Dhenpa Handicraft center
See artists at work when you visit the Shol Dhenpa Handicraft center
Pass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake on your drive to Gyantse
Pass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake on your drive to Gyantse

Tibetan Treasures

Lhasa, plateau villages, palaces and monasteries, plus the Shoton Festival

overview

Satisfy your curiosity about Tibet on this 11-day journey that will fill your spiritual well and leave you wanting more. With visits to Tibetan cities, countrysides, villages, and mountains, plus palaces, monasteries, and handicraft centers, this trip is a cultural, scenic, and engaging feast for the senses. And if you join the group departure in August, top off your trip by participating in the Shoton Festival, the grandest festival in all of Tibet, complete with Buddhist activities, authentic local food and colorful performances. 

Begin in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and explore the historically significant palaces that are at the heart of this city, including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. While in Lhasa, experience the Shoton Festival (which literally means “Yogurt Banquet Festival"). The event includes a Tibetan opera performance at Norbulingka, the summer palace of the successive Dalai Lamas, and the unveiling of impressive thangkas at Drepung.

Next visit the Lhoka region, with Tibet's first palace (Yumbu Lhakang) and first Buddhist monastery (Samye Monastery), before traveling to the central western part of Tibet. Along the way, soak in the tranquil and majestic scenery with stops at Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La Glacier.

This trip provides ample opportunities for cultural interactions, with visits to indigenous Tibetan farmers and a micro-talk with a renowned local Tibetan expert focused on tradition, culture, architecture, festivals, costume, and Tibetan signs and symbols. Plus, visit Shol Dhenpa Handicraft Center, an impressive studio for an array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary artists.

Note that this trip is overland, and you'll be in vehicles from one to seven hours at a time as you make your way around Tibet. All roads are paved. 

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overview

Satisfy your curiosity about Tibet on this 11-day journey that will fill your spiritual well and leave you wanting more. With visits to Tibetan cities, countrysides, villages, and mountains, plus palaces, monasteries, and handicraft centers, this trip is a cultural, scenic, and engaging feast for the senses. And if you join the group departure in August, top off your trip by participating in the Shoton Festival, the grandest festival in all of Tibet, complete with Buddhist activities, authentic local food and colorful performances. 

Begin in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and explore the historically significant palaces that are at the heart of this city, including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. While in Lhasa, experience the Shoton Festival (which literally means “Yogurt Banquet Festival"). The event includes a Tibetan opera performance at Norbulingka, the summer palace of the successive Dalai Lamas, and the unveiling of impressive thangkas at Drepung.

Next visit the Lhoka region, with Tibet's first palace (Yumbu Lhakang) and first Buddhist monastery (Samye Monastery), before traveling to the central western part of Tibet. Along the way, soak in the tranquil and majestic scenery with stops at Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La Glacier.

This trip provides ample opportunities for cultural interactions, with visits to indigenous Tibetan farmers and a micro-talk with a renowned local Tibetan expert focused on tradition, culture, architecture, festivals, costume, and Tibetan signs and symbols. Plus, visit Shol Dhenpa Handicraft Center, an impressive studio for an array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary artists.

Note that this trip is overland, and you'll be in vehicles from one to seven hours at a time as you make your way around Tibet. All roads are paved. 

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive in tibet
    Welcome to Tibet!Welcome to Tibet!

    Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, you will be met and transfered to your hotel in Lhasa to rest up and begin your acclimatization. (Lhasa is at an elevation 3590 meters, and you'll travel up to 4718 meters during this trip.) Expect about a two hour drive from the airport to Lhasa. 

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    House of Shambhala (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: explore lhasa
    The goosebump-inducing Potala PalaceThe goosebump-inducing Potala Palace

    The next two days are focused on exploring the heart of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and the center of Tibetan Buddhism for over a thousand years. Literally translated to "Place of the Gods," Lhasa is a city of wonders, with palaces and old town areas that preserve the traditional Tibetan way of life. While here:

    • Visit the Potala Palace that soars above the city and has been the winter residence of every Dalai Lama from the fifth to the current 14th
    • Explore the Jokhang temple, the“spiritual heart” of Lhasa city
    • Stroll around Barkhor street and the surrounding old quarters of the town
    • Visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries in Tibet
    • Visit Nechung temple just below Drepung – the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet
    • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist university monasteries to see the Buddha painting Thangka display
    • Partake in the Shoton Festival, translated to “Yogurt Banquet Festival,” one of the most important festivals for Tibetans that includes a Tibetan opera performance, the unveiling of Thangka at Drepung, and Sera Monastery—a major highlight visited by many local Tibetans and tourists

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    House of Shambhala (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: drak yerpa monastery / norbulingka palace
    See the opera show in the Shoton FestivalSee the opera show in the Shoton Festival

    Embark on a day trip today, with a short (1/2 hour) drive northeast of Lhasa to the Drak Yerpa monastery. This area also includes ancient meditation caves that used to house 300 monks.

    After exploring Drak Yerpa, head back to Lhasa for a late afternoon visit to Norbulingka Palace, the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas, as well as a great horticulture park. Here, you'll experience the Tibetan opera performance that is part of the Shoton Festival. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    House of Shambhala (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: drive to tsetang and samye
    Visit Yumbu Lhakang, the first Tibetan palaceVisit Yumbu Lhakang, the first Tibetan palace

    Today you'll head out for a 2.5-hour drive to Samye and the region commonly known as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization," with plenty of stops along the way, including:

    • Visit Yumbu Lhakang, famed as the first Tibetan palace
    • Explore the Tandruk temple, one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet
    • See the Samye monastery, the first monastery in Tibet, and explore its architecture and rich murals

    End the day at your comfortable guesthouse in Samye. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tibetan-style Guest House
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: drive to gyantse
    Pass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake todayPass the beautiful Yamdrok Lake today

    Get your camera ready for today's stunning drive from Samye to Gyantse. You'll be in the vehicle for about seven hours, but with all of the gorgeous scenery, the time will fly by.

    Along the way, cross over Kamba-la pass (4700m), descend and drive by the magnificent freshwater Yamdrok Lake, drive up the Karo La pass for an amazing view of the Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier, and then continue to the town of Gyantse, considered the third largest and most prominent town in Tibet.

    When you arrive, you'll be at an elevation of 3980 meters.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tibetan-style Guest House
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: explore gyantse / drive to shigatse  
    Explore the town of GyantseExplore the town of Gyantse

    This morning is a chance to get to know Gyantse, with visits to places such as the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum, a nine-tier, 32m building with 108 gates.

    When it's time to leave, you'll drive a short distance (two hours) to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Along the way, stop by and visit Pashual, a traditional Tibetan village, where you can observe the life of the indigenous Tibetan farmers and taste locally made snacks.   

    Take a slight detour south to visit the Shalu monastery, renowned for mural paintings and Buddhist scholastic learning and training, then continue your travels until you reach Shigatse city where you'll stay for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tibetan-style Guest House
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: explore shigatse / drive to dhamshung
    Stay at quaint guesthouses throughout your tripStay at quaint guesthouses throughout your trip

    After breakfast begin a tour of Shigatse, starting with Tashi Lhunpo, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Tsang province of Tibet, and witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet. Enjoy a stroll through the local market before heading out for today's 7-hour drive.

    You'll leave Shigatse and drive along the Friendship Highway, turning at what used to be the ferry crossing point and is now Takdruka village. Continue driving through a stunning valley and cross the Shugu La pass (5259m). End in Dhamshung, a small town on the northern nomadic upland, where you'll stay for the night at an elevation of 4290m.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tibetan-style Guest House
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: explore namtso lake / drive to lhasa
    Stroll around the Jokhang TempleStroll around the Jokhang Temple

    After breakfast, head out for a two-hour drive to the beautiful Namtso Lake, at an elevation of 4718m. Namtso, or Sky Lake, is one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet, reaching 70km in length and 30km in width. Once here, relax in the incredible landscape surrounding the lake with a short walk along the lakeshore. 

    After, it's time to return to Lhasa via a four-hour drive. After arrival, you can rest up at your hotel, and take a gentle stroll around the holy Jokhang Temple one last time.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    House of Shambhala (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: lhasa cultural experiences
    See artists at work at the Handicraft centerSee artists at work at the Handicraft center

    Today you'll dig even deeper into the cultural side of Lhasa, with two fascinating glimpses into life in Tibet.

    In the morning, participate in an inspirational and enlightening talk by a renowned local Tibetan expert. The theme varies between tradition and culture, architecture and festivals, costume and Tibetan symbols. Speakers are experts from Tibet University, Academic of Social Science, Tibetan Traditional Medical Collage or local NGOs.

    In the afternoon, visit Shol Dhenpa Handicraft center to see and learn about the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary crafts, like Tibetan pottery, Thangka painting, sewing work, paper arts, and Buddhist statue fabrications. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the selected materials, elaborate design, and color matching strategies. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    House of Shambhala (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: depart
    Extend to Chengdu to see pandasExtend to Chengdu to see pandas

    It's time to say good-bye to Tibet. At the appropriate time, you'll be transfered to the airport to begin your travels home.

    Not ready to leave? Ask your Adventure Specialist about extensions in China or Nepal, with options in Beijing, Xi'an, Kathmandu Valley, and Chengdu (home of the Giant Pandas!).

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,230
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates
Aug 9-19, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
On this tour, you will stay in comfortable and pleasant hotels, Tibetan-owned boutique hotels, and basic Tibetan-owned guesthouses.
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
6-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Beijing Essence Tour

Duration: 5 days

This extension takes you on an exploration of all the major sites in and around Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven, all fine examples of exceptional Chinese architecture. See one of the 7 Wonders of the World at th... read more

Nepal Chitwan and Everest

Duration: 6 days

Fly to Kathmandu for a quick taste of the high Himalayas and the fabulous Chitwan National Park where we will take elephant back safaris into the most famous tiger reserve in Nepal. You will also get a close up look at Mt Everest from a special fligh... read more

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
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●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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